Stella Bruno Investigates – season one

Stella Bruno Investigates is a series of quick reads – books designed to be read in one sitting.

They’re stories designed to be consumed in one irresistible gulp. The kind you can read on the way to work or before you go to sleep. Something addictive to distract you while you wait in line. Intriguing mysteries to enjoy on the train, in the car, or on a flight for less than the price of a Starbucks coffee, with ten times the kick.

Set in and around Adelaide, South Australia, the stories focus on the criminal investigations led by Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno.

Stella is assisted by Detective Constable Brian Rhodes, who’s approaching retirement, harassed by Detective Inspector Frank Williams, and distracted by Shaun Porter from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In addition to all the crime, the stories follow Stella’s developing relationship with Shaun and provide insights into her life as a single mother with a teenage son. You’ll also discover some of the benefits she enjoys being part of an extended Italian family.

If you’ve never been to Australia, this series will give you a little taste of life ‘down under’ where you can experience the North Wind as hot and blustery, and winters without snow and ice.

Season one has 6 stories:

The series is also available in two collections for those who prefer their books printed on paper.


Peter Mulraney is the author of the Inspector West and Stella Bruno Investigates crime series.

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Crime fiction set in Australia

The Stella Bruno Investigates series is set in and around Adelaide, South Australia.

A few things to bear in mind when reading The Identity Thief.

Australia went metric in 1975. The units of measurements are the same ones you encounter in Europe.

Distance is expressed in kilometres (and we spell it that way too), temperature in degrees Celsius, weight in kilograms, and height in metres or centimetres.

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A view from Australia

Leaves on pathAustralia is having an unusual double dissolution election, where every member of both houses of the Federal Parliament is up for re-election. Usually, only half the Senate is contested at a federal election. So, this one could be interesting.

The first thing I noticed when I arrived back in Australia from the USA on Monday, and watched the TV coverage in the lounge at Melbourne airport while waiting for my connection, was the difference in the tone of the campaign being waged here. Continue reading “A view from Australia”

Confirmation

An anti-Islamic political party was launched in a secret location in Australia last night.

I heard one of their spokesmen being interviewed on Radio National this morning.

His answers to the questions posed by the journalist, while highly entertaining, simply confirmed the suspicions I expressed in my previous post: IQ.

BTW: The secret location was not prompted by fears of being attacked by Islamic terrorists but rather fears of being laughed out of town by the wider Australian community.

For your information

In Australia this week we changed the leader of our government.

  • No shots were fired.
  • No money changed hands.
  • There was no fighting in the streets.
  • There were no barrel bombs dropped from helicopters.
  • There were no police in riot gear firing tear gas canisters or rubber bullets.

It was just another peaceful day in paradise.

Middle class crime in the suburbs

Last week I enjoyed reading Cold Granite, Book 1 in the Logan McRae series, by Stuart MacBride, on my daily commute.

A couple of things caught my attention. Continue reading “Middle class crime in the suburbs”

25 April 1915 – birth of the ANZAC spirit

This weekend in Australia we’re remembering.

This year we’re marking the centenary of the landing of the ANZACs at what has come to be known as ANZAC Cove, on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey on the morning of 25 April 1915.  The 100 years of ANZAC  and Gallipoli and the ANZACs provide a window into how we Australians see our military heritage. Continue reading “25 April 1915 – birth of the ANZAC spirit”

Change of view

Last weekend I travelled to Burra – a two-hour road trip from my place – to attend a significant birthday celebration in that restored railway station I wrote about in my previous post.
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A story

We all have a story that we use to describe ourselves to ourselves and to each other. If you know my story you know me, right?

You already know my name. If I tell you that I was born in Booleroo Centre, a small town in, what the locals call, the mid-north of South Australia, and spent the first three years of this lifetime living, with my parents and their expanding family, in the school house of a tiny rural hamlet on the edge of the Flinders Ranges, does that tell you anything about who I am? Continue reading “A story”