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The Ringmaster

book | Fiction | Apr 2019
UK → Orenda Books (Ed. Karen Sullivan)

Death is stalking the southern South Island of New Zealand…

Marginalised by previous antics, Sam Shephard, is on the bottom rung of detective training in Dunedin, and her boss makes sure she knows it. She gets involved in her first homicide investigation, when a university student is murdered in the Botanic Gardens, and Sam soon discovers this is not an isolated incident. There is a chilling prospect of a predator loose in Dunedin, and a very strong possibility that the deaths are linked to a visiting circus…

Determined to find out who’s running the show, and to prove herself, Sam throws herself into an investigation that can have only one ending…

Rich with atmosphere, humour and a dark, shocking plot, The Ringmaster marks the return of passionate, headstrong police officer, Sam Shephard, in the next instalment of Vanda Symon’s bestselling series.


Kate Cooper manages the translation rights for The Ringmaster


‘Antipodean-set crime is riding high thanks to the likes of Jane Harper and fans of The Dry will also like Vanda Symons. The Ringmaster is the second book in a series featuring rookie detective Sam Shephard. But with a possible serial killer roaming round Dunedin, will Sam be able to prove herself to her higher-ups catch the wrong‘un?’ The Ringmaster was selected as one of Ten Books by Brilliant Women around the World.

Red Magazine Online

Symon follows up the terrific Overkill with this equally absorbing story … Constable Sam Shephard is an excellent series lead, a character who is both strong
and vulnerable, and who won’t back down from a fight. 

Full Review

The Ringmaster is full of action and plenty of plot twists, but the star of the show is always the small but mighty Sam Shephard. With her dry sense of humor, indomitable spirit, and constant need to prove herself, Sam is the perfect heroine to root for.'

Publishers Weekly
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