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The Ringmaster [text (large print)] / Vanda Symon.

By: Symon, Vanda, 1969-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Richmond, Canada ReadHowYouWant 2011Edition: Large print edition.Description: 534 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781459622029; 1459622022.Other title: Main act is murder [Cover subtitle :].Subject(s): Large type books | Policewomen -- New Zealand -- Dunedin -- Fiction | Murder -- New Zealand -- Dunedin -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- New Zealand -- Dunedin -- Fiction | Dunedin (N.Z.) -- FictionGenre/Form: Detective and mystery fiction. | New Zealand fiction -- 21st century.Summary: Death is stalking the southern South Island. And what role does the visiting Darling Brothers Circus have to play? 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 there when a university student is murdered in the Botanic Gardens.
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Death is stalking the southern South Island. And what role does the visiting Darling Brothers Circus have to play? 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 there when a university student is murdered in the Botanic Gardens. Sam...

Death is stalking the southern South Island. And what role does the visiting Darling Brothers Circus have to play? 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 there when a university student is murdered in the Botanic Gardens.

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Publishers Weekly Review

New Zealand author Symon's uninspired sequel to 2019's Overkill finds Sam Shephard, a trainee detective in Dunedin, on the team looking into the murder of Rose-Marie Bateman, a 23-year-old university student. Bateman, believed to be the victim of a serial killer, was found bound and gagged in the water in the Botanic Garden with her head bashed in. A prologue that depicts this killing unnecessarily and prematurely narrows the list of possible suspects. Meanwhile, Shephard's work on the case is sidetracked by her antagonistic boss, Det. Insp. Greg Johns, who orders her to deal with issues relating to a traveling circus. The Darling Brothers' Circus, which has been the subject of aggressive protests by animal rights activists, has also been reported to possess stolen property. That drudge work leads to a break in the homicide case when Shephard notes that the circus's previous stops coincided with four apparently unconnected unsolved murders, suggesting that someone from the circus is the murderer. Thin characters don't redeem a clichéd story line. (Nov.)

Booklist Review

Symon follows up the terrific Overkill (2019) with this equally absorbing story (published in the UK in 2008) of a New Zealand cop whose investigation of a woman's death leads her to the trail of a serial killer. 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. The writing is wonderfully textured, too this is a crime novel with many layers. Its story is intricate and highly suspenseful; some readers will try, but probably fail, to figure out where the author is going. It was a smart move, too, to make Sam the first-person narrator: she is revealed to us not just through her actions, but also by the way she relates events to us. A fine thriller by a writer who deserves a larger audience in the U.S.--David Pitt Copyright 2019 Booklist