'The young settlement is shaken by a daring bank robbery and a spate of murders. At the Governor's command, Nicodemus Dunne - a disgraced London thief-taker who is now the Running Patterer, a news-hawker roaming the streets of Sydney - sets out to discover the truth.
'The evidence points - amazingly - to none other than Napoleon Bonaparte!
'Could the old enemy of the British have escaped death and come to the colony, where he is preparing to seek his revenge? But who is aiding this phantom? And how can he be stopped? Why are Dunne's closest friends involved? Is an exotic American singer stealing more than hearts?
'Both thrilling and hugely enjoyable, The Ghost of Waterloo will keep you guessing right to its dramatic ending.' (From the publisher's website.)
Death and the Running Patterer : A Curious Murder Mystery
2009single work novel crime detective historical fiction Sydney, 1828. All is not well. One of the convict colony's soldiers had been murdered and Governor Ralph Darling is not pleased. Reluctantly, he turns to Nicodemus Dunne for help. Dunne, a fallen Bow Street Runner now transported to Australia, makes his living as a running patterer, hawking news on the dusty streets. Only he has the detective skills required to chase down the ritual killer and stop the ever-bewildering series of gruesome murders that follow the first. As he searches, Dunne joins forces with the entrancing seamstress Rachel Dormin and soon discovers that too many people, from the Governor down, have secrets worth killing for. When he gets too close to unveiling the murderer and to the secrets buried in his own past, even his life hangs in the balance. (Publisher's website)