'The Port Fairy Murders is the sequel to The Holiday Murders, an historical crime novel set in 1943 in the newly formed homicide department of Victoria Police, which explored little-known fascist groups, particularly an organisation called Australia First, that festered in Australia both before and during the war.The Port Fairy Murders continues with this exploration but looks, as well, at the bitter divide between Catholics and Protestants. This divide was especially raw in small rural communities. The homicide team, which includes Detective Joe Sable and Constable Helen Lord, is now trying to track down a dangerous man named George Starling. At the same time, they are called to investigate a double murder in Port Fairy. It seems straightforward — they have a signed confession — but it soon becomes apparent that nothing is straightforward about the incident.
'The novel examines the tensions that simmer in a small town. Written with great verve and insight, The Port Fairy Murders is a superb psychological study, as well as a riveting historical who-dunnit.' (Publication summary)