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1 1 y separately published work icon Gold Fever Lyn Denison , London : Silver Moon , 1999 Z998761 1998 single work novel romance
2 5 y separately published work icon Past Due Claire McNab , London : Silver Moon , 1999 Z519139 1998 single work novel detective mystery
2 2 y separately published work icon Inner Circle Claire McNab , London : Silver Moon , 1998 Z7815 1996 single work novel detective mystery
2 y separately published work icon Fair Play Rose Beecham , London : Silver Moon , 1997 Z1175634 1995 single work novel detective crime 'The son of a Baptist preacher, Bryce Petty looked like a choir boy. But when he was found murdered in Wellington, New Zealand, his less-than-angelic past became front-page news. President of the Melbourne-based gay and lesbian broadcasting firm, Spectrum Television, Bryce had vanished a few months previously, leaving behind him a trail of bad publicity and debts - and a slew of enemies. New Zealand top cop, Detective Inspector Amanda Valentine, follows the trail to Melbourne, where she and her Australian colleagues join forces to track down the killer. Complicating matters, Amanda's personal life is in turmoil. Unable to balance careers and commitment, she and her on-again/off-again girlfriend Debby Daley have decided to try an 'open' relationship. With Debby away on special assignment in Rwanda, Amanda finds herself increasingly attracted to Detective Sergeant Mary Devine, who is working with her on the Australian end of the investigation.' (Author's website)
2 1 y separately published work icon Double Bluff Claire McNab , London : Silver Moon , 1996 Z532644 1995 single work novel detective mystery
2 5 y separately published work icon Body Guard Claire McNab , London : Silver Moon , 1995 Z552319 1994 single work novel detective mystery

'Uneasy about her career choice since receiving a gunshot wound, Australian Detective Inspector Carol Ashton, an acknowledged lesbian, receives another risky and unwanted assignment: she must guard a famous visiting American feminist from dangerous enemies.'

Source: Bookseller (Sighted 22/6/2010)

2 1 y separately published work icon Silent Heart Claire McNab , London : Silver Moon , 1994 Z810377 1993 single work novel romance
2 6 y separately published work icon Dead Certain Claire McNab , London : Silver Moon , 1994 Z810383 1992 single work novel detective mystery

'Collis Raeburn, young tenor superstar of the Eureka Opera Company, is dead. Suicide? A tragic accident? Detective Inspector Carol Ashton is brought in to deal with the press and the prima donnas, and finds the opera's factions reveal more flamboyant drama than is usually seen on stage.

Meanwhile, the Raeburn family is following its own agenda - not to find the truth about Collis' death, but to scotch the rumour he was HIV positive. As Carol's instincts tell her 'murder', she finds her own carefully guarded private life is threatened. Unless she determines 'accidental death', her sexual preferences will be front page news.

Set in the dramatic world of passion and ambition, Off Key features the delightful Carol Ashton ...'

Source: Back cover (Allen & Unwin)

'In her fifth appearance, Det. Insp. Carol Ashton investigates the death of Collis Raeburn, "Australia's Pavarotti." Found in a Sydney hotel room, Collis appears to have committed suicide, but to Carol his death "looks staged." Suspects are copious: Kenneth Raeburn, Collis's father and manager, denies that his son was HIV-positive, despite evidence to the contrary. Collis's sister, Nicole, was fiercely--perhaps incestuously--devoted to him. The singer's life befitted grand opera: he had contentious relationships (on and off stage) with sopranos Alanna Brooks and Corinne Jawalski; he may have been about to bail out of a new opera composed by Graeme Welton and produced by Edward Livingston; and he doomed rival tenor Lloyd Clancy to second place. It is doubly tough for Carol to sort through Collis's life when her own is on the rocks: her lover, Sybil Quade, has moved out, and an anonymous caller is threatening to expose Carol as a lesbian.'

Source: Back cover (Bella Books)

3 1 y separately published work icon Under the Southern Cross Claire McNab , London : Silver Moon , 1993 Z810380 1992 single work novel romance
2 7 y separately published work icon Cop Out Claire McNab , London : Silver Moon , 1992 Z194031 1991 single work novel detective mystery

'Detective Inspector Carol Ashton is close to burnout, tired of hiding the fact that she is gay and, for the first time, seriously considering leaving the police force. Her colleague - the reliable Sergeant Bourke - mentions an "open and shut" case. Charlotte Darcy, the suspect, is obviously guilty of the murder of her brother. Carol is less sure. Darcy Designs has depended on Charlotte's creativity. So why is Charlotte now so zombie-like? And what else is hidden in the stylish closets of this famous family? Carol's interest in her work rekindles as she solves a mystery as intriguing as any in her long career. But even as she does so she is reminded that her personal life cannot be put on hold forever ...'

Source: Back cover (Allen & Unwin, 1991)

'Bryce Darcy, partner in a successful family business, has been murdered. His sister has confessed and DI Carol Ashton is informed that it's a shut case. Yet, Carol discovers that the dead man was a member of a support group for married gay men, and that the Darcy family seethes with secrets.'
Source: Fantastic Fiction http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/ (Sighted 22/6/2010)
2 8 y separately published work icon Death Down Under Claire McNab , London : Silver Moon , 1991 Z408200 1989 single work novel detective mystery

'Four women dead, each strangled with an orange cord, their bodies ritually arranged. Detective Inspector Carol Ashton and Detective Sergeant Mark Bourke have a serial killer on their hands.'

Source : publication summary

3 6 y separately published work icon Lessons in Murder Claire McNab , London : Silver Moon , 1990 Z372231 1988 single work novel detective mystery 'On a hot summer day at Bellwhether High School in Sydney, Australia, teacher Bill Pagett lies murdered, the hole in his head accomplished with neat efficiency by a Black & Decker drill.

Detective Inspector Carol Ashton investigates, bringing with her a formidable reputation for competence. She soon uncovers tangled relationships and motives for murder among the six teaching staff, along with a maze of malicious anonymous letters and threatening phone calls. And then there is yet another corpse.

Carol's investigation is further complicated by the flashfire attraction between herself and prime suspect Sybil Quade. Carol fights her desire, knowing its potential to compromise her investigation. Nor does Sybil welcome an "unnatural" obsession with the alluring woman who is inexorably gathering the evidence to convict her of multiple murder.'

Source: back cover (Naiad, 1988)

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