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Issue Details: First known date: 1988... 1988 Detective Inspector Carol Ashton Mysteries
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y separately published work icon Lessons in Murder Claire McNab , Tallahassee : Naiad Press , 1988 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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y separately published work icon Fatal Reunion Claire McNab , Tallahassee : Naiad Press , 1989 Z362156 1989 single work novel detective mystery 'Detective Inspector Carol Ashton's life seems relatively settled. She is admired at work for her intelligence and crime-solving. At home she is admired by Sybil. Then comes the phone call which drags Carol back. Back to a Sydney world of high spending and low values - and back to Christine, the woman Carol cannot forget. Has Christine murdered her husband? The same husband she once chose over Carol. Now Christine desperately wants Carol's help.' (Back cover, Allen and Unwin, 1990)
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y separately published work icon Death Down Under Claire McNab , Tallahassee : Naiad Press , 1989 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

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y separately published work icon Cop Out Claire McNab , North Sydney : Allen and Unwin , 1991 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)
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y separately published work icon Dead Certain Claire McNab , Tallahassee : Naiad Press , 1992 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)

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y separately published work icon Body Guard Claire McNab , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1994 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)

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y separately published work icon Double Bluff Claire McNab , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1995 Z532644 1995 single work novel detective mystery
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y separately published work icon Inner Circle Claire McNab , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1996 Z7815 1996 single work novel detective mystery
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y separately published work icon Chain Letter Claire McNab , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1997 Z70097 1997 single work novel detective mystery
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y separately published work icon Past Due Claire McNab , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1998 Z519139 1998 single work novel detective mystery
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y separately published work icon Set Up Claire McNab , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1999 Z300971 1999 single work novel detective mystery
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y separately published work icon Under Suspicion Claire McNab , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 2000 Z498286 2000 single work novel detective mystery
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y separately published work icon Death Club : The 13th Detective Inspector Carol Ashton Mystery Claire McNab , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 2001 Z866876 2001 single work novel detective mystery
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y separately published work icon Accidental Murder : The 14th Detective Inspector Carol Ashton Mystery Claire McNab , Ferndale : Bella Books , 2002 Z1004250 2002 single work novel detective mystery

'Australian top cop Carol Ashton must outsmart a fiendishly clever killer. A careless jogger plummets from a great height. A man is the victim of a fatal hit-and-run. A woman topples over a cliff while sightseeing. Tragic accidents occur everyday. When Detective Inspector Carol Ashton is called in to investigate Captain John Trelawney's fatal fall from Sydney's scenic North Head, she discovers that his brutal demise may fit into a disturbing state-wide pattern of apparently accidental deaths. Carol's suspicions are heightened when a closer look at these accidents reveals that they effectively eliminate a problem person and provide a substantial insurance payout. But before Carol can catch the killer she must prove that these seemingly unrelated deaths are, in fact, murder and very much related.'

Source: Publisher's website http://www.bellabooks.com/ (Sighted 16/6/10)

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y separately published work icon Blood Link : The 15th Detective Inspector Carol Ashton Mystery Claire McNab , Tallahassee : Bella Books , 2003 Z1600433 2003 single work novel detective mystery

'Is Carol playing into a killer's plan? A series of random deaths suddenly fall into a pattern when reclusive, eccentric billionaire Thurmond Rule dies, leaving an immense estate, but no valid will. With no close relatives - Rule's son and only heir vanished mysteriously years before - the search begins to find more distant kin who may have a claim to the Rule billions. And there would be several more applicants vying for the money, but for the disturbing fact that many of them have recently died or been killed. Detective Inspector Carol Ashton speculates that one among the remaining would-be heirs could be responsible for thinning the field so drastically but is baffled that a killer would draw such oblivious attention to themselves. As the authorities contemplate protecting anyone with a blood link to Thurmond Rule, Carol fears she may be unwittingly shielding a killer and playing into a deadly plan ...'

Source: Publisher's website http://www.bellabooks.com/ (Sighted 22/6/10)

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y separately published work icon Fall Guy : The 16th Detective Inspector Carol Ashton Mystery Claire McNab , Tallahassee : Bella Books , 2004 Z1600427 2004 single work novel detective mystery
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y separately published work icon Lethal Care : The Inspector Carol Ashton Finale Claire McNab , Tallahassee : Bella Books , 2010 Z1701193 2010 single work novel detective 'Investigating what appears to be an accidental death of a terminally ill woman, Carol begins to suspect that she's actually looking at a mercy killing. In spite of the agonising choice that faced Thalia Denby in caring for her mother, Australia's only word for such an act is murder.' (Publication summary)

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