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Fiona Galloway is a young, deaf social worker - self-assured, confident and successful. But after a series of threatening letters are delivered to her door, her composure is shaken. Fearing for her safety, she turns to private eye Anna Southwood for help. Anna accepts the case with little to go on. But the clock is ticking on, and things take a sinister turn for th Fiona Galloway is a young, deaf social worker - self-assured, confident and successful. But after a series of threatening letters are delivered to her door, her composure is shaken. Fearing for her safety, she turns to private eye Anna Southwood for help. Anna accepts the case with little to go on. But the clock is ticking on, and things take a sinister turn for the worse when Fiona is found brutally attacked and beaten half to death. Fiona tells Anna that she thinks the threats may be linked to her client, Jackie Sims, who is in Long Bay gaol on a murder charge. With the two cases seemingly related but with no hard evidence, Anna struggles to piece together the stories and trace them back to perpetrators. Who is so concerned about what Fiona knows that they would attempt to silence her in such a sadistic manner? Anna soon realises that there is more behind this case that initially meets the eye. With the body count increasing, she begins a race against the clock to untangle the web of intrigue - a world of crooked lawyers, shady doctors, members of Sydney’s criminal underworld, and layers of secrets and corruption ... Praise for Signs of Murder: ‘Bedford has such a great eye and ear for the way we are and speak that it is a pleasure to burn the midnight oil’ - ITA Magazine ‘Bedford is up with the best’- Graeme Blundell, The Australian Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher. For more information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at www.endeavourpress.com. Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks. Follow us on Twitter: @EndeavourPress and on Facebook via http://on.fb.me/1HweQV7. We are always interested in hearing from our readers. Endeavour Press believes that the future is now.


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Fiona Galloway is a young, deaf social worker - self-assured, confident and successful. But after a series of threatening letters are delivered to her door, her composure is shaken. Fearing for her safety, she turns to private eye Anna Southwood for help. Anna accepts the case with little to go on. But the clock is ticking on, and things take a sinister turn for th Fiona Galloway is a young, deaf social worker - self-assured, confident and successful. But after a series of threatening letters are delivered to her door, her composure is shaken. Fearing for her safety, she turns to private eye Anna Southwood for help. Anna accepts the case with little to go on. But the clock is ticking on, and things take a sinister turn for the worse when Fiona is found brutally attacked and beaten half to death. Fiona tells Anna that she thinks the threats may be linked to her client, Jackie Sims, who is in Long Bay gaol on a murder charge. With the two cases seemingly related but with no hard evidence, Anna struggles to piece together the stories and trace them back to perpetrators. Who is so concerned about what Fiona knows that they would attempt to silence her in such a sadistic manner? Anna soon realises that there is more behind this case that initially meets the eye. With the body count increasing, she begins a race against the clock to untangle the web of intrigue - a world of crooked lawyers, shady doctors, members of Sydney’s criminal underworld, and layers of secrets and corruption ... Praise for Signs of Murder: ‘Bedford has such a great eye and ear for the way we are and speak that it is a pleasure to burn the midnight oil’ - ITA Magazine ‘Bedford is up with the best’- Graeme Blundell, The Australian Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent digital publisher. For more information on our titles please sign up to our newsletter at www.endeavourpress.com. Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks. Follow us on Twitter: @EndeavourPress and on Facebook via http://on.fb.me/1HweQV7. We are always interested in hearing from our readers. Endeavour Press believes that the future is now.

30 review for Signs of Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Anna Southward owns and runs a detective agency. Her partner .. the one with the actual license .. had headed to greener pastures ..Hollywood to be an actor. So Anna is doing what she knows how to do while taking classes to earn her own license. Her first client is deaf who is , thankfully, according to Anna able to read lips, although she also has a translator who goes places with her. Fiona Galloway has been receiving threatening letters. She has no idea why or who would do this and she doesn't Anna Southward owns and runs a detective agency. Her partner .. the one with the actual license .. had headed to greener pastures ..Hollywood to be an actor. So Anna is doing what she knows how to do while taking classes to earn her own license. Her first client is deaf who is , thankfully, according to Anna able to read lips, although she also has a translator who goes places with her. Fiona Galloway has been receiving threatening letters. She has no idea why or who would do this and she doesn't feel its necessary to contact the police. Anna does a little snooping and comes up with nothing. She's about to close out this one when Fiona is beaten and stomped, and almost killed by two masked men. And then there are the deaths that are occurring that the police are calling 'accidents'. I read Ms. Bedford's first book ... WORSE THAN DEATH (review --> https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...). This one is better. The plot is good and the suspense is heightened. Anna is a bit more fleshed out and I'm actually liking her much more now ... she seems to be more substantial. There are a couple of characters making a return and a few new faces to make it much more interesting. The reader doesn't necessarily need to read these in order, but as always, I recommend it. My thanks to the author / Endeavour Press / NetGalley who furnished a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    Pretty decent short mystery, novella length. Appears to be part of a series, yet read ok as a standalone. Anna Southwood is a notably unannoying female PI, not overly girly, not overly otherwise. Might have to do with her being Australian. The setting actually was my primary draw to this, always interesting to read about a world so far away, notice subtle nuances in dialects, etc. Good writing too. Thanks Netgalley.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Stef Rozitis

    It was very enjoyable to read a female detective based in Sydney, Australia in a sort of contemporaryish setting (in what is recognisable to me as the "real world"-am I showing my age?). She spent a lot of useless time doing things like not looking after herself properly and talking to her cat and mooning over an absent lover nevertheless I liked Anna Southwood and her story. The puzzle was OK, I have read better, I have read worse. I think it was the character and setting that I really enjoyed. It was very enjoyable to read a female detective based in Sydney, Australia in a sort of contemporaryish setting (in what is recognisable to me as the "real world"-am I showing my age?). She spent a lot of useless time doing things like not looking after herself properly and talking to her cat and mooning over an absent lover nevertheless I liked Anna Southwood and her story. The puzzle was OK, I have read better, I have read worse. I think it was the character and setting that I really enjoyed. Anna is independent, intelligent, brave, somewhat moody, angry at herself for being moody and driven but in a flawed sometimes half-arsed sort of a way. She's relateable. I will read more of these if I can.

  4. 5 out of 5

    SerialReader

    A well written, intriguing story. Great characters.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Back in the late 1980's and early 1990's something happened in Australian Crime Fiction, or at least in this reader's awareness. A lot of local authors started to gain some traction in book shops, many of whom were women. Jean Bedford was one of these authors, originally releasing her Anna Southwood series in the early 90's. These books have now been re-released in ebook format, something this reader is particularly grateful for as it provides the opportunity of re-reading (especially for those Back in the late 1980's and early 1990's something happened in Australian Crime Fiction, or at least in this reader's awareness. A lot of local authors started to gain some traction in book shops, many of whom were women. Jean Bedford was one of these authors, originally releasing her Anna Southwood series in the early 90's. These books have now been re-released in ebook format, something this reader is particularly grateful for as it provides the opportunity of re-reading (especially for those of us who have the paperbacks somewhere but haven't been able to lay hands on them for too long). As mentioned in an earlier blog post, the arrival of SIGNS OF MURDER, WORSE THAN DEATH and then TO MAKE A KILLING made for some wonderful reading when they were initially published. At the time I remember a fellow reader commenting that Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh were all very well - but these books were actually about us. Even for a kid from the bush, they spoke about a world that was familiar, in a style that was authentic, and had the added benefit of promoting women as capable, real people, just getting on with living their lives the way they wanted to. Of course, going back to books even from the recent past, it's often the things that aren't there that stand out - the lack of mobile telephones, no Google in moments of indecision, no Street View from the comfort of the lounge and no Social Media to stay in touch or facilitate a spot of snooping. The things that are there - early adopters of brick-like mobiles, the search for telephone boxes, the way that checking something out usually meant going somewhere to look / see / experience - often stand out. But the measure of really good storytelling is whether or not the "period" is distractingly obvious, something that SIGNS OF MURDER definitely does not suffer from. The plotting in SIGNS OF MURDER is packed full of twists and turns, peopled by great characters - not just Anna Southwood. It's not exactly ensemble casting, but characters with bit parts are fleshed out, and in particular, the victim Fiona Galloway is well drawn. At no stage is she ever portrayed as the sort of person for whom blindness is a "disability", instead she's a strong woman in the face of a particularly brutal intimidation campaign and physical attack. The linking of Galloway's situation and that of her client in jail is nicely done, as is the way that there should be connections, but hard evidence is hard to find. Needless to say, the re-emergence of the Anna Southwood books is particularly pleasing. For new readers they are a brilliant glimpse into the back-catalogue of Australian Crime Fiction writing. For those of us who were lucky enough to have fandom firmly confirmed by Bedford and other of her contemporary writers, then the opportunity to look back and remember the excitement is priceless. It's even better when you realise what we thought then - that this is a really good series - still applies today. https://www.austcrimefiction.org/revi...

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Roche

    I thought Anna was a character I recognised but I couldn't think how I knew her! When I checked I realised I'd read the first book in the series, "Worse Than Death". In the first book, Anna was lacking in confidence and felt that she should rely on her partner to make any important decisions. In this book she has developed so much and is a much more confident person, who I really liked. What made this book stand out was the fact that one of the characters was deaf. I enjoyed discovering about the I thought Anna was a character I recognised but I couldn't think how I knew her! When I checked I realised I'd read the first book in the series, "Worse Than Death". In the first book, Anna was lacking in confidence and felt that she should rely on her partner to make any important decisions. In this book she has developed so much and is a much more confident person, who I really liked. What made this book stand out was the fact that one of the characters was deaf. I enjoyed discovering about the deaf community and their use of signing and lip-reading. If you enjoy mysteries that aren't full of graphic descriptions, this is a series for you.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    Good This was a good book. I've never read any better that addressed sigh language before it wasn't a lot but still . Good This was a good book. I've never read any better that addressed sigh language before it wasn't a lot but still .

  8. 5 out of 5

    Todd Simpson

    Great Read. I enjoyed the first book in this series "Worse Than Death", but I thought this one was even better. One thing that sets this book apart from others is one of the characters is deaf. Even though this is fiction, it gave me an insight into the deaf community, and taught me something. I like that Anna the PI is investigating two different cases. The story flows well, and has a great ending. Great Read. I enjoyed the first book in this series "Worse Than Death", but I thought this one was even better. One thing that sets this book apart from others is one of the characters is deaf. Even though this is fiction, it gave me an insight into the deaf community, and taught me something. I like that Anna the PI is investigating two different cases. The story flows well, and has a great ending.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Not a bad little mystery set in Sydney, pleasingly without the heroine being captured and almost murdered by the baddie. It was a little slow to begin with, but settled in nicely and ended satisfactorily.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

  11. 5 out of 5

    Janet Ellenburg

  12. 4 out of 5

    Fiona

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

  14. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Corris

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

  16. 4 out of 5

    ELIZABETH ERIKSEN

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda Felix

  18. 5 out of 5

    Carol Finkbiner

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

  20. 5 out of 5

    Loretta

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Kristopeit

  22. 4 out of 5

    Hermien

  23. 4 out of 5

    jamie bates

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy summers

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Corrow

  26. 4 out of 5

    Linda F

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sandra young

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mary

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chris

  30. 4 out of 5

    Deborah

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