The Shoeshine Killer
Published by Pilrig Press 2015
DS Louisa Townsend has moved from Edinburgh to work for the Kiribati Police Service on Tarawa, a remote coral atoll in the middle of the Pacific. She is known locally as the Scottish Lady Detective.
In The Shoeshine Killer Louisa is sent to Fiji for a money laundering conference. She arrives late at night just as a political coup has taken place and finds herself stranded. She thinks she’s lucky when a couple of strangers offer to put her up for the night but quickly changes her mind when she discovers her things were searched while she slept. Then one of the strangers is murdered and Louisa suspects there’s a connection between the killing and whoever searched her stuff. She starts sleuthing on her own but when a second body is found DI Vika, the Fijian officer in charge of the investigation, accuses Louisa of interfering and orders her to stop poking her nose in where it doesn’t belong or else. But Louisa can’t stop. She’s now being followed and her gut instincts tell her the weird things happening to her are connected to the killings. Determined to get to the truth, and with the help of unlikley ally Fijian colleague Constable Makereta, Louisa embarks on a journey which takes the women into Fiji’s murky underworld and fighting for their lives.