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Better Reading Preview: Stone Town by Margaret Hickey

Title: Stone Town

Author: Margaret Hickey

Published: July 1st 2022

Publisher: Penguin Books Australia

Pages: 416

Genres: Fiction, Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, Suspense

RRP: $32.99

Rating: 4 stars

Stone Town is captivating new rural crime drama from the author of the bestselling Cutters End.

With its gold-rush history long in the past, Stone Town has seen better days. And it’s now in the headlines for all the wrong reasons . . .

When three teenagers stumble upon a body in dense bushland one rainy Friday night, Senior Sergeant Mark Ariti’s hopes for a quiet posting in his old home town are shattered. The victim is Aidan Sleeth, a property developer, whose controversial plan to buy up local land means few are surprised he ended up dead.

However, his gruesome murder is overshadowed by a mystery consuming the entire nation: the disappearance of Detective Sergeant Natalie Whitsed.

Natalie had been investigating the celebrity wife of crime boss Tony ‘The Hook’ Scopelliti when she vanished. What did she uncover? Has it cost her her life? And why are the two Homicide detectives, sent from the city to run the Sleeth case, so obsessed with Natalie’s fate?

Following a late-night call from his former boss, Mark is sure of one thing: he’s now in the middle of a deadly game . . .


Channelling her deep interest in rural communities and outback lives, Margaret Hickey has produced another scintillating Aussie crime drama with Stone Town, her encore piece to last year’s success story Cutters End.  A story of a quintessential ex gold mining town that sees a murder play out and a perplexing disappearance, Stone Town is a convulsive read. When Detective Sergeant Mark Ariti becomes involved, this law enforcement officer’s hopes of an easy country posting are dashed by this perplexing case and shocking disappearance. A captivating crime case unfolds within the pages of Margaret Hickey’s second novel. Hickey injects plenty of drama, secrets and uprising connections within Stone Town. The pressure is on seasoned Detective Sergeant Ariti to put it all together and solve the problems plaguing Stone Town. Detective Ariti is a solid character, providing plenty of interest and appeal to readers. It is easy to root for this abiding and hardworking Detective as he works to crack the secrets of Stone Town. Margaret Hickey’s follow up piece to Cutters End presents readers with a classic Aussie crime noir tale that is captivating, unpredictable and strategic. Stone Town is a typical and original Aussie crime noir piece, which slots very easily into this genre. Seasoned crime fiction fans will converge on this one!

Stone Town by Margaret Hickey is published on 1st July 2022 by Penguin Books Australia. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

To learn more about the author of Stone Town, Margaret Hickeyhere.

*Thanks is extended to Better Reading/Penguin Books Australia for providing a free copy of this book for review purposes.

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