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The Ashgrove Bridge Club did not expect their newly elected president, Leonard Delaney, to be murdered on the day of his successful election, or did they? Could it have been a conspiracy to get rid of Leonard? After all, he was a man of insufferable superiority, his victory being achieved primarily through fear of reprisals in the event he failed to win.

Meanwhile, recently retired DCI Alistair Fitzjohn, returns to Sydney after working on a case as a police consultant. He is looking forward to some quiet time tending his orchids and an evening with the new woman in his life, Peta Ashby. Little did he know, however, what he would face on return to his Birchgrove cottage.

In the midst of the turmoil, he is asked to head the investigation into the Ashgrove Bridge Club murder. It is not long, however, before Fitzjohn finds Leonard Delaney’s murder is not as straightforward as first thought.

As the case develops Fitzjohn’s detective skills are tested as is his ability to deal with a ghost from the past who is out for revenge.

This is another of Jill Paterson's Fitzjohn's series and just as suspenseful and entertaining as all the others. If you like mysteries in the style of Sherlock Holmes, you will love the Fitzjohn series.


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Phoebe Chadwick arrives by train in Shellcove, eager to see her friend, Joanna Reid. Joanna was supposed to meet her at the station to begin their new partnership in the Beaufort Hotel.  Instead, someone from her past she never expected to see appears and informs her Joanna is dead.

From there, the author, with her excellent storytelling skills, begins to weave the web that reels the reader in.  Jill Patterson captivates her audience with interesting motives and evidence until the culprit is revealed. The clever author keeps you guessing to the end. Jill’s fanbase will love, ‘Murder At The Beaufort,’ and so will anyone else who loves fascinating suspense mysteries. Jill has published a successful series of captivating Fitzjohn murder mysteries set in Sydney, Australia. The author lives in the Capitol of Australia, Canberra. This new series is set in Australia also, which Jill is very familiar with. If you like "who dun it's," you will love Jill Patterson's new mystery.

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Rose Scented Murder

Rose Scented Murder
A Fitzjohn Mystery Book #8 
The Adelphi Theatre is about to close its doors for the last time when Howard Greenwood’s lifeless form is found on the floor of his dressing room shrouded in long-stemmed red roses. Was this the act of a killer looking to ridicule the celebrated actor or did it reflect a darker connotation for his murder?

DCI Fitzjohn questions the significance of the roses as layer upon layer of Howard’s life unfolds to reveal a man fixated on revenge for his wife’s death and a predator who will stop at nothing to hide the truth.

Meanwhile, Constance Parsons, bookshop owner and ghost writer of Howard’s memoir, is unaware of his demise or that her work in chronicling his life story could seal her own fate.

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The Fourth String

I have previewed The Fourth String and it is available now for pre-order at Amazon. It will be released December 18, 2017:…/pro…/B07848BHT2/ref=series_rw_dp_sw

The Fourth String is the final book in Jill Paterson’s “Fitzjohn’s” series and I do believe it is her best. It is an articulate and fast paced murder mystery that pulls the reader in with the first few pages and keeps building interest as more possible suspects are introduced, all with intriguing and conceivable motives. The victim, Crispin Fairchild, the conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, is found lying in a pool of blood in his apartment at the Claremont Hotel by a neighbor who quickly becomes a prime suspect with a surprising motive of her own. Chief Inspector Fitzjohn hones in on his usual eccentric and ever widening investigation with the help of his trusted partner, Sergeant Betts. They leave no stone unturned as they wind down their wide variety of fascinating clues to the unexpected solution of who the real murderer is. Over the course of the series, the author kept a couple of unsavory characters who kept finding irritating ways to disturb Inspector Fitzjohn and she ends this work with perfect solutions and pay back for their constant vexations. The memorable family members and respected associates of Fitzjohn in the series all end up with suitable prospects for the future that leaves the reader fulfilled. Great job Jill! I am eager to read your next work. 

Jill Paterson is best known for her popular Fitzjohn mysteries. The first book in the series, The Celtic Dagger, was published in 2010 by New Holland Publishers after Jill entered the 2008 New Holland Publishers & NSW Writers Centre Genre Fiction Award. Since that time, through Amazon, she has independently published its second edition along with six further books in the series.
Jill has also authored two non-fiction books entitled Self Publishing-Pocket Guide and Writing-Painting A Picture With Words.

Born in Yorkshire, UK, Jill now lives in Australia with her musician husband and bossy cat, Fergus. Her favorite pastimes when not writing are painting and photography.

For more information on the Fitzjohn series, please visit Jill's website at


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Untouched For 70 years...Amazing!

This apartment is one key fascinating and mysterious place as it has been abandoned since 1939. Due to the place being auctioned, it was reopened 70 years later which gave us a rare sight for this untouched art and a multimillion dollar set of artifacts.

The apartment was owned by the 23-year old Madame de Florian. Due to the German forces coming to France, she vacated the place and went south.

Leaving this place must have been very sad for her but she needed to flee as Germany is about to start invading France that time. World War II is budding across Europe.

She departed quickly, locked her Parisian apartment and headed to the relatively invasion-free south of demarcation zone.

She continued paying rents even after the war until she died of a ripe age of 90 on 2010. Yet she never returned. Her heirs only got to know this apartment after her death. Then they hired Olivier Choppin-Janvry, an auctioneer, to make an inventory of the apartment’s contents. Considering the time it was last occupied, they are understandably pessimistic.

Then they were surprised. The room is still preserved to its pre-World War II Era, looking like a place being frozen in time. A lot of time passed since then, the smell of dust is everywhere and so with cow webs. They are taken back in time because the room boasted treasures from the 1900’s. They noticed that the works of art are taken off the walls, as if the owner wanted to carry those but was short of time.

This intricate cosmetic table has still all the make-up and perfumes on as if these are waiting for their owner to return.

They also saw an old Mickey Mouse stuff toy in the corner showing one of its very first look. Amazing.

The heirs are also mystified as to the woman in pink dress in the painting. Further investigation revealed that she was Marthe de Florian, the previous occupant who is also Florian’s grandmother. She was a famous Parisian actress being classified as one of high-profile celebrities. There were also pieces of evidence found in her house that Presidents and Prime Ministers of France visited her in addition with a collection of love letters tied in ribbons.

Now that they knew the subject of the painting, they have to look for the painter. It was a tough time finding him but it was discovered that he was Giovanni Boldini – a famous Italian painter from the Belle Epoque period. The painting was then auctioned on March 2010 with a price of $ 3.4 million – the highest for his work.

The heirs were left puzzled as to why she did not return despite continuously paying the rent for the next 70 years. Her reason to leave and the disarray arrangement of her place was understandable given how horrifying World War II is about to begin in France but they could not see the reason for not returning. Until then, this remains a mystery for her heirs.