C.A. Larmer

Biography

Author of the popular Ghostwriter Mystery series, Christina (C.A.) Larmer is also a journalist, editor, partner and mum. She grew up in the tropics, forged her career in London, Los Angeles and New York, and now lives in Northern NSW, Australia. Christina is passionate about crime fiction and has written seven murder mysteries. When she’s not creating chaos with her keyboard she can be found immersed in a classic Agatha Christie or the latest Lisa Gardner. Her books include: The Agatha Christie Book Club, An Island Lost, the five Ghostwriter Mysteries (Killer Twist, A Plot to Die For, Last Writes, Dying Words and Words Can Kill), and the non-fiction book A Measure of Papua New Guinea (Focus; 2008).

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
When it comes to crime writers, I like anyone who keeps me on the edge of my toes without leaving me standing in a gooey pool of blood. I like what Americans call 'Cozy Crime', where it's less about gore, DNA and deviant serial killers (urggh) and more about clever plotting and gripping characters. I like the idea of one murder, 12 suspects, who-the-hell-dunit? For that reason, I can never go past a classic Agatha Christie or the latest alphabet book from Sue Grafton. My home-grown favourite is Aussie paramedic-turned-author Katherine Howell whose mysteries take you on a white knuckle ride each and every time. Harlan Coben has long been a favourite and I've recently discovered British author Mark Billingham. His book The Dying Hours was perfection.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Apart from my boisterous boys and adoring hubby? It has to be the latest book I'm working on. There is nothing more exciting than leaving my computer at the end of the day, knowing i've just thrown my protagonist into some serious trouble and wondering how the hell she'll get out of it.
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Books

Words Can Kill (Ghostwriter Mystery 5)
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Series: Ghostwriter Mystery, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 77,220. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Max Farrell’s flatmate has just shown up dead in their Berlin unit and the hunky photographer has vanished, last spotted at a Swiss resort, a perky blonde by his side. Has Roxy Parker’s boyfriend run off with another woman or is his life on the line? Packing her bags and swallowing her pride, the ghostwriter must follow the clues to find her true love, while buckling up for the ride of her life!
Dying Words (Ghostwriter Mystery 4)
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Series: Ghostwriter Mystery, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 68,600. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When a dying man utters Roxy Parker's name with his final, gasping breath, the gutsy ghostwriter is thrown into the middle of her most baffling—and brutal—murder mystery yet. Why would a man Roxy barely knows call out her name on his deathbed? What did he give her that holds the key to his murder, and the murder of two friends? And is it linked to a mysterious burglar who is hot on Roxy’s trail?
Last Writes (Ghostwriter Mystery 3)
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Series: Ghostwriter Mystery, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,980. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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Gutsy ghostwriter Roxy Parker is back, and this time it's personal. Someone is killing best-selling authors and the evidence points firmly at Roxy's agent, Oliver. But she’s not convinced. With the help of seductive reporter David Lone, Roxy tries to hunt down the killer before she becomes the hunted—little does she know, a ghostwriter is next on the hit list! Will this be Roxy's last writes?
The Agatha Christie Book Club
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,620. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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When Alicia Finlay walks out on her boring old book club and starts a new one devoted to her favorite mystery writer Agatha Christie she has no idea she's about to stumble upon a deadly mystery of her own. It's a mystery so baffling, it would leave even the Queen of Crime scratching her head...
An Island Lost
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,510. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
When Vilia Lea’s estranged mother dies she leaves her an intriguing inheritance—a remote island on the tip of Papua New Guinea, and a series of tantalizing clues to the disappearance of her father 30 years ago. Thus begins an enthralling family mystery that sweeps Vilia from the streets of Manhattan to the wilds of the Pacific. Along the journey she discovers what true love and family really mean.
A Plot To Die For (Ghostwriter Mystery 2)
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Series: Ghostwriter Mystery, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,130. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When ghostwriter Roxy Parker accepts a job at a tropical island resort, she expects little more than a good story and a touch of sunstroke. Instead she stumbles upon her hotelier client, dead and buried in a plot of sand, her head protruding ghoulishly for the crabs to devour. And around her, an ensemble cast of glamorous guests who all appear to be hiding something behind their Gucci sunglasses.
Killer Twist (Ghostwriter Mystery 1)
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Series: Ghostwriter Mystery, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 83,210. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
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No one bats an eyelid when a bag lady washes up on the shores of Sydney, minus five fingers and decked out in designer couture; nor is anyone too perturbed when socialite Beatrice Musgrave plunges to her death soon after. No one, that is, except ghostwriter and Merlot-lover Roxy Parker. She’s been writing Beattie’s 'autobiography' and has just stumbled on a secret that’s worth killing for.

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