Pat Noad

Biography

Pat Noad is an Australian author who divides her time between big city life in Brisbane and getting sand between her toes on the nearby Sunshine Coast, where a lot of her writing happens.

Pat’s work as a consultant has taken her to all sorts of nooks and crannies of her vast and varied home state of Queensland. She finds herself intrigued by the old stories passing down the generations in this young country, a country which has matured into a sophisticated society so quickly since the First Fleet unloaded its convict passengers just over two hundred years ago – a country which generally looks to the future rather than back over its shoulder.

Her stories often find the blazing Australian sun casting dark shadows from the past across the present, and long-dead skeletons rattling in family cupboards.

Pat’s mystery writing sits at the lighter end of the crime fiction spectrum. She also enjoys writing about the ever-changing Australian society in which she lives, and reflecting on the changing nature of our world. She's written a series of five Annie Bryce mysteries along with two anthologies of short stories and essays. Her latest novel 'On the Edge' is her first venture away from crime fiction in novel form.

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Books

On the Edge
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 84,980. Language: Australian English. Published: October 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
When a surprise inheritance catapults battler Ruth Jordan into unaccustomed affluence, she cautiously starts to help other women doing it tough. That's how Rachael Anders explodes into her life. Desperate to protect Rachael's three young sons from their destructive family, Ruth is remorselessly sucked into their troubled lives while confronting the bonds and fractures of her own failed family.
Pick and Choose
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 53,870. Language: Australian English. Published: August 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
These twenty two pieces cover a variety of genres – stories, fictionalised history, reflections on travel and our changing world, and some chance conversations. Some pieces flirt with the supernatural; some concern women’s lives; some touch on happiness; some give readers a glimpse of how authors find their plots. A collection for picking and choosing …
Unearthed
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 101,380. Language: Australian English. Published: August 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
There’s no peace for Australian journalist Annie Bryce. When a seemingly harmless job suddenly has her mired in a maze of old crimes and new conundrums, she heads out of town to search for a missing girl, and to cover a story about Queensland's world-famous dinosaur excavations in the remote outback. Violence erupts when secrets buried deep in history are unearthed. A cracker of a read!
Destination Tribulation
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 89,900. Language: Australian English. Published: June 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
How can It be happening again? This time it's a known killer who's vowed brutal revenge on her. Savvy, spirited Annie Bryce is terrified. She and partner Steve head to the tropics but Barclay is close behind, leaving a trail of destruction. She throws herself into her work, delving into the dark days of World War Two in the north, but he's closing in ... she know confrontation is inevitable.
Murky Waters
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 55,310. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
These eighteen stories are about crime. That means they’re essentially about love, hate, greed, revenge and power. So they are, of course, also about relationships. Most of them explore how ordinary people can be driven to extraordinary behaviour. The characters in these stories are just that: they’re not gangsters, or terrorists, or professional crooks; they are simply ordinary people.
Intrigue in Paradise
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 92,230. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
On Australia's glittering Gold Coast Annie Bryce's life is in turmoil. Desolate, she throws herself into investigating the death of ageing industrialist Jack Riversdale's son. Was it murder or suicide? Annie is sucked into riptides of break-ins, pursuits, threats, even abduction. Who is behind all this. Why? Who can she trust? Traumatised and injured,she finally learns the truth.
Rockhound
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 86,730. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Journalist Annie Bryce is on the run from a killer. He wants her dead before she can testify in a murder trial. She and photographer Steve are hustled out of town for their own protection. But even on the arid gemfields Annie finds trouble. Probing the secrets of a long-dead dealer in sapphires, she finds the past - and the killer - closing in on her...
The Spirit of Murder
Price: Free! Words: 1,750. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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This short story travels into the supernatural, where a disembodied spirit looks down on to a crime scene and recognizes the dead body as her own. Overcome by disbelief that anyone would want to kill her, she speculates about all the people in her life who simply adore her. Or do they?
Loose Ends
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 87,310. Language: English. Published: December 14, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Loose Ends (Book 1) She's smart, she's nosy, she's versatile ... but young Australian journalist Annie Bryce can also run scared. It's the whale research in the Pacific that triggers a mystery: the tight-lipped young English scientist, the Australian soldier dead in World War Two - how can they be connected? Annie's investigations plunge her into a world of secrets, vengeance - and strife.

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