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 nine 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, Murder on the Orient (SS), An Island Lost, the six Ghostwriter Mysteries (Killer Twist, A Plot to Die For, Last Writes, Dying Words, Words Can Kill and A Note Before Dying), and the non-fiction book A Measure of Papua New Guinea (Focus; 2008).
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.
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.
Gutsy ghostwriter Roxy Parker is back, this time in the belly of her mates and on a 20-year-old missing person's case. Her new client, Phoebe Fisher, was just a child when her entire family vanished. She wants Roxy to tell her story now; Roxy’s more interested in the past—why did young Phoebe’s family vanish? How could they do it in just one night? And what 'sinister' event set it all in motion?
In this mind-bending thriller/suspense, it's the 1990s, pre-mobile phones, and a young traveller must make a terrifying choice: Will she jump ship with a seductive stranger? Or stay cocooned on the Greek ferry with friends and miss what could be the love of her life? One choice leads to true love. ONE CHOICE LEADS TO MURDER. But which is which? A story of love and parallel lives.
"There's a bullet in my head and it's really messing with my hairstyle…" Thus begins the second in the best-selling Posthumous Mystery series where a disgruntled murder victim hovers above the crime scene, hopeful the reader can her help solve her own murder before she's lured, kicking and screaming, to the light.
In their latest and most complex puzzle yet, the Agatha Christie Book Club unite at a moonlit cinema and end up with a dead body just blankets away. It's the unlikeliest of crimes—a woman strangled in a public park, with scores of witnesses and not a single suspect in sight. How did no one hear her scream? And how could the club have been lounging just metres away and missed the whole event?!
If you thought your child had just killed you, would you want to know? In this sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartwrenching posthumous mystery, single mom Lulu implores the reader to help solve her murder before the granny-beckoning tunnel swallows her whole. Did her beloved boy really stab her or is there something even more disturbing going on? Help Lulu sort the dead herrings from the clues...
When the Agatha Christie Book Club signs up for a cruise on replica steamship the SS Orient they expect little more than a nostalgic journey back in time. What they get would leave Hercule Poirot scratching his egg-shaped head—one missing passenger, two dead bodies, and enough red herrings to fill the Pacific Ocean. Jump aboard for the second adventure for the beloved book club friends!
When rock legend Jed Moody is electrocuted while strutting his stuff on stage, he’s lucky his biggest fan Roxy Parker is in the crowd. The Ghostwriter may be there to write his life story but now she wants to know who snuffed it out and why. Could it be a string of lovers, his long-suffering wife, embittered band members or the sexy sparkie with the chip on his shoulder and the soft spot for Roxy?
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!
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?
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?
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...
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.
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.