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Vanda Symon- Containment
Right where are we off to now on another global crime adventure- New Zealand that’s where, and into the world of Detective Constable Sam Shephard, where a ... READ MORE


Dunedin’s favourite young police officer Sam Shephard is drawn into a perplexing investigation when a series of shipping containers wash up on a sleepy New Zealand beach, and a spate of unexplained deaths ensues…‘Fast-moving New Zealand procedural … the Edinburgh of the south has never been more deadly’ Ian Rankin'If you like taut, pacy thrillers with a wonderful sense of place, this is the book for you’ Liam McIlvanney‘A sassy heroine, fabulous sense of place, and rip-roaring stories with a twist. Perfect curl-up-on-the-sofa reading’ Kate Mosse––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––Chaos reigns in the sleepy village of Aramoana on the New Zealand coast, when a series of shipping containers wash up on the beach and looting begins.Detective Constable Sam Shephard experiences the desperation of the scavengers first-hand, and ends up in an ambulance, nursing her wounds and puzzling over an assault that left her assailant for dead.What appears to be a clear-cut case of a cargo ship running aground soon takes a more sinister turn when a skull is found in the sand, and the body of a diver is pulled from the sea … a diver who didn’t die of drowning…As first officer at the scene, Sam is handed the case, much to the displeasure of her superiors, and she must put together an increasingly confusing series of clues to get to the bottom of a mystery that may still have more victims…––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––‘Vanda Symon’s work resembles Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series rather than the mysteries of her compatriot Ngaio Marsh. However, she knows how to tell a good story and the NZ setting adds spice to the flapdoodle’ The Times‘It is Symon’s copper Sam, self-deprecating and very human, who represents the writer’s real achievement’ Guardian‘Antipodean-set crime is riding high thanks to the likes of Jane Harper, and fans of The Dry will love Vanda Symon’ Red Magazine‘With a twisty plot, a protagonist who shines and beautifully written observations of the cruellest things … this is crime fiction at its best’ Kiwi Crime‘Atmospheric, gripping and incredibly satisfying’ Random Things through My Letterbox‘Raw, honest, punchy and smirky … if you enjoy a quick-firing, fast-moving tale with a tight storyline, then Containment could be for you’ LoveReading

  • Publisher: Orenda Books
  • ISBN: 9781913193195
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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An original and compelling thriller
#3 in the Sam Shephard series, but can also be read as a stand-alone. Set in the Small town of Dunedin, New Zealand, (which the author describes so well I... READ MORE
Lesley Budge
Crime mystery set in New Zealand
This is really starting to become one of my favourite crime series. Book three and I am totally invested in the characters, plot and of course setting. Th... READ MORE
A crime series you must check out!
I am such a huge fan of Vanda Symon and her heroine, Sam Shephard, I love love love this series! Every single thing about them works for me and the books j... READ MORE
Emma Smith at Bedford
A great addition to the series
Although this is the third instalment in the Sam Shepherd series, this book would work perfectly well as a standalone for anyone who is coming new to the n... READ MORE
Julie Morris
Tense and fast-moving mystery
I'm grateful to Orenda for letting me have an advance copy of Containment for review. Welcome to another instalment in the tumultuous private and work lif... READ MORE
Blue Book Balloon
A fab read
My first book by author Vanda Symon saw me chuckling and smirking at the irreverent dialogues that Sam could come up with. Her banter with partner Smithy w... READ MORE
Shalini VG
A fun police procedural
A container has been washed up onto the beach at Dunedin, full of all sorts of things including personal possessions. While local residences flock to the b... READ MORE
Good thriller
Thank you to the publishers for this review copy. I had previously not heard of Vanda Symon so I had no expectations when I started this book. My verdict: ... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Police procedural set in DUNEDIN
The novel is published to coincide with International’s Women’s Month (March). It is shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime novel. Much of t... READ MORE