Phillipa Nefri Clark

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Tangled by Tinsel (Bindarra Creek Christmas Romance)

Miranda Layton has too many balls in the air at a time – if running her grooming salon and building her dog walking clientele isn’t enough, there’s her elderly grandfather who wanders off at the drop of a hat. As much as she adores her life in Bindarra Creek, she is always just one catastrophe away from failure.

Blair Maxwell is at a loose end on a break from his job as a sports physiotherapist in the city. He’s home to spend Christmas with his brother and to catch up with old friends, including Miranda, but then he’s back to his normal life.

Falling off a ladder while setting up decorations in the salon is the last thing Miranda needed. Rather than lose clients, she reluctantly allows Blair to take over dog walking while she heals. Working together brings out new feelings – not the kind she wants. After all, she’s too busy for love and his home is far away.

Unless a missing loved one and the magic of Christmas can work a miracle for them both.

A Perfect Danger (A Bindarra Creek Mystery - Book 7)

Her perfect tree change is about to turn deadly...

Nellie Sinclair swaps her life in Sydney for the hamlet of Glenmeer, close to Bindarra Creek. Buying a farmhouse sight unseen, she arrives to find no power, a leaky roof, and the unsettling discovery that somebody has recently been inside.

Kane Maxwell, local tour guide and Nellie’s neighbour, is less than impressed with the big plans of this city slicker and suspects there’s more to her tree change than she’s willing to admit.

Keen to build her new graphic design business, Nellie talks Kane into letting her overhaul his brochures and signage. He agrees to give her a guided tour of the National Park to gather images.

They stumble across a makeshift shelter where belongings lie scattered, including photographs of Nellie’s house. As a sense of foreboding overwhelms her, she and Kane hike to an old house on the river where there is phone service, but when they step inside, somebody is waiting.

For her.

Daph on the Beach: A Camper & Wedding Officiant Cozy Mystery (Daphne Jones Mysteries)

There's a wedding around the corner, until Randall sniffs out a body in the sea...
The last thing Daphne Jones expects to see as she stands on Rivers End jetty, practicing the ceremony for a wedding, is a body floating by. 
Suspicion falls on her friend Christie when the deceased is identified as an ex-employee, a woman who left under a cloud. Nobody who knows Christie believes she's responsible - except the police. Roping in best friend, Elizabeth, Daphne sets out to run her own investigation.
Why was the deceased dressed in winter clothing on a summer's day? And why had she begged Christie to meet her late at night?
With the police about to arrest Christie, Daphne races to find evidence to exonerate her, as well as lead to
the real killer. Will the wedding be postponed and the wrong person arrested? Not if Daphne can solve the puzzle in time.

If you've read any of the Rivers End books, you'll love this fun and quirky quick read which features many of the beloved characters such as Christie, Martin, Thomas, Elizabeth and more... not to mention Randall the goldie. 
Daph on the Beach first appeared in the Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders anthology.

Mysteries, Midsummer Sun and Murders: A Cozy Mystery Anthology

Poisonous picnics, burgled barbeques, deadly deckchairs... and midsummer mayhem!
From a brilliant bunch of amazing authors, including multiple prizewinners and USA Today best sellers, comes this wonderful collection of 22 summer-themed cozy mysteries.

Featuring peril at the pool, blood on the beach, and felony at the festival, these fabulous stories—22 brand new and exclusive tales—will keep you entertained until long after the sun has set.

With stories from Hillary Avis, Benedict Brown, Catherine Coles, Paula Darnell, Connie B. Dowell, Ellen Jacobson, Joann Keder, Patti Larsen, Cate Lawley, Gayle Leeson, Daisy Linh, Rimmy London, R.B. Marshall, Megan Mayfair, Daphne McLean, Wendy Meadows, Phillipa Nefri Clark, Michele Pariza Wacek, Erin Scoggins, Cathy Tully, Victoria LK Williams and 
Carly Winter
, you'll surely find some of your favourite authors and discover some great new writers within the ~1600 pages of this set.

This collection will only be available for a limited time so don't miss out - grab yourself a bargain today!

Tales of Life and Daph: Weddings. Funerals. Sleuthing. (Daphne Jones Mysteries Book 3)

by Phillipa Nefri Clark

A retreat in the mountains sounds perfect with spa treatments for Daphne and fishing for John. Until a killer strikes...

Daphne Jones is invited to an exclusive conference in the high country in Victoria. The annual meeting of wedding officiants is her first and she's excited to attend sessions with her peers. In between a bit of spoiling, of course. Meanwhile, John is on an overnight camping trip to the best fishing river in the region.

A note arrives with a terrible warning. Revenge is on the menu at the banquet. But who is the target?

People are quick to point fingers at Daphne whose sleuthing reputation precedes her. She has her own list of potential victims and even with John away, is determined to uncover the truth and keep everyone safe.

Until the only way down the mountain is blocked.

Book three in the Daphne Jones Mysteries puts Daphne into more danger than ever and it might take more than her homemade cookies to get her out of this alive.

The Shadow of Daph: Weddings. Funerals. Sleuthing. (Daphne Jones Mysteries Book 2)

by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Daphne Jones loves nothing more than travelling with her husband, John, in Bluebell, their cute restored caravan. Instead of retiring, she started a new career as a celebrant, officiating at weddings, funerals, and all manner of ceremonies. And even a spot of sleuthing...

The forest town of Shady Bend is known for its crafts, preserves, and local produce.

It is not known for disappearing bodies let alone a mysterious spate of crimes!

Daphne came for a funeral but as the body count rises, she might be the only person standing between the truth and a killer.

The Shadow of Daph is book two in this new cozy series by the author of The Stationmaster's Cottage, where Daphne first appeared.

Till Daph Do Us Part: Weddings. Funerals. Sleuthing

by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Daphne had a peculiar feeling in her gut from the moment she arrived at the Brooker residence, and it wasn’t from her hurried lunch.

Daphne Jones adores her new career as a travelling celebrant, visiting a different small town every week to marry happy couples or help with sad goodbyes.

But it isn’t supposed to be both at the same time.

When a member of a bridal party ends up face down in a swimming pool, Daphne embraces her inner sleuth, believing this death was no accident.

Amid old family feuds, resentful relatives, and missing funds, there are plenty of suspects, and none of them appreciates Daphne snooping in their business. One wants her out of town, one wants her reputation destroyed, but with a heart of gold and a way with words, this celebrant sleuth is not giving up. Unless the killer finds her first...

Daphne and John appeared in four of the River's End series. It is not necessary to read them first, but if you'd like to know more about this gorgeous golden aged couple then take a look. First is The Stationmaster's Cottage.

The Christmas Key: A romantic seaside Christmas mystery (River's End Book 4)

by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Some old secrets are better left in the past…

A hot summer Christmas Day is just around the corner in the Australian seaside town of River’s End. Beachside BBQs and sumptuous dinners are on the menu.

But Martha Blake is like a dog with a bone, determined to solve the last of the mysteries surrounding the old stationmaster’s cottage. Knowing her husband won’t approve of her plans, she enlists great-niece Christie to join her in a secret investigation.

Meanwhile, Thomas Blake is just as busy with his own clues and not wanting his wife to know what he’s up to, seeks the help of his reluctant grandson, Martin.

At Palmerston House, loving new couple Elizabeth and Angus face their greatest obstacle, throwing their happy future into doubt.

With everyone working at cross-purposes, who will find themselves in the middle, cast decades back into memories of a terrible mistake?

Is love enough this time, as the beloved residents of River’s End deal with the fallout of the old mystery? Who, or what, will bring them all together in time for Christmas?

The Christmas Key is a heartwarming novella with the last of the secrets revealed, and delightful Christmas magic to touch the characters in River's End.

Recommended reading order:

The Stationmaster's Cottage

Jasmine Sea

The Secrets of Palmerston House

The Christmas Key

In addition there are two short companion stories which can be read before or after The Stationmaster's Cottage

Taming the Wind (how Thomas and Martha met)

Martha (the missing years)

There are also two spin-off series: The Charlotte Dean Mysteries & the Daphne Jones Mysteries. All of Phillipa's books are shown on her author page.

Sculpture (Doctor Grok's Peculiar Shop Book 4) 

By Phillipa Nefri Clark

Doctor Grok knows what you need... not what you want. Short stories with a twist of magic.

Rhonda gave up on her dreams long ago and now her father is losing his memories. A mystery box from a peculiar antique shop at Christmas time might be exactly what he needs. But there's more to the contents than either of them expects.

by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Christmas is a time of giving but one person wants to take it all away...

Christmas is almost here and Charlotte has every intention of making it the best one ever for the residents and shops of Kingfisher Falls. After the success last year of the bookshop's 'Giving Box', she's roped eleven other traders into joining her 'Giving Tree' project.

But somebody wants the project to fail. And they are quick to blame a recently returned, down-on-their-luck local when some of the gift cards go missing.

Meanwhile, Trev has a new constable to train and can't seem to find the right moment to propose to the woman he loves.

As the thefts devastate the town and shoppers avoid Kingfisher Falls, Charlotte faces a big decision when news about her past casts doubt on her future.

With days before Christmas, can Charlotte solve the mystery of the missing cards and exonerate the accused local, or will the person behind all the crime in town finally take their revenge on her?

The Charlotte Dean Mysteries is a new series of mysteries from the author of The Stationmaster's Cottage. Set amongst Victoria's beautiful Macedon Ranges featuring a quirky cast of characters and a dash of danger, it's small town mystery with a unique Australian twist.

Reading order:
The Christmas Tree Thief
Deadly Falls
Deadly Secrets
Deadly Past
The Giving Tree

The Charlotte Dean Mysteries are linked to the River's End series by Charlotte. She first appeared in Jasmine Sea, stayed for The Secrets of Palmerston House, then moved to Kingfisher Falls. It is not necessary to read these first, but will add to her backstory. All of Phillipa's books are on her Amazon page.

Charlotte Dean is finally living the life she wants. Happy in her small town of Kingfisher Falls with a great job and loving boyfriend, everything is perfect.

But when a terrible accident shocks the community, Charlotte suspects there is more to it. Much more. And the chance sighting of someone from her old life forces Charlotte to face her past head on.

Are these events linked? And who is really behind the planned shopping mall near the bookshop?

Deadly Past is the fourth in the Charlotte Dean Mysteries. Small town whodunits with a dash of danger.

Last Known Contact

by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Sometimes the only person you can trust is yourself

Her father is missing. Her estranged husband Dennis is his last known contact. The detective on the case is a man she once loved and turned her back on after a tragedy tore them apart.

Ellie Connor thought her father Jack trusted her with his business empire, but now she doesn’t know what to believe. With Jack gone, Ellie seems to be the only one genuinely concerned for his safety.
Jack’s head of security, Paul, is convinced Dennis is hiding something about her father’s disappearance. But could Paul have his own motives for deception? When shocking secrets are uncovered about the company, Ellie’s belief in her father is shattered. Is it possible he is in the business of building lies?
Someone is determined to stop Ellie from learning the truth. And if Ellie trusts the wrong person, the results could be fatal . . .
A gripping new suspense from the author of the River’s End series and the Charlotte Dean Mysteries.

Deadly Secrets (Charlotte Dean Mysteries Book 3)

by Phillipa Nefri Clark

Keeping secrets can be deadly . . .

The charming town of Kingfisher Falls is the place former psychiatrist Charlotte Dean now calls home. When she stumbles across an old, shallow grave in the bushland carefully decorated with flowers, Charlotte feels compelled to investigate.

The trail leads to an unsolved case of a runaway. Is it possible that the young woman didn't leave town after all? Meanwhile, there's a new face in Kingfisher Falls--a clairvoyant who is winning the favour of the locals. But Charlotte can't bring herself to trust the mysterious woman.

As Charlotte's search reveals more important clues, her attempts to uncover the town's secrets could prove to be a deadly pastime. It seems someone is out for revenge and now their quest for revenge includes Charlotte . . .

The Charlotte Dean Mysteries is a brand new series of small town whodunits from the author of The Stationmaster's Cottage. 

Simple Words for Troubled Times: Messages of hope and comfort

by Ronen Groves

The world we know has turned upside-down.
Everything we've taken for granted changed before there was time to take stock. We have to adjust. To adapt. To survive. 
For some this brings a sense of helplessness. Others feel grief and anger. All of us are affected. 
Simple Words for Troubled Times is written from the heart to help you find comfort and relief from the challenges of modern times.
Each short chapter addresses a different means to rebuild hope, rediscover self-belief, reinforce your personal power, and redirect fears into courage. 
There is no greater power than a simple word of hope. 

Deadly Falls (Charlotte Dean Mysteries Book 2)

In every small town there’s a gossip and sometimes words can kill . . .

Charlotte Dean finally feels like she’s putting her troubled life as a psychiatrist behind her. Life is peaceful working in the bookshop in picturesque Kingfisher Falls . . . until the death of a local sends shock waves through the small community. Was it an accident or is something more sinister going on?

Suddenly Charlotte finds herself questioning the motives of everyone in town from the book club ladies to the senior police constable. Even those closest to her, including her boss and friend, Rosie, might have reason to be hiding something.

When Charlotte discovers someone is watching her every move, she’ll have to decide who she can truly trust. And if she misplaces her trust? The results could be deadly . . .

The Charlotte Dean Mysteries is a brand new series of mysteries from the author of The Stationmaster’s Cottage. Set amongst Victoria’s beautiful Macedon Ranges featuring a quirky cast of characters and a dash of danger, it’s small town mystery with a unique Australian twist.

Taming The Wind: Prequel to the River's End Mystery Romance Series

Only time itself will erase our love…
On the edge of the Great Southern Ocean, an old jetty offers a haven for those seeking solace. A place by the sea to think. Plan. And dream.
As the daughter of the region’s wealthiest family, Martha Ryan has everything a girl could ask for. Money means nothing because her soul longs for adventure, love and a family of her own.
Thomas Blake is an artist weighed down by duty. Expected to follow his father into employment by the Ryan family as stationmaster, he yearns for the freedom to paint.
A chance meeting at the jetty one dawn changes both their lives. But will the expectations and prejudices of their families destroy their future?  

Fall in love with Thomas and Martha in Taming the Wind, prequel of The Stationmaster’s Cottage. Perfect as a standalone with its own happy ever after, or follow the lives and loves of the residents in River’s End across all six books.

Deadly Start (Charlotte Dean Mysteries Book 1)

by Phillipa Nefri Clark

She's looking forward to a quiet Christmas, but this small town is anything but quiet . . .

Psychiatrist Charlotte Dean has had enough trouble to last a lifetime. When the opportunity to work in a bookshop in the picturesque town of Kingfisher Falls arises, it is a rare chance to start over where no one knows about her past.

The last thing Charlotte expects to see is someone stealing Christmas trees, but she's determined not to get involved. Especially when some of the locals, including the town police officer, are suspicious of the newcomer.

Unfortunately, trouble has a way of finding Charlotte. When the bookshop becomes a target, she's forced to reconsider her hands-off policy--even if it means putting herself in danger. In order to find the culprit, Charlotte will discover what it really means to live in a small town and that the prospect of becoming a local may not be so bad after all. So long as it involves a spot of sleuthing on the side, of course . . .

The Charlotte Dean Mysteries is a brand new series of mysteries from the author of The Stationmaster's Cottage. Set amongst Victoria's beautiful Macedon Ranges featuring a quirky cast of characters and a dash of danger, it's small town mystery with a unique Australian twist.

Martha: Prequel to The Stationmaster's Cottage

by Phillipa Nefri Clark

1972. It is four years since Martha Ryan’s world crashed around her. Fleeing to England to
study teaching, she had left everything behind. Her beloved seaside town of River’s End, her
big sister, Dorothy, and the one man she loves beyond reason.

After the untimely death of her father, she finds a new home in Ireland. There, she
buys a cottage, embarking on a career as a teacher in the small town, and travelling during
every long school holiday. She finds friendships, relationships, and adventures.

But dreams haunt her. Deep down, she longs for her home town in Australia, and to see
Dorothy. Will a life well lived be enough, or is one letter the turning point to risk everything
she’s come to love?

The Stationmaster's Cottage (River's End Book 1)

"There are secrets in that cottage. Questions needing answers."

Those words gave Christie Ryan a reason to stay in River's End, when she should have gone home after Gran's funeral. Inheriting a rundown cottage, far from her jet-setting life, she is drawn into a fifty-year-old mystery.

Who wrote the letters hidden in the attic, an outpouring of love to a woman Christie suspects she is related to? What is the significance of a damaged painting kept by Gran but clearly painted in this seaside town?

Local artist Martin Blake may have the answers she seeks, but refuses to help. His dog adores Christie, but Martin keeps his feelings locked away.

As Christie faces difficult decisions about her own future, will the consequences of righting old wrongs be too high a price to pay?

**New edition April 2019 completely re-edited**

Wishing Well: A short paranormal suspense (Doctor Grok's Peculiar Shop Book 3)

Three generations in one small apartment. Three wishes. When one wish tears them apart, will old secrets be too much to bear?

Table for Two (Doctor Grok's Peculiar Shop Book 2)

by Phillipa Nefri Clark

All Walter wants is his fifty-fifth wedding anniversary at his favourite restaurant, but his greedy nephew has other ideas.

Colony: A short paranormal suspense (Doctor Grok's Peculiar Shop Book 1)

by Phillipa Nefri Clark

When a mysterious antiques shop appears in a dark alley, a cheating businessman gets more than he expects.