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The Dying Beach

The Dying Beach: Jayne Keeney PI in Krabi

Jayne Keeney Novels, Book Three

Angela Savage

  • awardShortlisted, Ned Kelly Awards, Best Crime Novel, 2014
  • awardShortlisted, Sisters in Crime, Davitt Awards for Australian Women’s Crime Writing, 2014

    A new case for expat private investigator Jayne Keeney. 

    As Jayne and Rajiv holiday in Krabi, Jayne can’t stop her mind straying to thoughts of the future: a successful business, perhaps even a honeymoon. Who would have thought she could be so content?

    But then their tour guide’s body is found floating in the shallows and no one can explain the marks around her neck. Jayne and Rajiv are pulled into a case that the police have already decided isn’t one: a case that will pull at the seams of their fledgling relationships and lead Jayne into grave danger.  

    What would Jayne Keeney think of her creator? Read Angela Savage’s thoughts here.

    Media highlights

    Interview on ABC Radio National
    Profile for Boomerang Books
    Q&A with The Wheeler Centre

    Angela Savage
    About the Author

    Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar, won the 2004 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She is a winner of the Scarlett Stiletto Award and has twice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards.

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    The Dying Beach is a detective story rich in Thai culture…Jayne, who can speak Thai and knock about with the best of them, is an endearing character.’

    ‘It is a surprise to note that The Dying Beach…is only Angela Savage’s third Jayne Keeney novel. The Thai-based Australian private detective with her warm heart, social conscience and haphazard business skills is firmly enough fixed in memory to have been the star of many more: indeed, any understanding I have of Thai culture, manners and politics can be ascribed to the detailed and knowledgeable background to Jayne’s first two adventures in Chiang Mai and Pattaya.’

    ‘Savage writes with dry humour and a beguiling sense of place, but a hard-boiled quality of meance underpins the light cleverness of her prose.’

    ‘Sun-drenched beaches, sex, death, corruption, environmental destruction, and cobras – what more could you want in a crime novel?’

    The Dying Beach…is a stylish, intriguing and entertaining novel featuring an appealing protagonist.’

    The Dying Beach has it all: an exotic, evocative setting; terrifically drawn characters including good guys you can’t help but like and a story that manages to be thought-provoking and an edge-of-your-seat ride at the same time. Highly recommended.’

    ‘From time to time I am reminded how spoilt we are in Australia with the depth of talent in the crime genre. The Dying Beach is Angela Savage’s thrid novel in the 'Jayne Keeney PI’ series and it’s the perfect escapist read. It whisks you away to a warm location and once you’re there, the quality of the writing and clever plot details make spending time with expat Jane and Rajiv, her partner in life and love, a very enjoyable experience indeed…For crime fans this novel ticks all the boxes, but it would also appeal to anyone looking to escape their everyday routine with a ripper read.‘

    ‘With its intricate narrative structure, use of multiple points of view and occasional flashbacks, this is Savage’s most ambitious and accomplished crime novel to date. It is also her most touching.’

    The Dying Beach is a love story as well as a tightly plotted crime thriller….deft and unobtrusive characterisation…is a mark of both the humour and insight that is a hallmark of Angela Savage’s writing, and the reason I’ve been recommending it to so many people.’

    ‘Keeney is an appealing, flawed heroine.’

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