Hello and welcome to the blogtour for Overkill by Vanda Symon, thanks to Anne for having me on this Random Things Tour and thanks to Orenda for the book.
Can I just say this was a bloody good book and leave it there because really that says it all! I knew, I just knew I was going to like this book, from the description to the cover I just knew this was a book for me to get excited over.
About the Book
“When the body of a young mother is found washed up on the banks of the Mataura River, a small rural community is rocked by her tragic suicide.
But all is not what it seems.
Sam Shephard, sole-charge police constable in Mataura, soon discovers the death was no suicide and has to face the realisation that there is a killer in town. To complicate the situation, the murdered woman was the wife of her former lover. When Sam finds herself on the list of suspects and suspended from duty, she must cast aside her personal feelings and take matters into her own hands.
To find the murderer… and clear her name.”
I read Overkill in one sitting, stopping only to make the dinner, a few mugs of tea and put the kids to bed! I love Sam, she’s short (like me), short-tempered and sassy. She’s stubborn but ballsy and determined. She makes some errors along the way (what human doesn’t) and sometimes lets her heart blur her thinking but she does her bloody best to catch the killer and clear her name.
I need more Sam Shephard in my life please and thank you very much, she was refreshing and I want to see where she goes from here. I liked the setting of New Zealand, I’ve never been, but the images of farmlands and small towns with lots of green kind of made me think of Ireland but obviously hotter. Also I had The Hobbit for reference so that made it easy to picture the scenes and transport myself there.
A really addictive read, short punchy chapters making you want to keep on reading, I didn’t want to put it down and I would love to read more. Highly recommended!
About the Author
Vanda Symon (born 1969) is a crime writer, TV presenter and radio host from Dunedin, New Zealand, and the chair of the Otago Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors. The Sam Shephard series has hit number one on the New Zealand bestseller list, and also been shortlisted for the Ngaio Marsh Award for best crime novel. She currently lives in Dunedin, with her husband and two sons.
Many thanks again to Anne for organising the tour and Orenda books for a review copy of the book, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.