Caroline de Costa - Blood Sisters & Missing Pieces

Tuesday 30 April 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Register until 30 April 2019 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.

Christina Lee is in-conversation with Caroline de Costa at the launch of books 2 & 3 in the Cass Diamond Crime Series, Missing PiecesBlood Sisters.

A young Asian woman lies in a pool of blood in a Cairns motel. Transferred to hospital, she dies before she can tell her story. Detective Cass Diamond and her team are soon on the case. Searching through her possessions, the police begin to ask questions: Was the woman part of a sex-trafficking ring? Who brought her to Cairns? Are other women in danger?  Soon it appears that many women may be missing.  Could their disappearance be linked to the brutal murder of a Cairns sex worker several years earlier?

Meanwhile a group of Cairns schoolgirls have become involved, one of them having witnessed the discovery of the young woman in the motel. Unconnected to the detectives, the girls pursue their own investigations. Will they pry too far? As these parallel searches progress, the story moves to the tropical rainforest surrounding Cairns, beautiful but capable of hiding many things. What secrets does it hold, who else may be concealed in its depths?

The third Cass Diamond mystery explores sex trafficking and abortion, teenage emotions and adult mischief, in a story as densely branched as the rainforest itself. Caroline de Costa holds her readers captive until the very last word.

Caroline de Costa was born and brought up in Sydney. After travelling and working in Europe, the Middle East and South America, including a stint in the Swedish Merchant Navy, she studied medicine in Dublin. She has practised as a doctor in the area of women’s health since 1973 and is now Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at James Cook University College of Medicine in Cairns, where she lives. She has always had a strong interest in the improvement and provision of services for women’s reproductive health. Since 1992 she has published many books to provide information for women about their health and health needs, as well as medical text books.

De Costa has also always been an avid reader of crime fiction and in 2015 published her first crime fiction novel. Missing Pieces is the second novel in the series featuring Cairns Aboriginal detective Cass Diamond, and is a sequel to Double Madness, which was shortlisted in the Davitt Awards in 2016.

De Costa brings her experience of the people and institutions of Far North Queensland, as well as her deep knowledge of medicine, and of the lush but sometimes unforgiving reef and rainforest country of the region.