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  • Location: Dunedin, Aramoana



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2000s: Sam Shephard case 3

  • ISBN: B07X8STC3P
  • Genre: Crime

What you need to know before your trail

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…

Travel Guide

Welcome to Aramoana, Dunedin with Vanda Symon

The small coastal town called Aramoana which is just north of Dunedin provides a very unusual and interesting location for the crimes which take place in this book. The town really shines and sounds lovely but then there’s something found on the beach…


Back in Dunedin where the series is centered, the police are hard at work and once again, the investigation starts in one place and ends in another. They are busy tracking down clues and people in the major city and this streets are not paved with friends or witnesses.


Lots of maritime issues in this novel which really brings to life the work of the Sir John Walsh Research Institute.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: Containment

Destination/location: Dunedin, Aramoana  Author/guide:   Vanda Symon   Departure Time: 2000s

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