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  • Location: Dunedin



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2023: The shocking murder of a heavily pregnant woman throws the New Zealand city of Dunedin into a tailspin.

  • Genre: Crime, Police Procedural

What you need to know before your trail

The shocking murder of a heavily pregnant woman throws the New Zealand city of Dunedin into a tailspin, and the devastating crime feels uncomfortably close to home for Detective Sam Shephard as she counts down the days to her own maternity leave.

Confined to a desk job in the department, Sam must find the missing link between this brutal crime and a string of cases involving mothers and children in the past. As the pieces start to come together and the realisation dawns that the killer’s actions are escalating, drastic measures must be taken to prevent more tragedy.

For Sam, the case becomes personal, when it becomes increasingly clear that no one is safe and the clock is ticking…



Travel Guide


Dunedin art:

“Dunedin was blessed with some incredible street art, including a lot hidden down the recesses and odd throughfares of the inner city. It was well worth the effort to hunt them down.”

This is a good tour of the city of Dunedin although you do get to see the city through the eyes of kidnappers and police.

The weather:

Of course, this being Dunedin, it could turn winterish at the drop of a hat. Today the daffs were waving their cheery heads in the sun. The next thing they could be poking through a blanket of spring-time snow.”

BookTrail Boarding Pass: Expectant

Destination/location:  Dunedin  Author/guide: Vanda Symon Departure Time: 2023

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