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The Waterhole by Lily Malone

The Waterhole by Lily Malone

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 ***SHORTLISTED in the Sisters In Crime Davitt Awards for BEST DEBUT CRIME***

320 Page Paperback

For readers who enjoyed Jane Harper's, The Dry.

When a backyard dare to discover the source of a fabled waterhole uncovers human bones, small town detective, Marley West, leaps at the chance to kickstart his stalled career. But it’s more than two decades since developers filled the Cowaramup creek. The woman who owned the land—the Ross family matriarch—has passed away. Relations between her sons, Jack and Bill, are colder than the case.
Then the Ross family learn Marley is the grandson of notorious police sergeant, Alan West, the corrupt cop who once ruled the town with an iron fist.
To solve the case, Marley must gain the trust of three people with no reason to trust each other and less reason to trust him: Bill, who left the love of his life to fight in Vietnam; charismatic Jack, who could always catch the eye of a pretty girl; and city school teacher, Annette, whose move to Cowaramup in 1966 would change the Ross brothers’ lives forever.
As he navigates a tangled web of lies and betrayals, jealousies and murder, Marley has to ask himself: are these bones better left buried?

Praise for The Waterhole
"The Waterhole is a captivating Australian crime thriller, right up there with Jane Harper and Chris Hammer. Intelligent, suspenseful, articulate, and very hard to put down." Greg Barron, author of Rotten Gods.
"A clever and polished foray into the world of mystery and crime." All The Books I Can Read
"Quintessentially Australian, Lily Malone takes us into the heart of a family ravaged by secrets.” Fiona Lowe, author of Home Fires.
"Lily Malone serves up addictive small town stories with a twist." Jenn J McLeod, author of House Of Wishes and The Seasons’ Collection.
"With an intriguing, often disquieting ensemble of characters, The Waterhole sets a cracking pace from the outset." Monique Mulligan, author of Wherever You Go.

About the Author:

Lily Malone is best known for writing Australian rural romance set in the stunning wine regions of Margaret River or the Great Southern in Western Australia. In 2018 she took the coveted No.1 place in the Amazon Australia Kindle store with her best-selling rural romance, The Vineyard in the Hills. The Waterhole is her debut crime/mystery novel. Lily is the author of the bestselling Australian rural romance series, The Chalk Hill Series, published by Harper Collins. When she isn't writing, Lily likes gardening, bushwalking, wine, and walking in gardens (sometimes with wine). She lives in the Margaret River region of Western Australia with her husband and two handsome sons who take after their father. She loves to hear from readers and you can contact her at or visit

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