Vanda Symon

Books by Vanda Symon


New Zealand detective Sam Shephard returns to investigate a shooting. Her colleagues think this is an open-and-shut case, but Shephard has her doubts.

Reviewed on 30 April 2022 by Chris Roberts

The Ringmaster

Detective Sam Shephard fights unfair criticism from her boss as the Dunedin police tackle the murder of a student in the Botanic Garden.

Reviewed on 26 October 2019 by Chris Roberts


Sam Shepard, the only policewoman in the small rural town of Mataura, New Zealand, investigates the death of a young mother Gaby Knowes. Apparent suicide was in fact a murder, and the victim was married to Sam’s ex-boyfriend. Sam finds herself the main suspect and suspended from duty but decides to find the killer anyway and clear her name.

Reviewed on 23 February 2019 by Ewa Sherman