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By: Portia Stanton-Noble

Drop Dead Like Flies

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An hour’s drive from the small town of Brumby Flat, a new murder mystery gradually reveals itself in a place where hushed whispers of lost people, secret loves and big ambitions collide and spark.

Senior Detective Phillip Duncan is forced to come to terms with a personal tragedy which happened within Beecham’s Bridge National Park over 30 years ago.

As the thirty-second and third anniversary of the Park’s infamous folk festival begins, pure evil returns. When folk music legend Hannah Dee Wainwright arrives, her ‘Diva’ behavior rocks the festival staff and locals alike which leads to a quick earthly dispatch. Duncan encounters a motley new band of likely suspects.

Banksia Ava Peterson is a 20-something dynamo who runs the family roadhouse and motel single handed, dreaming of a better life somewhere far away. There’s the worldly new partner Duncan must learn to work with. And to add to Duncan’s inner turmoil, sparks fly with a sexy young firefighter which will test his new relationship, just as the body count starts to rise around him.

A cold-blooded killer is on the loose in the National Park and no one is safe. Is Detective Duncan too close to the truth this time to see the wood for the trees?


Portia was born and raised in Melbourne, Victoria, to Estonian parents who migrated to Australia after World War II. She has worked in the retail, telecommunications and real estate sectors. Always wanting to be a writer, over the years, she has edited and written articles and reviews for various university student newspapers and independent publications.


She currently lives with her son in the picturesque Gilbert Valley region, South Australia, nestled between the wine-growing regions of the Barossa and Clare Valleys.


In her spare time, Portia is busy working away on her next book projects, which will include the sequel to her debut novel The Big Dead Dry.

Customer Reviews
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  • Glenis, from QLD

    I have read your third book of the trilogy and found it a good read. It was a great plot with a clear beginning, middle, & end. Not that I was expecting the ending and I am usually fairly good at predicting that so kudos to you.

  • Nancy

    I loved the first two books author Portia wrote and I have been eagerly awaiting time to read book #3. It did not disappoint and I could not put it down. The story line set around Detective Phil Duncan kept me intrigued throughout the entire book. The twists and turns, and racey romances were captivating! So excited to be left with a cliff hanger at the end in preperation for the next book! Portia is a sensational author and her style of writing I enjoy thoroughly. The murder mysterys crossed with hot steamy romances are so enjoyable to read!

  • Christian .V.

    I loved book number three. First of all, your writing is superb. Love the minute clothes description, makes a rounded picture.
    The constant change of partnership makes the book very racy and fluent. Waiting for the next one.

  • Halina H

    Loved the two previous books and 'Drop Dead Like Flies' didn't disappoint. The characters are interesting and very visual. Once starting the book. I tried to read it in one night as every page is interesting..it's a book that keeps one wanting to find out what is going to happen. Very well written and intriguing. Can't wait for the next one.

  • Halina H.

    Loved the two previous books and 'Drop Dead Like Flies' didn't disappoint. The characters are interesting and very visual. Once starting the book, I tried to read it in one night as every page is interesting.. it's a book that keeps one wanting to find out what is going to happen. Very well written and intriguing. Can't wait for the next one.

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