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Pretty Dead Ordinary-bookcover

By: Portia Stanton-Noble

Pretty Dead Ordinary

Pages: 240 Ratings: 5.0
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Nearly two years after a serial killer let loose with havoc in Brumby Flat, intrigue, unexpressed desires and murder ride back into town.

A long-awaited wedding celebration turns sinister when a bridesmaid nearly drowns in the local dam. Once again, Senior Detective Phillip Duncan is drawn into the initial investigations, but quickly becomes the prime suspect. Gradually the small South Australian town starts to believe he fits the profile of their new deadly threat.

Some familiar characters return from The Big Dead Dry. Raquel Willaston is still living with the charismatic silo painter Phil Proctor and Anabella Williams has returned after serving time in a correctional centre for the accidental death of the local Mayor. Raquel’s son Steve is now the local rookie cop, quickly learning how to cope with the evil circumstances unfolding around him. Then there are the new folks in town, the crafty Tanaka family with their rebellious beautiful daughter ‘Yankee’ who Steve becomes obsessed with.

Pretty Dead Ordinary sums up the order of things to come. Detective Duncan is forced to work harder than ever to prove his own innocence and hopefully bring the real killer to justice.

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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  • Sarah

    Great sequel to the original

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    "I met you at the markets in Munno Para last Sunday and bought two of your books. I have read them both and they are both worth reading. You really don't waffle as some authors do, you get straight to the point of the story. Both books were well written and I really enjoyed reading them can't wait for the next one and any more you may write."

  • Mrs Nancy M

    I have been looking forward to reading Pretty Dead Ordinary, the sequel to the Big Dead Dry I read in Oct 2021. This book was just as impressive, if not better. The storyline had lots of twists and turns that kept me wanting to read more, and I love the mix of hot steamy romance and murder mystery. It's a fantastic sequel, and I can not wait to read the final book in this trilogy when it is released!

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