Dead Man Switch by Tara Moss: Your Preview Verdict

Dead Man Switch by Tara Moss: Your Preview Verdict

Bestselling author Tara Moss returns to crime fiction with a stunning new series, and a stunning new heroine. Meet PI Billie Walker – smart and sexy, with a dash of Mae West humour, she’s a hard-boiled detective with a twist. Our Preview readers loved Dead Man Switch – they loved the fierce, feminine main character and the realistic historical setting Tara set her story in.

Another great crime novel from Tara Moss. Billie is such a strong, independent woman trying to make her way in what was seen as a man’s profession. The descriptive way Moss writes makes it easy to imagine being there yourself. If your looking for a compelling thriller that keeps you turning the pages this books for you. I look forward to reading what adventures Billie gets up to next time. – Chantelle, VIC, 5 stars

This book took me into the world of Billie Walker right from the first page. The flashbacks to her time during the war helped build Billie’s character throughout the book. Her interactions with her mother and her assistant Sam were well written and I felt like I was living Billie’s life right along with her which I love it a good novel. Tara’s portrayal of Billie as a strong women in a man’s world will appeal to all woman and I can’t wait for hopefully the next installment in Billie’s life. A very enjoyable read! – Kathryn, WA, 5 stars

Tara Moss’ new novel is a lovely detective story set in 1930’s Sydney. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dead Man’s Switch and can’t wait for the next instalment. You can’t help but admire Billie’s approach to life and her spunkiness in a time that was not easy for women to make their own way. Five stars! – Cassandra, QLD, 5 stars

What a wonderfully evocative and beautifully written trip back in time. I loved, loved, loved Billie Walker and her strength, how she took charge when people tried to pull her down. She is smart and sassy but still so feminine. I really enjoyed the wonderful cast of characters too, from John the lift guy to the Baroness, every character in this book was complex and interesting, strong and vulnerable and so very real. This is definitely a book you’ll be glad you put at the top of your TBR pile. – Tamara, SA, 5 stars

A new series from Tara Moss. A feisty female lead. A PI in post-war Sydney. Two intriguing matters to investigate. Several nasty villains. Lots of action and a heart-thumping climax. More of Billie Walker and her friends will definitely be welcome. Excellent post-war Aussie noir. – Marianne, NSW, 5 stars

It was a fantastic read. Grabbed you from the start. Being the first is what I’m assuming will be a series for Billie Walker it starts of fast then introduces you the main characters. Unlike a lot of books that are starting a series it doesn’t get bogged down with everyone’s backstory but does give enough so you know there will be more backstory in future books. The story was great that brought all the parts together to wrap up the story but leave a few threads loose for a follow up book. The story flowed well & didn’t feel like it struggled to get to where it needed to go. There was always a reason for Billie to be where she needed to be & let the story flow. Ms Walker has a great supporting cast to help her with her cases especially Sam her assistant. I’m hoping his story will grow more in future books. For when the book was set I was surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did seeing I don’t read books set in that time period (post WW2) I’m glad I got an early copy from Better Reading Preview campaign. I enjoyed Dead Man Switch & recommend it to anyone who enjoys PI books. – Terry, NSW, 5 stars

Tara Moss conjures up a vivid picture of post war Sydney in ‘Dead Man Switch’. The first in a new series featuring glamorous private detective Billie Walker is a rollicking read, perfect for the beach or a long flight. Moss has clearly done her research on the locations, vehicles and social mores of the time. Her descriptions of Billie’s clothes are particularly vivid. I could easily visualise this being made into a tv series or movie. Billie is engaging, with an interesting back story. I think this is going to be a series I could easily get hooked on. – Penny, VIC, 5 stars

Tara Moss has created a captivating new character that you can’t help but fall in love with. Billie is an incredible woman who faces many different situations in a post war Australia. This was a book I could not put down and am already looking forward to reading the next installment. Tara has set the scene perfectly with the reader being able to visualise every moment. Thank you for creating such a beautiful novel. – Aleisha, QLD, 5 stars

Tara Moss’s Dead Man Switch is fantastic from start to finish. I want to be Billie Walker she is an amazing character. I really loved this book. I mean really what’s not to love. Billie is a PI based in Sydney and she is shaking up the boys while wearing red lippy and a gun in her garter. Can’t wait for the next one. Thank you Tara. – Elizabeth, NSW, 5 stars

Thank you Better Reading for the opportunity to read Dead Man Switch by Tara Moss. Well this was one book I didn’t want to put down!! The main character Billie Walker is a P.I. who is tasked with a missing persons case, which takes her to the underworld of Sydney. I loved the character Billie and I want to be Billie, she is smart, determined and tough as nails and doesn’t get scared easily. An extremely well written murder mystery that flowed so well I was constantly asking myself who, why and how? Set in a time when women didn’t work, were expected to dress and act like ladies and certainly not a P.I. chasing the baddies with her best friend a pearl handled colt. I highly recommend this mystery with its loveable and shady characters and twists and turns. This won’t be my last Tara Moss book!! #BRPreview# #betterreading# #TaraMoss# #deadmanswitch – Judy, NSW, 5 stars

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            Synopsis

            Bestselling author Tara Moss returns to crime fiction with a stunning new series, and a stunning new heroine. Meet PI Billie Walker - smart and sexy, with a dash of Mae West humour, she's a hard-boiled detective with a twist.She's a woman in a man's world ...Sydney, 1946. Billie Walker is living life on her own terms. World War II has left her bereaved, her photojournalist husband missing and presumed dead. Determined not to rely on any man for her future, she re-opens her late father's detective agency.Billie's bread and butter is tailing cheating spouses - it's easy, pays the bills and she has a knack for it. But her latest case, the disappearance of a young man, is not proving straightforward ...Soon Billie is up to her stylish collar in bad men, and not just the unfaithful kind - these are the murdering kind. Smugglers. Players. Gangsters. Billie and her loyal assistant must pit their wits against Sydney's ruthless underworld and find the young man before it's too late.
            Tara Moss
            About the author

            Tara Moss

            Tara Moss is a novelist, television presenter and journalist.Since 1999 she has written seven bestselling novels and been published in seventeen countries in eleven languages. Writing has been a lifelong passion for Moss, who began penning gruesome 'Stephen King-inspired' stories for her classmates at the age of ten. She went on to an international career as a fashion model before pursuing professional writing. Her novels have been short-listed for both the Davitt and the Ned Kelly crime-writing awards, hit No. 1 on numerous bestseller lists, and made her Australia's No. 1 selling crime writer several years running. Her in-depth research has seen her earn her private investigator credentials (Cert III) from the Australian Security Academy, tour the FBI Academy in Quantico, spend time in squad cars, morgues, prisons, the Hare Psychopathy Lab, the Supreme Court and criminology conferences, take polygraph tests, shoot weapons, conduct surveillance, pass the Firearms Training Simulator (FATSII) with the LAPD, pull 4.2 G's doing loops over the Sydney Opera House flying with the RAAF, and acquire her CAMS race driver licence. Stopping at nothing to 'experience' the research for her crime novels, Moss was set on fire by Hollywood stunt company West EFX and choked unconscious by Ultimate Fighter 'Big' John McCarthy.Moss has been an ambassador for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 2000, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2007 and UNICEF Patron for Breastfeeding for the Baby Friendly Heath Initiative (BFHI) since 2011, advocating for better support for breastfeeding mums in hospitals, the workforce and general community. She is a dual Australian/Canadian citizen.

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