Author talk - Catherine Lea

Picture of The Water's Dead by Catherine Lea book cover.

Past event

The Water's Dead

Catherine Lea, author of the popular Elizabeth McClaine series of thrillers, will discuss her latest novel, The Water’s Dead. A police procedural set in the Far North and introducing DI Nyree Bradshaw, New Zealand’s answer to Vera Stanhope.

For twenty-five years, Nyree thought she’d solved her toughest cases. She was wrong.

The chin tattoo confirms the victim is Māori. The whorls of ink from her lower lip to her chin, the moko, is worn only by Māori women. So, her ethnicity is a given. Finding who murdered her and dumped her body in the volcanic rock pool at the base of Mason’s Rock waterfall is DI Nyree Bradshaw’s latest case.

From the strangely unsympathetic parents to the belligerent boyfriend on home detention for drugs, it seems everyone has something to hide, and no one is telling the truth. Then Nyree discovers six-year-old diabetic, Lily Holmes is missing, last seen in the victim's care. Now Nyree must find the killer to save Lily. The clock is ticking. She has already failed her own son. She cannot fail this child.



Picture of author Catherine Lea.

About Catherine Lea

Catherine Lea is author of the popular Elizabeth McClaine series of thrillers and several standalone novels set in the USA. She was short-listed for the Katherine Mansfield Award with a short story consisting entirely of dialogue. Before COVID, she travelled to the States every second year to attend the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention for Readers and Writers of crime, mystery and suspense.

Catherine lives on the North Shore, Auckland with a fox terrier that thinks he owns the house. She has sold international satellite capacity, worked in IT recruitment and run her own communications store.


  • Thursday, 09 June 2022 | 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM


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