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Top 10 TV Mysteries by Claire Baxter, author of Down Among the Dead Men


Down among the deadTitle:
Down Among the Dead Men
Author: Claire Baxter
Publisher: Entangled Ignite
Pages: 210
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Format: Ebook

When Caitlyn ventures into the rough, tough world of the South Australian opal fields on a mission to find her estranged father she instead discovers a half-sister she knew nothing about and learns that her father is missing and suspected of a crime.

Dale is a former city lawyer-turned-lapidary hiding out in Minagoona after death threats endanger him and his daughter. When Caitlyn approaches him for help finding her father, he’s reluctant, but attracted by her determination to right the wrongs dealt to her family. His sense of justice is very much like hers, but when his daughter’s life was threatened by men who wanted him to break the law for them, he fled to protect the child he loves.

Still the more Dale gets to know Caitlyn, the more he realizes he can’t let her go up against organized crime on her own—which is exactly what she proposes when she sets out to clear her father’s name. No matter what, he’ll do his damnedest to keep her safe—even if it means exposing himself and his daughter to the men who want to kill them…

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Top 10 TV Mysteries

My latest book, Down Among The Dead Men, is my first in the romantic suspense/mystery genre and while writing it I immersed myself in mystery television shows to imprint the format in my brain. Even when I was working on other things I often had mysteries playing in the background. Many of them were of the “police procedural” type whereas my story is an “amateur sleuth”, but there are lots of similarities. Here in Australia we receive US, UK and Irish television series, as well as home-grown, so my top ten is a mix.

10. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

An American series, CSI shines a spotlight on the work of a team of crime scene investigators, placing a strong emphasis on the science used to solve crimes.

9. Jack Taylor

An Irish drama based on a series of novels by Ken Bruen. Set in Galway, the series features a main character who is a former officer in the Garda.

8. The Doctor Blake Mysteries

An Australian series in which Doctor Lucien Blake returns home to Ballarat in 1959 to take over his late father’s general medical practice and becomes a solver of mysteries.

7. The Fall

A British crime drama television series in which a senior police officer investigates a string of murders in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

6. Midsomer Murders

Based on the crime novels by Caroline Graham, this long-running British series follows the investigations of Detective Chief Tom Barnaby in the fictional county of Midsomer.

5. Prime Suspect

A British police procedural television drama series in which Jane Tennison is one of the first female Detective Chief Inspectors in London’s Metropolitan Police.

4. Lewis

A British television detective drama, a spin-off from Inspector Morse, set in Oxford. In my opinion it’s much better than Morse, in part due to the presence of sidekick, Sergeant Hathaway.

3. Without a Trace

An American police procedural drama series that follows the ventures of a Missing Persons Unit of the FBI in New York City.

2. Law & Order

A police and legal procedural drama. I enjoy all variants and adaptations of the original American series, but especially like Law & Order UK.

1. Castle

An American crime drama series which traces the lives of a best-selling mystery novelist and an NYPD homicide detective as they solve unusual crimes in New York City.

Claire grew up in Warwickshire, England, but for more than 20 years has called Australia home. She considers herself lucky to live near one of Adelaide’s beautiful metropolitan beaches where she loves to walk and think up stories.

Her latest book is the romantic suspense novel, Down Among the Dead Men.

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