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  • Five Inspiring Suffragists
    The third book in the Penrose & Pyke Mysteries (Murder By Vote) gets to the heart of the women’s movement in New Zealand – the campaign for women’s suffrage in the early 1890s. In New Zealand – the first self-governing nation in the world where women won the right to vote – the suffrage campaign… Continue Reading →
  • On Location: Dunedin & Waitati
    The second Penrose & Pyke Mystery, Murder Most Melancholy, is set in and around Dunedin, in the South Island of New Zealand. I hope this post will help readers to get a feel for the locations in the story, for those who don’t know the area. Dunedin is known for its steep terrain, scenic harbour,… Continue Reading →
  • Late Victorian Lunatic Asylums
    The latest Penrose and Pyke Mystery, Murder Most Melancholy, is set in 1891, when mental health care was rather different from today. The asylum in the book is fictional and not based on any specific institution, but the story incorporates some real aspects of care at the time. The attendant uniforms and duties, the power… Continue Reading →

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