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  • On location: Dunedin, New Zealand
    The Penrose & Pyke Mysteries are set in and around Dunedin, New Zealand. Readers who haven’t been lucky enough to visit (yet) might like to know a little more about the city. Dunedin is built on the collapsed remains of a volcano, so the views are stunning. Fortunately, it’s a long extinct volcano, unlike our… Continue Reading →
  • Larnach Castle – a Celebration of Victorian Excess
    I have to admit a fascination for the Victorian era. Industrial innovation, scientific advancement and exploration made for a heady mix of momentous change. And how those successful nouveau-riche Victorians loved to flaunt their newly-minted wealth! One such man was William Larnach, who built New Zealand’s only castle in 1871. If you are in Dunedin,… Continue Reading →
  • NZ & South Seas Exhibition, 1889-90
    As soon as I read about the marvellous New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition, I knew it was perfect place for a scene in Murder in the Devil’s Half Acre. Grand exhibitions were all the rage in the 1800s, showing off the extraordinary innovation and prosperity of the Victorian period. The Dunedin event was hard… Continue Reading →

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