Six Stella Bruno Investigates stories.
The Identity Thief
Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno investigates the murder of 'nice guy' Bob Cunningham, and discovers he wasn't who he claimed to be. To solve this one, Stella not only has to work out who the victim was, she also needs to find out why he was pretending to be someone else. And, there's the distraction of Shaun Porter, the new man from Public Prosecutions, who walks into her life.
A Gun of Many Parts
Easy to use and conceal, Glock pistols are the weapon of choice in the Australian criminal underworld, even though possession of a Glock is restricted under Australian law. When a Glock with multiple serial numbers is discovered in the wreckage of a car after a senseless shooting, Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno investigates and finds herself on the trail of a group of gun smugglers making creative use of a Licensed Post Office.
Bones in the Forest
A skeleton, found after a fire in Wirrabara Forest, is identified as a young man reported missing five years before the fire. Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno investigates. The trail is cold. The evidence is circumstantial. Stella wonders if they'll find a way to solve the case. Detective Constable Brian Rhodes has his own ideas on this one.
A Deadly Game of Hangman
Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno investigates a murder disguised as a suicide when the body of a young man is found hanging from a tree in the Adelaide Park Lands. Three weeks later, a second body is discovered hanging in Morialta Park and Stella finds herself chasing a serial killer - and hoping for a lucky break.
Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno investigates the abduction of eight-year-old Julia Ryan, taken from her nanny at gunpoint. When the kidnapper demands something outside the control of Julia’s family as ransom for her release, Stella is determined to find him before it’s too late. Detective Constable Brian Rhodes is confident the kidnapper will make a mistake.
Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno investigates the apparent gangland murder of motor mechanic Ken Draper and his partner, Samantha Atwood. Her investigation is complicated by Samantha’s recent allegations of sexual harassment by a former employer, who does not appear to have any gangland connections. Stella finds out it’s having friends in the right places that counts in this one.
If you enjoy mystery and intrigue, you'll love this collection of Peter Mulraney's quick reads.