Thrill City, by Leigh Redhead

Remembering my training I depressed the door handle with my elbow, nudged it open with my foot, then wished to god I hadn’t. My stomach shrivelled and I had to lean against the frame to stop my legs bucking beneath me.
I was staring into an office with a floor-to-ceiling window overlooking the river. More unpacked boxes were stacked against the walls, and between me and the massive desk sat a high-packed leather swivel chair, facing away.
And the whole room was covered in blood.

Simone Kirsch is back in business, celebrating the opening of her very own detective agency. But when crime novelist Nick Austin hires her to show him how she works, she doesn’t expect this innocent-sounding job to land her deep in hot water. Nick’s ex-wife is found brutally murdered, Nick himself disappears, and Simone is deep in trouble. Someone wants to kill her, and her investigative license has been suspended. Only by finding Nick Austin, and figuring out who wants to kill both her and him, will she get her life back on track.

Thrill City is the fourth title featuring sassy ex-stripper turned PI Simone Kirsch and ,like its predecessors, this offering is a blend of action, suspense and wry humour. Kirsch is likeable, flawed, and self-deprecating. Her first person narration takes the reader on a ride through the highs and lows of her investigation and her personal life. Favourite characters from earlier books, including her friend Chloe, now heavily pregnant, also add interest.

Great stuff.

Thrill City

Thrill City, by Leigh Redhead
Allen & Unwin, 2010

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Rubdown, by Leigh Redhead

Simone Kirsch is an ex-stripper who always wanted to be a cop. They wouldn’t have her, because of her background, so now she’s the next best thing – a Private Investigator. Unfortunately for Simone, her cases don’t seem to ever be straightforward. She seems to attract trouble. Big trouble.

Simone is hired to investigate Tamara Wade, the daughter of prominent Melbourne lawyer Emery Wade, and the sister of football star Blaine. But while she’s busy staking out the flat, Tamara dies in an apparent suicide. Simone thinks the case has come to a messy conclusion, but soon she is hired by one of Tamara’s former massage clients, who believes Tamara was murdered. Soon Simone realises that she needs to solve the case quickly – before she herself is silenced.

Rubdown is a sassy, fast moving detective novel, with plenty of twists and turns, some humour and a love interest. Simone is a likeably flawed P.I. with insecurities and foibles which keep the reader barracking for her to get it right.

This is the second book in the Simone Kirsch series, but it isn’t necessary to have read the first to get full enjoyment from this one.


Rubdown, by Leigh Redhead
Allen & Unwin, 2005