The Scarlet Key

The Scarlet Key

4.13 (15 ratings by Goodreads)
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A scarlet key, a bittersweet secret, a corpse with cryptic tattoos.

When an envelope containing a key and address lands on his newsroom desk, veteran reporter Seth VerBeek is thrust into a thrilling crime adventure. His challenge is to investigate the death of a tattooed woman. Why and how did she die? Above all, he must live up to his reputation: Seth VerBeek will know what to do.

The cast of unforgettable characters includes a psychic tattooist, a female greyhound trainer, a socialite, a retired teacher with an outrageous plan, and a personal handyman who fixes matters of the heart. Each character's story unfolds like a slow striptease. Layers of subterfuge come off one by one until all is laid bare.

The Scarlet Key is a page-turner that tackles themes of positive ageing, finding love, psychic healing, forgiveness, and the choices we must make toward the end of life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 13mm | 336g
  • Australia
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0994170017
  • 9780994170019
  • 3,037,937

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"I have just finished reading 'The Scarlet Key'. I just could not put it down and read late into the night. A fabulous read.. lots of action and intrigue.. many many thoughtful moments." Kay

"Set in Brisbane, many of the locations in 'The Scarlet Key' are familiar to me and those that aren't, are so well described that I feel I could find my way there blindfolded. The characters are a real mixed bag. All authentic, all easy to picture. Some parts of the story are truly moving without being overly sentimental, while the steady pace, multi-layered plot and attention to detail invite eager turning of the page. 'The Scarlet Key' is all about life choices. It shows us that even when we think we don't have a say, our future really is in our hands. A riveting read." Nene
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About Debbie Terranova

Debbie Terranova is an award-winning author of urban crime mysteries with a conscience. She has written contemporary and historical fiction, crime mystery novels, and short stories. In 2018, she was awarded a Q ANZAC 100 Fellowship from the State Library of Queensland for her project entitled 'Queensland Women and War: a multicultural perspective'. In 2011, her short story 'Mowbray Bathers' was a winner of the 'One Book Many Brisbanes' short fiction competition.
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Rating details

15 ratings
4.13 out of 5 stars
5 47% (7)
4 33% (5)
3 7% (1)
2 13% (2)
1 0% (0)
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