Can a book set in the daggy central Queensland town of Rockhampton rise above its dull and dusty setting to be literary entertainment? Can the tried and tested plot device of a girl having a mid-youth crisis – no job, no man, no ring, no kids – at 32, be compelling? Let’s see, shall we?
The Scarlet Key is a suburban crime thriller set largely in Brisbane’s well-to-do northern suburbs, including Hamilton, Clayfield, New Farm, and Bowen Hills. The lead character, Seth VerBeek is a crusty investigative reporter for The Morning Post.