Aust Crime Fiction Review

Sharks With Lipstick – Hinemura Ellison and Ted Hughes

Review by Karen Chisholm (Reproduced with permission)

SHARKS WITH LIPSTICK is a satirical romantic mystery written by Hinemura Ellison and Ted Hughes. Satirical it definitely is, as you’ll get from the blurb – with the concept being that there’s a Big Super Ministry as part of the government, where it seems employees spend more time playing their own form of politics than they necessarily do getting any actual work done. Aside from the trials of the workplace, there’s also a train that takes workers to and from Wellington to outlying country destinations, and you get to know a lot of the characters in this novel on that train journey. The journey is a commute, social event, meeting place, gathering point and sort of all in party on rails. Everyone has their own groups of friends, the alcohol flows freely on occasions, games are played, secrets are shared, and, on one particular night, a dead body discovered. Further complications arise because the body is that of the dreaded HR Director of the Big Super Ministry and the investigating officer is central character Samantha (aka Sven) Svensson’s ex. Needless to say Cat, the HR Director, and Sven have some history, but then there’s pretty much no-one in the Ministry that hasn’t got a problem with Cat. Everything is further complicated by an earthquake that’s just hit Wellington, and there’s plenty of concern about predictions of the next, really big one, happening any moment.

Firmly on the madcap side of satirical romantic mystery, SHARKS WITH LIPSTICK is often extremely funny. The biggest problem is the satirical gets in the way of the mystery, and whilst many of the scenes being executed by these authors are deadpan and often hilarious, they also form a sort of liquefaction effect (ridiculous earthquake analogy – sorry), where everything gets bogged down, and sure you’re laughing whilst stuck in the bog, but there’s also a suspicion that you’re never actually going to get out. SHARKS WITH LIPSTICK has some potential, and I know how hard it must be to set a really good funny line free, but I did come away from it thinking a bit less would have been way more in the long run. This is flagged as the first book in the Trinity Trilogy and it feels like Sven has more than enough chutzpah to carry that off.

Thanks Karen for that excellent review! For more reviews of Australian and New Zealand reviews of crime fiction follow the link here:

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Cover Artwork Approved

Sharks With Lipstick gets a makeover

We are delighted to showcase the new artwork for Sharks With Lipstick, which is available now for ebook copies of the first novel in the Trinity Trilogy. Now available through Amazon Kindle and other ebook suppliers.

Working with a fantastic cover artist in the UK, who has captured the lighthearted fun and a hint of the mystery of Hinemura Ellison and Ted Hughes’ satirical murder mystery series.

The new look ebook cover

Let us know what you think of the new cover and if you haven’t already subscribed to our newsletter, email or message us so you can be in to win some cool prizes. bachdoctorpress@gmail.com

Also if you like this cover, check out the cover artists’ link for more amazing designs: https://www.facebook.com/michelle.ebookcoversonline/

Author Interview – Hinemura Ellison – on the sequel

Phone Interview from Castlepoint Lighthouse

BD: So Hinemura how’s tricks? How is the sequel to ‘Sharks With Lipstick’ coming along?

HE: Well, funny you should say that, my partner in crime Ted and I have been working really hard on the second book in the Trinity Trilogy Series and it’s getting close to being finished.

BD: Really, do go on? How much can you spill? I hope it’s more of the same characters. I did get quite addicted to the three besties. Are they back?

HE: Yes, Freya, Sven and Flat White are back in full force, along with some of the other characters, but the difference this time, is that this book focuses on Freya as the main character.

BD: Oh, so does Sven take a back seat for this one?

HE: Well yes and no. Freya comes into herself more in this book. We really don’t know much about her in ‘Sharks with Lipstick’… I know it is old coinage, but she finds herself in this one, and we go along for the rollercoaster ride.

BD: And can we ask what the title is of this next book?

HE: Well you can, but my publisher may shoot me.

BD: What you mean it’s even better than ‘Sharks with Lipstick’? Is that possible?

HE: Well yes. It’s a whole different ball game to get the series titles to fit in with each other, but we are bubbling with excitement.

BD: So, any clues?

HE: Well as you know ‘Sharks with Lipstick’ is predominantly about women. The next one is about men and their shady wheeling and dealing in the business world.

BD: Hmm how intriguing, so come on what’s the title?

HE: The sequel to ‘Sharks With Lipstick’ is, drum roll please… ‘Snakes In Suits’.

BD: Fantastic!

HE: We have also realised that we may need to change up the book covers, so I’ll get Ted to send them through once we have them back from the book cover artist. I just know that everyone will love the new covers and the juicy twisting plots as both ‘Sharks With Lipstick’ and ‘Snakes In Suits’ are set at the same time.

BD: Are you telling me that the plots of both books are intertwined?

HE: They sure are, and will also be tied into the third book, which we have started and which won’t be too far away.

BD: Wow, that’s a huge achievement! Congratulations, any hint on the third books title?

HE: You will have to talk to Ted about that, he’s still trying to decide over a couple of options.

BD: Great, well Hinemura thanks again for your time today and I look forward to talking with you and possibly the infamous Ted later.

HE: Ka kite…

Introducing ‘Writers on Winara’

Our very own Writers Retreat

Stunning sunsets

Welcome to our wonderful writers’ retreat set among rambling gardens, filled with bird song and sweeping sea views of Kāpiti and the South Islands.

Rambling gardens

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One of the many long sandy beaches

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Tea and coffee facilities in room

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A pair of Wood Pigeons or Kererū just off the deck

A Day Out at the Beach…

Books on the Beach, the first of it’s kind held on a mildly windy summer’s day at Paraparaumu Beach and kindly initiated and organised by the Hunter sisters, Sharon and Toni, along with Sharon’s supporting architect husband Darren Hunter.

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We were there early on a Sunday morning, table, umbrella in hand plus our books merchandise and all the other paraphernalia that makes up setting up a market stall.

We had first heard about Books on the Beach while crossing over on the Inter-island ferry and finally all these months later the day had come and what a day, a bit equivalent to the usual inter-island crossing, a strong wind sweeping over the ocean and land.

We managed to keep our stand up for all of five minutes, just enough time to make one sale of our Science-Fiction genre to the local college and catch up with old friends.

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Our backs turned for a couple of seconds talking to other stand holders and unlike the Wahine she was over in seconds. One minute we were all sitting upright and the next we were down, blown down like a pack of cards. We took it as a sign it was time to pack up and leave while we were still ahead.

The flip side of abandoning ship so soon, gave us time to check out the fabulous section of fellow writers and talks and decided it was best to use our time supporting our fellow craftsmen and artists. A quick whizz around the weekend market and then upstairs to Club Vista for a much deserved and needed hot drink and scone to warm up our cockles after coming in looking very windswept and interesting. Club Vista did themselves proud by providing a warm and inviting venue for writers such as Mandy Hager who pulled in a full house into the small nook and cranny of the bar we were assigned to. Much better alternative than on the stage out in the elements. Mandy shared all her pearlers about the intense research and study she had undertaken to write her most recent of books. It was also good to share our own writing stories with a fellow Levin born and bred writer from back in the day.

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Between writers we checked out the local iwi doing a presentation and story telling session beneath a strong sturdy marquee.

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Then back inside in the warmth for Leanna aka Leanne Morgan another local writer and listen to her also share willingly her pearls of wisdom on how she had given up her full-time well-paid job at the local library to take up writing full time and what a success. A real inspiration and happy to share.

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More on Leanne has just appeared in the local Kapiti paper, summing up after achieving her dream of writing one book this led to many, many others being written and to great accolades and success. In fact, in her first year she made $54,000 followed by almost four times that much in the following year. Enough that she could entice her Fireman husband into her taking early retirement from the traditional kiwi office type job and take up writing full time.

Yes – dreams really do come true and all here on the Kapiti Coast!

Festive Feedback on our Latest Releases

As we get closer to the craziness that is the festive season, we thought we would share some of the outstanding feedback that is rolling in about Hinemura Ellison and Ted Hughes’ novel “Sharks With Lipstick”.

“I couldn’t put it down! Deliciously derisive!” – Wellington City Council employee

“A cynical and humourous exploration of the human aspect of NZ Government
Departments’ operations. Sprinkled with te reo, excellent and acronyms highlighting the cynical nature of the story” – Helen Pollock, Teacher

“I loved this book, so much fun! the characters are so relateable and the humour woven throughout is so refreshing!” – Grace McGregor, Goodreads

“The attention to detail invokes so many images, you are right there! And some of the stories and dialogue are just classic!” – An un-named public servant
“How long until the next book? I can’t wait!” – Parliament employee
Keep sending in your feedback to the team, so we can pass it on to the authors.
The authors are working hard on the next installment and the next book in the series will be available later in the new year.
Mere Kirihimete and happy New Year from all of us here at the Bach Doctor Press, we wish you all a safe and happy festive season.
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