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Lenny Marks Gets Away With Murder - Kerryn Mayne
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Lenny Marks Gets Away With Murder

By: Kerryn Mayne

Paperback | 21 February 2023

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Kerryn Mayne's stunning debut is an irresistible novel that's both chilling and charming, suspenseful and uplifting. And, of course, simply unforgettable...

'With Lenny Marks Gets Away With Murder, Kerryn Mayne makes a very grand entrance into the Australian literary scene. With humour, heart and characters you come to love, this is a book you will devour now, and keep thinking about later!' Sally Hepworth, author of The Good Sister

'Such a brilliant combination of light and dark, charm and suspense. A debut you won't forget!' Candice Fox, author of The Chase

'Devilishly fun- top marks for Lenny Marks!' Benjamin Stevenson, author of Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone

Lenny Marks is good at not remembering.

She has spent the last twenty years not thinking about the day her mother left her when she was still a child. Her stepfather's parting words, however, remain annoyingly unforgettable- 'You did this.'

Now thirty-seven, Lenny prefers contentment and order over the unreliability of happiness and the messiness of relationships. She fills her days teaching at the local primary school, and her nights playing Scrabble with her pretend housemate, watching reruns of Friends and rearranging her thirty-six copies of The Hobbit.

Recently though, if only to appease her beloved foster-mum, Lenny has set herself the goal of 'getting a life'.
Then, out of the blue, a letter arrives from the Adult Parole Board. And when her desperate attempts to ignore it fail, Lenny starts to unravel.

Worse, she starts to remember . . .

'An incredible debut which will have you both laughing and crying . . . This is a blackly funny, tender-hearted story of the dark and light of human nature, and ultimately, love, friendship, family and happiness.' Petronella McGovern, author of The Liars

'Kerryn Mayne takes readers on a suspenseful, deeply emotional, and sometimes humorous journey. Lenny is a unique and remarkable character, who will have readers cheering for her from the very first page... This stunning debut marks Mayne as a powerful new voice in Australian fiction.' Lisa Ireland, author of The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan

'Compelling. Mayne breaks your heart and shows how sometimes life's greatest mystery is the truth of our past.' RWR McDonald

About the Author

Kerryn Mayne is an ex-wedding photographer, current police officer and terrible (but enthusiastic) tennis player. When not at work attempting to solve crime, she is writing about it or preparing an endless stream of snacks for her four children. Kerryn lives in the bayside suburbs of Melbourne with her husband, children and a highly suspect lovebird. She only owns 11 copies of The Hobbit (for now).

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