Australia is getting DC Rachel Dawson all hot and bothered – and not just because of the climate. She's furious with Pc Joe Mason for leaving her to hunt on her own for missing Aidensfield mechanic Rosie Cartwright – and all nurse Carol Cassidy has gone missing. Joe's worried about Carol - they're already looking for one woman, and Australia's a big country. Carol's with local aborigine Nev, who's showing her one of the region's beauty spots. And what a good job she is, too… Nev gets word that his pregnant sister has gone into labour and needs help. Hospital's out of the question because the baby's father is white. The authorities would take the child away from its mother. But Carol steps in, delivers the baby and becomes a hero among the aborigines. Back in town there's someone else looking to give Carol a big hug – and it's not Joe, even though he's relieved to see her. Joe can now help Rachel look for Rosie and, finally, they start to make progress. They discover that another young woman has gone missing near a local roadhouse. The owner's son, Des Meredith, has a criminal record and Rachel and Joe want to talk to him. But, first, they have to find him. When they do, will they find Rosie?
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Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.