Bohan, E. The Opawa Affair. Christchurch: Hazard Press, 1996
This eclectic mix of novels and detectives does have one thing in common and that is the fact that all the writers began writing crime fiction later in life and after other careers: Mantell had been an accountant before she retired; Bream (pseudonym of Patricia Freda Whale) had been a postie and a teacher; Gordon, too, had been a teacher; Bohan an opera singer and historian; and Dawber wrote non-fiction. Their settings are as far-ranging as their detectives, from Lower Hutt to Auckland, and Marlborough to Victorian Christchurch.
Bream, F. The Vicar Done It. London: Robert Hale, 1983
Dawber, C. Backtrack. Picton: River Press, 1992
Gordon, G. Strained Relations. Auckland: Vintage, 1991
Mantell, L. Murder and Chips. New York: Walker & Co., 1980