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The Water's Dead


Author Catherine Lea


Wel​come to the official website of author, Catherine Lea, who also writes under the pen name, C.J. Lea. 


I'd like to introduce you to my latest novel - a police procedural set in small town New Zealand:

The chin tattoo confirms the victim is Maori. The whorls of ink from her lower lip to her chin—the moko, is worn only by Maori women. So, her ethnicity is a given. Finding who murdered Huia Coburn, and dumped her body in the volcanic rock pool at the base of Mason’s Rock waterfall has now fallen to DI Nyree Bradshaw.

From the unsympathetic parents to the boyfriend on home detention for drugs, it seems no one is telling the truth and everyone has something to hide.
Then Nyree discovers six-year-old diabetic, Lily Holmes is missing, last seen in the victim's care.

Now, she must put all personal tragedy, and ongoing work disputes aside to find her.

She has already failed her own son. She cannot fail this child.


A gripping thriller that will have you guessing to the very last page.

Available from Amazon and all good bookstores.


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"A thriller with heart." - Sara J. Henry, Anthony-award winning author of A COLD AND LONELY PLACE.

"Absolutely spellbinding ... completely unputdownable." - Karen Dionne, internationally published author of BOILING POINT  and FREEZING POINT.

"...a cinematically-imagined ending that would do any Hollywood Blockbuster proud." - IndieHeart reviewer, Jill Nojack.

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