One Bad Seed


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We always want what we can't have.

Detective Inspector Chester Robinson wants to go back to the past – when his son was still alive. 

Lyric O'Toole, the head-waitress of iconic restaurant, Junos, 

 wants to find a cure for her daughter's illness. 


Criminal underworld figure, Stasio, desperately wants an heir for his empire, but fathering his own child has eluded him. 


DI Robinson returns from compassionate leave after his son's death. Battling with his grief and depression he heads an investigation into the murder of Stasio's brother-in-law. 

Meanwhile – Stasio dines at Junos – where he meets Lyric. 

He gives her a life line that might help her daughter, but this has huge ramifications for him, and impacts on the murder investigation. 


An apple seed found at a crime scene, a gravestone that reveals a devastating lie and the revelation of a long harboured secret, are somehow linked. 

It's a puzzle where the pieces don't fit – until one other piece of evidence is found ...

One Bad Seed is set in the hospitality and coffee culture of contemporary Melbourne and expands into the vineyards and orchards of the Yarra Valley of Victoria 


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©2020 by Mary Howley.