Angela Savage & Jayne Keeney P.I.

I was delighted to read this review of my work on the Fairfield Books blog. I love the way the reviewer describes my central character, Jayne Keeney PI, as “smart-arsey and wily…both trashy and clever…with an astute sense of her role as a white foreigner in a Third World country.” Next time someone asks me for a character precis, that’s it!

I’m also tempted to adopt the reviewer’s closing line as my tagline: “Satisfying crime for the politically hungry.”

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angela savage the dying beachFor those of you who have yet to read Angela Savage’s crime series, tracing the mysteries and mishaps of Australian ex-pat P.I. Jayne Keeney in Thailand, you’re in for a treat. Savage is a previous winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award, and her third Jayne Keeney novel, The Dying Beach, was released to acclaim in mid-2013.

Like her earlier two novels — Behind the Night Bazaar and The Half-Child — The Dying Beach is rich in local colour, furnished by Savage’s long Thai residence in the ’90s, and is a sensitive Thai culture guide wrapped in a crime thriller. Aussie P.I. Jayne has lived in Thailand for five or so years, speaks fluent Thai and is past mistress of the art of the diplomatic wai or the boozing with the blokes as required to advance her case. Here, she gets sucked in to investigating the suspicious death of…

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About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. She won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript, and the Scarlet Stiletto Award short story award. Her latest novel is, Mother of Pearl, published by Transit Lounge. Angela holds a PhD in Creative Writing, is former CEO of Writers Victoria, and currently works as CEO of Public Libraries Victoria.
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11 Responses to Angela Savage & Jayne Keeney P.I.

  1. Yes, great description of Jayne. Fairfield Books is so switched on.


  2. Margot Kinberg says:

    Angela – That’s a great review! Well done you. And I couldn’t agree more about Jayne. 🙂


  3. jiltaroo says:

    As soon as I have the chance, I will read your book – it sounds brilliant. At the moment, most of my spare time is taken up reading for my degree or procrastinating over assignments. Jen


  4. Jo says:

    I’d love to be even a little like Jayne…yep, got her in one.


  5. kathy d. says:

    Great review, I concur. And I also love that line, “Satisfying crime for the politically hungry.”
    As for Jayne, I’d add that she’s “feisty, bold and brave.” But, hey, that’s me.
    I like what was written. The more said about Jayne Keeney, the better, especially in cyberspace.


    • angelasavage says:

      Thanks Kathy. Jayne Keeney is very fortunate to have you as a champion.

      BTW, on the subject of ‘feisty’ women, Queen of Scottish crime Val McDermid swears that word actually means ‘flatulent’ – though clearly it’s come to mean something else in common usage 😉


  6. kathy d. says:

    I looked up “feisty” and found the definition to be what we think of now, but then I looked up the word’s origin and here’s what I found:
    I’m just as surprised to see that the word also relates to a small, frisky, “feisty” dog. That’s certainly true of a friend’s Dachshund who is bold and stubborn, would never give up on a scent or if she found a small animal.


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