The Scarlet Cross

Lyn McFarlane

The Scarlet Cross

Lyn McFarlane

Who is marking St Jude’s patients for death?

Nurse Meredith Griffin runs St. Jude Hospital’s emergency ward, the largest on the Pacific Northwest coast. A psychiatric nursing specialist, she’s good at managing other people’s problems but is less adept with her own.

When a twenty-two-year-old woman is admitted to Emergency with severe lacerations that prove fatal, her death is labelled a suicide, but Meredith isn’t convinced. Soon after, her boyfriend, Detective Leo Donnelly, attends the scene of a young woman with the same mysterious fatal injuries, and Meredith knows something is terribly wrong.

As she tries to connect the dots, Meredith quickly realises that everyone – in the hospital, the Catholic church and law enforcement – is hiding something, and she must put more than her job on the line to expose the killer before they strike again.

A clever and compulsive crime thriller, The Scarlet Cross takes you deep into the dark secrets of institutional power and exposes the thin membrane between safety and peril.

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Lyn McFarlane

Lyn McFarlane

Lyn McFarlane

Lyn McFarlane is a Canadian-Australian writer who splits her time between Sydney, and Vancouver Island. She’s a former freelance journalist and holds degrees in economics, journalism and law.

Lyn is a member of the Australian Society of Authors and the Crime Writers of Canada, a graduate of The Faber Academy and a mentee with the Australian Writers’ Mentorship Program. Her debut novel The Scarlet Cross won the 2019 Arthur Ellis Unhanged award for best unpublished manuscript. The Scarlet Cross will be published by Pantera Press in 2022.

 

Photo credit: Alan Richardson

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