Murder, mystery, and a little intrigue. Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno investigates the murder of ‘nice guy’ Bob Cunningham, and discovers he wasn’t who he claimed to be. To solve this one, Stella not only has to work out who the victim was, she also needs to find out why he was pretending to be someone else. And, there’s the distraction of Shaun Porter, the new man from Public Prosecutions, who walks into her life. If you enjoy a good murder mystery with a little intrigue, you’ll love this quick read from Peter Mulraney’s new series.
One thing about working with people is you end up sharing snippets of your life with them. I wrote this little exchange to give you an insight into the relationship between Stella and Brian and to highlight the informal nature of their working partnership.
When the wind blows from the north in South Australia during the summer - it's hot! Australian summers are times of high temperatures and low humidity. In these two paragraphs, I've painted a picture to give you some idea of what it's like to step out of an air-conditioned car into a hot summer's day. South Australia is one of those places where heat waves (days of 40C ) are a regular feature of summer.
Murder, Mystery, and a Cold Trail. A skeleton, found after a fire in Wirrabara Forest, is identified as a young man reported missing five years before the fire. Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno investigates. The trail is cold. The evidence is circumstantial. Stella wonders if they’ll find a way to solve the case. Detective Constable Brian Rhodes has his own ideas on this one. If you enjoy mystery and intrigue, you’ll love Bones in the Forest, the third book in Peter Mulraney’s Stella Bruno Investigates series of quick reads.
Criminals, Guns, and a Licensed Post Office. Easy to use and conceal, Glock pistols are the weapon of choice in the Australian criminal underworld, even though possession of a Glock is restricted under Australian law. When a Glock with multiple serial numbers is discovered in the wreckage of a car after a senseless shooting, Detective Sergeant Stella Bruno investigates and finds herself on the trail of a group of gun smugglers making creative use of a Licensed Post Office. If you enjoy mystery and intrigue, you’ll love A Gun Of Many Parts, the second book in Peter Mulraney’s Stella Bruno Investigates series of quick reads.
This story is based on a true crime that police would never have become aware of if it hadn't been for the actions of one hot-headed young man. This is my version of that one irrational act that led police to the gun of many parts. The real investigation starts after this first incident.
How many times have you solved one problem only to realize your answer raises another problem? It happens to the police too, and in this case, the answer that looks like it will close one case poses the question that leads to another.
Projects involving billions of dollars require serious project management by highly qualified and experienced project managers. You probably won’t be doing any of that if you’re looking at this book, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from applying the principles of project management to your everyday work or personal projects. In Everyday Project Management, author Peter Mulraney uses a conversational style to demystify project management for untrained project managers, and gives you access to tools the professional use - without having to read hundreds of pages or take a test. Everyday Project Management is informed by Peter’s twenty years of playing in the project space in banking and government, and his application of project management principles to writing and publishing numerous books.
This is where a lot of projects fail. When you don't take the time to really spell out what it is that you're trying to achieve or what problem you're aiming to solve, you end up wasting a lot time and effort for little or no outcome. This is one step you cannot afford to skip. It's also one you cannot afford to rush through so you can get started. The time you spend defining your project will be time well spent and will save you a few headaches later, so don't rush it.
One of the fun parts of project management is playing with Post-it Notes. They help you see that big jobs can be broken down into lists of small activities, and make it easy to work out the order in which things can, and in some cases must, be done. Even professional project managers start with Post-it Notes. Everyday project managers don't really need much else, unless like me, they like playing with spreadsheets.
For reasons known only to science, there are men who believe they can’t live without a woman in their lives. Dave Chambers is one of them. Unfortunately for Dave, the woman in his life dies on him. The New Girlfriend is Dave’s story of how he copes with that unexpected and poorly timed death, and meets ‘the new girlfriend’. As any man can tell you, finding a new girlfriend is not as easy as it sounds when his friends, usually in a pub somewhere, are encouraging him to get out and meet someone new. Like most love stories, Dave’s experience of ‘the new girlfriend’ is not all smooth sailing. It has some heartache, some funny moments, and a promising ending. If you enjoy a light hearted look at life, even at some of its darker moments, you’ll enjoy The New Girlfriend.
The New Girlfriend is a story of transitions, which a lot of us do not handle very well. We tend to rush from endings to new beginnings so we don't have to deal with all the stuff that inevitably comes up to. In a way, we let fear drive our lives instead of going with the flow and trusting the process. In the story, Dave goes back to work so he doesn't have to deal with his wife's death. I slipped in this dream as a reminder for him to let go and trust the process, because dreams are one way we talk to ourselves when the conscious mind is asleep.
I met with the guys I worked with most mornings for coffee around 10.30. Often those coffee shop encounters were working meetings where we thrashed out issues away from our screens, but sometimes, especially in the year leading up to my retirement, we were entertained with new girlfriend stories, like the one described here. It was at a coffee shop meeting like this that I got the idea for writing this story. I had a lot of fun writing this. Hope you get a laugh out of it, after you get through the sad bit.
Murder. Arson. Revenge. Detective Inspector West investigates the grisly deaths of two elderly priests: one in a suspicious fire; the other obviously murdered. The inspector is not the only one hunting the priest killer. If you like murder mixed with mystery and conflict, you’ll probably love the suspense and intrigue in Peter Mulraney’s Holy Death, the third book in his Inspector West series.
Most crimes are not random acts and they do not happen in isolation. Every criminal has a life story, just like you and I do. In this scene, I introduce you to John, and start painting in the picture of his life so you can get an understanding of why he does what he does in the story.
Carl and Harry are officers of different ages and rank but this little window into their relationship tells us they're also something else - friends.
There are some dark issues in this story. I chose to open it with a scene set in darkness with a twist at the end - to illustrates that just because there is light it doesn't necessarily show you anything. What do you think? Does it work to get you to want to turn the page?
Murder. Kidnap. Redemption. Inspector Carl West investigates the murder of seventy-five year old Kieran Moore and the disappearance of his ten year old great-grandson, Toby, after the pair secretly steal away for a holiday weekend. If you like mystery mixed with intrigue, you’ll probably love the twists and surprises in The Holiday, the second book in Peter Mulraney’s Inspector West series. Grab a copy today.
We all make assumptions, often to minimise the pain of the potential outcome. In this passage, early in the first chapter, I wanted to show how easily our assumptions can be destroyed when we fail to consider something obvious. Terry assumes Toby has run away - literally - on foot. With the arrival of the police dog that assumption is quickly shown to be incorrect. The Moores have a much bigger problem on their hands than they had dared to think about. Toby could be anywhere.
The Holiday is more of a traditional crime story than After, the first book in the series, which focuses on the response of Paul Ford to the murder of his wife. In The Holiday, the story reveals a lot more of Inspector Carl West, as he goes about investigating the death of Kieran Moore and the disappearance of young Toby. There's plenty of action and a few twists, but I chose to place a spotlight on Carl and his relationship with Nina, to give you a better understanding of Carl, the man. I hope you enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Mysterious death reveals her secrets. Inspector West investigates the murder of school teacher, Josie Ford. Her husband faces impacts beyond grief as Josie’s secrets are revealed. If you like mystery mixed with suspense, you’ll probably love the intrigue and surprise in Peter Mulraney’s debut murder mystery: After. Grab a copy today.
The way you respond to a situation says a lot about you. Matthew's response tells us he is curious about his father being home early - he asks the surface level question. But Luke's question tells us he's picked up a deeper level message from his father. Children often mirror their parents. This scene gives us an insight into Paul through Matthew and a reflection of Josie in Luke. Paul does his best to put on a brave face and normalise the situation but you're left wondering whether he's really convinced the boys that everything will be okay.
A couple of years before I wrote After, my wife went to work in New York, for the duration of the American school year. It was the first time we'd spent such a prolonged time apart since we got married. Watching how I coped with her absence, got me thinking about how someone might respond to the unexpected death of his wife. This scene was inspired by my own way of coping. I spent a lot of time drawing portraits of my wife during that first year. I think it was a way of working through a grief process, and it helped me realise that grief is not only for coping with death. That comes out somewhere else in the book.
This is the scene where Paul confronts the reality of Josie's death. It's a moment of shock but this moment is only the beginning of his response. When someone is killed they're dead today, and they're dead tomorrow and the day after that. Exploring how Paul responds to Josie's death over time is what I'm doing in this story. I like the mystery side of crime stories (and it's a lot of fun building that side of the story) but I'm also intrigued by the way people behave.
The relationship between Paul and Josie is central to the main theme of the story. I chose to open the story with a picture of their relationship that any married couple could identify with - and a touch of humour to Paul's interior monologue. A man might not think of sex every 10 seconds - as per the urban legend - but he thinks of sex every night, while his wife is only thinking of sleep or what she has to do in the morning.
A whistleblower exposes other people’s secrets. Death exposes the secrets of all, including a whistleblower’s. Inspector West investigates the death of a public service whistleblower, and discovers the whistleblower has a few secrets of his own. If you like murder mixed with mystery, and a story full of twists and surprises, you’ll enjoy Peter Mulraney’s Whistleblower, the fourth book in his Inspector West series.
Too often the characters in crime fiction seem like superheroes. I've made a conscious choice to portray DI Carl West as an ordinary human. He might be a man doing a difficult job, but he's a man with the same fears and doubts the rest of us face.
Whistleblowing is always a risky business, despite what governments promise in their lofty acts of legislation. Doing the right thing by the community often leads to the effective end of a career. Whistleblowers might not lose their jobs but there are many ways of ensuring they are denied any promotion opportunities. It's a doubly dangerous act when the corruption being exposed involves parties outside of government, who take a somewhat different approach to silencing such voices. It's no wonder most people opt to leak anonymously. John Drake is one of them, as you'll discover if you read on.
Words of wisdom from a modern-day mystic in a language you can understand. Conscious living involves being aware of what’s going on in your life and, more importantly, what’s going on in your mind. How you experience life depends on what you choose to believe. If you never take the time to examine your beliefs, or to question your assumptions, you end up living unconsciously. When you live unconsciously, you live your life according to somebody else’s beliefs. You end up trying to meet somebody else’s expectations and not your own. The insights in this book flow from a sense of being aware that you can change the world, but not in the way most of us think about doing that. Real change happens when you accept that there is only one thing that can be changed: how you choose to see things.
This insight was inspired by Byron Katie, who told us there are three types of business: MY business; OTHER PEOPLE'S business, and GOD'S business. She also told us that we only have to focus on MY business and let others and God worry about their's. Give it go. See if it works for you. It works for me.
This is one of the most comforting insights when you understand it.
You are on a journey. The nature or purpose of that journey comes down to what you choose or refuse to believe. If you’re at that point in life where you’re noticing that things are not working out the way you thought they would, and you’re questioning the beliefs underpinning it all, you’ll find some refreshing insights in this book of reflections. In Sharing the Journey, self-confessed reluctant mystic, Peter Mulraney, invites you to reconsider the journey you think you’re on and lets you know that you are not alone. If you’re not ready to examine your beliefs and push the boundaries of your mental comfort zone, this is not the book for you. If you are ready to take a look at your beliefs and start living consciously, you’ve found a friend for the journey.
For years I was addicted to current affairs. Always keeping up with what was going on in the world. One day I stopped and asked: Why? What difference did my interest make? The answer was a little disturbing: it made no difference to what was going on. It only resulted in feelings of powerless and anger at the injustice of it all. I decided to give myself a break. I resigned as general manager of the universe. You can do the same. You'll feel better and have more time and energy to share with your friends and loved ones.
No matter what religious beliefs you hold, or what colour your skin is, or which language you dream in, you are a gift to humanity. And, if you are such a gift, so is every other person on the planet. Merry Christmas
The person you tell the most stories to is yourself. Then there are all the stories you tell other people about yourself. This reflection invites you to question your story, and to consider that you are not your story. When I first came across this notion of not being your story, I realised that I could change my story, and that's very liberating, especially if you are telling yourself that you are a victim or that you are defined by the events that have shaped your life story.
When a man finds himself alone at the end of a long term relationship, or during a prolonged separation, often it’s the first time in his life he’s had to look after himself. This little book will be a big help when you are learning to do those things she used to do for you. Are you one of those guys who can make all kinds of things but can’t make himself a meal? Or one of those guys who manages multiple projects at work but doesn’t have a clue when it comes to managing his personal space? This book is for you. It covers the basics of: • buying food and preparing meals • keeping the place clean • doing the washing, and • looking after yourself, physically, emotionally and spiritually. It’s a survival guide written by a fellow traveller, who has survived alone, to let you know you can too. The other title in this series is Cooking 4 One.
Don't you love that song from the Monty Python crew -Always look on the bright side of life. There is a bright side to being alone.
This excerpt is from the chapter on Looking after the inner man. I'm plugged in like everybody else. My smartphone beeps in my pocket and I read on my tablet when I'm riding the bus. But, I've discovered that spending ten to twenty minutes sitting in silence, doing nothing except maybe watching thoughts float by, in the morning before I go to work and again in the evening when I get home from the office, makes a big difference to how I see the day. Give yourself permission to just sit and do nothing for a little while each day.
My intention when writing this book was to share my insights on living on my own. I write from the view point of a friend giving advice, so it's got an informal style. I'm just telling you what works for me so that you've got somewhere to start. I want you to feel that with a little know how you can look after yourself.
Living on your own? Sick of eating takeaways? This little book will help you master the art of feeding yourself. Cooking 4 One is a basic, no-frills cookbook. There are no intimidating pictures. There are no fancy recipes you need a degree in food science to understand. The focus is on cooking for yourself, so the instructions are about how you do it for one. If you’ve never cooked before, take comfort in the knowledge that if you can boil a pan of water on a cooktop, you already possess one of the main skills required for success in the kitchen. Cooking 4 One covers buying and storing food, and preparing meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It has sample menus to help you plan your meals and a section on entertaining - for when you’ve mastered the basics. Written by a fellow traveller, who unexpectedly found himself on his own, this little book dispels the myth that cooking is complicated.
Pasta is one of the easiest foods to cook. It's basically boiling water and dropping the pasta in. When it's cooked - and they even tell you on the packet roughly how long that will take, you simply drain it, stir in a few spoonfuls of your chosen pasta sauce and add some grated cheese. Enjoy with a glass of mineral water or wine. You don't have to be Italian. All it takes is a little practice and it's not expensive. Even my mother knows how to cook it the right way now!
The experts tell us that the best learning experience is 'on the job'. It's so much easier to pick up a new skill if someone shows you how it's done. My goal with this book is to explain the processes you use to cook, as if I was standing there next to you talking you through it. The language is simple but the message isn't. I hope this book helps you develop some confidence in your ability to feed yourself. I enjoyed writing it and never imagined I'd be writing over 800 words on cooking eggs. Peter
Living alone and feeling bored or lonely? You need to read this book. Sanity Savers, written specifically for men living alone following the end of long-term relationships, is packed with ideas for doing interesting things with your time. Inside you’ll find seven boredom-busting strategies for using your alone time, each illustrated with numerous tips. You will also find two strategies for avoiding loneliness, which highlight the value of committing to personal growth and engaging with others. Sanity Savers is a reminder that being on your own does not mean you have to stay home alone.
When you first find yourself alone it can be a bit of a novel experience but it doesn't take long for the novelty to wear off. Reality kicks in pretty quickly when you have to start looking after yourself. If you don't have things to do when you're home alone you can easily end up spending a lot of time with the TV. When I found myself on my own I started looking for things to do. The results of that search are presented in this book for you to consider. I guess the contents reflect my interest in reading, writing, art, travel, family and personal growth. What I did discover that might be useful to others is that there are lots of things you can do and there are lots of ways to do them. Enjoy!
Living alone following the end of a long-term relationship? This book is for you. Living on your own, after having shared your life with someone else for a long time, can be challenging. Not only do you have to look after yourself physically, you also need to face the demons of boredom and loneliness. In Living Alone, you’ll find all the content from the three books in the Living Alone series: • After She’s Gone • Cooking4One • Sanity Savers After reading Living Alone, you’ll have all the information you need to look after yourself physically, mentally and emotionally. Not only will you find out how easy it is to cook for yourself, you’ll also discover seven boredom-busting strategies for using your alone time, each illustrated with numerous tips. You will also find two strategies for avoiding loneliness, which highlight the value of committing to personal growth and engaging with others. Living Alone is a reminder that being on your own does not mean you have to stay home alone.
Living Alone is the 'boxed set' of the Living Alone series. I really enjoyed writing the books that make up the Living Alone series. It's a real buzz sharing information that you know is useful. I hadn't intended getting into this sort of non-fiction writing. I thought it was too close to what I did in my day job, where I wrote procedures for tax auditors. I wanted to focus on fiction or storytelling. I'm glad I changed my mind. I hope you find this book both helpful and entertaining.
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