June Wright burst onto the scene in 1948 with Murder in the Telephone Exchange, the best-selling mystery in her native Australia that year. She published five more top-quality novels over the next two decades, all of which were out of print when she died in 2012. But when Murder in the Telephone Exchange was reissued in 2014, Wright was hailed by the Sydney Morning Herald as “our very own Agatha Christie,” and a new generation of readers worldwide fell in love with her inimitable blend of intrigue, wit, and psychological suspense – not to mention her winning sleuth, Maggie Byrnes.
Dark Passage Books is publishing new editions of all seven June Wright novels. Murder in the Telephone Exchange and its sequel, So Bad a Death, are out now, along with The Devil’s Caress and the previously unpublished Duck Season Death.
“A QUEEN OF CRIME IN THE TRADITION OF DOROTHY L SAYERS AND MARGERY ALLINGHAM.”– The Age
“CLASSIC ENGLISH-STYLE MYSTERY . . . PACKED WITH DETAIL AND MENACE.”
“SHE WRITES WELL AND EXCITINGLY . . . [WITH] A NEAT SENSE OF HUMOUR AND AN EXTREMELY SUSPENSEFUL ATMOSPHERE . . . THE IRREPRESSIBLE MAGGIE IS PROBABLY THE MOST CANDID WOMAN IN CONTEMPORARY CRIME.”
—The Mail (Adelaide)