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Win 4 copies of The Good Dog by Simon Rowell

To celebrate the release on January 30 of The Good Dog by Simon Rowell - the third book in the Detective Zoe Mayer series, we teamed up with Text Publishing for your chance to Win 1 of 4 copies!

After gunshots echo through the summer night on Mount Macedon, Detective Sergeant Zoe Mayer and her loyal service dog Golden Retriever Harry race to the summit at first light. 

What they find looks like a grisly murder-suicide: an alleged fraudster named Piers Johnson, and his lawyer Antony Peterson, both dead from bullet wounds, a gun lying nearby.

Something about the scene doesn’t stack up. There are plenty of suspects, but no one seems to be telling the truth. Zoe’s instincts are ignited, as the pressure to find and charge the culprit becomes intense. 

And that’s when Peterson’s teenage daughter Sarah is snatched off the street. The Good Dog is Zoe’s toughest assignment yet, a murderous conspiracy of greed, deceit and violence. She knows that Harry may be her only chance to crack the case.

This is the third outing for Detective Sergeant Zoe Mayer, whose defining characteristic is a bad case of PTSD triggered by helicopters and drones. You should read the first book in the series to find out why; however you don't need to have read the first two instalments (The Long Game and Wild Card) to enjoy this gripping thriller that will keep you guessing until the end.

Genre: Fiction, Crime & Thriller, Australian
Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Text Publishing30th January 2024

RRP: AU $34.99; NZ $40.00 from all good book stores and online. 

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 Simon Rowell & Harry the Golden Retriever - Photo: Darren James Photography

About the author

Simon Rowell has worked on outback oil rigs, managed nightclubs, been a tour guide and run marketing campaigns.

He is the author of Wild Card, The Long Game and The Echo of Others, which was longlisted for the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime in 2018. He lives with his wife, Karen, in rural Victoria on a farm full of rescued animals. 

* Win 1 of 4 copies of Simon Rowell's The Good Dog *
Total Prize Pool: $140.00


1) Like our post (31/01/24) + Facebook page and/or our Instagram Account
2) Tell us "if you and your dog were working together, what job would you excel at as a team?" (as usual creativity wins the day! photo / video entries welcome) via the Australian Dog Lover Facebook page or Instagram page.


1. This Competition opened on Wednesday 31th January 2024 (4pm) and closed on Wednesday 7th February 2024 (11:59pm, AEST). Open to Australian residents only. 
Congratulations to our 4 winners: J. Walker, J. Sanders, A. Hoskinson (via Facebook) & @emmatheassistancedog (via Instagram).
Please allow 2 weeks to receive your book directly from the Publisher.
2. To Enter, Like our post (31/01/24) + Tell us "if you and your dog were working together, what job would you excel at as a team?" via the Australian Dog Lover Facebook page or Instagram page.
3. This Promotion is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining the winner.
The entries will be judged by the Australian Dog Lover team. The winning entries will be selected based on the most creative, informative or useful statement.
4. Entrants in the competition can only enter once.
5. Prizes not claimed within 48 hours will be redrawn.
* Entry into the competition is deemed acceptance of all terms and conditions.


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