Candice Fox Audio Excerpt: Crimson Lake

Crimson Lake by Sydney-based, Ned Kelly Award-winning author Candice Fox is a thrilling contemporary crime audiobook set in Queensland, Australia—perfect for listeners who like to immerse themselves in exotic, evocative climes. 

Listen to an exclusive excerpt from Crimson Lake, then make sure you're signed in and comment below for a chance to win an audiobook copy of Candice Fox's latest mystery!

Six minutes in the wrong place at the wrong timethat's all it took to ruin Sydney detective Ted Conkaffey's life. Accused but not convicted of the brutal abduction of a 13-year-old girl, Ted is now a free man—and public enemy number one. He flees north to keep a low profile amid the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake. 

There, Ted's lawyer introduces him to private investigator Amanda Pharrell, herself a convicted murderer. Perhaps it's the self-isolation and murderous past that makes her so adept at tracking lost souls in the wilderness, but her latest target, missing author Jake Scully, has a life more shrouded in secrets than her own. 

Not entirely convinced Amanda is a cold-blooded killer, Ted agrees to help with her investigation, a case full of deception and obsession, while secretly digging into her troubled past. The residents of Crimson Lake are watching the pair's every move…. Once Ted's true identity becomes known, the threats against him become violent, and the town offers no place to hide.

Chapter 1

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Candice Fox is the award-winning author of Crimson Lake. She is also co-writer with James Patterson of Never, Never, the #1 New York Times bestseller in February of 2017, and its sequel, Fifty Fifty. She lives in Sydney.


  1. Vernon Luckert

    Love a good mystery – and on audiobook would be a great bonus.

  2. Deborah Dumm

    This sounds like a great book.

  3. Tom Moore

    Sounds interesting. Please enter me in the sweepstakes


    Interesting voice of the actor on the audiobook…should enhance the tale…


    Interesting voice of the actor on the audiobook…should enhance the tale…

  6. Jean Feingold

    New car has DVD player – would love to hear a book on it.

  7. Jean Feingold

    New car has DVD player – would love to hear a book on it.

  8. Michael Carter

    Please enter me in this sweepstakes.
    Thanks —

  9. Gordon Bingham

    Definitely sounds a keeper!

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  11. John Davis

    With such clever use of ‘speaking to inanimate objects’ as the gun and the next meal for the crocs outside the fence, he got me. I saw the place where he was trapped, like in jail, only from which he coud not run. Colorful, and I love the accent. Scary, in an ominous way, as he describes the vigilantes in front and the crocs behind the fence in back. Well done.

  12. John OBrien

    Sounds promising, will be looking for this.

  13. Jacks

    I think the characters sound unique and interesting not a cookie cutter characters.

  14. Karen Mikusak

    Would love to win!

  15. Stacy Mulholland

    Love the narrator. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the book!

  16. Anita Sue Hamilton

    Would like to win

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  18. Helen Allman

    Hilarious hearing all that profanity in that great accent.

  19. susan beamon

    I suppose an Australian mystery should be read with an Australian accent. I would be glad to add this audio book to my collection.

  20. pearl berger

    Fascinating mystery. Thanks.

  21. ellie lewis

    Intriguing and captivating.

  22. Sara Branche

    Love audiobooks. I drive 8 plus hours a day

  23. Carolyn

    Audiobooks make the commute go by so much faster – especially mysteries…

  24. Jackie

    I would love to win a copy of this,

  25. Douglass Abramson

    I can always use new entertainment.

  26. vickie dailey

    wow very good reader. I’ve never had an actual audiobook – and would love to enjoy this on a summer road trip

  27. Sarah Fox

    Thanks for the chance

  28. William Siravo Sr

    I want to win.

  29. Catherine Myers

    Looking for a good audio book

  30. Tracy Dickens

    Thank you so much, we read a ton and listen in the truck!!!

  31. Md238

    Love audio books,this would be a great one to have.

  32. Anastasia

    I’m excited by the setting! Australia is pretty exotic to me 🙂

  33. John Smith

    Yay for good audibooks!

  34. L Peters

    thanks for the chance to win this audiobook. they always make the suspense even greater.

  35. Pam Walrath

    This audiobook would be great…my husband could listen too!

  36. Carole Knoles

    Who wouldn’t want to take a thrilling trip “Down Under” read by a voice like that!

  37. Marjorie Manharth

    On my wish list – would love to win it.

  38. Marjorie Manharth

    On my wish list – would love to win it.

  39. Susanne Troop

    Sounds great!

  40. samantha cox

    am already intrigued

  41. Jim Belcher

    Love the sound and audio books.

  42. Jim Belcher

    Love the sound and audio books.

  43. Lori P

    Excerpt is very vivid and creepy, plus I learned that crocodiles bark in the dark. Promises to be an enthralling read!

  44. Susan Morris

    I love reading books with an Australian backdrop. Add suspense, and it becomes a must-read!

  45. Kyle Johnicker

    Found my next roadtrip listening adventure!

  46. Jennifer Hodges

    I love audiobooks for my commute and this sounds fantastic!! Happy Birthday to me?! lol


    thanks for chance

  48. Daniel Morrell

    always like a mystery

  49. Sally Schmidt

    Sounds like the perfect story for an audiobook.

  50. Marisa Young

    The excerpt peaked my curiosity. Want to hear the rest of the story.

  51. Barbara Ryan

    I love a great mystery in other countries locations. I will enjoy listening to this man on the audiobook. great to travel with.

  52. Kerry Doyle

    Awesome and creepy! Felon love. I love audiobooks!

  53. Rhonda Stefani

    I’ve had this on my want-to-read list for quite some time, simply sounds marvelous. I’d absolutely love to hear the audio, never having listened to an audiobook before I’d be thrilled for Crimson Lake to be my first!

  54. Mattie Nieves

    I love learning about new places around the world. Mysteries are my favorite genre.

  55. Rita Spratlen

    I have never listened to an audio book! I love thrillers and would love to listen to this one!! Thanks for the chance!!

  56. Johannah Brookwell

    This would be great to listen to on the way to and from work, so I can avoid dealing with the traffic snarls.

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