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Candice Fox is an Australian award-winning author of mystery, thriller and crime fiction novels.

Born and raised in Bankstown, Sydney, in a large and somewhat unconventional family of half-, adopted and pseudo siblings, Candice–who was the daughter of a dedicated foster-carer–grew up listening to destructive and devastating tales from the police and childcare authorities who were a common sight at their home.

She had a brief spell as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy, before becoming a high school teacher.

The holder of two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees, Candice has co-authored the Harriet Blue series with international bestselling crime author James Patterson.

Her debut novel, Hades, won the Ned Kelly Award for best debut in 2014 from the Australian Crime Writers Association, while Eden, her second book, clinched the Ned Kelly Award for best crime novel in 2015. As such, Candice is one of only two authors to have won these awards on the trot.

Candice, who is a crafter and a lover of animals and wine, currently lives in Sydney.

More about Candice Fox

Genres: Crime Suspense, Mystery, Thriller

Born: 1985



Non Series

  • The Inn (2019)
  • 2 Sisters Detective Agency (2021)
  • The Chase (2022)
  • Fire with Fire (2023)


  1. Black & Blue (2016)

Archer and Bennett

  1. Hades (2014)
  2. Eden (2014)
  3. Fall (2015)

Crimson Lake

  1. Crimson Lake (2017)
  2. Redemption Point (2018)
  3. Gone by Midnight (2019)

Harriet Blue (Co-authored with James Patterson)

  1. Black & Blue: A Harriet Blue Novella (2016)
  2. Never Never (2016)
  3. Fifty Fifty (2017)
  4. Liar Liar (2018)
  5. Hush (2019)

Sanctuary Sound

  1. Gathering Dark (2020)
Archer and Bennett
Sanctuary Sound

Detailed book overview

Non Series

The Inn

A quiet seafront town is targeted by vicious criminals, leaving locals no choice but to team up and save the place they love.

The Inn at Gloucester stands alone on the rocky shoreline. Its seclusion suits former Boston police detective Bill Robinson, novice owner and innkeeper. As long as the dozen residents pay their rent, Robinson doesn't ask any questions. Neither does Sheriff Clayton Spears, who lives on the second floor.

Then Mitchell Cline arrives, with a deadly new way of doing business. His crew of local killers break laws, deal drugs, and bring violence to the doors of the Inn. That's when Robinson realizes, with the help of journalist Susan Solie, that leaving the city is no escape from the reality of evil -- or the responsibility for action.

Teaming up with Sheriff Spears and two fearless residents -- Army veteran Nick Jones and groundskeeper Effie Johnson -- Robinson begins a risky defense. The solitary inhabitants of the Inn will have to learn, before time runs out, that their only choice is between standing together -- or dying alone.

NB: Co-authored with James Patterson.

Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1787462441
Publisher: Arrow Books
2 Sisters Detective Agency

A detective duo of sisters finds themselves in the crosshairs of a dangerous and lawless group.

Attorney Rhonda Bird returns home after a long estrangement when she learns her father has died. There she makes two important discoveries: her father stopped being an accountant and had opened up a private detective agency, and she has a teenage half sister named Baby. Baby brings in a client to the detective agency, a young man who claims he was abducted.

During the course of the investigation, Rhonda and Baby become entangled in a dangerous case involving a group of overprivileged young adults who break laws for fun, their psychopath ringleader, and an ex-assassin victim who decides to hunt them down for revenge.

NB: Co-authored with James Patterson.

Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-1538704585
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
The Chase

“Are you listening, Warden?”

“What do you want?”

“I want you to let them out.”

“Which inmates are we talking about?”

“All of them.”

With that, the largest manhunt in United States history is on. In response to a hostage situation, more than 600 inmates from the Pronghorn Correctional Facility, including everyone on Death Row, are released into the Nevada Desert. Criminals considered the worst of the worst, monsters with dark, violent pasts, are getting farther away by the second.

John Kradle, convicted of murdering his wife and son, is one of the escapees. Now, desperate to discover what really happened that night, Kradle must avoid capture and work quickly to prove his innocence as law enforcement closes in on the fugitives.

Death Row Supervisor, and now fugitive-hunter, Celine Osbourne has focused all of her energy on catching Kradle and bringing him back to Death Row. She has very personal reasons for hating him – and she knows exactly where he’s heading...

Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2022
Ebook: B0927CQNWV
Publisher: Forge Books
Fire with Fire

A pair of desperate parents. A man on the run. A rookie cop.

Four people with everything on the line.

What will be left in the ashes of the next 24 hours?

Following their daughter's mysterious disappearance, Ryan and Elsie Delaney have taken the LAPD forensic lab hostage, and have given law enforcement an ultimatum: Find their daughter, Tilly, or they will destroy all the evidence they can find to other cold cases.

Detective Charlie Hoskins has been undercover in a deadly motorcycle gang for five years. With his cover blown, he has no choice but to find Tilly himself, or lose everything he's worked for as the lab burns.

Lynette Lamb was a police officer -- until yesterday, when she was fired before her first beat. Figuring out what happened to Tilly is her one and only chance at rejoining the career she's prepared her whole life for.

Hoskins and Lamb will have to team up to solve this cold case, and will have to move fast -- before the situation explodes.

Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2023
Publisher: Forge Books


Black & Blue

Detective Harriet Blue is chasing down a violent killer on a university campus in a terrifying case that's far more sinister than she ever imagined.

Harriet Blue, the most single-minded detective since Lindsay Boxer, won't rest until she stops a savage killer targeting female university students. But new clues point to a more chilling predator...a violent criminal far worse than she expected.

NB: This book is part of the BookShots Series, as well as the Harriet Blue Series.

Other books in the BookShots Series by James Patterson include:

The Trial (2016)

Black & Blue (2016)

Break Point (2016)

Cross Kill (2016)

Heist (2016)

Hunted (2016)

Private Royals (2016)

Zoo 2 (2016)

Airport: Code Red (2016)

Little Black Dress (2016)

Chase (2016)

Dead Heat (2016)

Let's Play Make-Believe (2016)

The McCallugh Inn in Maine (2016)

The Pretender (2016)

Triple Threat (2016)

113 Minutes (2016)

Trump vs. Clinton (2016)

$10,000,000 Marriage Proposal (2016)

Kill or Be Killed (2016)

The Return (2016)

The Women's War (2016)

Killer Chef (2016)

The Murder of Stephen King (2016)

Taking the Titanic (2016)

Come and Get Us (2016)

The House Husband (2017)

Kisses at Midnight (2017)

Seducing Shakespeare (2017)

Achilles (2017)

The Exile (2017)

Juror #3 (2017)

The Moores Are Missing (2017)

The Shut-In (2017)

Diary of a Succubus (2017)

Night Sniper (2017)

Private: Gold (2017)

Detective Cross (2017)

The Lawyer Lifeguard (2017)

Stingrays (2017)

Black Dress Affair (2017)

Deadly Cargo (2017)

Nooners (2017)

Steeplechase (2017)

The Dolls (2017)

The Medical Examiner (2017)

Dead Man Running (2017)

The Experiment (2017)

The Family Lawyer (2017)

Stealing Gulfstreams (2017)

Absolute Zero (2017)

Scott Free (2017)

The Weekend Wife (2017)

You've Been Warned - Again (2017)

Dawn's Early Light (2017)

Manhunt (2017)

Avalanche (2017)

Kill and Tell (2017)

The 13-Minute Murder (2018)

Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0316399180
Publisher: BookShots

Archer and Bennett


A Sydney detective must catch a brilliant serial killer while keeping an eye on his mysterious new partner.

Sydney homicide detective Frank Bennett has a new partner—dark, beautiful, coldly efficient Eden Archer. Frank doesn’t know what to make of her, or her brother Eric, who’s also on the police force. Their methods are...unusual. But when a graveyard full of large steel toolboxes filled with body parts is found at the bottom of Sydney harbor, unusual is the least of their worries.

For Eden and Eric, the case holds chilling links to a scarred childhood—and the murderer who raised them. For Frank, each clue brings him closer to something he’s not sure he wants to face. But true evil goes beyond the bloody handiwork of a serial killer—and no one is truly innocent...

Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1784758332
Publisher: Arrow

“I fool myself that Eden has a heart—that she would at least have trouble killing me...”

Most homicide detective teams run on trust, loyalty, and the shared desire to put killers behind bars. Frank Bennett's partner, Eden Archer, thrives on darkness and danger. She has a rare talent for catching killers—but her idea of justice has little to do with courtrooms.

Now three girls are missing, and Eden is going undercover to a remote farm where the troubled hide and blood falls more often than rain. Frank’s job is to keep an eye on his partner while she's there-- but is it for Eden's protection, or to protect others from her? Walking a tightrope between duty and desperation, Frank confronts a threat from Eden’s past. Suddenly, the hunter is the hunted. And a killer’s vicious desires are about to be unleashed…

Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-1784758356
Publisher: Arrow Books

To catch a serial killer, sometimes you need to think like one...

The first victim—young, female, beautiful—is discovered on the edge of the park, her face utterly destroyed. Sydney homicide detective Frank Bennett suspects that this is a first kill. And it won’t be the last. To stop a serial killer in the making, Frank will have to place his faith in his partner Eden Archer—a cop who moonlights as a killer...

Eden knows the temptation of evil. Her intimate knowledge of the relentless forces that drive a killer gives her a unique edge. But with each jogger found brutally murdered in Sydney’s pristine parks, Eden can see where the investigation is headed. And it gives her a feeling she hasn’t felt in a long time. A fear she’s never known. A fear she can’t escape. A fear that, after all these years, she will have to face...

Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-1784758363
Publisher: Arrow Books

Crimson Lake

Crimson Lake

How do you move on when the world won’t let you?

12:46: Claire Bingley stands alone at a bus stop

12:47: Ted Conkaffey parks his car beside her

12:52: The girl is missing...

Six minutes in the wrong place at the wrong time—that’s all it took to ruin Sydney detective Ted Conkaffey’s life. Accused but not convicted of a brutal abduction, Ted is now a free man—and public enemy number one. Maintaining his innocence, he flees north to keep a low profile amidst the steamy, croc-infested wetlands of Crimson Lake.

There, Ted’s lawyer introduces him to eccentric private investigator Amanda Pharrell, herself a convicted murderer. 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...and the town offers no place to hide.

Troppo (TV Series)
Director: Yolanda Ramke
Cast: Thomas Jane, Nicole Chamoun, David Lyons, Sun Park, Yerin Ha, Ling Cooper Tang, Kate Beahan, Cramer Cain, Peta Wilson, Angela Punch McGregor
Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1250624390
Publisher: Forge Books
Redemption Point

When former police detective Ted Conkaffey was wrongly accused of abducting Claire Bingley, he hoped the Queensland rainforest town of Crimson Lake would be a good place to disappear. But nowhere is safe from Claire's devastated father.

Dale Bingley has a brutal revenge plan all worked out - and if Ted doesn't help find the real abductor, he'll be its first casualty.

Meanwhile, in a dark roadside hovel called the Barking Frog Inn, the bodies of two young bartenders lie on the beer-sodden floor. It's Detective Inspector Pip Sweeney's first homicide investigation - complicated by the arrival of private detective Amanda Pharrell to 'assist' on the case. Amanda's conviction for murder a decade ago has left her with some odd behavioral traits, top-to-toe tatts - and a keen eye for killers...

For Ted and Amanda, the hunt for the truth will draw them into a violent dance with evil. Redemption is certainly on the cards - but it may well cost them their lives...

Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-0143781882
Publisher: Bantam Australia Original
Gone by Midnight

Crimson Lake is where people with dark pasts come to disappear―and where others vanish into thin air…

When Sara Farrow’s son goes missing from a locked hotel room, she frantically turns for help to Crimson Lake’s unlikeliest private investigators―disgraced cop Ted Conkaffey and convicted killer Amanda Pharrell.

Just the sort of twisted puzzle that gets Amanda’s blood pumping, the disappearance couldn’t have come at a worse time for Ted. He has just this one week with Lillian, the daughter he barely knows…but the clock is ticking for the lost boy.

Amanda and Ted’s search dredges up the area’s worst characters, and the danger they uncover could well put Ted’s own child in deadly peril.

Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1787462052
Publisher: Arrow Books

Harriet Blue (Co-authored with James Patterson)

Black & Blue: A Harriet Blue Novella

Detective Harriet Blue is chasing down a violent killer on a university campus in a terrifying case that's far more sinister than she ever imagined.

Harriet Blue, the most single-minded detective since Lindsay Boxer, won't rest until she stops a savage killer targeting female university students. But new clues point to a more chilling predator...a violent criminal far worse than she expected.

NB: This book is part of the Harriet Blue Series, as well as the BookShots Series.

Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0316399180
Publisher: BookShots
Never Never

Harry Blue is the top Sex Crimes investigator in her department. But even she didn't see this coming: her own brother arrested for the grisly murders of three beautiful young women. "For her own good," she's been sent to a desolate location and assigned to a new "partner." But is he actually meant to be a watchdog? In her strange new home, Harry vanishes to a place where no one would ever think to look for her.

Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-1478944775
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Fifty Fifty

Detective Harriet Blue is determined to clear a convicted killer's name...but when there's another murder, can she escape the madmen holding her hostage?

What are the chances that convicted killer Sam Blue is innocent of the serial murders of three young women? Determined to clear his name, no matter the cost to her career, Detective Harriet Blue accepts a risky reassignment to a remote town where a diary found on the roadside reveals a murderous plan.

And the first killing, shortly after her arrival, suggests that the clock is already ticking. Meanwhile, back in the city, a young woman holds the key to crack Harriet's brother's case wide open. If only she could escape the madmen holding her hostage.

Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-1784757632
Publisher: Arrow Books
Liar Liar

With her life on the line and nothing left to lose, Detective Harriet Blue runs from the law -- and a vicious killer.

In the space of a week, she has committed theft and fraud, resisted arrest, assaulted a police officer, and is considered a dangerous fugitive from the law.

It's all because of one man, Regan Banks. He killed the only person in the world who matters to Harriet -- and he plans to kill her next.

As she recklessly speeds toward the dark side -- and finally crosses it -- Harriet won't stop until Regan pays for the many lives he has taken.

Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2018
ISBN: 978-1538730720
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Top cop, devoted sister, and now Inmate 3329: even prison bars won't stop Harriet Blue from seeking justice for the murder of her brother.

Prison is a dangerous place for a former cop -- as Harriet Blue is learning on a daily basis.

So, following a fight for her life and a prison-wide lockdown, the last person she wants to see is Deputy Police Commissioner Joe Woods. The man who put her inside.

But Woods is not there to gloat. His daughter Tonya and her two-year-old child have gone missing.

He's ready to offer Harriet a deal: find his family to buy her freedom...

Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-1538752159
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Sanctuary Sound

Gathering Dark

A convicted killer. A gifted thief. A vicious ganglord. A disillusioned cop. Together they’re a missing girl’s only hope.

Dr. Blair Harbour, once a wealthy, respected pediatric surgeon, is now an ex-con down on her luck. She’s determined to keep her nose clean and win back custody of her son. But when her former cellmate begs for help to find her missing daughter, Blair is compelled to put her new-found freedom on the line.

Detective Jessica Sanchez has always had a difficult relationship with the LAPD. And her inheritance of a multi-million dollar mansion as a reward for catching a killer has just made her police enemy number one.

It’s been ten years since Jessica arrested Blair for cold-blooded murder. So when Jessica opens the door to the disgraced doctor late one night she expects abuse, maybe even violence. What comes next is a plea for help…

Author: Candice Fox
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-1787462069
Publisher: Arrow Books