Not the Faintest Trace: A Sergeant Frank Hardy Mystery

· Wendy M. Wilson
19 reviews

About this ebook


Ex-soldier Sergeant Frank Hardy is grinding out a living in a small New Zealand settlement, driving a mail coach and playing rigged card games. He's asked to find two missing settlers, but declines the job until his own past and the memory of the gruesome death of his brother compels him to change his mind. When he saves a young woman's life he becomes he target of a vengeful killer. Now all he's worried about is keeping both his head and his heart.

Live for a while in the beautiful but challenging landscape of nineteenth century New Zealand. Continue the series with Recalled to Life.

What readers say about Not the Faintest Trace

"I read the whole thing in one sitting"

"Spellbinding story"

"Great adventure story about New Zealand."

"The characters are strong, compelling and interesting. I loved it."

" Superb debut book!" Amazon Top 500 Reviewer

The novel has a cracking pace, two likeable major protagonists, and some moments of real (cliff-hanging) tension. The action - involving both settlers and Maori - is interspersed with well described domestic life, in all its muddiness. The excerpts from newspapers of the time that introduce each chapter add to the evocation of life in a country still going through the pains of colonization. A good read. Linda Burgess, author of the upcoming memoir Someone's Wife

"My forebears lived in the wider area throughout the period covered in the book (and one was killed in the NZ Wars) - so I could have been a very hard-sell, but instead I loved the whole exciting story. I'm very happy to recommend this book and the second in the series, and roll on the publication of the next one." Val Burr, Local Historian, Palmerston North, New Zealand

19 reviews
Robert Saunders
July 4, 2020
Nice to read a book from New Zealand and learn a little about the country.
4 people found this review helpful
Margaret Harris
August 14, 2020
I liked how both sides of the issue was addressed, and how the inhumanity of war takes on physical as well as mental casualties on all sides, not just the two sides fighting.
1 person found this review helpful
Liz Cunningham
August 8, 2020
Interesting read...
1 person found this review helpful

About the author

Wendy m. Wilson is a retired English professor who grew up in New Zealand but settled in Canada in 1973. Her books are based on real people and events, with a heavy does of research and imagination.

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