Serpent Books

Serpent Trilogy Synopsis

Books in the Serpent trilogy are based on the life of Detective Francesca Salucci and her relationship with mafia boss, Nicholas Delano and Afghanistan war hero and medic Captain Sinclair McCrae.

This fictional crime series is set over three books. An international romp that harbours secrets, lies and betrayal against a backdrop of love and protection.

Fiction dances with fact as life in Italy during the second Great War, the fall of the Italian monarchy and the rise of fascism provide the original inspiration for a contemporary series set in modern day Australia, Italy, Afghanistan and Fiji.

The books explore the complications of family loyalty over time and distance, expectation and the place for tradition in a modern world.

Relishing the opportunity to travel to Italy in 2019, the author actively sought political commentary at the coal face, so to speak.

Interwoven within exotic locations, some old, some new, the trilogy harnesses the characters relentless need for acceptance, change and control.

The last book in the Serpent trilogy is due for release in the late mid year of 2021.

Paperback and ebooks are available through our good friends at Simon & Schuster Australia and New Zealand. Published by the brilliant team at Brolga Publishing. Find out more about them here.


Book Three: The Trouble With Serpents

Trust. Loyalty. And new alliances. “She has a Borgia attitude to her enemies and friends.”

Enter the Machiavellian world of Giuliett Seta where words are not what they mean and actions are driven by deep psychological needs and desires. New faces and old alliances are turned upside down when the Capo returns with a heart full of vengence and pain.

In this new world order, your greatest enemy could be your greatest supporter.

Will Francesca, Sinclair and Nicholas overcome their differences to out manipulate the beautiful heiress of the Seta empire? Or will fate step in again and drive a wedge between their fragile relationship.

The Trouble with Serpents is the final book in the serpent trilogy.


Long Listed Best Debut Adult Crime Novel 2018 Davitt Awards

Book One: Serpent Song

‘A secret. A traitor. And the girl who changes everything.’  Detective Francesca Salucci knows a thing or two about organised crime; and significantly more about keeping secrets. Particularly when the secret belongs to her.

At first glance, the investigation into the death of an outlaw biker in Sydney’s inner west seems pretty routine for this celebrated cop. That was her first mistake.

An internal power struggle between three of Australia’s most notorious crime gangs slams Salucci front and centre tackling her biggest quandary yet: her past.

The search for justice will take her across the globe – from Sydney to the Australian outback. From Rome to the Cinque Terre. But for this detective, the answers lay closer to home. In a chilling climax, Francesca finds herself caught between her family connections and her desire for justice.

Serpent Song is the first book in the serpent trilogy. This fictional action packed thriller that tells a story of love, greed, betrayal and the ultimate test of integrity.


Book Two: Serpent Sting

‘A secret. A revenge. And the family caught in the middle.’ At first sight, Francesca Salucci has it all. Six years on from the devastation that turned her world upside down, she has a beautiful home in Fiji, a loving family and a promising new career.

Yet, her life is not as tranquil as it seems. Her former career might be a thing of the past, but her affair with the son of a dangerous mafioso is anything but forgotten.

The world she worked hard to build is turning on its head, and her family are in danger. But how can she protect them when she can’t tell her allies from her enemies.

Old friendships renew feelings of family loyalty, shared loss and yearning for another time. Their heady mix will complicate the simplest of actions.

In the end the truth is laid on the table. Secrets have nowhere to hide. And the terror of what could be is rapidly advancing out of the shadows.

From an Afghanistan war zone to the stunning Fijian coastline, from the pomp of award ceremonies to secretive Venice, Serpent Sting unravels an organised crime family’s desire for revenge amidst a backdrop of sex, murder and integrity.

Serpent Sting is the second book in the serpent trilogy.