Kangaroo Island author Darry Fraser was very pleased with the big crowd at the launch of her latest book The Good Woman of Renmark.
The launch was held on Friday, November 22 at Amadio Wine Bar in Kingscote.
"It's wonderful," she said at the launch. "There are people here I don't even know."
Among them were new Island resident Judy Murphy, who recently moved from Mt Barker to Cassini on the KI north coast, and her friend Carmel Paxton of Riverton, a huge Darry fan.
"I wanted to support Darry because I love her books and I love anything with Australian history," Carmel said.
"Darry does such an excellent job educating the reader and bringing something like broken farm machinery back to life."
Darry now heads off on a three-state book tour.
Lauded as a best selling author since 2016, Ms Fraser is considered a brand leader in Australian historical fiction as booksellers around the country attest to the popularity of her fast paced adventures.
Meticulously researched, three books have been set along the Murray River, and another on the Ballarat goldfields.
The recurring theme throughout is of strength in adversity, honour, passion, and swift retribution.
The Good Woman of Renmark is the third in the 'Murray' series, and although a stand alone novel, the reader will meet characters from previous stories.
Her first novel was Daughter of the Murray. Since then, three more novels and a novella have been published - Where the Murray River Runs, The Widow of Ballarat, novella The Drover Comes Home for Christmas, and this year, The Good Woman of Renmark.
Adventure, history and romance combine in this thrilling 19th century journey in the South Australian bush along the mighty Murray River, and in the company of a determined heroine.
Forced to defend herself and a friend from assault, Maggie flees downriver on a paddle steamer.
With death at her heels, she begins to realise that Sam, someone she left behind long ago, might be the very person to help in her hour of need.
The further Maggie runs, the more she discovers there are some things she cannot escape.