Missing at Sea - my latest book - is Book 2 in the Anna Davies Mystery Series.  It follows Anna three years on from Missing in Egypt.

Three years on from Egypt, Anna Davies embarks on her first cruise with best friend Sandra.  A few days into the holiday they are woken by three blasts from the ship’s foghorn, indicating that someone has fallen overboard. A woman is lost at sea; the ship turns around to search for her, but she has disappeared into the night.  

Was it suicide?  Did she lose her balance and fall - or was there foul play involved?  Did her husband push her? Would anyone be able to prove whether this was murder or an unfortunate accident?  

What a perfect place to stage a murder! 

 Dangerous Associations is a different genre for me - my first foray in to crime mystery.

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An ex-husband, a new love, a stalker. Cathy Thompson’s link to her ex-husband fills her life with threats and intimidation. She must either trap her stalker or find Geoffrey to put an end to her life  of fear. 

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Maybe I had been watching too many thrillers on TV; maybe I had been reading too many mysteries, but I knew that my next book would be a crime mystery.  Dangerous Associations was fun to write!  Hearing another accent in my head, being able to kill off characters was a buzz!
.0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Thriller from the author of Missing in Egypt November 25, 2014 
By peaches345 
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is written in the first person and Rita Lee Chapman has used the style so well I felt Cathy was talking to me, and only me. It’s the sort of book that demands hot chocolate, cookies, and one of those wraps without feet, which I can’t wear because I have a dog who behaves like Benny…

OUCH! The start wasn’t exactly comfortable but it hurts a lot more when the pain is delivered by a man, and was he as innocent as the crash investigators believed? Is Rob right about the peeping tom being, literally, a tom, as in male cat? Should Cathy trust Rob? Who else might put her life in danger, and why should her violent ex-husband save her?

Forget the hot chocolate and buy the evil-flavoured cream designed to prevent nail-biting. You’ll need it, because this book is a chilling must-read.

**** Review by: Victoria Zigler on Dec. 28, 2014 :
This book is well-written, with a plot that's both believable and moves at a nice pace for the genre. The characters are well-rounded, and the main character is someone easy to like and sympathize with. I should warn you though that the book contains scenes which some readers may find upsetting.

***** By Amaria on July 5, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
From the moment I started reading Rita Lee Chapman's novel "Dangerous Associations," I was pulled into it. The writing is very descriptive and well written and well organized. Cathy Thompson the main character is described very well into the plot. The fantastic imagery of this character's life is as stunning as the plot twists and turns of the novel. Superbly done!

****Mistakes are costly! Missing out on this book would be a mistake!!

By Amazon Customer on July 8, 2015 Format: Kindle Edition

We all make mistakes in our lives, some of us are very regular in making them and some are not. Sometimes the mistakes are something that can be easily rectified. However, there are times when a single seemingly umimportant mistake ends up almost ruining your life. And that is what happens to Cathy in Dangerous Associations. Her husband, who she married for love, starts cheating on her. She divorces him thinking that would be the end of it. But he soon turns to drugs and a whole nightmare unfolds for Geoffrey, Cathy and Rob.

The story has a good concept and good character definition. The characters are well placed and easy to relate with. The language is not abrupt. It is good enough to go with and smooth. However I have my reservations about the flow of the story. Most of the story is from Cathy’s point of view. But right in the middle, out of nowhere, Geoffrey’s point of view comes. Even another character’s story is shown right in the middle. They were relevant to the story, of course. But because of the abrupt change in story perspective, the flow breaks considerably. It could have done as alternate chapters from each perspective so that there is a uniformity in the flow.

Overall, the story was good. Just apart from the flow and therefore, the style of narration, I loved the story and the plot. It is really engaging and exciting till the end.

By Don on 7 January 2015
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Well written. Exciting.

Missing in Egypt - Book 1 in the Anna Davies Mystery Series
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Missing in Egypt, my first book, was written after I retired.  Whilst I was working I had started to write a couple of times, on a typewriter, but somehow I never managed to finish a story.  My writing was confined to writing business letters, reports and letters home to my family!  Once I retired I was determined to 'write the book that we all have within us."  But where to start? Then a holiday in Egypt gave me the setting and the inspiration.  Egypt is a mysterious and intriguing country.  Vast deserts and uninhabited areas, crowded cities, towering pyramids and ancient tombs are all found in Egypt.  Even today new tombs are being discovered, many still containing the sarcophagus and a myriad of valuable jewellery and antiques to sustain the deceased on their journey to the after life.  What better place to set a mystery?
Abu Simbel
Felucca on the Nile
The Author at the Valley of the Kings
Missing in Egypt will intrigue you with its twists and turns, romance and adventure as well as its insights into Australian and Egyptian cultures. Australian Anna Davies travels to Egypt with her lover to help him search for his brother, who disappeared whilst on holiday.  The Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel and the Temple of Karnak are amongst the settings for their search.  Will they be able to track him down and find him alive - or is Ramy already dead?  What tragedies await Anna and Kareem as they come closer to retracing his footsteps?  This fast-paced action plot will keep you guessing until the end.

Follow Anna as she travels to Egypt with Kareem to help him in his search.  The storyline includes vivid descriptions of several Egyptian antiquities such as Abu Simbel, the Temple of Karnak, The Valley of the Kings and the Pyramids.  

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Reviews for Missing in Egypt

5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 12 Feb 2013 By Gill Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Amazon.uk 5* review:

"I believe this is Rita Lee Chapman's first book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Good plot, good characters and well written. I look forward to her next book. Would definitely recommend it."

 Missing in Egypt  
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 4.0 out of 5 stars REALLY LIKED October 31, 2012

By MAIDIE  Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Amazon.com 4* review:
"I really enjoyed this novel (read it on my Kindle) a good mixture of romance adventure and suspense.Rita has a good "take" on Canberra and Egypt life. Not too many characters saving us going back and forth to remember who they are. I think it is a great novel for a "first" one Look forward to the next one Good Luck Rita Chapman."

Goodreads.com 4* review
"Received book as a giveaway through Goodreads. Fun quick weekend read that kept my interest with some romance and a lot of suspenseful twists and turns. The author does a good job describing the tombs and the rich history of Egypt. Great job on a first novel Rita, thanks and keep up the great story telling!"

Jul 25, 2013 Laurinda Wallace rated it 3 of 5 stars

With twists and turns in mysterious Egypt, Rita tells the story from two points of view -- her heroine Anna, and Ramy, the missing person. Her insights into the culture and ancient Egyptian history added to the story. The additional bonus of Australia, especially from the political side was interesting as well. The book was well-paced, and the author was able to keep the suspense alive until the end.

5.0 out of 5 stars Very well written April 15, 2014 
By Truth42 
Format:Kindle Edition
Not usually my sort of thing but I really enjoyed this. Chapman has a nice elegant style that makes the book a real page turner. My daughter really loved it.

Sarah Stuart rated it 4 of 5 stars

Anna Davies is presented with an intriguing problem at the very start: a plea for help from a very attractive Egyptian man, Kareem, whose brother, Ramy is missing in Egypt. Anna has a new job as PA to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. She passes on the message and the reader is plunged into the world of Australian politics, which is either familiar to Ms Chapman or extremely well researched since Anna, in the absence of the minister’s wife, attends the inaugural dinner following the state openin Anna Davies is presented with an intriguing problem at the very start: a plea for help from a very attractive Egyptian man, Kareem, whose brother, Ramy is missing in Egypt. Anna has a new job as PA to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. She passes on the message and the reader is plunged into the world of Australian politics, which is either familiar to Ms Chapman or extremely well researched since Anna, in the absence of the minister’s wife, attends the inaugural dinner following the state opening of parliament by Queen Elizabeth II in 1988.

Kareem appears again after an abortive trip in search of his brother and Anna becomes his lover. The scene is set for the couple to fly to Egypt together and, amongst vivid pictures of bustling Cairo and Abu Simbel, the last place Ramy was known to be, a trail of mystery, hidden treasure, tragedy, and murder, unfolds.

Many times I was sure I knew what would happen next, and I was always wrong. The end is impossible to guess. Ms Chapman’s debut novel is a four star read. Don’t miss it, or the five star Dangerous Associations that she published more recently

4* By jaybee on January 24, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Good easy to read, imaginative, fast flowing and with the interesting background setting of ancient and modern Egypt.  

Winston - a Horse's Tale

One for horse lovers from teenagers upwards!  Winston is a good-looking palomino horse whose life involves several different owners and many adventures.  As you read his story, told by Winston himself, you will appreciate horse ownership from the horse’s point of view.  Born on a country property in Australia, Winston tells of his breaking-in and education and the different people he encounters – good, bad and ignorant.  As well as his own story, Winston includes the experiences of other horses he meets along life’s way. 
Whether its jumping, eventing, hunting or just hacking, Winston tries his best to please his rider.  Follow his successes and his failures, from his first pair of shoes to his first show jumping win.  It is an eventful life, the story of one Australian horse out of thousands, but one that you will remember.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00G9QOZGE

Winston was the book I had to write and I enjoyed the ride!  Suitable for horse lovers from teenagers upwards my inspiration came from stories I have been told and my own personal experiences, with a big dollop of imagination.

Reviews for Winston - A Horse's Tale

Amazon 4* by Gina Briganti
"Winston - A Horse's Tale" is precisely what the cover tells you it is. Rita Lee Chapman has shared a thoughtful story of what a horse's life is like, spanning a good 20 years.
Winston - A Horse's Tale is set in Australia, which you can enjoy in the writing. You can hear the accent in a delightful way as Winston describes different owners, what they expect from him, and how his life changes over the years. I particularly enjoyed his relationships with other horses.
I recommend this book for all ages.” 

Aug 17, 15
5 of 5 stars
Superb novel! Follow a horse across his lifetime as he is raised up, sold, trained, cared for by good people, mistreated by others, and much more. If you love Black Beauty you will love this book. I am a lifelong horsewoman and the author hits every single note to perfection.