Book Preview

Dancing with Deception

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 5 customer ratings
(5 customer reviews)
155mm x 230mm

Buy E-books

My novel is provisionally titled ‘Dancing with Deception’ and it’s a story of deception, love, murder and betrayal set in occupied Paris during WWII.

Essentially, it’s the tale of a young Australian nurse who sets off to join a Red Cross hospital in downtown Paris only to find herself caught in the German invasion. She soon becomes caught up in the work of the local resistance cell but finds herself targeted by the Gestapo chief who is keen to establish a friendship with her – or more if he can. Increasingly the young nurse treads a fine line between the two, desperate not to betray the resistance but also to glean any information she can from her Gestapo lover, conscious all the while that she is supposedly neutral.

The setting is important as the bitter street fighting between the resistance and the German patrols see the hospital inundated with wounded, while downed RAF airmen are also cleverly hidden under the nose of the hospital’s stridently neutral matron.

There is a substantial twist at the climax of the story with betrayal, murder and ultimately love as the Allied forces close in and the liberation of Paris draws ever closer. In the final chapters of the book, a secret is revealed which turns the traditional battle of good and evil on its head.

As the war approaches its climax, Marisa’s Gestapo lover flees and the young nurse follows. He is ultimately revealed as a key operator in a resistance escape line that traverses four countries. But he has a secret which threatens to crush him. Marisa finally discovers the truth behind the man who risked his life to save others in a masterpiece of deception.

Catherine McCullagh

Catherine McCullagh

Catherine McCullagh is a highly respected editor and author. She has worked as an editor and advisor on numerous military and Australian history books and has two published works to her name, Willingly into the Fray, a narrative history of the first 100 years of Australian Army nursing, and War Child, the true story of […]

Read More

5 reviews for Dancing with Deception

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    A beautifully written book that takes you on a journey through occupied Paris during WWII. Can highly recommend!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Former Detective Inspector, Carl Clark (27years in the NSW Police Force) When I joined the NSW Police it was one of the most exciting times of my life. It is a job full of highs and lows. You experience all emotions and there are always lots of stories to tell. The job unfortunately involves seeing and experiencing a lot of death and trauma. At first these incidents would upset me, however over time I soon found I had become hardened to life tragedies. What would upset most people, no longer upset me. I lost all sense of feeling and, more importantly my compassion for people who were suffering around me. Peter Seymour was a Detective I worked with closely at Mt Druitt Police Station. I found him to be different from most Police, in the sense that he did not loose his sense of compassion. He genuinely cared for people and victims from the cases that he was investigating. That set him apart from most Police and made him a better Detective for it. It was Peters sense of compassion, caring and understanding that drove him to work hard to ensure there was some justice for people he served. Peters hard work, was not to try and make a name for himself, it was to see that a wrong was, in a small way, put right. That there was a price to pay for causing the hurt to people that he got to know and care about. PTSD however it like a dripping tap. You often wonder how you cannot not be affected by seeing some of life worst tragedies. Eventually the drips add up and you find the next tragedy is the last. You can take no more. The sleepless nights wear you down and all the lost emotions come flooding back at once

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a gripping book, that takes you into the personal life of one of Australia’s great detectives. it is an in depth look at what many of our police officers are faced with in their everyday lives and how what they see and experience can have a major impact not only on themselves but their families too. Peter Seymour should be credited for letting readers so deeply into his personal life, I think we all underestimate just what a hard job it is to be a detective and see the realities of the world that most of us luckily don’t have to see. well done to Peter and I highly recommend 1371 to all readers, you won’t want to put it down.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is an intriguing true story about the trials and tribulations of Peter Seymour. I was reduced to tears whenever he suffered as I read his story about his work and family life. He seems like a genuinely great bloke, a hard working cop and a loving husband and father.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    A friend recommended I should read this book after I was recently diagnosed with severe depression, in an effort to relate to the author, the highs and lows of life’s obstacles, the choices to make, the balance of daily life and the path to recovery. I immediately was intrigued with this book and could not put it down, not only did the Author (Peter Seymour) share his general experiences, he shared major parts of life experiences including family which would not have been easy for any person to write about. On every page you can sense the dedication, the motivation and most of all the pain that he had to endure to continue not only to be the man at home, but the boss at work, the friend and the detective that refused to give up. I found this book very easy to read since I have not read in over 11 years. A true crime book that was very close to home (Western Sydney). Well done to everyone involved, not only did you allow me to get back into novels, but it did make me think twice about my obstacles in life and the unfortunate obstacles that others have to endure in this unpredictable world of ours, if they can move forward, so can I…. I would love to see story of ‘1371’ on TV, documentary or film, I would tune in for sure!

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like

  • No products in cart.