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City inspiration for murder story

Wednesday, 6th November, 2013

Austrian-born author Wilhelm Ruff signs a copy of his book “Murder in Broken Hill” for John Andrews. Austrian-born author Wilhelm Ruff signs a copy of his book “Murder in Broken Hill” for John Andrews.

By Darrin Manuel

Author Wilhelm Ruff drew a crowd at Browzers Bookshop on the weekend when he launched his novel “Murder in Broken Hill”.

The book tracks the adventures of Alexander “Alyosha” Obermeyer, a retired chief inspector from Vienna who is trying to solve a mysterious murder in the outback.

Ruff travelled from Adelaide to Mulberry Vale cabins on numerous occasions when writing the book, drawing inspiration from a variety of local locations and characters.

He officially launched 214-page novella on Saturday and received a good response at the one-hour session.

“I sold around a dozen books, so that was pretty good, and for a while there was a little crowd around,” he said.

“I was very happy. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”

With his first fiction offering on the shelves, Ruff said he would now contemplate whether to expand Alyosha’s story into a second book.

“I have a few ideas for a follow-up. The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger,” he said.

“There’s a paragraph or two at the end that could be used as a link to a second book... but we’ll just wait and see.”

Mr Ruff said he wished to thank Browzers’ owners and staff for their assistance with the book launch.

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