The Marlborough Mystery

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Tandem Press, 2001 - Murder - 167 pages
When Ben Smart and Olivia Hope disappeared on the morning of 1 January 1998, New Zealand was alerted to try to identify the ketch to which the two young people had reportedly been delivered. Many members of New Zealand's yachting community were subsequently surprised when, despite a number of possible sightings, the police shifted their investigation to Scott Watson whose boat bore no resemblance to the original description. Mike Kalaugher, however, remained unconvinced and continued his own detailed investigation of this horrendous tragedy.This thorough investigation throws into question many aspects of the police enquiry and maintains convincingly that moving the focus of the investigation to Scott Watson distracted them from the pursuit of the mystery ketch and that there is no evidence to suggest that Scott Watson is guilty. This is a sensational and worrying investigation which concludes that the mystery of Ben and Olivia has not been solved.The book is well worth a critical read. This case is another that will not go obediently away - and for uncomfortably good reasons - The DominionAuthor Mike Kalaugher, an experienced yachtie, takes an interesting tack, opting to focus on the yachting-related evidence. The key to this evidence is the mystery ketch seen by key witness Guy Wallace and several other witnesses, but which was eventually discounted by police. Kalaugher asserts, quite convincingly, that the sightings have never been adequately explained, casting doubt on whether it was Watson's boat that Ben and Olivia were dropped off at after the New Year's Eve party at Furneaux Lodge - The Nelson MailAbout the Author Mike Kalaugher is a dedicated yachtie who has an accounting practice on Waiheke Island. He comes from a yachting family and sailing has been his lifelong passion. He competed in the 1996 two-handed Round the North Island race and survived the extreme conditions of the Sydney to Hobart race of 1998 in a 30-foot yacht

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