Former speaker Greg Cornwell has published his sixth novella in his fictional series about John Order, a simple, crime-fighting backbencher from the national capital.
The latest book, Order and the Parliamentary Conference, has a tantalising set-up: "Criticism of meetings of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is hardly surprising. Apart from the expense with delegates from all over the world of varied races, religions and repute, personal differences are to be expected. But murder?''
Dun, dun, dahhh....
Cornwell says his 12 years in the assembly as a Liberal Party MLA for Molonglo did inform his writing.
"All [the books] are complete in themselves however the same characters are present. They are not tales of international or even national danger, of spies and traitors in the corridors of power,'' he said.
"Rather, initially a simple backbencher who manages to attract bodies both dead and alive while simultaneously fighting off attempts to end his own, political, life.
"In this novella, Order finds himself at a parliamentary conference where the usual robust debate is a little more than expected.
"Naturally I have drawn upon my Legislative Assembly experience - 1992 to 2004 - for background, though not personalities, while the crime is from my vivid imagination.''