Public Secrets by Liza O’Connor

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Research Topic: Does NZ have ‘Miranda’ Rights

Another legal issue popped up when my FBI agent assures star quarterback Chad Tyler that he can tell him anything since he hasn’t read him his Miranda Rights.

They are in New Zealand, so while I couldn’t find anything definitive, I don’t think rights read overseas would stand up in court of law, but then he didn’t want to read him his rights. He just wanted to get him talking, by making him feel safe.

But it did get me wondering. Does New Zealand have Miranda rights and what do they call them—surly NOT Miranda Rights— for while we like to name things after people, New Zealand seems more forthright.

They actually have three versions of Rights Caution: Different versions for adults, young adults, and children. That actually makes very good sense, given the slow formation of brains.

Adults: Rights Caution:

The following advice should be provided to people who are arrested or detained, or where police want to question someone where there is sufficient evidence to charge that person with an offence:

  • You have been arrested/detained for (give reason) [OR]
  • I am speaking to you about (give reason)
  • You have the right to remain silent.
  • You do not have to make any statement.
  • Anything you say will be recorded and may be given in evidence in court.
  • You have the right to speak with a lawyer without delay and in private before deciding whether to answer any questions.
  • Police have a list of lawyers you may speak to for free.

Note: If the advice is given before the suspect is arrested or detained, the advice must be repeated when the suspect is arrested or detained.

Sounds much like ours, right?

Actually, I believe theirs is far more restrictive to their police in practice.

And there is very little likelihood that the New Zealand police will shoot you during an arrest, because patrol officers on standard duty don’t carry guns. Only the Diplomatic Protection Squad and airport officers are armed.

In fact, a New Zealand police commissioner went so far as to say wearing guns would impede an officers job since he would be focused on protecting his gun rather than resolving the situation.  He also went on to state protection by a pistol is illusionary.

Just a footnote: New Zealand has one of the lowest homicide rates in the world.

So now you know. The police will not kill you, but the many fabulous adventures you can take in New Zealand might. There’s also active volcanoes and earthquakes to worry about. But a finer group of people, in a more beautiful country, you’ll never meet.


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Public Secrets

Book 1 of the AI Sci-Rom Series


Liza O’Connor

Carla Simon is a best-selling novelist besieged by death threats and lawsuits because her stories keep turning out to be true. She is considered an extraordinary researcher, uncovering facts unknown by field experts.

The truth is far simpler and more disturbing. Carla has a software program that “fixes” her mistakes and rewrites her novels so they are error-proof both in presentation and in content. The result is beautifully written and completely accurate stories about real people and events.

Some of those people want her silenced forever. When a woman, mistaken for Carla, turns up dead in New Zealand, she must face the hard truth about her program. But first she has to survive the assassin who has never failed to deliver on a contract.



“I can’t believe this. She didn’t know who I was.”

Luke snorted his disbelief. “Oh, she knew who you were. She knew all your secrets. Secrets that no one would ever want to be revealed. Your sister’s rape by your cousin, her suicide attempts. Your mother’s drinking problem caused by your father’s frequent infidelities. Your gay roommate in college, who crawled into your bed one night when you had both drunk too much.”


Chad stared at the agent in shock as he felt his world crumble beneath him. My God! How could she have known those things? They’d been buried so deep within the family shame that no one, not even family members, spoke of them. He forced himself to breathe through the pain that gripped his heart. He’d thought her the woman of his dreams, but instead, she’d been his worst nightmare.

“May I see this book?” he finally asked.

“Sorry, it could be key evidence in your murder trial.”

Chad looked up, reeling from yet another blow. “You think I killed her?”

“She was going to destroy your life. What choice did you have?”

“You’ve got the wrong guy!”

“I haven’t read you your Miranda rights,” Luke pointed out. “You can safely tell me the truth.”

“I didn’t kill her,” he insisted. “I didn’t even know about the book. Surely there must be other suspects besides me.”

“A few hundred, but you make the top. You have the best motive. You might have prevented her from revealing your secrets, whereas everyone else could only act on revenge since their secrets have already been exposed. Secondly, you and your assistant, Davis Grimes, are the only two we’ve found in New Zealand.”

“Well, it wasn’t me, nor did I hire someone to do it. In fact, I thought I might have fallen in love with her.”

“Betrayal is a strong motivator…”

“But I didn’t know her intent until now. I still can’t believe… She seemed so real, so sweet.”


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About Liza

Liza O’Connor was raised badly by feral cats, left the South/Midwest and wandered off to find nicer people on the east coast. There she worked for the meanest man on Wall Street, while her psychotic husband tried to kill her three times. (So much for finding nicer people.) Then one day she declared enough, got a better job, divorced her husband, and fell in love with her new life where people behaved nicely. But all those bad behaviors have given her lots of fodder for her books. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.

You have been warned.

Mostly humorous books by Liza:

Humorous Sci-Fi series

The Gods of Probabilities — In the Multiverses, anything can & does happen. Join the bickering Gods and the sentient beings they oversee.

Surviving Outbound — Earth is doomed, but the odds of surviving outbound isn’t much better.

Surviving Terranue — Welcome to Terranue. Prepare to be baked, pummeled, and frozen. But first you’ll have to survive the black death growing in the cliffs.

Surviving Sojourn — You know you have reason to worry when a hyper-grown one-year-old is made captain of the ship.


Humorous Singles:

Ghost Lover Two British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. And there’s a ghost cat that roams about the book as well. (Humorous Contemporary Romance)

Saving Casey — Cass wakes up in the body of a troubled teen who has burned every bridge imaginable. Her only choice is to turn this life around, but that’s much harder than she ever imagined.

Disturbing Historical:

Untamed & Unabashed The youngest of the Bennet sisters, Lydia, tells her story. A faithful spinoff from Pride & Prejudice.


A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous Contemporary odd Romance)

Worst Week Ever — Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.

Oh Stupid Heart — The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.

Coming to Reason — There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.

Climbing out of Hell — The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.

The Hardest Love Is to love oneself. Sam’s story.


The Adventures of Xavier & Vic Sleuth series: (Late Victorian/Mystery/Romance)

The Troublesome Apprentice — The greatest sleuth in Victorian England hires a young man who turns out to be a young woman.

The Missing Partner — Opps! The greatest sleuth in Victorian England goes missing, leaving Vic to rescue him, a suffragette, and about 100 servants. Not to mention an eviscerating cat. Yes, let’s not mention the cat.

A Right to Love — A romantic detour for Jacko. Want to see how amply rewarded Jacko was when he & Vic save an old woman from Bedlam?

The Mesmerist The Mesmerist can control people from afar and make them murder for her. Worse yet, Xavier Thorn has fallen under her spell.

Well Kept Secrets — The problems with secrets is that they always come to light, no matter how you wish to silence them.

Pack of Trouble — Changes are a part of life, but these changes almost kill Vic.

The Darkest Days — Muddled cases make Vic very grumpy.



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3 Responses to Public Secrets by Liza O’Connor

  1. Liza O'Connor says:

    Thanks for having me over!

  2. Melissa Keir says:

    Do you think that NZ is a place that people should move to? What about non-adventurous types? I’d much rather find a quiet spot to sit and read but it sounds lovely.

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