Author(s): Ian Wishart
OF ALL THE BOOKS ON THIS CASE, YOU NEED TO READ THIS ONE...It's a murder mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes. It even has a Watson. Yet, solving the disappearance of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope has proved anything but elementary. Some books on the case have argued so strongly for either innocence or guilt that they leave out evidence that is "inconvenient" to their argument. This isn't one of those books. Elementary blows open the Scott Watson case with evidence you've never been told before. Now that Scott Watson has broken his silence, it's time to break the story...
This controversial case, dating back to New Year’s Eve 1998, stayed with me for years after it happened, and continues to capture the hearts of many New Zealanders. I felt curiously compelled to read Wishart's latest opinion in stark contrast to his earlier book Ben and Olivia: What really happened (1999). A new twist based on a reinterpretation of existing evidence causes Wishart to dramatically change his initial verdict of the case outcome. The evidence is described in some detail and the final chapter concludes with Wishart's new theory, leaving the reader with yet another possible outcome for this haunting and unresolved case. - Rachel