“Murder mysteries can be absorbing puzzles and page-turners. But I don’t think they are junk literature, books to be read and then discarded.
They can touch on the largest of ideas. Mortality – what does it mean for our lives to know that they are finite, that we are all temporary? And knowledge – how do we acquire knowledge? What can we be certain of? What can we know about the inside of another’s head and heart? What is essentially unknowable?
In a way death and mystery are natural companions.”
Joanna Baker was educated at The Friends’ School, Hobart, the Australian National University and RMIT, Melbourne. She lives in Hobart, and still spends much of her time in the wine and high county of north eastern Victoria.
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