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Murder Mysteries are not Trivial

“Some time in my early teens, I picked up A Murder is Announced, by Agatha Christie, and was just completely smitten. For the whole book, Christie had me looking in the wrong direction while, right under my nose, all the pieces were falling together into a solution that made perfect sense. It was just completely thrilling. I immediately grabbed the next one and I’ve been steeped in murder mysteries ever since.

I’m interested in the things that happen inside our heads and between people who know each other well. My books focus on intimate groups – families, close friends and neighbours. I write about amateurs, struggling with murders that take place within their own lives. I hope they find some readers who enjoy them. I’d love some responses. I’d love a conversation.” Joanna Baker

Taking Them Seriously

Joanna Baker was educated at The Friends’ School, Hobart, the Australian National University and RMIT, Melbourne.

“I try to write absorbing fast-paced page-turners. But I don’t think they’re junk literature. I take murder mysteries seriously, and hopefully in some of my blog posts I’ll be able to explain why. “

In A Book of Shadows, a PhD thesis completed at RMIT Joanna explored the deep connection between mystery and death. The thesis examines the possibilities for murder mysteries offered by the aesthetic construct of the sublime and Emmanuel Levinas’s notion of the il y a.

Other Things

Online, Joanna writes about the two places she loves.

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Tasmania Stories presents stories from the history and rich cultural life of Tasmania.









Riparian is run by six Albury writers and has stories, poetry and articles about history and culture of the Albury region and NE Victoria. Both of these have a corresponding Facebook page.



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Joanna also has a Facebook page called Women Over 50. The tagline is:

“Stronger. Wiser. Less fear. More freedom. It’s time women over fifty were put at the centre of things. Time we were written about in books, shown in films. Time our stories were told.”


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Finally, Light Up the Page is a website that offers thoughts about writing for young people.