My name is Joanna Baker. I live in Albury and Hobart, and I write murder mysteries.



The Beechworth Novels

I have a trilogy for young adults, set in North Eastern Victoria.  They are: Devastation Road, The Elsinore Vanish and Evermore.

Devastation Road won the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for best young adult novel, and was reviewed in The Age, by Jane Sullivan as “an outstanding first novel,” so I hope you enjoy it.



In 2018, Devastation Road and The Elsinore Vanish will become available in paperback and ebook, with Evermore following soon after.

The Tasmanian Novels

I also have two novels for adults. The Slipping Place is set in Hobart and will be released by Impact Press in November 2018.

Sleeping Cold, set on Bruny Island, will be published in 2019.

On these pages …

you’ll find some details of my novels and, soon there’ll be notes for reading groups and study guides and other material.

In the blog I’ll be posting thoughts about murder mysteries and why I take them seriously. That’ll be mostly based on the reading I did for my PhD at RMIT.

I’ll also explore the work of two of the greats (who are, of course, great in very  different ways): Agatha Christie and P. D. James.

I use both the terms ‘detective fiction’ and ‘murder mysteries’.  There are many different ways of defining these terms and there are subtle distinctions that can be made. But for the purposes of general discussion, without getting bogged down in fine theoretical detail, I use the terms interchangeably. I define what I mean in this post.

Murder Mysteries are not Trivial

The thing is, I have an abiding enthusiasm for murder mysteries. I don’t think they’re junk literature. I take them seriously, and hopefully on these pages I’ll be able to explain why. I’d love some responses. I’d love a conversation.

Social Media

I have other sites and some FB pages.

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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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With Women Over 50 the Facebook page came first. It was started as a bit of fun, because I realised I liked to see images of women my own age in the media, and that they were few and far between. It proved surprisingly popular. The website was created because some of my friends are not on FB.


Too much? Yes, possibly. See how I go …

But that’s enough for now.

All that remains is to say …

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Hope you like the site.