“Outstanding”, “Intelligent and Sensitive”

Devastation Road Cover 12 copy


Devastation Road won the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for best young adult novel.

In  The Age,  Jane Sullivan described it as “an outstanding first novel.”

The Sisters in Crime Judges said:

“It’s a lovely, intelligent and sensitive book which deserves to be widely read, and not only by young adult audiences.”



The Beechworth Novels

This is a trilogy for young adults, set in North Eastern Victoria.   Devastation Road is available now.  The Elsinore Vanish and Evermore will be published in 2019.

 The Slipping Place

The Slipping Place is a murder mystery for adults, set in Hobart. It is to be published by Impact Press in November 2018.

Sleeping Cold, set on Bruny Island, will be published in 2020.

 On these pages …

you’ll find some details of the novels, notes for reading groups, study guides and other material.

In the blog are thoughts about murder mysteries and why they can be taken seriously. Posts also explore the work of some of the great mystery writers, including Agatha Christie, P. D. James, James Lee Burke and Benjamin Black.

“Detective Fiction” and “Murder Mysteries”

There are many different ways of defining the terms ‘detective fiction’ and ‘murder mysteries’, and there are subtle distinctions that can be made. But for the purposes of general discussion, without getting bogged down in fine theoretical detail, the posts use the terms interchangeably.  This post provides definitions.