The Heartwood Hotel

Author: Kerry McGinnis Publisher Year: Michael Josephs/Penguin Random House Australia/2018 Publisher overview In the abandoned railhead town of Tewinga, now almost a ghost town, Lyn and Adam Portman struggle to keep the Heartwood Hotel afloat. Lyn loves her husband and longs to be a mother. But she’s kept busy caring for her elderly father, her …

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​You are warmly invited…

Blog post from one mildly-crazed ‘Murder She Wrote’ Festival Director in Tasmania’s Huon Valley    aka Dr L.J.M. Owen   It’s 4.33 am. I’m working. Not on another crime fiction novel, but on a crime fiction-​themed​ literary festival. “Why?’ I hear you ask. The answer is, ‘Cause I a little crazy! On reflection, in 2014 …

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Blood Sisters

Author: Caroline de Costa Publisher/Year: Wild Dingo Press/2019 Publisher Description A young Asian woman lies in a pool of blood in a Cairns motel; she dies before anyone can learn her story. Detective Cass Diamond and her team are soon on the case, trying to discover if she was part of a sex-trafficking ring and, …

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Law Week: Women are still being targeted online “at their weakest point”

Over 120 crime fans turned up for Sisters in Crime’s 13th Annual Law Week event on Friday 17 May, Stalking, Trolling and Cyber-Bullying, organised in partnership for the fourth year running with  the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University.  Special thanks to Professor Kathy Laster and her wonderful team for helping make this all happen. Thanks also …

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The Way Back

Author: Kylie Ladd Publisher Year: Allen & Unwin 2017 Publisher Synopsis Charlie Johnson is 13 and in her first year of high school. She loves her family, netball and Liam, the cute guy who sits next to her in Science-but most of all she loves horses and horse-riding. Charlie’s parents have leased her a horse, …

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Egyptian Enigma

Author: L.J.M. Owen Publisher/Year: Echo Publishing 2018 Publisher Synopsis Dr Elizabeth Pimms, enthusiastic archaeologist and reluctant librarian, has returned to Egypt. Among the treasures of the Cairo museum she spies cryptic symbols in the corner of an ancient papyrus. Curiosity leads Elizabeth and her gang of sleuths to investigate a cache of mummies hidden in …

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TheLost Pages

Author: Marija Peričić Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin, 2017 Publisher Synopsis It is 1908, and Max Brod is the rising star of Prague’s literary world. Everything he desires-fame, respect, love – is finally within his reach. But when a rival appears on the scene, Max discovers how quickly he can lose everything he has worked so …

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Half Wild

Author: Pip Smith Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin, 2017 Publisher Synopsis Sydney, 1938.After being hit by a car on Oxford Street, sixty-three-year-old Jean Ford lies in a coma in Sydney Hospital. Doctors talk across her body, nurses jab her in the arm with morphine, detectives arrive to take her fingerprints. She has £100 in her pocket, …

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