Dive deep into watery graves

Authors Megan Goldin and Shona Husk talk with Robyn Walton, Sisters in Crime’s Vice-President, about the watery graves which feature in their novels and why it can be so hard to prove a murder has occurred if it has, and how it can be even harder to solve.

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The Night Swim (Penguin Random House), the third novel by Megan Goldin, features Rachel Krall, a true crime podcaster, who heads to a small town to cover a rape trial only to find herself investigating the mysterious death by drowning of a teenage girl decades earlier.

Megan worked as a correspondent for Reuters and other media outlets where she covered war, peace, international terrorism and financial meltdowns in the Middle East and Asia. Her debut novel, The Girl in Kellers Way, was shortlisted for the 2018 Davitt Awards. The film rights for her second book, The Escape Room, have been sold, with script development underway.

In Close to the Truth (HarperCollins Australia), the first crime novel by romance writer Shona Husk, TV biologist Jasmine Heydon returns to her home town of Bitterwood to film a show about the River Man, a murderous creature who first killed a century ago. The search for the truth grows dangerous … the River Man is killing again. Shona is a civil designer by day and an author by night with over forty published stories across a range of genres: contemporary, paranormal, fantasy suspense and sci-fi romance.

Robyn Walton, Vice-President of Sisters in Crime Australia, has a PhD in English literature and cultural history and has taught in universities in Melbourne and Sydney. She has had short fictions and essays published and is a past winner of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award. Robyn reviews crime and other books for The Weekend Australian Review, interviews authors for the Sisters in Crime website – the Q&As – and is a judge for two short story awards.

Three lucky ticket holders won a $150+ crime book pack, kindly donated by the publishers: Jedd McDonogh (Kardella, Vic), Stephanie McMillan (Austinmer, NSW) and Margaret Naughton (Castlemaine, Vic). It’s Margaret’s second win this year.