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Watery graves

August 28, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dead bodies often end up in the ocean, the river, a lake or even the backyard pool. Some are accidental drownings, but others are the result of murder, which is often difficult to prove. Evidence, including bodies, can be washed away so collecting forensics can be very difficult. Homicide by drowning – the result of simply pushing or throwing a person into a body of water – is especially hard to prove.



Available for viewing Friday 28 August from 6pm.


Two new Australian novels – The Night Swim and Close to the Truthexplore what happens when bodies come in contact with water or appear to do so. Authors Megan Goldin and Shona Husk dive deep with Sisters in Crime Vice-President Robyn Walton.

Megan Goldin headshot

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.


Shona Husk headshotIn 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 headshotRobyn 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.



This event will be available for free viewing worldwide through YouTube on Friday 28 August from 6pm. However, you can support Sisters in Crime by purchasing a $10 ticket HERE. Ticket sales close on Thursday 27 August at 4pm.

Three lucky ticket holders will win a $150+ crime book pack, kindly donated by the publishers. Unfortunately, this is restricted to Australian residents – international postage is just too expensive!

The pack will include:

The Night Swim, Megan Goldin (Penguin Random House)
Close to the Truth, Shona Husk (HarperCollins Australia) e-book

plus one of these book trios:

The Inn, James Patterson and Candice Fox (Penguin Random House)
Mind Behind Crime, Dr Helen McGrath and Cheryl Critchley (Pan Macmillan)
The Girl in the Gold Bikini, Lisa Walker (Wakefield Press)


Hush Hush (Harriet Blue #4), James Patterson and Candice Fox (Penguin Random House)
Gorgeous Girl, Mary K Pershall (Penguin Random House)
• Blunt Force (Jane Tennison #6), Lynda La Plante (Zaffre)


The Inheritance of Secrets, Sonya Bates (HarperCollins Australia)
Trace, Rachel Brown (Scribe Publications)
When I Was Ten, Fiona Cummins (Pan Macmillan)

A video link will be posted on the Sisters in Crime Facebook page, and sent to members and supporters via the e-newsletter, A Stab in the Dark.


August 28, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Carmel Shute
0412 569 356