Katherine Kovacic: author, art historian, dog trainer & sometime tango dancer

For this week’s Murder Mondays, Melbourne author Katherine Kovacic is put through her paces by Karina Kilmore, a debut crime writer,  journalist and national convenor for Sisters in Crime. (Click on the image below  to go to the YouTube recording.)

Katherine has three crime novels under her belt, all featuring art dealer Alex Clayton – The Portrait of Molly Dean, based on the real life murder of Molly Dean, an artist’s muse, in 1930 in Elwood, a Melbourne bayside suburb; Painting in the Shadows, set in what appears to be a thinly disguised, National Gallery of Victoria; and just out, The Shifting Landscape, set in Victoria’s Western District where Alex has been asked to value the McMillan family’s collection.

Alex’s faithful sidekick is Hogarth, the wolf hound, who has his own Facebook page.

Katherine trained as a vet before doing a PhD in art history. She describes herself as “an author, art historian, dog trainer (okay, crazy dog lady), sometime tango dancer”.

A research geek, Katherine is currently fired up by the history of human relationships with animals, particularly as they appear in art. In 2012 she was long-listed for the Voiceless Writing Prize and she continues to contribute to academic publications.

“Answering the Sisters in Crime Murder Mondays’ questions was the most-heart-pounding, adrenaline-fuelled twenty minutes of my life (and a great conversation about writing crime)!”, Katherine said.

Click HERE to find out more about Katherine and her novels.