Sulari Gentill: award-winning writer, truffle grower & cattle breeder

Sulari Gentill may often write in her pyjamas – from her bed – but she is no slouch when it comes to the art of crime writing, as she tells Sisters in Crime convenor, Karina Kilmore, for this week’s Murder Mondays interview.

(Click on the image below to go to the YouTube recording.)


Sulari, who was born in Sri Lanka and grew up in Brisbane, studied astrophysics before embarking on a career in corporate law. She then sensibly took up a life of crime with a spot of truffle-growing and breeding miniature cattle on the side, on a farm at Batlow in the Snowy Mountains.

Her Rowland Sinclair, series set in the 1930s, has notched up 10 books since 2010. The adventures have taken Rowly and his pals all over Australia as well to Nazi Germany, China, England, and the United States.

A Decline in Prophets won the Davitt (Best Adult Novel) in 2012 and A Murder Unmentioned was shortlisted for the  same Award in 2015. Her stand-alone novel, Crossing the Lines, won the Ned Kelly Award fro Best Novel in 2018.

Click HERE to read the report on The Past is Never Dead, on 21 February, 2020, the last live Sisters in Crime panel event in Melbourne. Sulari was one of three speakers.

Click HERE to read Robyn Walton’s review of Crossing the Lines  (Pantera Press).

 Click HERE  to read Ann Byrne’s review of Give the Devil His Due (Pantera Press)

Click HERE to read Sue Turnbull’s review of A Murder Unmentioned (Pantera Press)

Click HERE to read Sandra Nicholson’s review of Gentlemen Formerly Dressed (Pantera Press)

Murders Mondays are available on Sisters in Crime YouTube channel at 6pm on Mondays. Previous guests include Sarah Epstein, Mirandi Riwoe, Kerry McGinnis, Kathy Reichs, Ellie MarneyKatherine KovacicCandice Fox, Anne Buist, Dervla McTiernan and Val McDermid.