Kingston Ellis, that celebrated Shakespearean actor has retired to the coastal village of Grevillea on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia. As a long dry summer comes to an end, the Galahs are trying to raise money for their Fire Brigade and Broderick Primary School by staging a debut production of Julius Caesar. Most of Grevillea has been co–opted. Kingston is to play the title role. Opening night is on the 15th March. However when Kingston is stabbed for real in the assassination scene when both cast and stagehands crowd around him, it's a real show-stopper.
Not Just Desserts, the deli and catering firm owned by OLIVIA BEAUMAN, is under threat.
Though many people hate HARRY OLDRITCH, it is his long suffering wife QUEENIE, and his mistress BETTINA who die after old fashioned pesticide is placed into meals OLIVIA has prepared. To any outsider GREVILLEA might seem a typical village on the south coast of Australia. But when DETECTIVE RICHARD BRUMBY is brought in to solve these crimes, he discovers that no place, no matter how idyllic, is safe from secrets and intrigue
Who is setting fire to the old cypress hedges?
Anna Simpson insists that her best friend Zach Santisi help her find the culprits. However, Zach must also care for his numerous pets and cope with his dad threatening to sell them if his next report card isn’t better. Just about everyone these young detectives come across has a motive and as time goes on there are more and more fires and more serious confrontations...
Goldie was born in Melbourne just before the 2nd World War. Her parents had migrated from Poland in the late 1920's, and when she was small, she hardly spoke any English. Her earliest memories are of a time when young children were allowed to wander the streets without anyone worrying too much about them getting into trouble.
CHILDREN’S AUTHOR FIRED UP OVER NEGLECT OF ‘’’TWEENS’ LITERATURE
Melbourne children’s writer, Goldie Alexander, is so fired up about the lack of media and critical attention to ‘‘tweens’ books – for readers between eight and twelve – that she’s surprised hedges all over Melbourne haven’t gone up in smoke in sympathy .
1. Your latest book "Unkind Cut" is labelled a culinary murder mystery. What influenced you to write books in that famous cozy / culinary type of style?