Kerry Greenwood was born in the Melbourne suburb of Footscray and after wandering far and wide, she returned to live there. She has a degree in English and Law from Melbourne University and was admitted to the legal profession on the 1st April 1982, a day which she finds both soothing and significant. Kerry has written twenty novels, a number of plays, including The Troubadours with Stephen D'Arcy, is an award-winning children's writer and has edited and contributed to several anthologies. In 1996 she published a book of essays on female murderers called Things She Loves: Why women Kill. The Phryne Fisher series (pronounced Fry-knee, to rhyme with briny) began in 1989 with Cocaine Blues which was a great success. Kerry has written fifteen books in this series with no sign yet of Miss Fisher hanging up her pearl-handled pistol. Kerry says that as long as people want to read them, she can keep writing them. Kerry Greenwood has worked as a folk singer, factory hand, director, producer, translator, costume-maker, cook and is currently a solicitor. When she is not writing, she works as a locum solicitor for the Victorian Legal Aid. She is also the unpaid curator of seven thousand books, three cats (Attila, Belladonna and Ashe) and a computer called Apple (which squeaks). She embroiders very well but cannot knit. She has flown planes and leapt out of them (with a parachute) in an attempt to cure her fear of heights (she is now terrified of jumping out of planes but can climb ladders without fear). She can detect second-hand bookshops from blocks away and is often found within them. For fun Kerry reads science fiction/fantasy and detective stories. She is not married, has no children and lives with a registered wizard. When she is not doing any of the above she stares blankly out of the window.
"At a fundamental level, as human beings, you present for us the awful, threatening and unanswerable question: How did you come to be as you are?" - from the closing remarks of Justice Vincent in the trial of Peter Dupas.
Murder Ballads. Victor Chang. The Pyjama Girl. The Windsor Murder... Some stories scream out to be told.
Murder is messy, chilling and explosive. It raises questions and arouses fear. It tests our legal system and out faith in human nature. How does a picnic turn into a shoot-out?
How does a psychopath slip through the legal system? How can a small town look away when a baby is tortured and murdered? Why do we glorify serial killers?
The first On Murder was a best-seller. With On Murder 2, crime writer and legal aid solicitor Kerry Greenwood has maintained the standard. Whether first-hand accounts, long-standing investigations, pen portraits or accounts from the "inside" of the legal system, these stories are all marked by their drama, their intelligence and their unflinching gaze.