Nine tautly plotted stories of crime and detection ranging from the darkly dangerous to the frankly comical.  All with young adult central characters - some authors have taken their own characters back to their childhood - others have created completely new characters.

  • An Overactive Imagination - Kerry Greenwood
  • Forbidden Fruit - Jennifer Rowe
  • Where the Bodies are Buried - Garry Disher
  • Totally Devoted - Susan Geason
  • Murder at Crockus Flat - Allan Baillie
  • The Terrific Two Get Busted - Alison Goodman
  • For Jack - Claire Carmichael
  • Squat - David McRobbie
  • Another Day in Hell - Jenny Pausacker
Author

Garry Disher

Gary Disher was born in 1949 and grew up on his parents' farm in South Australia. He gained post graduate degrees from Adelaide and Melbourne Universities. In 1978 he was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, where he wrote his first short story collection. He travelled widely overseas, before returning to Australia, where he taught creative writing, finally becoming a full time writer in 1988. He has written more than 40 titles, including general and crime fiction, children's books, textbooks, and books about the craft of writing.

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Series: Alan Auhl

Series: Challis and Destry

Series: Hirsch

Series: Wyatt

Kerry Greenwood

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.

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Series: Corinna Chapman

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7
2019
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6
2011
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5
2009
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4
2007
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3
2006
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2
2005
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1
2004

Series: Phyrne Fisher

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20
2013
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19
2012
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18
2010
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17
2008
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16
2006
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15
2005
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14
2004
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13
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12
2002
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11
2001
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10
1999
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9
1997
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8
1996
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7
1995
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6
1994
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5
1993
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4
1992
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2
1992
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1
1991

Series: Sherlock Holmes

Blog 2018 Reading Reminiscences
Karen Chisholm
Monday, January 7, 2019
Review Sherlock Holmes, The Australian Casebook, ed Christopher Sequiera
Karen Chisholm
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Blog #amreading Sherlock Holmes, The Australian Casebook, edited by Christopher Sequeira
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Review MURDER AND MENDELSSOHN, Kerry Greenwood
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Blog CR - Murder and Mendelssohn, Kerry Greenwood
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Review IF I TELL YOU... I'LL HAVE TO KILL YOU - Michael Robotham (editor)
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Blog CR - If I Tell You.....
Karen Chisholm
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Blog If I Tell You ... I'll Have to Kill You coming soon
Karen Chisholm
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Review TAMAM SHUD - THE SOMERTON MAN MYSTERY - Kerry Greenwood
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Blog CR - Tamam Shud, Kerry Greenwood
Karen Chisholm
Monday, February 25, 2013
Review UNNATURAL HABITS - Kerry Greenwood
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Blog CR - Unnatural Habits, Kerry Greenwood
Karen Chisholm
Monday, January 14, 2013
Review COCAINE BLUES - Kerry Greenwood
Karen Chisholm
Monday, January 30, 2012
Blog Currently Reading - Cocaine Blues, Kerry Greenwood
Karen Chisholm
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Review DEAD MAN'S CHEST - Kerry Greenwood
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Review OUT OF THE BLACK LAND - Kerry Greenwood
Karen Chisholm
Friday, January 7, 2011
Blog Currently Reading - Out of the Black Land, Kerry Greenwood
Karen Chisholm
Monday, November 22, 2010
Review CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC, edited by Stuart Coupe, Julie Ogden & Robert Hood
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Blog Added to MtTBR - Crosstown Traffic Robert Hood, Spies, Lies & Watching Eyes Melissa Chan and Case Reopened Stuart Coupe
Karen Chisholm
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Review FORBIDDEN FRUIT, Kerry Greenwood
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Blog Currently Reading - Forbidden Fruit, Kerry Greenwood
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Review MURDER ON A MIDSUMMER NIGHT - Kerry Greenwood
Karen Chisholm
Friday, August 21, 2009
Blog Currently Reading - Murder on a Midsummer Night, Kerry Greenwood
Karen Chisholm
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Review MEANER THAN FICTION - Lindy Cameron (ed)
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Blog Currently Reading - Meaner than Fiction, Lindy Cameron
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Review MURDER ON A MIDSUMMER NIGHT - Kerry Greenwood
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Saturday, November 1, 2008
Blog Currently Reading - Crosstown Traffic edited by Stuart Coupe, Julie Ogden & Robert Hood
Karen Chisholm
Friday, October 31, 2008
Review SHADOW ALLEY - Lucy Sussex
Karen Chisholm
Monday, September 17, 2007

Lucy Sussex

Lucy Sussex was born in New Zealand in 1957. She has degrees in English and Librarianship from Monash University, and is a freelance researcher, editor and writer. She has published widely, writing anything from literary criticism to horror and detective stories. In addition she is a literary archaeologist, rediscovering and republishing the nineteenth-century Australian crime writers Mary Fortune and Ellen Davitt. Her short story, `My Lady Tongue' won a Ditmar (Australian Science Fiction Achievement Award) in 1988. In 1994 she was a judge for the international Tiptree award, which honours speculative fiction exploring notions of gender. Her first adult novel, The Scarlet Rider, is about biography, Victorian detective fiction, voodoo and a ghost.

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Blog 2018 Reading Reminiscences
Karen Chisholm
Monday, January 7, 2019
Review Sherlock Holmes, The Australian Casebook, ed Christopher Sequiera
Karen Chisholm
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Blog #amreading Sherlock Holmes, The Australian Casebook, edited by Christopher Sequeira
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Review Review - Blockbuster! Fergus Hume and The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, Lucy Sussex
Karen Chisholm
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Blog #amreading Blockbuster! Fergus Hume and the Mystery of a Hansom Cab, Lucy Sussex
Karen Chisholm
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Review WOMEN WRITERS AND DETECTIVES IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY CRIME FICTION - Lucy Sussex
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Review THE FORTUNES OF MARY FORTUNE - Lucy Sussex (ed)
Karen Chisholm
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Blog Currently Reading - The Fortunes of Mary Fortune, Lucy Sussex (ed)
Karen Chisholm
Monday, November 2, 2009
Review MEANER THAN FICTION - Lindy Cameron (ed)
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Blog Currently Reading - Meaner than Fiction, Lindy Cameron
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Review SHADOW ALLEY - Lucy Sussex
Karen Chisholm
Monday, September 17, 2007

Jennifer Rowe

Jennifer Rowe was born in Sydney, Australia. She obtained a M.A. in English Literature at the University of Sydney. She worked as assistant editor at Paul Hamlyn. She later worked at Angus and Robertson Publishers where she remained for fourteen years, first as editor and finally as publisher. She also writes children's books under the pseudonym 'Emily Rodda'.

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Series: Holly Love

Book Number:
1
2011

Series: Tessa Vance

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2
1999
Book Number:
1
1998

Series: Verity Birdwood

Book Number:
6
1996
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5
1995
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4
1997
Book Number:
3
1994
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2
1991
Book Number:
1
1991
Review LOVE HONOUR AND O'BRIEN - Jennifer Rowe
Karen Chisholm
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Blog Currently Reading - Love Honour and O'Brien, Jennifer Rowe
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Review SHADOW ALLEY - Lucy Sussex
Karen Chisholm
Monday, September 17, 2007

Susan Geason

Susan Geason was born in Tasmania, grew up largely in Queensland, and now lives in Sydney. She has a BA in History and Politics from the University of Queensland and a Masters Degree in political theory from the University of Toronto, Canada, where she lived for some years. She is the author of the series of cult novels about PI Syd Fish, set in Kings Cross/Darlinghurst in Sydney. She has also written Wildfire, a psychological thriller with a female protagonist. These mysteries have been published in French and German.

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Series: Syd Fish

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3
1994
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2
1991
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1
1990
Review SHADOW ALLEY - Lucy Sussex
Karen Chisholm
Monday, September 17, 2007
Review SHAVED FISH - Susan Geason
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Review SHARK BAIT - Susan Geason
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Alison Goodman

Alison is the author of Singing the Dogstar Blues, a science-fiction comedy thriller, which won an Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel, was listed as a Children's Book Council Notable Book, and was shortlisted for the 1999 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. In 2003 it was also published in the UK, Germany and the US and was recently listed as an American Library Association Best Young Adult Book of 2004. Alison lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, Ron, and their two exuberant Parson Russell Terriers, Xander and Spike. She was the 1999 D. J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne University, holds a Master of Arts, and teaches creative writing at postgraduate level. Alison is currently working on a fantasy duology based on Imperial China; the first volume will be published in 2007 in Australia by HarperCollins and Spring 2008 by Viking in the US.

Country of Origin
Review SHADOW ALLEY - Lucy Sussex
Karen Chisholm
Monday, September 17, 2007

Claire Carmichael

Pseudonym Of

Claire McNab

She had no idea how popular Carol would become. She thought she had written a stand-alone mystery novel. Carol, the publisher, and the public had other ideas. The sixteenth Carol Ashton mystery will be published at the end of 2004. Apart from writing, Clair McNab teaches not-yet-published writers through the UCLA Extension Writers' Program.

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Review SHADOW ALLEY - Lucy Sussex
Karen Chisholm
Monday, September 17, 2007
ISBN
1862912408
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Review SHADOW ALLEY - Lucy Sussex
Karen Chisholm
Monday, September 17, 2007

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