Debi Marshall

Announcing the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards Shortlist

One of Australia’s most well-known authors, Helen Garner is among a strong list of writers competing for this year’s Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime. The shortlist, announced by the Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) on Saturday August 8 at the Byron Bay Writers Festival includes journalists Debi Marshall, Kate McClymont, Linton Besser, David Murray, Amy Dale and freelance writer Liam Pieper.

Keeping up with the 2015 Ned Kelly Submissions - True Crime

This year I've promised myself a red hot go at reading the entire submissions list for all 3 of the Ned Kelly Categories. Preferably before the 2016 Submissions List is released although there are days when I think I might have bitten off more than I can possibly chew. Still - getting there :)

Starting out with the True Crime list because I CLEARLY have some work to do here:

THE DEVIL'S GARDEN - Debi Marshall

Author Information
Book Title: 
The Devil's Garden
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Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9781741664669
Categorisation
Category: 
True Crime
Location: 
Western Australia
Publisher: 
Random House Australia
Year of Publication: 
2007

Currently Reading - The Devil's Garden, Debi Marshall

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From the Blurb:

Between 1996 and 1997 three young women - Sarah Spiers, Jane Rimmer, Ciara Glennon - vanished after visiting nightclubs in the affluent suburb of Claremont.  With no eye witnesses and no apparent motive, police became locked in a deadly race to catch this killer before he struck again.  The bodies of Jane and Ciara were found, dumped in desolate bush areas.  Sarah is still missing.  The families' agony is endless.

Killing for Pleasure

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

Informed by material never seen before - an interview with Bunting's last lover Elizabeth Harvey, and with the Crown's key eye-witness James Vlassakis and with details of the torture and crimes not previously released - this is a tensely woven and microscopic examination of tawdry lives and tragic deaths.

ISBN: 
1740512480

Justice in Jeopardy

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
True Crime

As her parent's slept on Friday April 13, 1973 17-month old Deidre Kennedy was snatched from her cot. Tossed like trash on top of a toilet block in a nearby park, dawn revealed the obscenity of her murder. Dressed in women's underwear, her chubby thigh showed bruising inflicted by bite marks. She had been bashed, sexually assaulted and strangled. There was no eyewitness. No motive. No confession. No closure for Deidre's family. Three decades on, they are still waiting.

ISBN: 
174051338X

Her Father's Daughter

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Non-Fiction
Biography

Since the publication of her autobiography, Sara Henderson has become a household name. There's barely a person in the country who doesn't know the now legendary story of how she saved her outback property from a million-dollar debt, hasn't heard about the philandering husband and the estrangement from her middle daughter Bonnie. But how much of what she writes is true and how much of it is fantasy?

ISBN: 
0091837235

LAMBS TO THE SLAUGHTER - Debi Marshall

Author Information
Book Title: 
Lambs to the Slaughter
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Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9781741666519
Categorisation
Category: 
True Crime
Publisher: 
Random House Australia
Year of Publication: 
2009

Currently Reading - Lambs to the Slaughter, Debi Marshall

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Not a book that you could say you were "looking forward to" - this is nonetheless a book I have been interested to read.  Derek Ernest Percy isn't really a well known name in Australia, yet he's been "at the Govenor's pleasure" in various jails in Victoria since 1969.  Despite a number of subsequent inquests, and much speculation - he remains a suspect in many notorious Australian child murders from around the same time - yet he has only ever been charged with one murder.  

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