Mary-Rose MacColl (1961-) grew up and lives in Brisbane. She has a degree in journalism and was the first graduate of the University of Queensland's Master of Arts in Creative Writing. She has worked as a cadet journalist , assistant nurse and photocopier operator before spending 15 years in higher education as an administrator and corporate writer. Mary-Rose teaches writing part-time and chaired the 1998 Brisbane Writer's Festival. Her first novel, No Safe Place, was the 1995 runner-up in the Australian/Vogel Literary Award.
In a secret chamber uncovered by a fire which nearly destroys the 19th-century chapel at Archangels University, architect Harriet Darling finds a skull. The police have a murderer in mind and rumours on campus are rife, but Harriet wants to save the chapel from further harm and has her own ideas.