Shirley Eldridge’s previous literary works include Twenty-Four Seven and its sequel, Georgie-Girl which fictionalise her counselling experiences after working many years with Lifeline in counselling and suicide intervention training. Prior to that Shirley authored The Rocky Girl under her maiden name of Macaree. The Rocky Girl is set in Rockhampton and chronicles life in Queensland in the 1950s and '60s. It is the forerunner to Mima, Shirley's fourth and most important work.
Author Shirley Eldridge and Mima Joan McKim-Hill were friends and colleagues working for the Capricornia Regional Electricity Board in Rockhampton in 1967 when Mima disappeared while on the job. She had been abducted, raped and murdered and her body abandoned.
Shirley tells this deeply personal story, starting with the events leading up to the abduction, and continuing through to 40 years later, with the re-evaluation of the evidence, the unravelling of the lies, and finally, the naming of the killer.
Mima is a uniquely gripping tale of dogged persistence during the exhaustive investigation by a few who cared.