September 6, 2015

What can I say? I was thrilled.


The Davitt Awards are named for Australia's first female crime writer, Ellen Davitt (1812-1879) who wrote Australia’s first mystery novel, Force and Fraud, in 1865. 


They're presented by Sisters in Crime at a Gala Dinner in Melbour...

July 26, 2015


If you've been reading the news, you'll know that South Australian police are desperately trying to identify the remains of a little girl found tucked in a suitcase by the side of the road near Wynarka. 


They know she was little, probably blonde, and aged so...

January 10, 2015



Irish media is reporting that a man hanged for the brutal murder of a young mother of seven is to recieve a pardon - 74 years after his execution. 


Local farmer Harry Gleeson found Mary McCarthy's body in a field. She had been shot in the face, twice.



January 3, 2015



In case you ever wondered what it looks like ... this is the piece of paper they give you when you present yourself to a border agent at US Customs and Border Control as a Legal Alien ...  it means we can live and work in the United States ... and we have to han...

December 20, 2014


So … 

A little over a year ago, I applied for a Green Card, which is the card you need to live and work in the United States. 

I can’t really explain what prompted me to do it. 

I wasn't unhappy, living and working in Bondi. On the contrary, we – my family – hav...

December 18, 2014



Would you like to see some of the documents I uncovered while researching the life and death of Louisa Collins? 


Well, here they are. 


My publisher will probably think I'm crazy for doing this but I firmly believe that the information I uncovered belongs not to me -...

December 18, 2014


I'm feeling grateful. 


Last Woman Hanged has been selected as one of Booktopia's Books of the Year. 

I'm also feeling stoked - in a strange kind of way! - because when you go to the link, you can see that Booktopia has no more *signed* copies of the book avai...

December 4, 2014

Well, this is amazing. 

One hundred and 25 years after Louisa Collins went to the gallows, a Federal politician has finally had the guts to say her name. 

Matt Thistlethwaite MP is the member for Kingsford Smith, which means that if Louisa were alive today, he would...

November 23, 2014


Many thanks to Melbourne's The Herald Sun for publishing an extract from Last Woman Hanged. 


They chose to focus on the hangman, bumbling Robert 'Nosey Bob' Howard who also hanged the Aboriginal tracker, Jimmy Governor (later made famous in Thomas Keneally's The Chant...

November 20, 2014




One partner dead. Then two. Then three. Then four, five, six ... then SEVEN partners dead?!  


No wonder they call her the Black Widow. 


Japanese police yesterday arrested Chisako Kakehi is a 67-year-old, multi-millionaire from Kyoto, Japan, whose seven partners - ye...

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