Crossing the Lines

So... despite falling behind with my website, I have been working.  The eighth Rowland Sinclair Mystery, A Dangerous Language will be released in Australia in October, and Miles off Course in the US in June.  I'm immersed in writing book 9 at the moment. And in between I wrote something else...

Crossing the Lines will be released internationally (the US and Australia) in August.  The novel is a departure from my other work.  It's a strange little story about the relationship between writers and their protagonists, about what happens when the lines between life and art are crossed and imagination becomes a better reality.

To be honest I've been quite overwhelmed by the early reaction to this book.


A tour de force! Crossing the Lines is a brilliant blend of mystery, gut-wrenching psychological suspense and literary storytelling. The novel stands as a shining (and refreshing) example of meta-fiction at its best--witty and wry, stylish and a joy to read.

                                                                             -Jeffery Deaver


"A delightful, cerebral novel featuring a crime writer who grows dangerously enamored with her main character. As the interplay between creator and created reaches Russian-nesting-doll complexity, it forces us to question the nature of fiction itself."

-Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestelling author of Orphan X and The Nowhere Man


I wrote it because the idea niggled at me, demanded to be written and when it was I wasn't sure if anyone would like it.  Needless to say I'm delighted, relieved and still a little scared.

The novel will be published by Poisoned Pen Press in the US and Pantera Press in Australia.  As such it has two different and wonderful covers.


Poisoned Pen Press' Cover (US)            Pantera Press' Cover (Australia)


Please look out for it.




New clothes for Rowly!

The decision was made by my wonderful publishers at Pantera Press to recover and relaunch the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries this year before the release of the 8th book, A Dangerous Language.  It was not a decision that was taken lightly and I must admit that for some time I was dubious as to its advisability.  And then I saw the covers... and I couldn't be more excited about Rowly's new clothes.  These are just the first three.  I hope you'll love them as much as I do.



Rose Scott Women Writers' Festival

This year I had the very great previlege of being asked to launch the Rose Scott Women Writers' Festival.  Held in the Women's Club in Sydney the festival is a wonderful forum of ideas and stories.  I attended as a guest writer last year and was left in awe of the strong, successful, intelligent, and compassionate women who make up the membership.  The invitation to launch this year's festival was truly an honour.

  With Emily Maguire who gave the key note address


Jugiong Writers' Festival

In March (yes I know that was a while ago - I'm sorry)  I was a guest of the Jugiong Writers' Festival.  Jugiong is tiny little town (even smaller than Batlow) about and hour or so from Canberra.  Despite is diminutive size is holds the most wonderful writers' festival every couple of years.  This year the guests included Stan Grant, Di Morrissey, the ladies of Jane Campion, Margareta Osbourne, Karen Viggers, Deb Stevens and myself.  It was warm, relaxed, thoughtful and sold out event.  To the festival committee I can only say Bravo!... and thank you for having me.



The Prodigal Son

Book VIII in the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries has been scheduled for release in September 2017.  That's a while away.  I do love that readers care enough about my books to complain that it's too long a while.  

Of course publishing schedules are for the most part out of a writer's control so there is nothing I can do to bring Rowly VIII onto bookshelves any sooner, but the heartfelt lament of some of Rowland Sinclair's most ardent fans did make me want to write something to tide them over till the book proper came out.

My intention intially was to write a short story, a prequel to the series which looked at the time when Rowland first returned to Sydney and met his louche entourage.  It was to be not much more than a vignette, a glimpse of my characters in 1928 before the markets crashed.  Of course Rowland had different ideas, and my short story became a novella.  Writing it made me want to paint so it became an illustrated novella.  The result was a little too big to email out as I originally planned.

Fortunately, my publishers, Pantera Press, are lovely, generous people who are very indulgent of the mad whims of their authors. Despite the fact that this endeavour was what lawyer-me would have termed a "frolic of my own", they proofed, typset and lent their significant publisher know-how to  turn The Prodigal Son into an e-book which from the 4th of November 2016 may be downloaded FREE in every possible format from


So on the 4th (tomorrow) the site 'go live' and I will be able to give something back to all the readers who have supported the Rowland Sinclair series over the years... to let them know I appreciate their time and their attention.  And a story is the most valuable thing a writer has to give.

I'll be sending The Prodigal Son out into the world with cake and tea in my hometown.  To that end, my friend and partner in mad notions, Sarah Kynaston and I have made an appropriate cake.

If you're in Batlow on the afternoon of the 4th November (3pm) please feel free to drop into Coffee and More (the cafe) and have a slice of cake... I promise we will not run out!