In the shops

My newest book is called Crooked Leg Road. I'm not going to say where the name comes from, because that's part of the mystery. It's another adventure starring brother and sister Kitty and Martin and their friends Andrea and David. Martin's girlfriend Samantha is also involved, though this does not please Kitty and Andrea; and there is a new boy called Skender - at least he says that's what he's called, but in this story not everything is quite what it seems.

Well, what would you do if one of your best friends disappeared, and his family insisted he was safe, but they seemed worried and told you to stop asking questions? What would you think if there were strange people around and you suspected them of trying to kidnap one of your other friends? Would you do as you were told?

Click here if you would like to know more about Crooked Leg Road.

You can also click here to read about Crooked Leg Road on the publishers' web site.


The first book about Kitty, Martin, Andrea and David, The Tunnels of Tarcoola, was published in 2012 and is still available at most bookshops. If they don't have it they can get it in for you. In 2013 I won a Davitt Award from Sisters in Crime for this book, and that was pretty exciting. If you have an e-reader you can also buy it as an eBook from all the usual sites. Please let me know what you think of it.

The four friends like nothing better than messing around in the waterfront park at Balmain, where they live, and one day they discover a cave with a tunnel that burrows under the park. When they get cut off by the tide they are forced to explore further. They're just having fun, but before long it starts to look as if there is something more forbidding than ghosts in the haunted house by the park.

Because 'Tarcoola' is set in a real suburb, I got a lot of questions about the places in the book. Click here to see some of the answers.

You can also click here to read about the book on the publishers' web site.

In the past

I wrote Mr Shy's Shoes so long ago that its main character, 8 year old Tim, sets out to buy a pair of fancy shoes for $19.95. These days I think I'd have to give him at least $50!

The book is so old it's out of print. I think that means I now own the rights, and I'm considering re-publishing it myself as an eBook. You can do that on Amazon - they give you a set of guidelines which some people might find hard to understand, but it's pretty much the sort of thing I've been doing for a living for twenty-five years.

So I wonder - do children have access to eBook readers? If I make it an eBook, will anyone buy it?

Click the Mr Shy link below if you would like to know more about the story.