Like Dr Who, I hunt ordinary individuals who unwittingly had such an extraordinary impact on their world that the consequences changed the course of history, then I tell their true stories as historical true-crime thrillers. The London Times said of The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable that it is 'as lively and readable as a crime novel'.
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The Lucretia Borgia of Botany Bay will be published by Allen & Unwin in 2015. It tells the story of Louisa Collins, the last woman executed in NSW.
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15 Sep 2014: Help! Historical and Genealogical Truth is about to go to the printers.
14 Sep 2014: I am currently building a History Detective website.
1 Jul 2014: I am a lead presenter on the Unlock the Past Barrier Reef cruise in March 2016.
25 May 2014: I am a lead presenter on the Unlock the Past 14-day Baltic cruise leaving Southampton, England, on 11 July 2015.
9/10 May 2014: Two-day researching and writing seminars at Adelaide went brilliantly.
5 May 2014: The mass paperback version of The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable is now available.
30 Mar 2014: I am the nonfiction judge for the New England Thunderbolt Crime Writing awards. An honour to be asked!
14 Mar 2014: My status as an adjunct lecture at the University of New England has been renewed.
20 Jan 2014: Link to Youtube video about Peculiar Case.
21 Dec 2013: Review from Sydney Morning Herald for the Peculiar Case: 'as gripping and readable as any crime novel, but all factual and based on remarkable research'.
17 Dec 2013: Review from Britain's The Good Book Guide for Peculiar Case: 'Meticulously researched and entertainingly told, this is a vivid picture of an electrifying age.'
13 Nov 2013: Captain Thunderbolt and his Lady received equal first prize in the Society of Women Writers Biennial Awards, in the Nonfiction category.
5 Nov 2013: Review for The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable in Maclean's Magazine (Canada): 'deftly woven tale ... delicious detail'.
29 Oct 2013: Review from the Shelf Awareness newsletter: 'An exhilarating real-life thriller'.
15 Oct 2013: Review from the Library Journal (USA): 'easily readable, interesting and enjoyable'.
14 Oct 2013: Review in The Book Addiction (USA): 'A fascinating read to say the least!'
22 Sep 2013: Reviews appear in the oddest of places. The Destructive Music website said The Peculiar Case is 'enthralling'. Click here for review.
13 Sep 2013: A great review from the Independent (UK): 'totally irresistible'. Click here for full review.
6 Sep 2013: Another great review in London's Daily Mail: 'a fascinating history, mystery and portrait of a complex, contradictory man'. Click here for full review.
31 Aug 2013: And the London Times: 'as lively and readable as a crime thriller'. Click here for full review.
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