Like Dr Who, I hunt ordinary individuals who had such an extraordinary impact on their world that the consequences changed the course of history. Then I tell their stories as true-crime thrillers. The London Times praised The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable as being 'as lively and readable as a crime novel'. And reviewers have described The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller as "spellbinding" and "unputdownable".
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1 October 2018: The Madness of 'Mac' Surnames is now available. Click here.
30 June 2018: Just back from a great 12 cruise on P&O's Aria as a guest speaker.
10 January 2018: About to sail away on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas telling my true tales of murder, mystery and mayhem.
31 July 2017: My latest genealogical "how to" publication is out: To Trace or Not to Trace: a family history overview for the curious.
26 March 2017: The Australian newspaper called The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller: "spellbinding", "enthralling", "delightful" and "compelling".
20 March 2017: My book Captain Thunderbolt and his Lady has just been optioned for a feature film!!
21 August 2016: Flying to America to speak at the Federated Genealogical Societies conference at Springfield, Illinois.
10 August 2016: New 'how to' books on writing arrived early from printers.
1 Jun 2015: Online seminars on surnames are now available (click here).
27 May 2015: Black Widow is now available in the shops and via this website (click here).
30 Apr 2015: Historical truth 'cheat sheet' available. Click here.
27 Mar 2015: Help! Why can't I find my ancestor's surname? is now available. Click for blurb or to order.
18 Jan 2015: Help! Historical and Genealogical Truth is now available. Click for blurb/reviews and to order.
14 Sep 2014: History Detective website is now available. It includes an index to newsletter articles and more. Click here.
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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