Tag Archives: Jock Serong

Bad Diaries Salon: First

I was fit to burst with excitement when author Jenny Ackland (Little Gods) recently invited me to be part of a Bad Diaries Salon in Geelong next month. Bad Diaries Salon was established by Jenny in mid-2017 with a call … Continue reading

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SheKilda 3…where a criminally good time was had by all

This post is based on an article that appeared on the Sisters in Crime Australia website, with editorial comments as noted. Sisters in Crime celebrated its 25th birthday in style at SheKilda3: One-day Crime Spree at St Kilda Town Hall … Continue reading

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Review: Gunshine State

I’ve been keen to post a review of Andrew Nette’s latest novel, Gunshine State, on this blog. But seeing as how Andrew is not only a great crime writer but also my life partner, I could hardly be the one … Continue reading

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Crime writing & Festivals Part 1

When people ask, ‘How are you?’ I try not to respond with, ‘Busy.’ For me, ‘busy’ is what American novelist and teacher John Gardner calls a ‘feeble abstraction’ that ‘says almost nothing’. Gardner exhorts us to tell our stories in … Continue reading

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Review: The Rules of Backyard Cricket

It’s been a while since I’ve read a crime novel, let alone reviewed one. But I can’t let Jock Serong’s new book, The Rules of Backyard Cricket, go through to the keeper without singing its praises. The Rules of Backyard … Continue reading

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Top 10 Crime Reads 2014

I was asked recently by the team at Radio National Books and Arts Daily to do a wrap-up of my Top 5 favourite crime reads for 2014. I’m sure I’m not the only author or reader for whom this is … Continue reading

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Wine and Crime: A celebration of all things noir

I took an instant liking to the fabulous Kirsty Manning-Wilcox of The Reading Tree and Bellota/Prince Wine Store fame when we met at a couple of writers festivals in regional Victoria this year. When she invited me to be part of a literary event called ‘Wine and … Continue reading

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