Category Archives: Crime fiction (excluding Sherlock Holmes)

Relaunch of June Wright’s MURDER IN THE TELEPHONE EXCHANGE

Three suspicious-looking characters: me, Stephen Knight and Lucy Sussex. (I only got back from the USA that morning, so I wasn’t quite at my best!) In between us is the cover of the new edition of MURDER IN THE TELEPHONE … Continue reading

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Vale June Wright (1919 – 2012)

Derham Groves’ foreword for the as yet unpublished Australian crime novel, Duck Season Death by June Wright The crime novels by the Australian author, June Wright (née Healy), are not known as well as they should be in my view. … Continue reading

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Vale Dominick Dunne, 1925 – 2009

Dominick Dunne and the grave of his daughter Dominique at Pierce Brothers cemetery in Los Angeles.  Dominique’s tragic murder started Dominick’s second career as a ‘celebrity’ crime reporter and a crime fiction author.

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Australian Hard Boiled Detective Fiction

Australia has many fine mid-20th century hard boiled detective fiction writers: Carter Brown (Alan Yates), Marc Brody (Bill Williams), Larry Kent (various), Eric North (Bernard Cronin), Otto Beeby, and Ian Hamilton, to name just a few. But my favourite is … Continue reading

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Kidnap by Michael Jorgensen

My old buddy Michael Jorgensen (left) had his fourth crime novel Kidnap reviewed in today’s Age (far left). Mick has also published around 20 books, including two by me. A publisher who isn’t deceitful, who isn’t a phony, and who … Continue reading

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Murderous Melbourne

Exhibition curated by Derham Groves.

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Television and Australian Crime Fiction

Television was introduced in Australia in 1956 and remained a ‘novelty’ for about 10 years. Even Australian crime fiction fell under its spell. In The Cold Dark Hours (1958) by A.G. Yates (a.k.a. Carter Brown), an advertising agency executive devises … Continue reading

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June Wright

Along with S.H. Courtier, I am also currently reading and researching the Melbourne-based crime writer, June Wright (b.1919). June wrote six crime novels between 1948 and 1966. The last three, Reservation for Murder (1958), Faculty of Murder (1961) and Make-up … Continue reading

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S.H. Courtier

‘Here’s a problem you might work out in your spare time. It is something I want to use in a story that is buzzing in my mind and I can’t get on with it until I solve the problem. The … Continue reading

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S.H. Courtier’s Final (Unfinished) Novel

This is the first page of the science fiction novel S.H. Courtier was working on when he died in 1974. It is interesting that he couldn’t quite nail its title.

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