Fiction: Crime / Mystery

Blair Denholm


BLAIR is a writer and translator who has lived and worked in New York, Moscow, Munich, Abu Dhabi and Australia. 

His debut crime novel, SOLD, is the first in an Aussie Noir trilogy, featuring the hapless and incorrigible anti-hero, Gary Braswell. 

Ellen Davitt


Australia's first mystery novelist

Clan Destine Press - along with award-winning writer and self-confessed 'literary archaeologist' Dr Lucy Sussex - is proud to be republishing Australia's first murder mystery: Ellen Davitt's 1865 novel, Force and Fraud. 

Sisters In Crime Australia

Celebrating Women’s Crime Writing Since 1991

The Plot

To celebrate women’s crime writing on the page and screen and bring a collective critical eye to the field. 

Launched at the Feminist Book Festival in Melbourne in September 1991, Sisters in Crime in Australia was inspired by the American organisation of the same name, which was founded in 1986 by Sara Paretsky (creator of Chicago PI VI Warshawski) and other women crime writers at the Bouchercon crime convention.

The Motive

To share our collective passion for women’s crime writing.

Sarah Evans


Sarah is an English ex-pat who has been writing short stories and novels since leaving the world of journalism in the late eighties and taking up the ‘good life’ in rural WA to raise a brood and attempt self-sufficiency. 

A crime and romance writer, Sarah also dabbles in spec-fic, fantasy and a touch of horror. The epitome of the muti-tasker she is also a songwriter, book editor and creative writing teacher: 

Alison Goodman


Alison is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author. 

A New Kind of Death is Alison’s first crime novel. It was previously published in the USA under the title Killing the Rabbit and was shortlisted for the prestigious Davitt Award.

Helen Goltz


Helen is a writer of crime, thrillers, historical novels and non-fiction.

Her first book for Clan Destine Press is the sexy and amusing crime novel Death by Sugar.

It's a spunky modern mystery, with lots of unexpected twists.

Helen, like all good writers, has always been an avid reader. While growing up in Toowoomba, she was always excited by a trip to the library and the promise of returning home with a collection of books to read.

Jane Clifton


Author, actress, singer and registered marriage celebrant, Jane Clifton is often asked if there is anything she can’t do, to which she simply replies, ‘ballet and making money’.

She was part of the smash-hit stage shows Menopause – the Musical and Mum’s the Word; while on the small screen she's had roles in many of Australia’s early TV cops shows.