MARGARET HICKEY’S NEW BOOK
Monday 12 June, 6.30 pm
Margaret Hickey won the Danger Award 2022 for her powerful debut novel Cutters End featuring detective Mark Ariti who also appeared in Stone Town, her second book. Join Margaret in conversation with Sue Turnbull about her third novel Broken Bay in which Mark Ariti makes another appearance.
The setting is the Limestone Coast in South Australia, a landscape full of jagged cliffs and sinkholes in the limestone which are irresistibly attractive to cave divers. Mark Ariti is taking a break in the small fishing town of Broken Bay when a cave diver tragically drowns. The rescue divers looking for her body instead bring up the body of another young woman. Mark is asked to stay and help with the police investigation of how she disappeared twenty years ago and whether her death was murder or misadventure. He becomes caught up in the rivalry between two leading families in the town, the Doyles and the Sinclairs. When a murder takes place, Broken Bay suddenly seems much more dangerous as old secrets slowly rise up to the surface.
Margaret Hickey is an award-winning author and playwright from North East Victoria. She has a PhD in Creative Writing focusing on the depictions of landscape in Australian literature and is deeply interested in rural lives and communities. She is also a university lecturer, teacher and public presenter who appears frequently on ABC regional radio.
Sue Turnbull is Senior Professor of Communication and Media at the University of Wollongong. Sue is Australia’s premier long-term reviewer of crime fiction for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She is the Chair of the BAD Sydney Crime Festival, is an Ambassador for Sisters in Crime Australia, as well as being a sought-after facilitator and interviewer.
Her academic publications include Media Audiences (Palgrave Macmillan 2020) and The TV Crime Drama (Edinburgh University Press 2014). Transnational TV Crime: From the Nordic to the Outback, will be published by Edinburgh University Press later this year.