His first novel, Cuddies Strip, was published by Ringwood Publishing in 2020. It tells the real-life story of the murder of a young man and rape of a young woman on the Cuddies Strip, a lovers’ lane on the outskirts of Perth, in 1935.
The protagonist, PC Bob Kelty, is a most unlikely police officer. Aged 20, he is exceptionally shy and diffident with authority figures, and is also still struggling to overcome the trauma of his father’s suicide when Bob was thirteen. But beneath the shy exterior is a keen brain and Bob, frustrated by the lack of progress by his senior officers, takes matters into his own hands.
The follow-up to Cuddies Strip, Barossa Street, will be published on 11 May 2022 by Ringwood Publishing. This picks up a few weeks after the end of Cuddies Strip, on the day of King George V’s death. Bob Kelty has left the police but when a friend is accused of a vicious murder he feels compelled to investigate. What he uncovers is a horrifying story stretching back to the end of the Great War.