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I was born and raised in New Zealand, moving to Western Australia with a single suitcase when I was nineteen years old. Since then, I’ve packed a lot into my life, working hard in predominantly accounting, IT and management roles, but also spending a year touring the world. I’ve lived in the central business districts of large cities, suburbia, idyllic seaside locations, rural areas, bushland, and remote desert mining camps.

Mid 2002, I quit my high-pressure management job and moved with my husband to a farm about ninety minutes north-east of Melbourne to write fulltime. Since then, I’ve written five (six if you count my first one, now banished to the bottom drawer never to see the light again) standalone contemporary murder mysteries.

Outside of writing and reading, my main interests are design and photography. I like to laugh, drink coffee, spend time alone, spend time in company, and get close to nature. I dislike crowds, hospitals and offal.

I write fast-paced mystery and suspense novels in contemporary Australian settings. All my books are quick, easy reads with no gratuitous sex or violence – the type of books I enjoy as a reader. However, my characters occasionally swear.

My books are all standalones, but in order published:

THIN BLOOD: Ten years after two juries fail to convict a stockbroker of the murder of his missing wife, retrenched journalist Jacinta Deller befriends the stockbroker’s new wife, the victim’s sister.

SLEIGHT MALICE: When a badly charred body is discovered in the remains of her best friend’s home, Desley James is devastated. Except the body is male and her friend is missing.

BRITTLE SHADOWS: Two months after finding her fiancé’s naked corpse hanging from a wardrobe rail in their apartment, Jemma Dalton’s sister takes her own life, leaving Jemma to probe the dark shadows of her sister’s life.

FATAL LIAISON: The lives of two strangers, Greg Jenkins and Megan Brighton, become inextricably entangled when they each sign up for a dinner dating agency. But Greg's reason for joining has nothing to do with looking for love.

BITTER NOTHINGS: A woman and her two children are murdered in their beds, the father the prime suspect until he turns up dead on an isolated bush track.

Thin Blood, my first published title, was released on Kindle in May 2010. Peaking at #1 in Kindle mysteries and at #6 in ALL paid Kindle books, it was named an Amazon 2010 Customer Favorite.

The inspiration for each of my stories comes from news articles and true crime cases, to which I then apply series of what-ifs. By the time I’ve finished, the news item is so bent out of shape it’s unlikely anyone would recognise the true crime that sparked it.

I'm represented by The Fleck Agency. For all rights/publication queries, please email:

inquiry@thefleckagency.com

Want to say hello or ask a question, email:

vickityley@gmail.com

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
 - Mark Twain