Joanna Baker

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Joanna Baker has lived in Albury since 1981, so she’s almost a local. She writes murder mysteries.

Her first, Devastation Road , won the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for best young adult novel, and was reviewed in The Age, by Jane Sullivan as “an outstanding first novel”.


The Beechworth Trilogy

Devastation Road is set in Yackandandah. It is the first in a trilogy for young adults.  The others are:  The Elsinore Vanish, set in Beechworth, and Evermore, set in Bright.

In 2018, Devastation Road will be re-released in paperback and ebook, with The Elsinore Vanish and Evermore following soon after.

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The Tasmanian Novels

Joanna also has two novels for adults, The Slipping Place,  set in Hobart, and Sleeping Cold, set on Bruny Island. These are to be published very soon, so please keep an eye out for them. 

“I have an abiding enthusiasm for murder mysteries. I don’t think they’re junk literature. I take them very seriously.” Joanna Baker

Joanna is happy to talk to reading groups or school groups about her work and enjoys encouraging reading and creative writing in young people … well, in people of any age.

Joanna has two other websites.


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Joanna Baker: Writing Murder ( is an author website, which presents some of the ideas that lie behind Joanna’s books, as well as thoughts about crime writing and murder mysteries.

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Tasmania Recherche ( provides background stories and cultural notes about Joanna’s other home, Tasmania.