Janice Simpson lives in the Maryborough community with her husband and their aged dog; was brought up on a fine wool merino farm at Apsley on the South Australian border; went to secondary school in Geelong; and raised children in Ballarat.
A Body of Work, her second crime novel will be published in September 2018. Join detectives Brendan O’Leary, who’s trying hard to keep up with all that’s changing in his life, and Ange Micelli, fourth daughter of Italian migrants, who’s fit, fiery and ready to go. Together they make a formidable team in this fast-moving thriller that uncovers much more than just the murderer of a Melbourne arts festival keynote author and local socialite.
Murder in Mt Martha, her crime noir novel published in April 2016 by Hybrid Publishers, stretches its tentacles into the past when Nick Szabo interviews elderly retiree Arthur Boyle to flesh out his thesis about defectors from the Hungarian water polo team during the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Szabo’s investigations take a radically different path when Boyle mentions the 1953 murder of work colleague, Beverly Middleton. She was only 14.
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, a memoir based on a bike ride Janice took from Paris to Istanbul, was published by Ginninderra Press in 2012.
Several short fiction and nonfiction pieces have been published in print and online journals and magazines. She maintains a bike riding blog, Wheels on Fire – six weeks riding in Canada in July and August this year – and is currently a PhD candidate (creative writing) at RMIT, Melbourne.