Marele Day's four book Claudia Valentine series has become a minor classic in Australian crime writing, but her Lambs of God (1998) was even more highly acclaimed as an original and provocative literary work, published in the US by Riverhead and in the UK by Sceptre. Her most recent novel was Mrs Cook, a fictionalised account of the wife of Captain Cook. Marele lives on the New South Wales North Coast.
Claudia Valentine series
A private investigator series featuring Sydney-based Claudia Valentine, I would consider this one of Australia's strongest private detective series with a wonderful sense of place captured as part of a stirring narrative.
The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender (1988)
The Case of the Chinese Boxes (1990)
The Last Tango of Dolores Delgado (1992)
The Disappearances of Madalena Grimaldi (1994)
Shirley's Song (1984)
Lambs of God (1997)
Mavis Levack, P.I. (2000)
Mrs Cook (2002)
The Sea Bed (2009)