Australian crime fiction continues to go from strength to strength, with the genre evolving in new and exciting directions and topping bestseller charts at home and abroad. But what is it about our Antipodean setting that makes it the perfect place to cover up a crime, hide away or unravel a mystery? A panel of bestselling Australian crime writers, Peter Goldsworthy (Minotaur), Chris Hammer (Silver) and J.P. Pomare (In the Clearing), speak with Tim Ayliffe about the unique appeal of crime stories from Down Under.

J.P. Pomare (Australian)

J.P. Pomare

J.P. Pomare is the bestselling author of the psychological suspense novels In The Clearing and Call Me Evie. For the past four years J.P. has also hosted and produced the podcast On Writing. Originally from New Zealand, he now lives in Melbourne with his wife.

Chris Hammer (Australian)

Chris Hammer

Chris Hammer is the bestselling author of crime novels Scrublands and Silver. Scrublands was shortlisted for the 2019 Indie, ABIA and NSW Premier Awards and won the UK Crime Writers' Association's prestigious John Creasey New Blood Dagger. Chris was a journalist for more than 30 years before turning to writing full time in 2017.

Peter Goldsworthy (Australian)

Peter Goldsworthy

Peter Goldsworthy divides his time between medicine and literature. He has won awards across a range of genres, including poetry, fiction, opera and theatre. His 1989 novel Maestro has been reissued in the A&R Australian Classics series, and his 1996 novel Wish in the Text Classic series. Stevie Rodgers' adaptation of his 1993 novella Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam was staged at Belvoir Street Theatre earlier this year. His new novel, his first in 10 years, is Minotaur.

Tim Ayliffe (Australian)

Tim Ayliffe

Tim Ayliffe leads a double life as the Managing Editor of Television and Video for ABC News and the author of crime thriller novels that explore issues like the rise of China, terrorism and far-right nationalism. His first book, The Greater Good, was followed in last year by State of Fear. He's currently working on the third. All feature former war correspondent, John Bailey, who has a habit of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. In his 20 years as a journalist, Tim has travelled across the globe. He lives in Sydney with his wife and two children.