Dorothy Johnston grew up in Geelong, in Victoria and has lived in Canberra, where her books are set, since the 1970's.
She is the author of eight books including three 'Sandra Mahoney' mysteries.

Book List in Order:11 titles

  • According to local legend, the historic Royal hotel in the Victorian coastal town of Queenscliff isĀ  haunted. Having served as both a mental asylum and a morgue in the early days it could hardly fail to be, but a bizarre murder in the hotel's baseme...



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    All children were a mixture of innocence and guile, Chris Blackie thought, but the innocence had been squashed out of Boby McGilvrey unnaturally young.A shocking murder rocks the quiet coastal Victorian town of Queenscliff, a place where police work ...


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    'Still, he looked for hoof prints, glad there was nobody to laugh at him for doing so. He shaded his eyes and squinted at a dark object, half covered in sand, then began to walk towards it. He should should have been wearing sunglasses to protect his...


  • Eden Carmichael, a politician, is found dead in a brothel on a hot afternoon. Sandra Mahoney mulls over a demeaning photograph showing Carmichael in a dress and blonde wig. When a lobby group asks her to investigate a company producing filters for...


  • When the body of young female environmental activist and science student, Laila Fanshaw, is found floating in Lake Burley Griffin, private investigator Sandra Mahoney's life is turned upside down, not least because her partner, Ivan, was in love with...


  • ""The stories in Eight Pieces on Prostitution span the whole of my writing life and include my first published story, 'The Man Who Liked to Come with the News', which Frank Moorhouse chose for his 1983 anthology, 'The State of the Art'. My first nove...


  • Sophie Harper is abandoned by her husband and left with a four - year - old daughter to support. She finds work in an old house in Canberra that is being used as a brothel. She falls under the house's eerie, yet strangely comforting spell, and discov...


  • A mild young mans addiction to a role-playing internet game has led to his death. Disturbingly, his suicide is a bizarre echo of his chilling execution in the game; his only note a digital mirror image of his own death. But where do blame and respons...






  • I should ask your department's accountant whether he's missing nine hundred thousand bucks This is the anonymous message that changes Sandra Mahoney's life After taking time off to raise her young son, Sandra Mahoney is nervously re-entering th...


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    From their graves in Quabbin Park Cemetery, imagined residents... of the former towns of Dana, Enfield, Greenwich, and Prescott, Massachusetts, reminisce about their lives in the Lost Valley before their towns were flooded to create a drinking water ...