laraine stephens: author

Laraine Stephens lives in Beaumaris, a bayside suburb of Melbourne, Australia. With an Arts degree from the University of Melbourne, a Diploma of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Librarianship, she worked in secondary schools as a Head of Library. On retirement, Laraine decided to turn her hand to the craft of crime writing.

She is a member of Writers Victoria, Sisters in Crime (Australia), the Australian Crime Writers’ Association and the Crime Writers’ Association of the UK.

When she’s not writing, she travels to far-flung destinations, such as Iceland, Egypt and the Galapagos Islands, with the love of her life, Bob. She also enjoys her work as a volunteer guide at the Old Melbourne Gaol, playing golf and Mahjong, reading and eating out.

Laraine has two adult children, Trevor and Angela, son-in-law Sam, granddaughters Eloise and Madeleine, and a maladjusted red toy poodle, Zoe.

Laraine’s debut novel, ‘The Death Mask Murders’, is set in Melbourne in 1918.

It is the first in the ‘Reggie da Costa Mysteries’ series.