Rippin spent most of her childhood in South-East Asia, living in Brunei, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. She also lived in China for three years as an adult and studied traditional Chinese painting. Rippin has taught Writing for Children at RMIT, Melbourne and has written books for the Reading Discovery Series of children's readers.
'Billie and her friends have started a secret mystery club, and there are mysteries galore! Who stole the strawberries from Mika's garden? What does the secret code say? Is the spooky house actually haunted? To find out, you'll have to read this big book!' (Publication summary)
'Billie and the Secret Mystery Club have been given a very important mystery to solve for the principal at school. A long time ago, a time capsule was hidden in the school somewhere, and it's up to the SMC to find it!' (Publication summary)
'Someone has stolen all of the ripe strawberries from Mika's garden! The Secret Mystery Club is determined to work out who it was. Could it have been the gardener? Or was it the neighbours who just made a batch of strawberry jam? Whoever it was, they won't get far - not with the SMC on the case.' (Publication summary)