'It is commonly believed that women are the gentle sex, but reading some of these accounts of crimes committed and lives endured may make you think again. The skill or sheer brazenness involved or, in other stories, the apparent miscarriages of justice, will take your breath away.
'Two of the cases in this new book by Australia's leading female true writer, Robin Bowles, involve murder, including the lead story which, for the first time, details the controversial case of Tasmanian Susan Neill-Fraser. There is also a prison breakout, a mysterious disappearance, child abduction and drug smuggling.
'The protagonists themselves have contributed a new perspective on the information currently available via prison interviews Robin conducted with Tania Herman, Renae Lawrence (by illegal mobile phone in Renae's case!) and Susan Neill-Fraser, plus other interviews with people never interviewed before about these cases. A long-awaited collection of stories by Australia's true crime queen. Stories from Australia's female crims, including Tania Herman, Renae Lawrence and Susan Neill-Fraser telling their experiences directly to Robin from their prison homes. ' (Publication summary)
'On 2 December 2010, the body of a 24-year-old woman was found at the bottom of the rubbish chute in the luxury Balencea tower apartments in St Kilda Road, Melbourne, twelve floors below the apartment she shared with her boyfriend, Antony Hampel.
'Within minutes, the sound of sirens filled the hall as police cars from the nearby police station filled the front forecourt in response to the day manager’s call. So began the so-called investigation into the sudden death of a young woman named Phoebe Handsjuk.
'From then, the case became weirder and weirder. Phoebe, it turned out, was a beautiful but damaged young woman who’d been in a fraught relationship with a well-connected and wealthy lover almost twice her age, who was related to the elite of Melbourne’s judiciary. The police botched their investigation, so Phoebe’s grandfather, a former detective, decided to run one of his own. And in December 2014, after a 14-day inquest, the Coroner delivered a finding that excluded both suicide and foul play, a ruling that shocked her family and many others who had been following the case.
'How did Phoebe Handsjuk fall to her death? In Into the Darkness, Robin Bowles uses her formidable array of investigative and forensic skills to tell a tale that is stranger than fiction.'