Coming soon

 Who Murdered Margaret Clement?
(New Holland)

The chilling, updated version of the original best-selling book, Lady of the Swamp, telling of the riches-to-rags story of a once-beautiful society hostess forced into poverty –
and who spent her final years living in a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp. Then she vanished. Almost certainly murdered.
But who was the killer who waded through the miles of swamp to end her life? And why? Finally we have all the clues. Or do we…?


It was still raining when the men stepped into the swamp, struggling to keep the body balanced on the stretcher and out of the water.
Their torch beams randomly stabbed the darkness as they headed towards the road, far away, where the hearse waited.
The witching hour, thought Fry, shuddering from the cold and the ghosts of Tullaree that trailed them, this must be what they call the witching hour.
And if it isn’t, it damn well ought to be….


True Crime Books by Richard Shears

(New Holland, 2005)
The vanishing of backpacker Peter Falconio in the Australian desert and the unanswered questions following the murder conviction of Bradley Murdoch.

Highway to Nowhere (HarperCollins, 1996)
The chilling true story of the murders of young backpackers in Australia by serial killer Ivan Milat.

Galbally for the Defence (Penguin, 1993)
Written for barrister Frank Galbally.

Mother on Trial
St Martin’s Press, New York, 1988)
Revised and updated version of Azaria.

A Long Way from Home
(Allen and Unwin, 1988)
Written for Barbara Barlow, the mother of one of two men hanged in Malaysia for drug smuggling.

The Rainbow Warrior Affair(Irwin Publishing Inc., 1986)
The sinking of the Greenpeace ship by French secret agents.

Devi, the Bandit Queen
Allen and Unwin, 1984)
The gripping story of India’s famous bandit.

Kingdom of Illusions
Greenhouse Publications, 1982)
The horrors of a Bangkok prison – and how a 65-year-old man survived.

The Dingo Baby Case
(Sphere Books (UK), 1982)
Updated version of Azaria.

(Sphere Books, 1982)
The mysterous disappearance of a baby in the Australian outback.

Squizzy Taylor
(Sphere Books, 1982)
The life and times of a 1920s Melbourne mobster.

The Lady of the Swamp, (Sphere Books, 1981)
The eerie story of greed and murder in a swamp-surrounded mansion.