Speaking Engagements

Crime Spree!

True-crime writers Robin Bowles and Vikki Petraitis are taking their show on the road!

For many years, Robin and Vikki have participated in panels and discussions together on their work as true-crime authors. Audiences are captivated by the insider’s glimpse into some of the most interesting Australian cases. Such is the success of these talks, they have decided to take their show on the road to regional libraries, RSLs, and clubs.

Robin Bowles is known as Australia’s True Crime Queen’, and since 1998 has written 11 best-selling true crime books and two fiction, based on her ‘escapades’ as a licenced private investigator. Her books include an investigation into the death of Jennifer Tanner and the definitive books on the Jaidyn Leskie murder and the disappearance of British backpacker, Peter Falconio, which won the inaugural Sisters in Crime’s true crime Davitt Award in 2006. Her latest book is Into the Darkness: the mysterious death of Phoebe Handsjuk (Scribe).

Vikki Petraitis is a true-crime author who has written about serial killers, gangland murders, detectives, and police dogs. She is currently working on a biography of Brian ‘The Skull’ Murphy, known once as Australia’s toughest cop. She appears on panels, and contributes the occasional article to the Australian Police Journal. For two years running, she has been one of the judges for the Ned Kelly Awards. She is a former Sisters in Crime National Co-convenor.


Choose from a range of talk topics, or have us design one especially for your audience.


The inside stories

Robin and Vikki have investigated some of the highest criminal profile cases from recent times (serial killer Paul Denyer, Jaidyn Leskie, Jennifer Tanner, Paul Dale and many more). In this talk, Robin and Vikki will discuss some of their most famous true-crime stories.

What does true-crime writing teach us about the law?

Robin and Vikki discuss real cases where justice has and hasn’t been seen to be done.

Writing non-fiction – the pinnacles and the pitfalls

Robin and Vikki discuss the process of researching for non-fiction.

Writing workshops

Workshops are usually longer in duration. Topics can include: research, plotting, interviewing, finding a publisher. Enquiries and costs: Vikki Petraitis: vpetraitis@hotmail.com Robin Bowles: robinbowles@bigpond.com