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Katherine Franks Australian Author

Katherine Franks brings an Australian voice to her mystery and thriller novels.

Katherine has just published her third novel - a romantic suspense novel set in the hinterland of Australia's Sunshine State - Queensland. 'Devil Tree Road' follows Jamsine Apple as she moves to the home she has inherited, as strange things begin to happen, will it be the rude and accusational, but gorgeous National Parks worker Hugh Samson who helps her out of a deadly situation?

In her recently released second novel, she has taken one of Australia’s most idyll locations; a favourite holiday spot for thousands and turned it into your worst nightmare. Check out 'The First Wave'.

Katherines first book, Beneath the Red Dust, has sold thousands of copies in Australian and America. Katherine writes fast paced thrillers and Aussie mysteries. Katherine has a Masters degree in Politics and has worked as a University Teacher, Governess, Policy Advisor, Fruit Picker and Social Worker. She has four children and lives in one of Australia’s most picturesque locations – Queenslands Sunshine Coast.

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Devil Tree Road

New Starts, Secrets, Passion, Nature...

Jasmine Apple is a thirty year old woman who has left her overbearing husband for a new start with her five year old son in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. She has spent her entire life doing what everyone else wants her to do, now its her time.

But as soon as she arrives at Devil Tree Road, her new start begins to look like a false start.

The house her father left her is practically a bunker, National Parks accuse her of dumping toxic waste, questions are raised about her fathers accidental death and then, strange things start to happen.

Hugh Samson is a local from way back. He has worked for National Parks since he graduated, but hasn't had a promotion in years - he likes his life as is. So, when Jasmine moves in next to his regeneration site and he finds a massive waste dump, she rocks the boat of his easy life. Only problem is, she makes him feel things he hasn't felt in a long time.

With themes of conservation, connection to place, community and beginning again, this is your must have holiday suspense read.

The First Wave

The first wave is an edge of your seat thriller set in the beautiful Sunshine Coast of Australia. What starts as an ordinary day fast turns into a disaster, with the fight for survival pushing Amy Jacobs and her husband Mark to lengths they never thought possible. 

Impossible to put down from page one, the first wave takes you to the Sunshine Coast of Australia, and asks can ordinary people survive extraordinary events?


Beneath the Red Dust series

Beneath the Red Dust takes you to Australia's outback.


An Outback Noir Novella


The Windorah Job

The Windorah Job is the first book in the Beneath the Red Dust Series.

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Katherines books invoke a sense of Australia, taking you from the rodeo circuit to remote stations to long stretches of white sand beaches. Check out her books today

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