A reader who kindly reviewed A Devious Mind noted that the Dusty Kent murder mysteries take place in a different location each time and commented, ‘I'd like to find a good map to learn about the different areas of Australia where the murders take place.’
So I’ve put together a simple map (see below) showing the location of each murder. No jokes about my terrible mapping skills, please. :) When I have more time and courage I might create an interactive map but for the time being I hope the simple one will suffice. The location of the Dusty Kent Murder Mysteries are in blue font.
Murder in Murloo (Dusty Kent Mystery #1) takes place in the state of Victoria in a fictional coastal village called Murloo inspired by the township of Marlo in East Gippsland. Marlo, where the famous Snowy River meets the Southern Ocean, is a small community that attracts visitors to its unspoilt beaches, natural waterways and abundant wildlife. Conscious that small towns often consider it bad publicity to host a fictional murder, I changed Marlo to Murloo (the Aboriginal word for the Marlo area).
A Devious Mind (#2) is set in Byron Bay, New South Wales. This is also a small town but larger than Marlo. In this instance I created a fictional suburb for the setting of the murder instead of changing the name of the town.
Rippling Red (#3) is set in Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory. Although cities like Darwin cannot claim to be ‘murder free’ and therefore would not have the same sensitivity to hosting a fictional murder, I have created an imaginary place in Darwin for the setting of the murder.
Disguising Demons (#4) is set in Port Douglas, Queensland. Once again I have retained the name but created a fictitious place for the setting of the murder.
For Dusty Kent Mystery #5, we are heading to Broome, Western Australia - not marked on the map yet.
UPDATE 19 December 2020: Broome is now marked on the map.