Makedde Vanderwall
Created by Tara Moss

I have only read one of the four MAK VANDERWALL books and I found that the character appears to be closely based on the author herself, a Canadian ex-pat and former model now living in Australia.

Mak is studying forensic psychologist and working as a budding PI for the Marion Wendell agency in Sydney.

I've got to say, I was far from impressed with Hit finding the story was continually bogged down by Mak moping over her personal life while the investigation dragged to the point that it was unfinished by the time the book ended (obviously you're to read the next one). I'd recommend this one last on my list if I were to rank them.

Still, somebody must like them. Her debut, Fetish (1999), was shortlisted for the 2000 Ned Kelly award for Best First Novel, and won the 1999 Sassy Award for Best Novel, and by the time her second book was published, she was already being billed as "Australias #1 selling (and #1 sexiest) crime writer."

Born in Victoria, British Columbia, and residing in Sydney, Australia, Moss is proud of her dual Australian/Canadian citizenship. A former fashion model (she certainly looks better in lingerie than Raymond Chandler ever did), she spends her time, when not researching and writing, riding her 900cc Triumph Scrambler motorcycle and spending time with her two pythons and her faithful dog "Bogart." She also serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and does work for the YWCA and the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children. She also hosts the crime documentary series "Tara Moss Investigates" on the National Geographic Channel in the UK, across Europe, Australia and New Zealand.



Report respectfully submitted by Damien Gay of Crime Down Under.and Kevin Burton Smith.

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