Mary Jones migrated to Australia in November 2008 from England, where she was a member of The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and The Crime Writers’ Association. She had short stories published in magazines in the UK, Scandinavia and South Africa, and one broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She worked extensively in amateur theatre in the UK, as a writer, director and actor, and has had full-length stage scripts performed by both amateurs and professionals.
Since moving to Australia she has continued to write fiction, playscripts and poetry. Her work has been published in magazines and anthologies, awarded competition prizes, performed on radio and set to music. She has four published collections of poetry. Troubled Waters is her first novel.
Troubled Waters is a murder mystery, set in the Channel Islands in the 1980s, with flashbacks to World War II during the German occupation. The location is Longuey, a small (fictional) island off the coast of Guernsey.
Teenager Robbie is caught up in a murder investigation, when he discovers a drowned body on his first day home from boarding school. The holiday island run and managed by his parents is descended on by police from the mainland. Their questioning probes island residents, hotel staff and guests, and day-trippers. As secrets from the past and present are gradually uncovered, Robbie faces uncomfortable truths within his own family, and realises his idyllic island home will probably never be the same again.