The year is 1977, and among the farmlands and foothills of the Southern Queensland ranges, something very weird is going on. A vintage steam engine has been sighted on the abandoned rail tracks of the tranquil Mirambeena Valley, where connecting lines no longer exist. Local legend points to the Diablo, a giant locomotive which crashed on its maiden voyage 50 years earlier. One thing has changed, however: the train is now picking up passengers, WHO NEVER RETURN!
Enter Tessa Scott, a high-profile city lawyer with a longing for the bush and a passion for helping out people in trouble ..... Read More
The Yarra Yowie
The Yarra Yowie. In the dark forests of 19th century Australia, something big and awful is lurking ... and super sleuths Burke and Wills are on its trail!
According to official histories, the security and intelligence business kicked off in Australia with ASIO in 1949. However, files found in a concealed metal safe – discovered only recently during renovations to an old Melbourne office block – suggest that the colonies had their own secret service, one which concerned itself not just with espionage and foreign threats, but also with domestic issues likely to cause fear or panic.
The “Yarra Yowie” case, taken from the Colonial Secret Service files for the year 1897, highlights the rather unorthodox methods .... Read More