OLMEC OBITUARY HIGHLY COMMENDED at the 2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards

On 15 December 2016 Olmec Obituary was awarded Highly Commended in the Fiction category at the ACT Publishing and Writing Awards.

A fantastic outcome for the first instalment in the Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth series!

For a full list of all award winners, click here.


CANBERRA'S FIRST JÓLABÓKAFLÓÐ, the Christmas Book Flood, a Huge Success!



Ten authors and poets, a stream of avid readers and bottomless coffees (a.k.a. writer fuel) made for an exciting first Jólabókaflóð in Canberra on 17 December 2016.

In Iceland, on Christmas Eve, everyone exchanges gifts of books then spends the rest of the day (and night) reading. It's called ''Jólabókaflóð' – the Christmas Book Flood  – and last year I decided to bring it to Canberra.



Working with the marvellous team at Beyond Q and their partners at ArtSound FM, I brought together a range of local children's, crime, horror, historical, science fiction, non-fiction and poetry authors to cater for the reading needs of everyone who dropped by.

As the instigator and organiser of the event I was immeasurably pleased with the day, and would like to thank the kind staff at Beyond Q, our partners ArtSound FM, and my fellow authors on the day: 


Stacks of Pimms at beyond Q!

Stacks of Pimms at beyond Q!

  • Craig 'Partridge' Cormick
  • Lynnette 'Turtledove' Dickinson
  • Lawrence 'French Hen' del Gigante
  • Andrew 'Calling Bird' Galan
  • Gillian 'Swan' Polack
  • Stephanie 'Lady' Owen Reeder
  • Melinda 'Lord' Smith 
  • Kaaron 'Piper' Warren
  • Cate 'Drummer' Whittle

and especially all the readers, book lovers and bookworm supporters who attended.This event was for you!

For full details about the event, including authors and books, please click here.


Got Your Signed PIMMS FOR CHRISTMAS 2016?

I've been out and about, visiting many bookstores in Canberra and Melbourne, leaving a trail of signed books behind me. So where can you find signed copies of Olmec Obituary and Mayan Mendacity this Christmas?


Dymocks Canberra, Civic

Beyond Q, Curtin

Harry Hartog Bookseller, Woden

National Library Bookshop

Muse, Kingston



Avenue Bookstore, Albert Park

Avenue Bookstore, Richmond

Avenue Bookstore, Elsternwick

Readings, Hawthorn

Readings, Carlton

Dymocks Camberwell




KERRY GREENWOOD Launches Mayan Mendacity - 'This particular book will really improve your day.'



On 19 November 2016 crime fiction legend Kerry Greenwood launched Mayan Mendacity, Book Two in the Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth series, at the SheKilda3 One Day Crimespree.

Ms Greenwood, creator of the acclaimed Miss Phryne Fisher series, described Mayan Mendacity as 'an excellent book', 'beautifully written' and 'well-researched'. Best day of the year!

As part of the SheKilda3 One day Crimespree I also joined fellow women crime writers Janice Simpson, Sulari Gentill and Lucy Sussex on a panel to discuss putting the history into our mysteries. The most memorable question was when a participant asked for an English translation of the Mayan insult 'deformed chicken'. As the answer is somewhat delicate, I found that one hard to explain!


While in Melbourne I popped by a number of booksellers to sign copies of both Olmec Obituary and Mayan Mendacity. It was great to see Dr Pimms on the shelves of Avenue Bookstores, Readings and Dymocks Camberwell.

For more photos of the weekend, please click here.


LIBRARY LOVERS BOOKCLUB:  Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth, National Library of Australia, 13 November 2016

CALLING ALL BOOKWORMS: There's a Body in the Library!

Readers, library lovers and GLAMR staff and students are invited to join local author L.J.M. Owen in conversation with Sophie Mannix to discuss L.J.'s Canberra-based crime fiction series Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. With archaeologists and librarians, ancient murder and family secrets, this is one series where the skeletons don’t stay buried.

We’ll explore the historical research behind the first book in the series, Olmec Obituary, and L.J. will introduce – spoiler free – the history behind the second instalment Mayan Mendacity. There’ll be plenty of time to discuss your ideas about the themes, settings, characters and plot of Olmec Obituary as well as ask questions of the author.

There’s a prize pack up for grabs for the best question asked on the day: a collector’s set of all three editions of Olmec Obituary.

Please RSVP as places are limited. For further information and tickets, click here


MAYAN MENDACITY BOOK LAUNCH at the National Library of Australia on 3 November 2016

Canberra's own Dr Elizabeth Pimms is back!

Join 666 ABC Canberra's Lish Fejer and author, archaeologist and librarian Dr L.J.M. Owen at the National Library of Australia for the official launch of Mayan Mendacity, Book Two in the Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth series.

This time, Elizabeth investigates tiny skeletons and misshapen skulls recovered from a Guatemalan island. How do they relate to an ancient Mayan queen? And who was the elusive Great Scribe? 

Filled with archaeological intrigue, forensic insight and cosy comfort, return to the world of Dr Pimms, Intermillennial Sleuth. Really cold cases.

The launch will be hosted at the National Library Bookshop by the National Library of Australia's Dr Martin Woods.

A book signing will follow. Refreshments included.

Date and Time: 6pm, Thursday 3rd November 2016.

Tickets: Please book tickets to assist with planning/catering. Tickets may be reserved here.