David Kilner ...
  Australian author & writer

The Author was born in London and grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where he lives with his wife, Pauline, and two Maltese Shih-Tzu crosses. With the help of the dogs, they raised two daughters. Now retired, he spent most of his career in the social welfare sector where he became expert at writing social welfare policy and was awarded a Doctorate for his work on social housing.
These days he enjoys volunteering with community organisations and writing local history studies. Many of his non-fiction works have been published, both in social welfare and in history.
He began writing crime fiction several years ago and has previously published two short stories with Detective Sergeant Skyla Merrick in the lead. He is currently working on a second full-length Skyla Merrick novel featuring the detective and her colleagues Hugh Fitzpatrick and Alia O'Brien.


    The ROCK ART MURDERS  Published 2016 CUSTOM BOOKS imprint









Skyla Merrick is always in some kind of trouble …

On light duties – investigating the theft of rock art – following a near-death experience, DS Skyla Merrick is challenged when ordered to  investigate a series of grotesque murders and weird clues.
Quickly the contours of the case take shape. Three rival groups are seeking control over a nearby mountain top. When further murders occur, Skyla realises that all the victims belong to a syndicate trying to establish a nature reserve on the mountain top. This hypothesis is shortly turned on its head by further unexpected events.
So who is the guilty party?

The entrepreneur bent on expanding his windfarm?

The mining engineer seeking a new prospect?

The local Aboriginal community protecting a sacred site?
Skyla unravels the identity of the villains, but must confront her traumas and fear of death before she can act to prevent further atrocities.
But can she catch the killer?


Published 10 August 2016
ISBN 9782 533398406

PRINT Format:153 x 229 mm 
6x9 Trade Paperback
Extant  224 pp 
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    The CLIMATE CHANGE MURDERS  Published 2015 CUSTOM BOOKS imprint








Skyla Merrick is always in some kind of trouble …

In disgrace and suspended, the Cornish-born detective witnesses the first of the bizarre deaths while visiting Arthurs Bay, a coastal fishing village with bigger ideas. The director of a local climate change research facility, Edwina Ling, is number one.

Skyla relishes the opportunity to restore her fortunes but false evidence and her personal demons deceive her and she chases the wrong suspect.

Then there is another, and then another death …

Her one-time lover helps resolve her confusion and assists her pursuit of the murderer with renewed clarity. Colleagues quietly follow their own investigations and pursue the money trail. And then there is the confrontation between the developers and conservationists …

When Skyla and local police officer Hugh Fitzpatrick bring their work together, she sees the solution.

But can she catch the killer?

Published 31 January 2015
ISBN 9781 507754016

PRINT Format:153 x 229 mm 
6x9 Trade Paperback
Extant  194 pp 
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