Australia's Queen of Crime tells tales for teens and adults
Writing crime novels can be punishing, so Australian author Gabrielle Lord switches between light thrillers for teens and darker stories for adults.
"There's a tendency to walk on the dark side in this profession - you know too much about what human beings are capable of," says the 67-year-old in a phone interview.
Last year, she released two books, Malice and Death By Beauty. The first was a sequel to the million-copy-seller Conspiracy 365 series for young adults, and an antidote to the "murkier depths of adulthood" in Death By Beauty, a story of women's obsession with plastic surgery.
Both titles made headlines and hit bestseller lists in Australia - as expected from the writer known as Australia's "Queen Of Crime".