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About the Author: Jennifer Rowe

Also known as: Mary-Anne Dickinson, Mary Anne Dickinson, Emily Rodda

Winner of the Dromkeen Medal (1995).

Jennifer June Rowe is an Australian author. Her crime fiction for adults is published under her own name, while her children's fiction is published under the pseudonyms Emily Rodda and Mary-Anne Dickinson. She is well known for the children's fantasy series Deltora Quest, Rowan of Rin, Fairy Realm and Teen Power Inc., and recently the Rondo trilogy.

Rowe was born in Sydney, Australia, and raised with two younger brothers on Sydney's North Shore. Her father was Jim Oswin, the founding general manager of ATN7 in Sydney, and was responsible for classic 1960s TV shows such as My Name's McGooley, What's Yours? and The Mavis Bramston Show. She attended the Abbotsleigh School for Girls on the upper North Shore of Sydney.

She attained her Master of Arts in English Literature at the University of Sydney in 1973. Her first job was assistant editor at Paul Hamlyn publishing. She later worked at Angus and Robertson Publishers where she remained for fourteen years as Editor, Senior Editor, Managing Director, Deputy Publisher and finally Publisher. During this time she began writing children's books under the pseudonym Emily Rodda.

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Goodreads rating: 3.73

Paperback, Published in Aug 1991 by Crimeline

ISBN10: 055329122X | ISBN13: 9780553291223

Page count: 412

The old crowd had gathered at Aunt Alice's once again - to pick apples against a chilly orchard setting. Beneath the surface were the usual boiling jealousies, frustrations and uneasy gaps between the generations and in-laws. Or was there something different about this year?

Very much like a modern Agatha Christie novel; a "locked room" murder case where the only people who could have done it is a member of the family. Every member has something to hide, someone they're really not getting along with, and the height of tension that Rowe manages to convey is astounding.

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