Novels Set in Rural and Remote Australia: Background information when reading Dirt Creek

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Dirt Creek

A Novel

by Hayley Scrivenor

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Dirt Creek by Hayley Scrivenor
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Novels Set in Rural and Remote Australia

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Location is key for Hayley Scrivenor's debut novel Dirt Creek, which is set in a rural Australian town in the southeastern state of New South Wales. The tight-knit atmosphere is pervaded by suspicion after the disappearance of a 12-year-old girl, and the ensuing mystery takes place during a particularly hot summer. Below, we'll take a look at a few other novels that are set in rural and remote Australian settings — across a variety of climates and communities — including small inland and seaside towns, the Outback and islands off the continent's coast.

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Our First Impressions reviewers drew multiple comparisons (and pointed out some important differences) between Scrivenor's work and the novels of bestselling author Jane Harper, another Australian mystery writer with a knack for creating vivid settings that tie into the central concerns of the plot and characters. Harper's debut The Dry, which follows Melbourne police officer Aaron Falk as he investigates a murder-...

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