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26 March, 2022

Australian mystery story released

A TINAROO local with a burning passion for writing has successfully published his first ever book titled, “This Home Where”, an Australian mystery that traverses the byways of Melbourne.

Australian mystery story released - feature photo

Originally from Melbourne, author Desmond O’Neill fled the concrete jungle and metropolitan pressure that comes with it, trading it in for the picturesque backdrop of the Tablelands. 

A member of Cairns Tropical Writers, Ravenshoe Writers Group and Word Weavers in Atherton, Mr O’Neill fills his spare time surrounded by other talented authors.

Last year was a creative one for Mr O’Neill, with a Melbourne publishing company looking for a story depicting Melbourne life, so he jumped at the chance and began writing. 

“Six years from the first line, the book emerged from a frenzy of writing last year - a publishing company wanted this story about Melbourne, what it is really like besides lockdown,” Mr O’Neill said. 

“With Melbourne people in housebound mode last Easter, I tempted a visit. I toured a quiet Botanic Gardens and city centre for a feel of the place. I brought my characters back to life and re-energised them. 

“Newspaper headlines from six years ago in Melbourne provide many parts of the story – concussion, homelessness, lenient judges, paedophilia, corruption and, of course, the Melbourne winter with the holy grail of AFL football.” 

Mr O’Neill is hoping to soon have copies available from local bookstores however in the meantime copies can be obtained directly by contacting him at or on 4095 8138.


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