Discover the books of Melissa Pouliot

Welcome to the home of bestselling Australian crime mystery author Melissa Pouliot. The talented author of page-turning crime mysteries translates her passion and personal missing persons tragedy into fiction novels where every story has a story.


“The case is cold. All hope is lost. Suddenly, the future collides with the past.”

In the dead of night, teenage runaway Annabelle Brown vanishes in the rugged Blue Mountains west of Sydney in a shroud of mystery and intrigue. Twenty-seven years later, with no body, no clues and no leads, the case remains unsolved.

In 2013 Melissa Pouliot released her debut bestselling crime fiction novel, Write About Me, inspired by the disappearance of her cousin Ursula Barwick.

She went on to write the Detective Rhiannon McVee Crime Mystery Series, which so far includes FIND ME, When You Find Me, You’ll Never Find Me and FOUND. Her page-turning novels have people around the world transfixed on what’s going to happen next.

All Melissa’s novels are all endorsed by the Australian Federal Police National Missing Persons Coordination Centre for their role in raising awareness for missing people.

After the release of her first novel, Kings Cross Detectives took a fresh look at Ursula’s case and almost 30 years after her disappearance, Ursula was finally found.

Through the public conversations Melissa has shared she has shown that her beautiful, fun-loving, outgoing, fabulously witty, adventurous and brave cousin Ursula is not just another one-dimensional face on a missing persons’ poster.

Ursula is a loving, and much loved, member of her family, and she will always be remembered. Her lasting legacy is that it is never too late to find your missing person.

KIND WORDS for Write About Me

Wow… I couldn’t put this book down

Fleur Ferris, Australian YA author

KIND WORDS for Write About Me

An excellent read…with global implications

Chris Gould, Child-Safe International & Travel Safe founder, retired UK Detective Chief Superintendent


A fast paced, enthralling novel which will consume you from the first page

Natasha Gilmour, Author of BEING, JOY


Love, love, loved it. Read it in one day, I couldn’t put it down. A mixture of mystery, romance and crime, set in the 80s. The sections in the Australian outback were my favourite. Can’t wait to see what happens next

Deborah Hawkins, US crime thriller author

KIND WORDS for When You Find Me

The characters grow and develop naturally as if they could actually be real people in the real world

Melissa Fogarty, MJ Editing

KIND WORDS for You’ll Never Find Me

Love the Australian setting! Just wish I could keep reading…. Don’t stop writing. I have been in another world this afternoon. A nice much needed break from my usual life

Carolyn Jourdan, New York Times bestselling author

KIND WORDS for When You Find Me

The characters were fully developed and alive and their stories real. If left me championing for them. But as in real life there were multiple outcomes. I will think of these folks and wonder about them like real life

Shirley Townsend, Goodreads


Every now and then a writer comes along whose words raise the hair on the back of your neck, not because they’re scary but because the words so perfectly describe the scene, you’re inescapably right in there seeing what the characters are seeing and feeling exactly what they’re feeling. So it is with Melissa Pouliot’s… Read more “KIND WORDS for FOUND”

Annabelle Brayley, author of Bush Doctors & Vietnam Nurses


A fabulous sequel to Write About Me which had me on the edge of my seat more than once. I loved revisiting my favourite characters and meeting new ones while the search continues for their missing Annabelle. The author’s personal experience adds a whole new dimension to the story, and the words sing off the… Read more “KIND WORDS for FOUND”

Kristina Kaine, Goodreads


A moving and powerful read. Pouliot deftly illustrates the devastation that is caused by the unexplained disappearance of a loved one, and how people use different strategies to cope with the heartache and frustration that comes when answers are elusive and closure is unforthcoming

Marianne, Goodreads

KIND WORDS for You’ll Never Find Me

I love this whole series. I hate finishing these books and having to wait for the next one. They always end on a cliffhanger and keep you hanging. They are the sort of books you will read in a day. You won’t be able to put them down!

Jess Meyer, Goodreads