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 back story and a twist.
“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.
Having been a writer her whole life through a media career, Melissa Pouliot always wanted to write books. In 2013, after the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre and NSW Police made a highly public appeal for information about her missing cousin Ursula Barwick, Melissa started her first crime fiction novel.
She set Write About Me in the eighties in Kings Cross, Sydney – the time and place of the last known sighting of Ursula. Write About Me reached number one status on Amazon bestseller lists within months of its release. It also prompted people to come forward with new information about Ursula, including letters to a school friend that proved police had several facts wrong including the date she went missing.
In 2014 Kings Cross Detectives started a new investigation into Ursula’s mysterious cold case.
Melissa kept writing as a way of keeping attention on Ursula, with each book launch providing an opportunity to plead for people to come forward. Her crime thriller Detective Rhiannon McVee series so far includes FIND ME, When You Find Me and You’ll Never Find Me. These page-turning novels have her readers transfixed on what’s going to happen next.
Writing also helped keep Melissa work through reliving the trauma of losing Ursula and wondering for almost three decades if she was dead or alive.
Five frantic years after her first public conversation about Ursula, Melissa published FOUND. It’s release coincided with the real-life drama that unfolded when detectives discovered Ursula died only weeks after her disappearance.
All Melissa’s novels are all endorsed by the Australian Federal Police National Missing Persons Coordination Centre for raising awareness for missing people. They have featured at international conferences and captured the hearts and minds of other families of missing people around the world.
Through her public conversations Melissa has shown her beautiful, fun-loving, outgoing, fabulously witty, adventurous and brave cousin Ursula is not just another one-dimensional face on a missing persons’ poster.