VirginiaPetersPhotoHAVE YOU SEEN SIMONE? is author Virginia Peters’ debut work of non-fiction. Her short stories have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies.

Have-You-Seen-Simone-BookCover In February 2005, German backpacker Simone Strobel went missing in Lismore, New South Wales. Six days later her naked body was discovered, crudely hidden beneath a palm tree. Writer Virginia Peters was captivated by the case, and committed herself to uncovering the truth.

“To say Have You Seen Simone? is compelling somehow seems inadequate: from the first page Virginia Peters gripped me with her clear and reasoned account of a mystery that rapidly developed into a shocking crime. There’s a great beating heart at the centre of this story, which explores the nature and meaning of family relationships as much as it does the crime that inspired it.” Debra Adelaide

“Why are we so drawn to tales of death? And why is Peters drawn to Simone as a subject? In that respect the book has much in common with Helen Garner’s Joe Cinque’s Consolation – we learn as much about the writer, and the writing process, as we do about the suspects and the court procedures.”
Brigid Mullane