Joanna Baker was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania, and now spends her time between there and the wine and high country of North Eastern Victoria. Her books recall the classical clue puzzles of Golden Age detective fiction, and are influenced by P D James. There are philosophical ideas in them, but this is lightly done and sits firmly on the classical murder mystery scaffolding.
In 2004 Sisters in Crime Australia awarded Devastation Road the Davitt Award for best Young Adult Novel and The Age described it as "an outstanding first novel" which appeals to adults as well as young people. Now there are two sequels, to be published in 2019 and 2020.
Joanna also writes novels for adults, set in Hobart.
"I aim to write page-turners and intriguing puzzles, scattered with clues. They are mind games. I’m fascinated by how we think about ourselves and other people and the world, what we say to each other, how we communicate, how we obfuscate … and how we lie.
My work is very much domestic noir, concerned with families and close friends, people who think they know each other really well. But maybe they don’t."