Melanie Calvert is an author, screenwriter and researcher for film and TV

Melanie is the author of Freycinet, a psychological thriller novel, and the true-life crime book What Happened to Nancy and Victoria?

As a screenwriter, researcher and script editor, Melanie works for clients including Vicki Madden of Sweet Potato Films (the creator of The Kettering Incident and The Gloaming), and Geoffrey Wright (the creator of Romper Stomper), on feature films and TV series.

Melanie is available for freelance work.

Review for Freycinet: “The ending will leave you reeling, long after you turn the final page. Absolutely fantastic.” 

Freycinet book cover

Freycinet is about obsession, love and cruel murder in the Tasmanian wilderness.
In Freycinet, Ginny O’Byrne is terrified by gory, clairvoyant visions of two murdered young women. The next morning two women have disappeared into the untamed Freycinet wilds. Ginny joins a massive search and rescue mission, including her suspicious-acting fiancé, Julian, to immerse herself in an atmosphere that is both eerie and increasingly threatening.

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Tasmania’s Beaumaris Beach Mystery – What Happened to Nancy and Victoria?
The mystery of what happened to 26-year-old German tourist Nancy Grunwaldt and 20-year-old Italian tourist Victoria Cafasso remains unsolved two decades on. Nancy disappeared without a trace, while Victoria was found brutally murdered, stabbed over forty times, on Beaumaris’ lonely but beautiful beach. This book reveals previously unpublished details about the two young tourists’ fates.

Find out where you can buy Freycinet and Tasmania’s Beaumaris Beach Mystery

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  1. I have just read this book from cover to cover, I could not put it down. It had me on a roller coaster ride from the very beginning. A great setting with a facimating ending.
    A must read for all that enjoy a good mystery with a twist at the end.

  2. My goodness Melanie – This is the best read I have had for a long time! I, like so many other readers, just couldn’t put the book down! You painted the pictures with your words so clearly I could feel myself right back down there to the mysterious coastline I love so much. Your description and narrative of the Indigenous experience was written with so much passion and respect – while the gripping twists and changed stimulated my mind. Thank you and I can’t wait to read more and more of your work. Susie J Fairystar 🙂

    • Thank you, Susie! I really appreciate your feedback. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my book and to leave your lovely comments. It really brightens my world (and makes me all teary!) All the best, Melanie.

  3. Hi Mel, Congratulations! I’ve just finished reading your book by the fireside, having bought a copy in downtown Devonport for Peter for his Christmas present, and I must say it’s been a most excellent, “gripping read” all the way through. What a rare and exceptional talent you have for story-telling! So of course Peter will be receiving it second-hand now (complete with my coffee-stains and some thoughtfully turned pages), but rest assured I won’t spoil the hair-raising surprise-ending for him. I’ve also ordered a copy for David H. in Melbourne, as I know he’ll enjoy it too. Do keep up your creative writing, Mel. I have no doubt all your family and friends in Tasmania will be psychoanalysing this unusual murder mystery for many years! John R.Wilson, Daisy Dell.

  4. Hi Mel,
    I’ve just downloaded and read your book about Nancy’s disappearance and the horrific murder of Victoria. Thank you for documenting this, and not giving up on the search for their killer/s by bringing together the stories and evidence. Have you thought about making a pod cast? Maybe this could draw out more info. I was in my mid teens when Nancy disappeared, and our family living in the region were so hopeful to find answers for her family and tracking down whoever perpetrated this crime that we turned to conducting a call of spirits (seance). We (mum) actually called the police with the information that came from this. My memory is well faded, but I recall DOCS being spelt out and piccaniny at the time. Thought I’d share this to inspire your podcast as there must be more out there to come out and solve this horror. Beaumaris is truly a beautiful spot, but it has been tainted by this unsolved crime and horror. I also took up bike touring when I was 18 and rode the elephant pass a couple of times (watching my back for suspicious characters). However, as outlined I believe by you in your book, it’s unlikely she’d have gone this way as someone would have noticed a bike tourist. I look forward to your podcast and reading Freycinet.

    • Wow Georgi! Thanks so much for writing to me. So many of us remain hopeful that both these cases could be solved. So interesting that you had a seance! As you would have read in my book I tried similar things in my quest for answers. No podcast from me on the horizon, but yes, these cases deserve further publicity.

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