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Marele Day was born in Sydney, and grew up in Pagewood, an industrial suburb. She attended Sydney Girls High School and Sydney Teachers’ College and in 1973 obtained a degree from Sydney University. She has worked as a patent searcher and as a researcher and also taught in elementary school during the 1980s. She has travelled extensively, lived in Italy, France and Ireland, and survived near shipwreck in the Java Sea. She now lives on the New South Wales North coast. Marele Day’s four-book crime-novel series featuring Claudia Valentine, a feminist Sydney-based private investigator, has become a minor classic in Australian crime writing, but her Lambs of God (1998), a departure from the crime genre, was even more highly acclaimed as an original and provocative literary work. Since then, Marele Day has moved away from the crime genre. The Claudia Valentine mystery series, written between 1988 and 1995, includes The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender, The Case of the Chinese Boxes (1990), The Last Tango of Delores Delgado (1993) and The Disappearances of Madelana Grimaldi (1995). She is the editor of How to Write Crime (1996). She was awarded the Shamus Award by the Private Eye Writers of America (PWA) for the best detective fiction genre novels and short stories of the year for The Life and Crimes of Harry Lavender (1988) .