“You’re exaggerating again.”


The instant he said those words, she imagined taking them between her teeth and breaking them to bits.


The country road cut a thin line through the hills. As they drove through the dark, their headlights lit up the terrain in sharp, white tableaus. The low-laying farms of the valley – one of which David had hoped to purchase that day – had given way to eucalypts on either side. They were macabre trees to her North American eyes – skeletal at the bottom, bushy and claustrophobic on top. In the shadows, their trunks struck awkward angles and they grew close to the side of the road like a gangly horde, watching her pass in the dark.


Lyn McFarlane is a Canadian-Australian writer who splits her time between Sydney, Australia and Vancouver Island. She’s a former freelance journalist and holds degrees in economics, journalism and law. Lyn is a member of the Australian Society of Authors and the Crime Writers of Canada, a graduate of The Faber Academy and a mentee with the Australian Writers’ Mentorship Program. Her debut novel The Scarlet Cross won the 2019 Arthur Ellis “Unhanged” award for best unpublished manuscript, sponsored by the Crime Writers of Canada and Toronto’s Dundurn Press. The Scarlet Cross introduces Meredith Griffin, a young emergency nurse who follows a trail of suspicious deaths that leads her straight to the heart of her own hospital.


The Scarlet Cross is the first book in Lyn McFarlane’s crime trilogy, The Griffin Series.


March 2021

Pantera Press acquires world rights to The Scarlet Cross . Read more here >

May 2019

Lyn McFarlane wins the Crime Writers of Canada Arthur Ellis “Unhanged” Prize (Best Unpublished Manuscript) for her debut novel The Scarlet Cross