What really happened to Mima Joan McKim-Hill in 1967?
Mima and I were friends and work colleagues at the Capricornia Regional Electricity Board in Rockhampton, when Mima disappeared while on the job. She’d been abducted, raped and murdered and her body abandoned.
I tell this personal story, starting with the events leading up to the abduction, and continue through to 40 years later, with the re-evaluation of the evidence by the Queensland Police Service as well as Trevor Sorenson. The outcomes include the unravelling of lies, the exposing of earlier bungles, and, finally, the naming of Mima’s killer.
Review by Richard Kwong, Investigative Journalist: Breathtaking evil, heartbreaking frustration, relentless friendship and an ending you just won’t believe
From Chris (Mima’s boyfriend in 1967): I finished your excellent book yesterday, wow! I’m extremely impressed with your effort as well as that of Trevor Sorenson. The dedication that you both showed in tracking down (the killer) is not only a credit to you both but certainly to Mima.
Bluewolf reviews: http://bluewolf-reviews.com/books/non-fiction/mima/
Nan Van Dissell, reviewer, Bluewolf: A must read for all True Crime fans.
John, retired electrical engineer from CREB: For those who care – the most important book ever written.
Rockhampton: Can Do Books, Stocklands (Part proceeds of sales to Cancer Council Rockhampton)
Brisbane: Folio Books, 133 Mary Street (Cnr Edward).
Perth: Diabolik Books, 149 Scarborough Beach Road, Mt Hawthorn.
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Twenty-Four Seven and its sequel Georgie-Girl are some of my previous works and belong in the fiction genre.
With a background in psychology, I’ve worked mainly in community and welfare sectors in various locations across Australia, most recently with Lifeline WA where I initially trained telephone counsellors and volunteered as one myself. For seven years I also delivered suicide intervention programs across Western Australia.
These experiences were the inspiration behind my book Twenty-Four Seven, and it is dedicated to telephone counsellors, past and present.
From when I began writing essays at school, till I graduated to writing reports at work, I’ve loved playing with words and functioning within the strict confines of English grammar. The world of fiction, though, is entirely another challenge which I’ve been delighted to explore, where breaking the rules is necessary to be authentic.
The title, Twenty-Four Seven, is a play on words, since it is both the name of the telephone counselling agency owned and run by the protagonist, Cherie Dexter, and the length of time her story spans.
Cherie is on call, not only to clients in distress, but also to her aging father, Tom, who is rapidly slipping into dementia. On top of the daily chaos, she must fight to keep the business afloat and her hare-brained partners under control. Just when she thinks nothing else can go wrong, it does, and Cherie finds herself embroiled in a life and death situation that puts all her skills and training to the test.
Could telephone counselling really be this dangerous?
Apart from bookstores, copies of Twenty-Four Seven are available on line from www.shortstoppress.com
Reviews and comments include:
Scoop Magazine: ‘(Twenty-Four Seven) provides an inside view into the extraordinary world of telephone counselling in this gripping thriller.’
West Australian Weekend Magazine: ‘A jaunty, fast-paced read, Twenty-Four Seven provides a remarkable insight into this hitherto strictly confidential world…’
His Excellency, Dr Ken Michael AC, Governor of Western Australia: ‘…a fascinating, enjoyable and engaging story, told very realistically and with great skill.’
Dr Judith Roberts AO, Deputy Chancellor (Ret), Flinders University, Adelaide: ‘The characters are real and leap out of every chapter with life experiences that are relevant to everyone.’
Jane Marrington, English Teacher, Gilmore College, WA: ‘It is an awesome read.’
Dr Jean Foster MD: ‘Congratulations…I haven’t stayed up late to read since I read Harry Potter.’
Fiona Wood, Lifeline Telephone Counsellor: ‘…Great read. Got me from beginning to end.’
Dawn O’Neil, CEO of Lifeline, Australia said: ‘Fascinating…an excellent read which I’m sure readers will find compelling.”
John Harman, Author, Ghostwriter, Scriptwriter, said: “Twenty-Four Seven really moves. The novel is full of pace, action and realistic characters who are living, scheming, and trying to survive in a world few of us know – that of telephone counselling. It’s a great, unputdownable read.”
Twenty-Four Seven was launched through major Lifeline Centres throughout Australia in February and March 2010.
Georgie-Girl is the sequel to Twenty-four Seven. This time, Cherie Dexter is operating from a mining town in Central Queensland.
I initially cut my literary teeth on The Rocky Girl in 2005, writing under my maiden name, Macaree. The Rocky Girl was published to explore life in Central Queensland during the ’50s and ’60s and also to honour the short life of my work colleague, Mima-McKim-Hill of Rockhampton, who, in 1967, was murdered on the job, while working as a home management advisor for the electricity authority. We didn’t know then who killed her, but now we do. Hence: Mima is the outcome.