The Secrets of Palmerston House & The Christmas Key by Phillipa Clark


The Secrets of Palmerston House: A Christie Ryan Romantic Mystery (River's End Book 3)


1853. A fateful game of poker changed the fortunes of two families forever. A home was lost. But what was left behind? 

2018. The wedding of Christie Ryan and Martin Blake is only weeks away and River’s End is buzzing with excitement. 

But when a stranger arrives at Palmerston House, a new mystery arises. How does he know so much about the Ryan family, and what do a nineteenth century diary, a grandfather clock, and an old key have in common?

As a dangerous plot unfolds, long hidden secrets threaten to change everything held dear to the town.

The Secrets of Palmerston House will sweep you on a journey to the past and back, where enduring friendships warm the heart, a sad goodbye brings a new start, and the power of true love shines.

Buy on:


Amazon Aust           Amazon UK




The Christmas Key: A Christie Ryan Romantic Mystery Novella (River's End Book 4)

A hot summer Christmas Day is just around the corner in the Australian seaside town of River’s End. Beachside BBQs and sumptuous dinners are on the menu.

But Martha Blake is like a dog with a bone, determined to solve the last of the cottage mysteries. She and great-niece Christie begin a secret investigation.

Meanwhile, Thomas is busy with his own clues and enlists a reluctant Martin. 

At Palmerston House, loving new couple Elizabeth and Angus face their greatest obstacle, and it might be too much to overcome. 

With everyone working at cross-purposes, who will find themselves in the middle, cast back into memories of a terrible mistake?

Is love enough this time, as the beloved residents of River’s End deal with the fallout of the old mystery? Who, or what, will bring them all together in time for Christmas?

The Christmas Key is a heartwarming novella rounding off the Christie Ryan Romantic Mystery series with the last of the secrets revealed, and delightful Christmas magic to touch the favourite residents of River's End.

Buy on:


Amazon Aust            Amazon UK

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?



Closest so far are research trips to the region my current series is set. Hard work soaking up beautiful, rugged coastline and watching dawn over the Pacific Ocean.

What is the first book that made you cry? 

I cry at everything. Probably Narnia, as a young child. Or any of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books.




Tell us a little bit about your books... 

The Secrets of Palmerston House is the third in the Christie Ryan Romantic Mystery series. Christie loves puzzles and mysteries, but in the lead up to a highly anticipated wedding, they are the last things on her mind. But a stranger arrives to stay at Palmerston House, the grand old home now open for guests. He seems to know a lot about the town, the house, and one of the other long-term guests. Before long, the town is waist-high in speculation as the story goes back and forth to 1853. At the same time, another character is considering her own future in a secondary story which will changes two lives. The end is quite thrilling and if you like a like bit of danger, a dash of suspense, and truckload of romance and mystery, you’ll love The Secrets of Palmerston House.

The Christmas Key is the final book in the Christie Ryan Romantic Mystery series. It is a novella which can be read as a standalone. There is just one more mystery to solve in River’s End and Christie’s great aunt Martha Ryan is the one determined to solve it. Despite being busy in the Christmas rush with her new beauty salon, Christie offers to help, and they begin digging into the past. Meanwhile, at Palmerston House, trouble brews for Elizabeth and Angus at a time when people should be at their closest. When the secret points to a beloved resident, old emotions and long forgotten hurts emerge. What is the key to bringing everyone together?

About Phillipa Nefri Clark

Phillipa lives just outside a beautiful small town in country Victoria, with her two sons, husband, and labrador dog. She also lives in the many worlds of her imagination and stockpiles stories beside her laptop. With a passion for music, the ocean, nature, reading, and writing, she draws on her life experiences to bring colour and depth to her characters.

Her first novel – The Stationmaster’s Cottage – is a multi platform bestseller and has won reader awards and cover design awards. With one series complete, Phillipa is planning a stand-alone novel then a second series within mystery romance. In addition, she writes a paranormal suspense series of short stories.

On the web:

Website      Facebook    Twitter     Author Page