The setting for the Fitzjohn Mystery series is Sydney. It features Detective Chief Inspector Alistair Fitzjohn, a police officer of the old guard, his methodical, painstaking methods viewed by some as archaic. Nevertheless, over the years, they have brought him success as well as the respect of all but one of his colleagues; Superintendent Grieg, the man Fitzjohn regards as his nemesis.
Fitzjohn lives alone in his Birchgrove sandstone cottage where he escapes the harrowing realities of his job by tending his orchids, a legacy from his late wife, Edith. But he can’t escape his sister, Meg, who is determined to help him through his grief.
His sergeant, Martin Betts, is an eager young detective even though having difficulty when it comes to viewing the unfortunate victims of crime, and occasionally finding himself a pawn in Superintendent Grieg's war against Fitzjohn.
Murder At The Rocks is set mainly around the historic Rocks area of Sydney Harbour, and Circular Quay as shown here.
The settings for The Celtic Dagger, although going further afield at times, are in and around the University of Sydney and the Australian Museum, particularly the Bird Gallery.