> Skip to content
Read an extract
Play sample
  • Published: 21 February 2023
  • ISBN: 9781761048043
  • Imprint: Bantam Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $32.99

Lenny Marks Gets Away With Murder




Kerryn Mayne’s stunning debut is an irresistible novel that’s both chilling and charming, suspenseful and uplifting. And, of course, simply unforgettable…

'With Lenny Marks Gets Away With Murder, Kerryn Mayne makes a very grand entrance into the Australian literary scene. With humour, heart and characters you come to love, this is a book you will devour now, and keep thinking about later!' Sally Hepworth, author of The Good Sister

‘Such a brilliant combination of light and dark, charm and suspense. A debut you won’t forget!’ Candice Fox, author of The Chase
'Devilishly fun: top marks for Lenny Marks!' Benjamin Stevenson, author of Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone

Lenny Marks is good at not remembering.

She has spent the last twenty years not thinking about the day her mother left her when she was still a child. Her stepfather’s parting words, however, remain annoyingly unforgettable: 'You did this.'
Now thirty-seven, Lenny prefers contentment and order over the unreliability of happiness and the messiness of relationships. She fills her days teaching at the local primary school, and her nights playing Scrabble with her pretend housemate, watching reruns of Friends and rearranging her thirty-six copies of The Hobbit.
Recently though, if only to appease her beloved foster-mum, Lenny has set herself the goal of ‘getting a life’.
Then, out of the blue, a letter arrives from the Adult Parole Board. And when her desperate attempts to ignore it fail, Lenny starts to unravel.

Worse, she starts to remember . . .


'An incredible debut which will have you both laughing and crying . . . This is a blackly funny, tender-hearted story of the dark and light of human nature, and ultimately, love, friendship, family and happiness.' Petronella McGovern, author of The Liars
'Kerryn Mayne takes readers on a suspenseful, deeply emotional, and sometimes humorous journey. Lenny is a unique and remarkable character, who will have readers cheering for her from the very first page... This stunning debut marks Mayne as a powerful new voice in Australian fiction.' Lisa Ireland, author of The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan
'Compelling. Mayne breaks your heart and shows how sometimes life’s greatest mystery is the truth of our past.' RWR McDonald

  • Published: 21 February 2023
  • ISBN: 9781761048043
  • Imprint: Bantam Australia
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Kerryn Mayne

Kerryn Mayne is an author, former wedding photographer and current police officer. When not at work attempting to solve crime, she is writing about it or preparing an endless stream of snacks for her four children. Kerryn lives in the bayside suburbs of Melbourne with her husband, children and a highly suspect lovebird. She is the author of two novels: Lenny Marks Gets Away with Murder and Joy Moody Is Out Of Time.

Also by Kerryn Mayne

See all

Praise for Lenny Marks Gets Away With Murder

With Lenny Marks Gets Away With Murder, Kerryn Mayne makes a very grand entrance into the Australian literary scene. With humour, heart and characters you come to love, this is a book you will devour now, and keep thinking about later. Hard to believe it’s a debut! I can’t wait to see what this new Aussie talent comes up with next.

Sally Hepworth

Such a brilliant combination of light and dark, charm and suspense. A debut you won’t forget!

Candice Fox

Devilishly fun: top marks for Lenny Marks!

Benjamin Stevenson

An incredible debut which will have you both laughing and crying. I loved Lenny – a delightful, naive woman, determined to have a stable, predictable life. But life doesn’t work that way. This is a blackly funny, tender-hearted story of the dark and light of human nature, and ultimately, love, friendship, family and happiness.

Petronella McGovern, author of The Liars

In Lenny Marks Gets Away With Murder, Kerryn Mayne takes readers on a suspenseful, deeply emotional, and sometimes humorous journey. Lenny is a unique and remarkable character, who will have readers cheering for her from the very first page and thinking about her long after the book is finished. This stunning debut marks Mayne as a powerful new voice in Australian fiction.

Lisa Ireland, author of The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan

Compelling. Mayne breaks your heart and shows how sometimes life’s greatest mystery is the truth of our past.

R.W.R. McDonald

Awards & recognition

Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Fiction

Shortlisted  •  2023  •  Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Fiction

International Thriller Awards

Finalist  •  2024  •  2024 ITW Thriller Awards

Discover more

Article
Penguin Noir is back with two events in 2024

Learn about two exciting Penguin Random House author showcases this August!

Article
2024 ABIAs shortlist announced

Check out the Penguin Random House books that have been shortlisted for the ABIAs in 2024. The winners will be announced on 9 May 2024.

Article
Debut authors share their best tips for aspiring authors

The Fresh Voices of 2023 share their advice with fellow writers. Whether you’re aspiring to get your book published or looking for writing tips, these words of wisdom will help.

Article
The 2023 debut novel reviewers are raving about

Learn about ‘Lenny Marks Gets Away With Murder’ and check out rave reviews from readers.

Article
10 reasons why everyone should support debut authors

Find out why it’s so important to support authors upon the publication of their first book and meet a few of our 2023 debut authors.

Article
This debut author wrote her book during maternity leave and lockdowns

Kerryn Mayne, author of ‘Lenny Marks Gets Away With Murder’ shares details about her novel, the writing process, and the fact that her four-year-old believes her protagonist is a real person.

Article
Penguin Random House AU celebrates first-ever Penguin Noir event

On 9 August 2023, Penguin Random House AU hosted our first-ever in-house author event for Penguin Noir: A Crime Author Showcase.

Article
The books everyone is talking about in 2023

See the books that readers are obsessing over lately.

Article
What book to gift Mum this Mother’s Day, based on her favourite flower

Find the perfect book based on the blooms she already loves.

Video
Lenny Marks Gets Away With Murder by Kerryn Mayne | OUT NOW

Kerryn Mayne's irresistible debut, Lenny Marks Gets Away With Murder, is chilling yet charming, and suspenseful yet uplifting. Whether you're a crime and mystery lover, or looking for a darkly humorous summer read, this is not one to miss! Lenny Marks is good at not remembering. She has spent the last twenty years not thinking about the day her mother left her when she was still a child. Her stepfather’s parting words, however, remain annoyingly unforgettable: 'You did this.' Now thirty-seven, Lenny prefers contentment and order over the unreliability of happiness and the messiness of relationships. She fills her days teaching at the local primary school, and her nights playing Scrabble with her pretend housemate, watching reruns of Friends and rearranging her thirty-six copies of The Hobbit. Recently though, if only to appease her beloved foster-mum, Lenny has set herself the goal of ‘getting a life’. Then, out of the blue, a letter arrives from the Adult Parole Board. And when her desperate attempts to ignore it fail, Lenny starts to unravel. Worse, she starts to remember . . . Order your copy here: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/lenny-marks-gets-away-with-murder-9781761048043

Video
Lenny Marks Gets Away With Murder by Kerryn Mayne | COMING SOON

Kerryn Mayne's irresistible debut, Lenny Marks Gets Away With Murder, is chilling yet charming, and suspenseful yet uplifting.  Whether you're a crime and mystery lover, or looking for a darkly humorous summer read, this is not one to miss!  Pre-order from our website now: https://www.penguin.com.au/books/lenny-marks-gets-away-with-murder-9781761048043

Article
Add these 2023 books to your TBR list for a year of great reading

Check out the most anticipated books of 2023.