Rita Lee Chapman


Rita Lee Chapman was born in the UK and migrated to Australia in her early twenties. It was only when she retired to the Sunshine Coast in Queensland that she wrote her first novel “Missing in Egypt” Book 1 in the Anna Davies Mystery Series.

“This fulfilled a lifelong ambition for me. In primary school I wrote long stories but since then my writing had been restricted to business correspondence, press releases and letters home to my family!

Missing at Sea, is Book 2 in the Anna Davies Mystery Series and Book 3 is Missing in London.

Winston - A Horse's Tale is the story of an Australian horse, Winston, told by himself. It tells of his adventures and experiences as well as those of other horses he meets along life's way. It was the book I had to write and is for all horse lovers from teenagers upwards.

Dangerous Associations and The Poinciana Tree are crime mysteries."

For more information on Rita and her books visit her website at www.ritaleechapman.com

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I didn't publish my first book until I retired, although I had made a few attempts over the years, with a typewriter.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
After doing the rounds of publishers and receiving only rejections, I saw an article about self-publishing on Amazon. Later I learned about Smashwords. Thanks to Smashwords, Kindle and CreateSpace I was able to move my book from the computer to the public.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Rita Lee Chapman online

Where to buy in print


Anna Davies Mystery
Anna Davies is an Australian whose life seems to attract mystery and drama - not to mention a little romance!
Missing in Egypt
Price: $1.25 USD.
Missing at Sea
Price: $3.50 USD.
Missing in London
Price: $3.50 USD.


The Poinciana Tree
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,640. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A tale of raw emotion, desperation and acceptance set around the beautiful Poinciana Tree.
Missing in London
Series: Anna Davies Mystery. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 74,720. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(4.00 from 1 review)
Book #3 in the Anna Davies Mystery Series Anna Davies is working in London as a Senior Editor. Her best-selling author, Arthur Hambledon, has just finished his latest book which he says “will raise some eyebrows.” Then Arthur disappears, along with the manuscript. Anna is determined to find out what has happened to him.
Missing at Sea
Series: Anna Davies Mystery. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 67,930. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(4.00 from 1 review)
Three years on from Egypt, Anna Davies embarks on her first cruise with best friend Sandra. A woman is lost at sea; the ship turns around to search for her, but she has disappeared into the night. Was it suicide? Did she lose her balance and fall - or was there foul play involved? Did her husband push her? Would anyone be able to prove whether this was murder or an unfortunate accident?
Dangerous Associations
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 61,030. Language: Australian English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
An ex-husband, a new love, a stalker. Cathy Thompson’s link to her ex-husband fills her life with threats and intimidation. She must either trap her stalker or find Geoffrey to put an end to her life of fear.
Winston - A Horse's Tale
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 69,690. Language: Australian English. Published: October 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary, Fiction » Classics
(5.00 from 1 review)
One for horse lovers! Winston is a good-looking palomino horse whose life involves several different owners and many adventures. Told by Winston himself, it also includes experiences of other horses he meets along life's way.
Missing in Egypt
Series: Anna Davies Mystery. Price: $1.25 USD. Words: 50,550. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Missing in Egypt will intrigue you with its twists and turns, romance and adventure. Australian Anna Davies travels to Egypt with her lover to help him search for his brother, who disappeared whilst on holiday. The Valley of the Kings, Abu Simbel and the Temple of Karnak are amongst the settings for their search. This fast-paced action

Smashwords book reviews by Rita Lee Chapman

  • The William S Club on Jan. 31, 2013

    I thoroughly enjoyed The William S. Club. Charlotte and Damon were great characters and I couldn't wait to find out what lay behind the William S. Club.
  • Isabelle's Runaway Racehorse on March 26, 2015

    A lovely children’s story, which will appeal to all young children, not just those interested in horses. Victoria has a very natural writing style which shows her love for children and her understanding of the stories they enjoy. I recommend it to parents to include in their reading list.
  • Holes on Oct. 26, 2015

    This Anthology was created by fourteen authors from the Facebook Indie Author Support and Discussion Group and was designed to showcase their writing and creative talents. The theme choses was ‘Holes’ and covers many different facets, from loopholes to memory holes, comedy to pathos. Each writer has approached the subject from such a unique angle that the reader is barely aware of the one word that links them together. Recommended for a week-end read.
  • Pieces Like Pottery on Nov. 21, 2015

    Pottery breaks into pieces if it is smashed. Likewise, people can also break if life deals them a hard blow. In his book, Pieces Like Pottery, Dan Buri explores many facets of life and its dealings, writing with understanding and insight into the pain and suffering so many have to endure. I loved Expect Dragons, it was excellent both in the story and the writing. I also appreciated The Gravesite, Twenty-Two and Father. Not every story appealed to me but overall I would award this book four stars.