These are great stories, featuring really good characters, with a particularly strong feeling of both time and place. Needless to say, THE SCENT OF MURDER is an outstanding example of what's really really good about Australian crime writing.
The structure of trilogies must have some appeal for McKinty, not just because he has previous form. From the outside you can see that it could be quite a challenge to build a character's life and explore events in a proscribed number of books. And then it's over.
Carter's first novel featuring Cato Kwong, PRIME CUT, had him exiled to the Stock Squad in the back blocks of regional WA, doing penance. GETTING WARMER has him back in Perth, just as things weather-wise and crime-wise start to heat up.
The author of ON CRINGILA HILL has worked as a high school principal for twenty years, and been involved in Aboriginal eduation for most of his adult life, becoming the inaugural chairperson of the Aboriginal Education Reference Group. Which did seem to make this, his first crime novel, an intriguing prospect.
I've never seen the movie WOLF CREEK and undoubtedly never will. The idea of extreme violence, cruelty and madness on the page is one thing, visually another completely different for this reader anyway.
Said it before, should say it again. Will read anything Stuart MacBride publishes... eventually. And yes I know they are extremely violent, dark, with a warped sense of humour and slightly mad edge. What, therefore, is not to love.
Doing a serious amount of reading catching up over the weekend. Well around moving pigs, moving chicks, cleaning out brooders, chasing the guinea fowl over the fence and carting around a very elderly dog....
Feeling a little bit guilty about the fact that we got through this dreadful weekend unscathed - I've spent most of the time listening to the scanner, wondering why on earth people think websites are the way to go with this sort of emergency level, and reading.
Third book in the extremely excellent Dr Dody McCleland series which combines strong plots, good characters, a touch of romantic attraction and a good strong dose of the reality of life for women in the Suffragette era.
Three crime writers – Jane Clifton, Kathryn Ledson and Maurilia Meehan – talk about how their sleuths are challenging and subverting conventions (and having lots of fun doing it) with Sisters in Crime convenor Jacqui Horwood.
It was a very good Christmas / New Year Break with just enough hot weather to make me stay inside, watch the cricket, and read some fabulous books. So I'm doing a bit of catch up as many of these are still from last year.