Cyanide and Poppies is the second book in an historical crime series featuring ex-Great War nurse Eleanor Jones.
The novel is set in Melbourne in 1923, at the time of the police strike and the spring racing carnival.
When Eleanor and Nicholas come across a murdered journalist at the offices of the Argus newspaper they find that rather too many people had good reason to want the man dead. To get to the truth, Eleanor has to search through a complex web of personalities and events which build to a dangerous conclusion at the Melbourne Cup ball.
Okay - only minor mentions thus far of warm weather, droughts and lack of rain - which is just as well because this is, so far, a very interesting book.
From the Blurb:
Melbourne, 1919. Nurses returning from the Great War are once again risking their lives, this time putting themselves in the firing line of a deadly disease: the Spanish 'Flu.
Death and the Spanish Lady is the first novel in a trilogy featuring Sister Eleanor Jones.
The year is 1919 and Eleanor has returned to Melbourne after nursing in France. Her intention to knit herself up after war is played out against a richly realised Melbourne and undermined by a new and terrifying danger.
Pulp Fiction Press invites Sisters in Crime members & associates to the launch of Davitt Award winning writer Carolyn Morwood's new novel, Death and the Spanish Lady: An Eleanor Jones Mystery, set in Melbourne in 1919 during the flu pandemic.
The book will be launched by Sisters in Crime's own Carmel Shute, at Readings Bookshop, 309 Lygon St, Carlton - on Friday, 9 September 2011, 6pm for 6:30pm.
To help with logistics, please RSVP on 9398 4129 by Wednesday, 7 September 2011.
Lyn Blessing is perplexed. A young woman comes into her second-hand bookshop at the same time each Friday, leafs through the same volume, and leaves. A man arrives shortly after and does exactly the same. What is going on? Lyn decides to find out. A debut novel set in Melbourne.
Caught in a web of complex family ties, Marlo, Melbourne-based professional woman cricketer, is determined to find out if her aunt's death was suicide, or murder. A new crime thriller from the author of "The Blessing File".
When the storm dies down after the death of her aunt Jenny and the suicide of her cousin Cate, Marlo attempts to get on with her life. But when she discovers the body of a tramp bludgeoned to death in a local park, her grief emerges raw and fresh. Reluctant to get drawn into the investigation of another death, Marlo finds she has no choice when the police point the finger at her boss and friend of many years, Harold. Perhaps in solving this new mystery, she will at last be able to put her own ghosts to rest.
About the Author
Carolyn Morwood is a Special Education teacher, living and working in Melbourne, Australia. Her poetry and short stories have been published in the UK and Australia. Her first novel The Blessing File, was published by The Women's Press in 1998 and won the Tom Howard Mystery Novel Contest while A Simple Death won the 2002 Davitt Award for Best Novel.