April, apart from finishing off one book, was 100% Australian author month. Half way through the month it dawned on me that in 2006, when I got the first version of this site up and running, it was a bit tricky to fill an entire month's reading with local books - even with a bit of back catalogue re-reading.
There are some authors whose books arrive and I find myself torn. Between being desperately keen to read and being ever so slightly too scared to read. Add to that a beautiful big black mare as an integral part of the opening scenes and I will confess to being slightly worried / slightly apprehensive. To be reviewed at Newtown Review of Books.
From the Blurb:
It's Christmas morning on the edge of the rugged Mortimer Ranges. Sarah Barnard saddles Tansy, her black mare. She is heading for the bush, escaping the reality of her broken marriage and her bankrupted trail-riding business.
Sarah seeks solace in the ranges. When a flash flood traps her on Devil Mountain, she heads to higher ground, taking shelter in Hangman's Hut.
She settles in to wait out Christmas.
Anybody who knows me will be aware that I'm mathematically challenged. Besides, I hate giving numbers of stars as reviews and Top 5's or 10's or whatever numbers give me heartburn, so instead, I wanted to just re-mention some of the books that made my reading 2012. I was rather pleased to have hit the 120 that I set myself as a goal on Goodreads (in fact if I was up to date with reviews) I reckon that number will end up much closer to 140, which is not a bad effort given that it was a hellishly busy year all round. But enough waffle.
My second thriller from Australian Author Honey (H.M.) Brown
From the Blurb:
It's only by chance that Trudy and Bruce Harrison notice the isolated ocean view gallery on their way home from holiday ... It's not listed on any tourist pamphlet. There are no other visitors. Within the maze of rooms the couple begins to feel uneasy. They are right to. The next few hours will rip them from their safe, comfortable existence forever.
I've been meaning to read this book by Victorian rural author Honey Brown (and not just because she's another Victorian Rural Woman!) for ages, but the arrival of her second book was a substantial reminder!
From the Blurb:
Shannon and Rohan Scott have retreated to their family's cabin in the Australian bush to escape a virus-ravaged world. After months of isolation, Shannon imagines there's nothing he doesn't know about his older brother, or himself - until a stranger slips under their late night watch and past their loaded guns.
Ahead of She Kilda 2011, the Australian Women Crime Writers’ Convention, the Wheeler Centre welcomes some of Australia’s leading crime writers. They discuss why there’s such an appetite for women’s crime writing. Honey Brown, Lindy Cameron, Kerry Greenwood and Angela Savage – four writers at different stages of their careers – discuss all things criminally unladylike.
Honey Brown lives in country Victoria with her husband and two children. Her debut novel, Red Queen, was published in 2009 to critical acclaim and won a 2009 Aurealis Award. Her second, much-anticipated novel, The Good Daugher (2010), was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2011 and shortlisted for the 2011 Barbara Jefferis Award.