The return of Maggie Byrnes, heroine of Murder in the Telephone Exchange, finds her married, with a young son, and living in an outer Melbourne suburb. But violent death dogs her footsteps even in apparently tranquil Middleburn. It’s perhaps not that much of a surprise when widely disliked local bigwig James Holland (who also happens to be Maggie’s landlord) is shot, but Maggie suspects that someone is also trying to poison the infant who is his heir, and turns sleuth once more to uncover the culprits. First published in 1949, So Bad a Death is June Wright’s second novel, which she originally planned to call Who Would Murder a Baby? Her publishers demurred, but under any title it’s a worthy sequel to Murder in the Telephone Exchange.

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June Wright

June Wright (b. 1919) - Wrote six detective novels between 1948-66, mostly in Melbourne settings and with female detectives. While wrapping food scraps in newspaper she saw an advertisement for a novel competition, run by the London publisher Hutchinson. She won the prize with Murder in the Telephone Exchange and Hutchinson published three of her novels. With Reservation for Murder (1966) she introduced her detective-nun, the formidable Mother Paul. The best of her novels is Faculty of Murder (1961), set in Melbourne University, with Ormond College's tower on the cover.

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Series: Maggie Byrnes

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2015
Blog Currently Reading - DUCK SEASON DEATH, June Wright
Karen Chisholm
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Blog Currently Reading - So Bad a Death, June Wright
Karen Chisholm
Monday, May 4, 2015
Review Review - MURDER IN THE TELEPHONE EXCHANGE, June Wright
Karen Chisholm
Friday, May 2, 2014
Blog CR - Murder in the Telephone Exchange, June Wright
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
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