Dark Passage

Review - THE BIG WHATEVER, Peter Doyle

Author Information
Book Title: 
The Big Whatever
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9781891241444
Series: 
Billy Glasheen
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Historical
Social Commentary
Location: 
Sydney
Publisher: 
Dark Passage
Year of Publication: 
2015

The Big Whatever

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

When it comes to sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll, Billy Glasheen’s always been in the vanguard, but as the swinging 60s turn into the 70s, he’s living a quiet life. He has kids now, and he’s in debt to the mob, so he keeps his head down, driving a cab, running some low-level rackets. He may as well have gone straight, it’s so boring. Then one day everything changes. He finds a trashy paperback in his cab whose plot seems weirdly familiar. Billy himself seems to be a major character in it.

ISBN: 
9781891241444
Location: 
Sydney
Series: 
Billy Glasheen
Publisher: 
Dark Passage
Verse Chorus
Year of Publication: 
2015

Review - SO BAD A DEATH / DUCK SEASON DEATH, June Wright

Author Information
Book Title: 
So Bad a Death
Duck Season Death
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9781891241451
Series: 
Maggie Byrnes
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Golden Age
Location: 
Melbourne
Victoria
Publisher: 
Dark Passage
Year of Publication: 
1949
2015

So Bad A Death

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

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.

ISBN: 
9781891241451
Series: 
Maggie Byrnes
Publisher: 
Dark Passage
Year of Publication: 
2015
1949

Duck Season Death

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

June Wright wrote this lost gem in the mid-1950s, but consigned it to her bottom drawer after her publisher foolishly rejected it. Perhaps it was a little ahead of its time? Because while it’s a tour de force of the classic country-house murder mystery, it’s also a delightful romp, poking fun at the conventions of the genre. When someone takes advantage of a duck hunt to murder publisher Athol Sefton at a remote hunting inn, it soon turns out that virtually everyone, guests and staff alike, had a good reason for shooting him.

ISBN: 
9781891241352
Publisher: 
Dark Passage
Year of Publication: 
2015

Review - MURDER IN THE TELEPHONE EXCHANGE, June Wright

Author Information
Book Title: 
Murder in the Telephone Exchange
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9781891241376
Series: 
Maggie Byrnes
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Accidental Detective
Historical
Special Interests: 
Historical
Location: 
Melbourne
Publisher: 
Dark Passage
Year of Publication: 
2014
1948

Murder in the Telephone Exchange

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

June Wright’s debut stars feisty young telephonist Maggie Byrnes. When one of her more unpopular colleagues at Melbourne Central is murdered – her head bashed in with a “buttinsky,” a piece of equipment used to listen in on phone calls – Maggie resolves to turn sleuth. A couple of her co-workers are acting strangely, and Maggie is convinced she has a better chance of figuring out who is responsible for the killing than the stodgy police team assigned to the case, who seem to think she herself might have had something to do with it.

Location: 
Melbourne
Publisher: 
Dark Passage
Year of Publication: 
2014
1948