AustCrimeFiction - All Posts https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/ en Prior Violations, Jonathan Macpherson https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/prior-violations-jonathan-macpherson <div data-history-node-id="15261" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Prior Violations, Jonathan Macpherson </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Thursday, September 24, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Having been lucky enough to be offered a copy of PRIOR VIOLATIONS for review I was intrigued to see it come with it's own curated Spotify music list. Made for a particularly unusual reading experience although the music would probably mean more to fans of American TV and movies, nearly all of which I've not seen.</p> <p>PRIOR VIOLATIONS is the prequel novella to BRAZEN VIOLATIONS, both of them are high-octane, action based thrillers in styling, dark and violent with a believable, sympathetic central character. Given the restricted length of a novella, there's no mucking about with PRIOR VIOLATIONS, right from the start you're knee deep in some very dodgy goings on.</p> <p>Not that Mitch Walker is a dodgy character, he's just down on his luck, jobless, and a bit lost; when his sister and his desperately ill nephew are involved in a hit and run, at the same time that a mildly pissed Mitch intervenes in an armed robbery in progress, and he goes from hero, to a heap of trouble in a very short space of time.</p> <p>This novella leads onto a fuller story around Mitch in BRAZEN VIOLATIONS, where Mitch is still stepping in to help his family, generating a world of pain and complications for himself in the process. It's a nice balance of high-octane, big bad guys against one good guy in a fight for right style of storytelling. More than enough action, with a touch of a cinematic feel to it, there's also some human compassion to offset the "what the" moments. Not enough to make it a movie script in the reading, just enough to make you think about who would star in that movie should it ever come to pass.</p> <p>PRIOR VIOLATIONS is a great read if you're a fan of big action, big threat, big everything styled thriller, especially if you don't mind your hero a bit on the flawed but good bloke side of humanity.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/prior-violations-jonathan-macpherson" data-a2a-title="Prior Violations, Jonathan Macpherson"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Fprior-violations-jonathan-macpherson&amp;title=Prior%20Violations%2C%20Jonathan%20Macpherson"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15188" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/prior-violations" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/prior-violations.jpg?itok=132wI1N1" width="138" height="220" alt="Prior Violations" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/jonathan-macpherson" hreflang="en">Jonathan Macpherson</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9798633184969</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Mitch Walker's week starts strangely enough when, half drunk, he finds himself intervening in an armed robbery. The bizarre outcome of this encounter does nothing to prepare him for what lies ahead in the coming days. Heart breaking events lead him down a dangerous path into the ruthless LA underworld, where his chances of survival are slim.</p> <p>If you love edge of your seat tension, strap yourself in for 𝑷𝒓𝒊𝒐𝒓 𝑽𝒊𝒐𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2319" hreflang="en">#terroraustralis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/9" 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</div> </div> Thu, 24 Sep 2020 03:43:59 +0000 Karen 15261 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/prior-violations-jonathan-macpherson#comments Either Side of Midnight, Benjamin Stevenson https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/either-side-midnight-benjamin-stevenson <div data-history-node-id="15253" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--4"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Either Side of Midnight, Benjamin Stevenson </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Wednesday, September 23, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Benjamin Stevenson's first book featuring documentary maker Jack Quick was a revelation, particularly when considered again, in hindsight, from the viewpoint of the second novel in the series. Quoting from my own review of GREENLIGHT at the time:</p> <blockquote> <p>"There's a something about GREENLIGHT that feels like a non-too-subtle dig at the commercialisation of true crime. There's always been a sub-set of true crime writing that's been about the crims, their exploits, personalities and too big to be believable criminal histories. Ranging from reflective and analytical in style, to tongue in cheek, many books and programs seem to have contributed to the rise of the "celebrity criminal".</p> <p>It's no surprise then that the rise and rise of the true crime investigative journalist is increasingly leaking over into the crime fiction realm, with GREENLIGHT by debut Australian author Benjamin Stevenson introducing documentary maker Jack Quick doing a major TV program on the murder of Eliza Daley. "</p> </blockquote> <p>Hinted at by me then, but discussed more succinctly by fellow AustCrime contributor Andrea Thompson is the central character of Jack Quick:</p> <blockquote> <p>"The mental health issues raised in this novel are not often addressed in fiction in relation to the males of our species. This is quite enlightening to read of, as negotiating your everyday working life around a full blown eating disorder is just another difficulty to your day. Jack’s character and life outside of his career are fully fleshed, and the read is all the better for it."</p> </blockquote> <p>Those mental health issues are explored more in EITHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT, from multiple perspectives, and it's the realisation that this is what's occurring that made this novel a serious page turner.</p> <blockquote> <p>"At 9.01pm, TV presenter Sam Midford delivers the monologue for his popular current affairs show Midnight Tonight. He seems nervous and the crew are convinced he's about to propose to his girlfriend live on air.</p> <p>Instead he pulls out a gun and shoots himself in the head."</p> </blockquote> <p>First assumptions are obviously suicide, but it's Sam's twin brother Harry who is convinced his brother was murdered. Convinced enough to hire now disgraced TV producer Jack Quick to investigate. That investigation is intertwined with the story of two struggling families. The twin brothers (born either side of midnight / hence the title of the novel) who have had a fractious, difficult relationship, in part initially it seems because ... brothers; but something was triggered by an event in their teenage years which has come back to bite them big time in the present. The other family is Jack's own. There's enough in this novel to fill in some of the background to Jack's torment and his mental health and physical challenges, although the extent of the damage is even more understandable if you've read the first novel.</p> <p>The truth of what happened in that TV studio, and why, goes to human behaviour that's had more attention in recent years, with some high profile cases in real life. Impossible to discuss here without major spoilers, there is a point at which the reader may very well work out the who and why, and even have some insight into the how, but the devastation, and destructive forces unleashed by this behaviour are part of what made this such a page turner.</p> <p>Along the way there's yet more insight into the damage that unresolved, or unaddressed, mental health issues can cause. It's good to see this approached from a male perspective in this case, but there's plenty here to be learnt about the human condition overall.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/either-side-midnight-benjamin-stevenson" data-a2a-title="Either Side of Midnight, Benjamin Stevenson"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Feither-side-midnight-benjamin-stevenson&amp;title=Either%20Side%20of%20Midnight%2C%20Benjamin%20Stevenson"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--5"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15191" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--7"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/either-side-midnight" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/either-side-midnight.jpg?itok=71nJ-DkK" width="144" height="220" alt="Either Side of Midnight" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/benjamin-stevenson" hreflang="en">Benjamin Stevenson</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9780143795643</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--8"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>An electrifying thriller with a mind-bending premise: One million viewers witness a popular TV presenter commit suicide live on air - yet his twin brother is convinced it was murder.</p> <p>How can it be murder when the victim pulled the trigger?</p> <p>At 9.01 pm, TV presenter Sam Midford delivers the monologue for his popular current affairs show Mr Midnight. He seems nervous and the crew are convinced he’s about to propose to his girlfriend live on air.</p> <p>Instead, he pulls out a gun and shoots himself in the head.</p> <p>Sam’s grief-stricken brother Harry is convinced his brother was murdered. But how can that be, when one million viewers witnessed Sam pull the trigger?</p> <p>Only Jack Quick, a disgraced television producer in the last days of a prison sentence, is desperate enough to take Harry’s money to investigate.</p> <p>But as Jack starts digging, he finds a mystery more complex than he first assumed. And if he’s not careful, he'll find out first-hand that there’s more than one way to kill someone . . </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2319" hreflang="en">#terroraustralis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5196" hreflang="en">Either Side of Midnight</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/690" hreflang="en">Benjamin Stevenson</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--6"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--6--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--6--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--6--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-8e0b939de78786285c43b76667df8a25b8b699b8feed014c72c0476cb868b3ef"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/either-side-midnight-benjamin-stevenson" hreflang="en">Either Side of Midnight, Benjamin Stevenson</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Wednesday, September 23, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15253&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="uLKjIwaE03v3ZFusmuCkq_5WviFCSi9ICnkX7TKTEy0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">Yes</div> </div> </div> Wed, 23 Sep 2020 03:49:51 +0000 Karen 15253 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/either-side-midnight-benjamin-stevenson#comments Hopjoy Was Here, Colin Watson https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/hopjoy-was-here-colin-watson <div data-history-node-id="15250" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--7"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Hopjoy Was Here, Colin Watson </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Thursday, September 17, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The third novel in the Flaxborough series, I've always thought that it was here that Colin Watson declared his hand and intentions most firmly. Everything about this novel is slightly wacky, very English in humour and stylings, and slyly clever.</p> <p>As you will get from the opening line of the blurb:</p> <blockquote> <p>The gripping sight of four burly policeman manhandling a bath down the front path of a respectable villa isn't one the residents of Flaxborough see every day.</p> </blockquote> <p>One would hope not, else the net curtains subsequently referred to would fray from all the twitching, and neighbours would hyperventilate from all the "making observations to Chief Inspector Purbright and Sergeant Love". Mind you it's not every day they come across a pair quite like nice Mr Gordon Periam, mild-mannered tobacconist, owner of the residence post the death of his mother; and the rather less nice, and therefore infinitely more comment worthy, Mr Brian Hopjoy, traveller, alleged spy and all round cad.</p> <p>It would be too easy to provide spoilers about why the bath, why the interest in the backyard at number 14 Beatrice Avenue, and exactly who has gone missing (which is a matter of some conjecture for quite some time). But suffice to say that by the time a couple of government spooks are on the scene, everything goes a bit too James Bond for Purbright's taste, to say nothing of what it does to his senior officer.</p> <p>As is the case with this series, you do need to remember that this novel was first published in 1962 (going on to win a Silver Dagger from the British CWA), so some of the observations of womanly attributes are more than a bit distasteful in this day and age, and some of the humour pushes the the bounds of political correctness to the point where some readers may find themselves more than a bit startled.</p> <p>Having come to the series sometime in the '70's (luckily as I doubt I'd have snuck it past parental supervision in the early '60s), I've always been utterly beguiled by the wry, witty, slightly lunatic stylings of the novels, and HOPJOY WAS HERE has been a bit of a favourite because the plot is so devilishly clever to boot.</p> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/hopjoy-was-here-colin-watson" data-a2a-title="Hopjoy Was Here, Colin Watson"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Fhopjoy-was-here-colin-watson&amp;title=Hopjoy%20Was%20Here%2C%20Colin%20Watson"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--8"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15212" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--5"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/hopjoy-was-here" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/hopjoy-was-here.jpg?itok=2FWsa5HO" width="144" height="220" alt="Hopjoy Was Here" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/colin-watson" hreflang="en">Colin Watson</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781788420143</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4365" hreflang="en">Flaxborough Chronicles</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">3</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--6"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>The gripping sight of four burly policeman manhandling a bath down the front path of a respectable villa isn’t one the residents of Flaxborough see every day.</strong></p> <p>Net curtains twitch furiously, and neighbours have observations to make to Chief Inspector Purbright and Sergeant Love about the inhabitants of 14, Beatrice Avenue. Nice Gordon Periam, the mild-mannered tobacconist, and his rather less nice (in fact a bit of a bounder) lodger Brian Hopjoy had apparently shared the house amicably.</p> <p>But now neither man is to be found and something very disagreeable seems to be lurking in the drains… Then a couple of government spooks turn up, one with an eye for the ladies – the drama is acquiring overtones of a Bond movie!</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5192" hreflang="en">Flaxborough Series</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5193" hreflang="en">Hopjoy Was Here</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4366" hreflang="en">Colin Watson</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5194" hreflang="en">England</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/35" hreflang="en">United Kingdom</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--9"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--9--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--9--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--9--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-7e93e53892c28c2c681623122129b0900b8b7b9456157902d187467fc55f7537"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/hopjoy-was-here-colin-watson" hreflang="en">Hopjoy Was Here, Colin Watson</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Thursday, September 17, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15250&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="PVhQ2ZOJVEvHWZ5KrOPfWm-I0I0ZmXK63ORGNviYsc8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Thu, 17 Sep 2020 05:42:03 +0000 Karen 15250 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/hopjoy-was-here-colin-watson#comments Thief of Time, Terry Pratchett https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/thief-time-terry-pratchett <div data-history-node-id="15249" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--10"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Thief of Time, Terry Pratchett </h2> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Friday, September 11, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Book 26 in the overall series, number 5 in the Death sub-series, and I've not regretted a single second of the time spent listening to the audio of the Discworld novels from start to finish. This one contains one of my all time favourite Terry Pratchett quotes, with the exchange that leads up to it for context:</p> <blockquote> <p>"They're going to do something to time? I thought they weren't allowed to do things like that."<br /><br /> NO. BUT HUMANS CAN. IT HAS BEEN DONE ONCE BEFORE.<br /><br /> "No one would be that stu---"<br /><br /> Susan stopped. Of course someone would be that stupid. Some humans would do anything to see if it was possible to do it. If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying "End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH," the paint wouldn't even have time to dry.</p> </blockquote> <p>THIEF OF TIME gets very existential as the Monks of History, whose job it is to see that tomorrow happens, are up against the Auditors, who would much prefer that humanity stops it with all the unpredictability. Luckily Lu Tze, the Swepper, has dealt with this sort of carry on before, and his new apprentice Lobsang Ludd is gifted, in ways he doesn't even know about. Of course Susan is there to put things into perspective, and hand out the gold stars or standing in a corner moments, whilst Death, well finds himself in danger of being out of a job and that simply will not do.</p> <p>Madcap as always, but again with a message buried just below the surface, THIEF OF TIME was listening time well spent.</p> <p> </p> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/thief-time-terry-pratchett" data-a2a-title="Thief of Time, Terry Pratchett"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Fthief-time-terry-pratchett&amp;title=Thief%20of%20Time%2C%20Terry%20Pratchett"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--11"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15144" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--15"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/thief-time" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/thief-time.jpg?itok=UgxdYKnQ" width="220" height="220" alt="The Thief of Time" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/terry-pratchett" hreflang="en">Terry Pratchett</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/804" hreflang="en">2008</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2080" hreflang="en">Discworld</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">26</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--16"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Monks of History live in a Tibetan sort of area known as "enlightenment country." Their job: "to see that tomorrow happens at all." A mysterious Lady wants time-obsessed Jeremy Clockson to build a totally accurate glass clock. It will trap time and stop it, eliminating humanity's irritating unpredictability. This would make the Auditors, who observe the universe and enforce the rules governing it, very happy. It would also put Death out of a job, which the Grim Reaper isn't happy about. Fortunately, the History Monks have encountered this situation before; in fact, Lu Tze, the Sweeper, has personally dealt with it before. Even better, he has a new, gifted apprentice, Lobsang Ludd, the "thief of time." This time, they'll stop trouble before it can start! To add chaos to the mix, there's the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse--the one who quit before they became famous.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4911" hreflang="en">#discworld</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2325" hreflang="en">Discworld</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2323" hreflang="en">#fantasy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/3706" hreflang="en">Fantasy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5191" hreflang="en">Thief of Time</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2081" hreflang="en">Terry Pratchett</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--12"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--12--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--12--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--12--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-a16ede810891dcb79498788487b3798747c4f22bb89ea7c68c3b12937e31e356"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/thief-time-terry-pratchett" hreflang="en">Thief of Time, Terry Pratchett</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Friday, September 11, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15249&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="zlL7bHTzgIQysrFsz6bAg2uMqtpEMxk6AH5BHyJBzxA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Fri, 11 Sep 2020 04:31:07 +0000 Karen 15249 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/thief-time-terry-pratchett#comments The Black Beacon Book of Mystery (short story complilation) https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/black-beacon-book-mystery-short-story-complilation <div data-history-node-id="15248" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--13"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Black Beacon Book of Mystery (short story complilation) </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Friday, September 11, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Short story collections are one of my favourite things, ideal to dip in and out of (very useful right now at Tour de France time when I'm awake way too late and easily distracted), and they are all the more enjoyable when populated by a rich variety of storytelling styles and subjects. As is the case with the BLACK BEACON BOOK OF MYSTERY.</p> <p>Made up of a couple of novella length stories, surrounded by some really interesting forms of shorter crime fiction, this is a combination of original and reprinted tales that range from noir to police procedural, from locked room to armchair detectives. There's a bit of something here for everyone. Fans of some of these authors will note it includes the second Oscar Tremont novella (set in Walhalla in the goldfields of rural Victoria, its the perfect setting for an investigator of the strange and inexplicable).</p> <p>Thoroughly enjoyed all the entries in this collection, with some of the standouts being the ultimate armchair detective story that was 50 by Josh Pachter, THE GHOSTS OF WALHALLA by Cameron Trost, the setting and the sensibility of this one was spot on, and the very creepy AVOCA MANSION by Duncan Richardson (nothing to do with the town down the road from me), this had another great sense of place, and style that was perfectly executed, and the Sherlock Holmes setting of THE CASE OF THE REVERSE THIEF by Paulene Turner which felt, read and seemed like an original story.</p> <p>As always though, it's not fair to just pick out a few stories in one of these sorts of collections. There's plenty here for fans of all sorts of settings, writing styles and scenarios. Highly recommended for crime fiction readers everywhere.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/black-beacon-book-mystery-short-story-complilation" data-a2a-title="The Black Beacon Book of Mystery (short story complilation)"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Fblack-beacon-book-mystery-short-story-complilation&amp;title=The%20Black%20Beacon%20Book%20of%20Mystery%20%28short%20story%20complilation%29"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--14"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15184" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--20"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/black-beacon-book-mystery" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/black-beacon-book-mystery.jpg?itok=MzweXMpe" width="149" height="220" alt="The Black Beacon Book of Mystery" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/cameron-trost" hreflang="en">Cameron Trost</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/jon-matthew-farber" hreflang="en">Jon Matthew Farber</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/brian-e-guyll" hreflang="en">Brian E. Guyll</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/paulene-turner" hreflang="en">Paulene Turner</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/kurt-newton" hreflang="en">Kurt Newton</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/robert-allen-lupton" hreflang="en">Robert Allen Lupton</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/duncan-richardson" hreflang="en">Duncan Richardson</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/mike-adamson" hreflang="en">Mike Adamson</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/john-m-floyd" hreflang="en">John M. Floyd</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/josh-pachter" hreflang="en">Josh Pachter</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/robert-petyo" hreflang="en">Robert Petyo</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/m-h-norris" hreflang="en">M. H. Norris</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/david-tallerman" hreflang="en">David Tallerman</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9780992321130</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--21"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The first Black Beacon Book of Mystery brings you original and reprinted tales from locked-room mysteries and armchair detective puzzles to noir adventures and police investigations. It includes a brilliant Sherlock Holmes pastiche and the second Oscar Tremont novella. This is the perfect anthology for the avid mystery fan. Follow the clues, put all the pieces together, and solve the case before the detective. The game's afoot!</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2319" hreflang="en">#terroraustralis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5190" hreflang="en">The Black Beacon Book of Mystery</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--15"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--15--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--15--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--15--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-d71252da80b7fd14d3a573c3687546df0903b399700099ed5022f21dbe16fe24"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/black-beacon-book-mystery-short-story-complilation" hreflang="en">The Black Beacon Book of Mystery (short story complilation)</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Friday, September 11, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15248&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="u74ZykTz6k1m2qN1fqQV9h7_WJmArRu1fARxMraKDZs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Fri, 11 Sep 2020 03:14:27 +0000 Karen 15248 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/black-beacon-book-mystery-short-story-complilation#comments The Murder Club, Nikki Crutchley https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/murder-club-nikki-crutchley <div data-history-node-id="15247" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--16"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Murder Club, Nikki Crutchley </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Wednesday, September 9, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Miller Hatcher made her debut as a character in NOTHING BAD HAPPENS HERE. In my review of that book I noted that she was "a flawed character, frequently almost pathetic, but there's enough in her back story, and the way her problems presented to make her understandable, if not completely sympathetic, and as a result absolutely real". In this second novel, THE MURDER CLUB, she's more stable, together, and focused, and taking some responsibility for her life and her mistakes. And still absolutely real. So real, that the fear she feels over the death of women who live alone, and her anger about those deaths, being compounded by the killer obviously knowing where she lives (he's delivering letters to explain his actions direct to her door), is palpable. And understandable.</p> <p>This author has a particular expertise in character creation. She's not afraid to make some people tricky, complicated and very flawed at times. As with the earlier novel Hatcher is an investigative journalist, known for her work on other crime stories, with a good friend in the police force, Kahu Parata, who is again part of the investigation into the inexplicable killing of women in a small town setting. Everyone knows the victims, and more soberingly, everyone must know the killer. Meanwhile Cassie Hughes is a troubled young woman, whose own mother was murdered years ago. She's vowed to find that killer, identified by a possible name only, and Miller has agreed to use her role as a journalist on the local paper to bring the cold case some much needed attention and focus.</p> <p>All the while there's an odd bloke in town, son of a local "identity" family, whose own sister was murdered many years ago, leaving him obsessed with True Crime in a most peculiar manner.</p> <p>Whilst it absolutely never hurts to read a series in order (and NOTHING BAD HAPPENS HERE is very readable), there is backstory to Hatcher in this one, plenty of hark backs to the past, and enough of the ongoing fallout to give readers a pretty good feeling for who she is, and what she's dealing with. The past and present relationships are well catered for, the tensions in the small town, and in the newsroom described perfectly, and there are more than enough potential suspects, weird goings on, and nasty types lurking around to keep you thinking you've nailed the perpetrator, but then again maybe not, for most of the novel.</p> <p>The letters from the killer to Hatcher aren't too "in the mind of the serial killer" in styling, and this is very much a novel about the damage done in childhood and the outward ordinariness of evil. The ultimate resolution of who the "Scarf Killer" is and why is heartbreaking on one level and horrible on another.</p> <p>This is one of those series that fans of good, character based, crime fiction should take note of.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/murder-club-nikki-crutchley" data-a2a-title="The Murder Club, Nikki Crutchley"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Fmurder-club-nikki-crutchley&amp;title=The%20Murder%20Club%2C%20Nikki%20Crutchley"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--17"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15165" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--25"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/murder-club" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/murder-club.jpg?itok=zRhbLfeR" width="147" height="220" alt="The Murder Club" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/nikki-crutchley" hreflang="en">Nikki Crutchley</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5119" hreflang="en">Miller Hatcher</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">3</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--26"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>A dead body. An anonymous letter. This is only the beginning.</strong></p> <p>‘Not all evil, on the surface, is ugly and menacing. It doesn’t always lurk in city centres after dark. It mows your lawns, frequents your local pub, takes its kids to school and contributes to communities.’</p> <p>When the first letter arrives saying that ‘tonight it begins’, journalist Miller Hatcher ignores it. But then the body of a murdered woman is discovered, strangled, a scarf around her neck.</p> <p>Cassie Hughes has always vowed to find the man who murdered her mother. Cassie knows he’s out there and wants him to pay, and Miller agrees to bring the cold case back into the public’s eye.</p> <p>Logan Dodds has been obsessed with true crime ever since his sister was murdered thirty years ago. He has turned his obsession into a career and has created the True Crime Enthusiasts Club and his newest venture, True Crime Tours.</p> <p>The lives of Miller, Cassie and Logan – all affected differently by murder – become entwined as The Scarf Killer, desperate for infamy, and Miller’s attention, makes his mark on the small town of Lentford.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5176" hreflang="en">#review #crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5026" hreflang="en">#newzealand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5189" hreflang="en">The Murder Club</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/232" hreflang="en">Nikki Crutchley</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--18"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--18--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--18--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--18--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-6d52bbd1199a9a379f228be795e756040674f2de1bf4df4fe469e9d059135127"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/murder-club-nikki-crutchley" hreflang="en">The Murder Club, Nikki Crutchley</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Wednesday, September 9, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15247&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="dyvq_c-PTeELafb_IuerkOPJeLvBBzVMVc6ZWB3stL0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Wed, 09 Sep 2020 04:19:16 +0000 Karen 15247 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/murder-club-nikki-crutchley#comments The Night Whistler, Greg Woodland https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/night-whistler-greg-woodland <div data-history-node-id="15246" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--19"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Night Whistler, Greg Woodland </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, September 8, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Recently busted back down to the rank of Constable, Mick Goodenough is the newest cop in town.  Once a detective always a detective though, and it’s impossible for the experienced investigator not to speak up when it appears that his new colleagues are ignoring the sinister signs of an escalating killer. The Night Whistler takes the reader back to 1960’s Moorabool, New South Wales.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Mick soon discovers that the job of policing country Moorabool mostly involves managing domestic disturbances, investigating low level crimes, tolerating a little political argy bargy and attending to the petty grievances of those that live in the town and surrounds.  All pretty standard.  A pet killer may have largely slid by unnoticed in the past but to Mick who has worked more serious crimes in his recent career, red flags like these should never be ignored.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Hal Humphries and his family are also recent additions to Moorabool.  Having upped sticks for a new career opportunity, Hal’s father is doing his best to fit in into the rural community.  It’s not as easy for a stay at home mother or two small boys however to assimilate, and Hal isn’t oblivious to the increasing tension between his parents.  When Hal’s mother starts getting creepy late night phone calls on the nights that her husband is away, the Humphries only have one person willing to take them seriously – Probationary Constable Mick Goodenough.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Night Whistler is one of those books that shows promise for future works.  If this was to be the first novel in a series, it would be good news.  There’s plenty of threading for a continuing series, and the narrative split between an adult (Mick) and child (Hal) gives both a resident’s view and a police view of the crime as it appears to both at their level of understanding.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It’s seems a bit odd to describe a crime novel as nostalgic and charming but in parts The Night Whistler achieves this, doling out the hokey language of 1960’s Australia which would seem contrived and blustering if coming out of the mouths of modern characters.  Set in less enlightened times, the novel does duck and weave around other issues such as gender inequality, racial intolerances, adultery and small town corruption.  None are delved into too deeply but these elements are all present, as you would expect.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Night Whistler is an amiable read that in other times would perhaps be described as a good yarn. What it does particularly well is establish itself in a certain era where it is easy enough to imagine that rural policing did not involve a lot of sensitivity in its execution.  The bush descriptions evocatively bring forth the dust and the insects, bored local kids and disenchanted wives.  The Night Whistler isn’t afraid to go a little gorey in the kills, both human and animal, which does jar a little with how the rest of the novel is gently styled.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Kudos to the cover art designer – what could be creepier than an old vintage caravan abandoned in a country paddock?</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The Night Whistler is the debut novel of career screenwriter and director Greg Woodland.  The Night Whistler is published by <a href="https://www.textpublishing.com.au/books/the-night-whistler">Text Publishing</a>. </span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/night-whistler-greg-woodland" data-a2a-title="The Night Whistler, Greg Woodland"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Fnight-whistler-greg-woodland&amp;title=The%20Night%20Whistler%2C%20Greg%20Woodland"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--20"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15236" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--23"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/night-whistler-greg-woodland" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/the%20night%20whistler.jpg?itok=QphPzrum" width="144" height="220" alt="old style caravan" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/greg-woodland" hreflang="en">Greg Woodland</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781922330093</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--24"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The summer of 1966–7. Hal and his little brother have just come to live in Moorabool. They’re exploring the creek near their new home when they find the body of a dog.</p> <p>Not just dead, but killed.</p> <p>Not just killed, but horribly maimed.</p> <p>Constable Mick Goodenough, recently demoted from his big-city job as a detective, is also new in town—and one of his dogs has gone missing. Like other pets around the town.</p> <p>He knows what it means when someone tortures animals to death. They’re practising. So when Hal’s mother starts getting late-night phone calls—a man whistling, then hanging up—Goodenough, alone among the Moorabool cops, takes her seriously. But will that be enough to keep her and her young sons safe?</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4877" hreflang="en">#ruralthriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4782" hreflang="en">#crime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5082" hreflang="en">#debut</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--21"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--21--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--21--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--21--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-d069948c11cceb8316670fcb2b574f8baa0789ba338a099d92693ef4ae085d01"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/night-whistler-greg-woodland" hreflang="en">The Night Whistler, Greg Woodland</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, September 8, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15246&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="t7AiKDuVTMxTOIZUm6oxZvwCIC45vh22B5hf2JOUCFU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Tue, 08 Sep 2020 11:35:10 +0000 Andrea Thompson 15246 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/night-whistler-greg-woodland#comments The Truth, Terry Pratchett https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/truth-terry-pratchett <div data-history-node-id="15243" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--22"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Truth, Terry Pratchett </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, September 8, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A Discworld take on crime fiction, THE TRUTH features William de Worde, Discworld's first investigative journalist. A job which came about more by accident than desire, but one that he turns out to be remarkedly good at. With assistance from his staff, and the unintentional help of some dark forces who stupidly try to plot the overthrow of Lord Vetinari.</p> <p>When I was grabbing the blurb for this novel from Goodreads I noticed somebody had posted this quote:</p> <p>“There are, it has been said, two types of people in the world. There are those who, when presented with a glass that is exactly half full, say: this glass is half full. And then there are those who say: this glass is half empty.</p> <p>The world belongs, however, to those who can look at the glass and say: What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass! Who's been pinching my beer?</p> <p>And at the other end of the bar the world is full of the other type of person, who has a broken glass, or a glass that has been carelessly knocked over (usually by one of the people calling for a larger glass) or who had no glass at all, because he was at the back of the crowd and had failed to catch the barman's eye. ”</p> <p>And therein you've got a feeling for the style, and the firmly tongue in cheek manner of observational commentary that inhabits the Discworld novels. THE TRUTH is the 25th novel in the entire series, and the 2nd in the sub-set referred to as "Industrial Revolution". It's funny (as always), it's clever (as always) and I do like William de Worde's character. And the entire supporting cast, although in this one the Guard plays a very small part, and even Vetinari, who is after all, being framed for all sorts of things in an effort to remove him, is somewhat shadowy. Of course, the villain(s) of the piece - Mr Pin and Mr Tulip are exactly the sort of Mr Wint and Mr Kidd character's you'd expect.</p> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/truth-terry-pratchett" data-a2a-title="The Truth, Terry Pratchett"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Ftruth-terry-pratchett&amp;title=The%20Truth%2C%20Terry%20Pratchett"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--23"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15143" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--28"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/truth-0" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/truth_0.jpg?itok=lgbBCMqp" width="220" height="220" alt="The Truth" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/terry-pratchett" hreflang="en">Terry Pratchett</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1135" hreflang="en">2000</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2080" hreflang="en">Discworld</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">25</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--29"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>There's been a murder. Allegedly. William de Worde is the Discworld's first investigative journalist. He didn't mean to be - it was just an accident. But, as William fills his pages with reports of local club meetings and pictures of humorously shaped vegetables, dark forces high up in Ankh-Morpork's society are plotting to overthrow the city's ruler, Lord Vetinari.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2323" hreflang="en">#fantasy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/3706" hreflang="en">Fantasy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2325" hreflang="en">Discworld</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4911" hreflang="en">#discworld</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5187" hreflang="en">The Truth</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2081" hreflang="en">Terry Pratchett</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--24"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--24--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--24--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--24--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-b446d08a660ce11ebefaf67a3139e530fd8dc592a3d48f99acf9c18e45ff3502"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/truth-terry-pratchett" hreflang="en">The Truth, Terry Pratchett</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, September 8, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15243&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="GcRsL7PoGEVGrErOy5v4Qo6dbIKFx3JUteyQfsztXC4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Tue, 08 Sep 2020 01:31:11 +0000 Karen 15243 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/truth-terry-pratchett#comments Becoming, Michelle Obama https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/becoming-michelle-obama <div data-history-node-id="15255" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--25"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Becoming, Michelle Obama </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Monday, September 7, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I wasn't sure what to expect when listening to BECOMING by Michelle Obama, and it was a long listen, it's a big book, but what I got was a masterclass in humanity, care, compassion and understanding. With more than enough hints along the way about the difficulties in having differently coloured skin from others in your community. Extremely well worth reading / listening to / considering - this was instructional in ways I did not expect.</p> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/becoming-michelle-obama" data-a2a-title="Becoming, Michelle Obama"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Fbecoming-michelle-obama&amp;title=Becoming%2C%20Michelle%20Obama"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--26"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="10220" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--36"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/becoming" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/becoming.jpg?itok=aUYnuPuq" width="145" height="220" alt="Becoming" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/michelle-obama" hreflang="en">Michelle Obama</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781524763138</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--37"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><b>An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.</b></p> <p>In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed <i>Carpool Karaoke</i>, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. </p> <p>In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. </p> <p>Warm, wise, and revelatory, <i>Becoming</i> is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5197" hreflang="en">#nonfiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/3311" hreflang="en">Non-Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5198" hreflang="en">Becoming</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2592" hreflang="en">Michelle Obama</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--27"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--27--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--27--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--27--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-121f866270f0af9450527453940406e485f363c0d06bde22b6c4043352ab53b1"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/becoming-michelle-obama" hreflang="en">Becoming, Michelle Obama</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, September 7, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15255&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="r2pmQF0iuTdatmJk7-8RQDjJBvXi5mqzB_uuqlleA4Q"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Mon, 07 Sep 2020 04:49:26 +0000 Karen 15255 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/becoming-michelle-obama#comments The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/fifth-elephant-terry-pratchett <div data-history-node-id="15240" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--28"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Friday, September 4, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Whilst THE FIFTH ELEPHANT is most definitely a novel about diplomacy and the trials and tribulations of preferring to be a policeman, in this outing Sir Samuel Vimes is off to Uberwald with Sybil to attend the coronation of the new Dwarfish Low King. He's there as an ambassador. He ends up being a policeman through and through. Less on the absolutely laugh out loud side, this is, as with all the Watch sub-series novels, a plot driven outing, in this case through the complicated world of inter-personal and cross-cultural interactions. Many of which now happen on a day to day basis in the Watch what with the diversity in hirings policy in place. On this occasion Cherry Littlebottom the Dwarf (in her role as Military Attache) and Detritus the Troll (Cultural Attache) go with Vimes, returning to the land of their birth, creating more than a few shockwaves along the way.</p> <p>Number 24 in the Discworld series, and 5th in the City Watch sub-series, THE FIFTH ELEPHANT is a really cleverly constructed story about diplomacy, politics, policing and the beauty of difference.</p> <p> </p> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/fifth-elephant-terry-pratchett" data-a2a-title="The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Ffifth-elephant-terry-pratchett&amp;title=The%20Fifth%20Elephant%2C%20Terry%20Pratchett"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--29"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15121" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--38"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/fifth-elephant" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/fifth-elephant.jpg?itok=UDVRkQsc" width="220" height="220" alt="The Fifth Elephant" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/terry-pratchett" hreflang="en">Terry Pratchett</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1197" hreflang="en">1999</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2080" hreflang="en">Discworld</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">24</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--39"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>They say that diplomacy is a gentle art. That its finest practitioners are subtle, sophisticated individuals for whom nuance and subtext are meat and drink. And that mastering it is a lifetime's work. But you do need a certain inclination in that direction. It's not something you can just pick up on the job.</p> <p>Which is a shame if you find yourself dropped unaccountably into a position of some significant diplomatic responsibility. If you don't really do diplomacy or haven't been to school with the right foreign bigwigs or aren't even sure whether a nod is as good as a wink to anyone, sighted or otherwise, then things are likely to go wrong. It's just a question of how badly... </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2323" hreflang="en">#fantasy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4911" hreflang="en">#discworld</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2325" hreflang="en">Discworld</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5185" hreflang="en">The Fifth Elephant</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--30"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--30--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--30--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--30--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-e12f8d72c07bfae60dbda7838810afe467b8fa82f981ca80af6018fcbc2f6b91"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/fifth-elephant-terry-pratchett" hreflang="en">The Fifth Elephant, Terry Pratchett</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Friday, September 4, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15240&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="ZvZ8VhIlDNc0K6u7F4gDx-SMxfsgRHv8j7L0ELa8vyU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Fri, 04 Sep 2020 02:05:42 +0000 Karen 15240 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/fifth-elephant-terry-pratchett#comments