AustCrimeFiction - All Posts https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/ en The Final Call, Jen Shieff https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/final-call-jen-shieff <div data-history-node-id="15914" 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> The Final Call, Jen Shieff </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 16, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A sequel to THE GENTLEMEN'S CLUB and THE VANISHING ACT, THE FINAL CALL is set in 1979 (10 or so years after THE VANISHING ACT) located in Remuera New Zealand, where Rita Saunders is the boss at The Gentlemen's Club, a high class brothel. Rita's more than a madam to her girls though, and the brothel is more than just a house of prostitution, Rita's girls are comfortable, protected as much as she possibly can and as safe as they can be in a country where prostitution was illegal up until the early 2000's.</p> <p>Switching the concentration a little in this book, Carmel O'Sullivan, Rita's girlfriend, has been salting away a nest egg of considerable proportions while working at the brothel. She's planning a move away, investment in a respectable business, and a quieter and more genteel life. Hungarian immigrant and handyman at the brothel, Istvan Ziegler, is deeply in love with Carmel, and hopes her new life will include him. Plans for the change are proceeding reasonably well, given there's always the doubt that Carmel will be able to leave Rita, when Carmel's sister Tess, also working at the Club, is found brutally murdered after an appointment with a handsome, seemingly very well off new client. It looks for all the world like a hate crime, but Carmel is in for another blow when her younger sister dies in a tragic plane crash and Carmel's world starts to fall in on her.</p> <p>Left as the remaining sister of five siblings, her Catholic brothers do not approve of Carmel. Her brothers - priest Felix a moralising pompous man, and outwardly respectable barrister Jonathon, prone to angry outbursts, have never approved of their sisters, and it was never destined to go well when an unexpected windfall further complicates the mess that the family has found itself in. Not helped by the return of Carmel's abusive ex-husband, and a mentally unstable nephew.</p> <p>All of which might sound a bit complicated, but Shieff handles the multiple threads in this story with considerable aplomb. Her settings, rich with details of Auckland's history, illustrated by the fashions and customs of the time create an environment in which her characters exist, and rub up against each other.</p> <p>Shieff has built a tricky world for these people - one in which prostitution is illegal, homosexuality is frowned upon and foreigners have a complicated path in society. Whilst the story flows in and around Rita, Istvan and Carmel, the supporting cast are strong. In particular, the central investigating cop, Allan Maynard is professional and determined to solve the case - he, along with others, are not as antagonistic to the lifestyles of the central characters as the family.</p> <p>The plot centres on the murder investigation, and the fear that comes from not knowing whether she's next, leaving Carmel worried for her life. Istvan and Rita are there for her, in their own ways, making the relationship between these three "outsiders" touching and quite moving.</p> <p>This series has a number of compelling elements to it, and THE FINAL CALL echoes them strongly. The depth of the characters and the complexity of their lives, reactions and interactions. The realistic and utterly believable setting - both physical and societal is vividly drawn, as is the sense of a time and history of a place, and the people who inhabit it.</p> <p>I finished THE FINAL CALL a while ago, and it's been in my mind ever since. I have to admit I love these characters and admire them, and these books, very much.</p> <p> </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/final-call-jen-shieff" data-a2a-title="The Final Call, Jen Shieff"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Ffinal-call-jen-shieff&amp;title=The%20Final%20Call%2C%20Jen%20Shieff"></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--4"> <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="15774" 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="/index.php/book/final-call" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/final-call.jpg?itok=pzwRdx02" width="142" height="220" alt="The Final Call" 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="/index.php/author/jen-shieff" hreflang="en">Jen Shieff</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="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5478" hreflang="en">2022</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>It’s 1979. Auckland is on the brink. Fashion and music are bursting through previous boundaries but prostitution is still illegal and male homosexuality is still a crime.  Who is out to destroy Carmel O’Sullivan and her sister Tess, top call-girls in Rita Saunders’ gentlemen’s club? Is Tess embroiled in the heroin trade that has recently thrust New Zealand’s underbelly onto the world stage for the first time? Why is Carmel’s ex-husband Mike lurking about? Is Felix, the priest of the family, taking his moralising a step too far? What’s going on with Jonathan, their other brother, a respected barrister? </p> <p>When Tess is murdered and younger sister Maxine is among the passengers on the ill-fated Air New Zealand flight to Mt Erebus, Carmel feels doomed. Rita’s right hand man, Hungarian immigrant Istvan Ziegler, loves Carmel, offering her the safety and respectability she craves, but he has to compete with Rita for Carmel’s affection and commitment. Carmel’s life is on the line in more ways than one.</p> <p><em>The Final Call</em> delves into the past to say things about a world that are still relevant forty years later, for prostitutes, homosexuals and independent women, as well as for brothers, sisters and lovers.</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/2331" hreflang="en">#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/3249" hreflang="en">Ngaio Marsh Awards</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5696" hreflang="en">2022</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5433" hreflang="en">Submission List</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5732" hreflang="en">The Final Call</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4561" hreflang="en">Jen Shieff</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--5"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--5--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--5--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--5--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-e3efb64071fa0af10e1e30eb6caf2841a4a2d1adf679e8d550f0553b255691e8"> <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="/index.php/review/final-call-jen-shieff" hreflang="en">The Final Call, Jen Shieff</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 16, 2022 </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=15914&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="GhqU6-375PaIIcE3P17RBq4BKWSCPZbibeZhkgYgVfY"></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, 16 Sep 2022 06:24:45 +0000 Karen 15914 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/final-call-jen-shieff#comments Review - Wipptee, Jai Baidell https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/review-wipptee-jai-baidell <div data-history-node-id="15913" 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--6"> <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> Review - Wipptee, Jai Baidell </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 13, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I used to keep count of "girl in a hat" (and man standing on a foggy street corner) book covers. But in this case, you know the sort of thing, book covers for rural / romance styled novels with girls looking off into the distance, over fields of golden (dry) grass, akubra style hat firmly on head. Not a sign of sun blemishes, squinting eyes, dry skin, chafed hands, bandaids, broken fingernails, bruised arms, or scratches from the hay bales. The hats are pretty well always devoid of signs of wear, tear and the sort of battering that comes from being trampled in stockyards... So needless to say I smiled a lot at this cover - straw hat this time / white long-sleeved t-shirt, not a blemish in sight. Just enough of a difference to hint something about WIPPTEE, a book which will be just the thing for fans of rural romance, looking for a little built in mystery and tension.</p> <p>WIPPTEE is told from the perspective of Maddison Debranz, recently returned to Australia after five years away, looking to reunite with her estranged (nowhere to be found) husband. Returning to where it all started to go pear-shaped for Maddie and Daniel, she finds herself back in Rakali Springs, getting a very hostile reaction from all but the Brackton family who are surprisingly willing to give her a place to stay, a base to look for Daniel from, and a way of reconnecting with the area where their lives spiralled out of control.</p> <p>Farming country, remote and sparsely populated, Maddie and Daniel were there originally to protest as animal rights campaigners, although illegal land-clearing is the cause of Grace Brackton's concerns. The Brackton family seem like a typical farming family, even with the elderly (and slipping) Grace as a campaigner now, but the more Maddie searches for her missing husband, and the closer to family matriarch Grace she gets, the murkier it all becomes.</p> <p>The combination of romance and mystery is reasonably balanced here, although fans of swooning women and heartthrob blokes wandering about sans-shirt might be a bit disappointed. The romance here is more of the confused longing kind (especially with a loved, but missing husband for Maddie to process), the sort of possible relationship that looks doomed (and mistimed) from the start. The mystery elements - with the disappearance of Daniel, and the general upheaval in the area take a fair amount of the focus, and seeing all of that through Maddie's eyes, with a past that she's more than a bit wary of, coming back to haunt her, is an interesting viewpoint. Despite her best efforts, that past does appear in the present, and readers will find that that the clues, snippets and hints about Maddie's last five years, very slowly begin to form into a story about where she has been and what she's been doing. Despite some elements of that threat in the present feeling a little unconvincing, the way it's narrated by Maddie had a very realistic feel to it. What starts out feeling like a general reluctance to reveal too much, becomes part of imposed limitations she has in speaking out about where's she's been and what she's been doing.</p> <p>Definitely one for fans of rural romance / mystery cross-over. There's mystery on a few fronts to keep readers guessing, with just a touch of romantic tension to keep fans of the genre satisfied as well, WIPPTEE is a standalone novel from an author with an extensive back catalogue of straight mystery, romance and tales of Australia.</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/review-wipptee-jai-baidell" data-a2a-title="Review - Wipptee, Jai Baidell"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Freview-wipptee-jai-baidell&amp;title=Review%20-%20Wipptee%2C%20Jai%20Baidell"></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--9"> <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="15788" 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="/index.php/book/wipptee" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/wipptee.jpg?itok=DFNZM6CJ" width="138" height="220" alt="Wipptee" 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="/index.php/author/jai-baidell" hreflang="en">Jai Baidell</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">B08NJDQC3H</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="/index.php/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><strong>A small town cosy mystery with a feisty enemies-to-lovers rural romance on the side.</strong></p> <p>A young woman wants a quiet life in a small country town, but her past crimes as an animal rights activist return to haunt her.</p> <p>Maddison Debranz returns to her home in Wagga Wagga in Australia after five years away, desperate for a happily-ever-after future with her husband. But Daniel is missing and wanted by the police. Maddie follows a lead to Rakali Springs, the town where everything first went wrong for her and Daniel. She receives a hostile reception, but the Brackton family, Grace and her four sons, are willing to give her a place to stay.</p> <p>It doesn’t take long for Maddie to discover that everyone has an agenda. Grace, the family matriarch, is determined to end destructive land clearing on neighbouring Wipptee farm at any cost. Matthew guards his secrets well, Liam is sleazy and unpredictable, and Travis wants only regular work for his earthmoving business. Worst of all, Constable Theo Brackton never misses a chance to accuse, criticise, and think the worst of her.</p> <p>With her chances of solving the mystery of Daniel’s disappearance shrinking fast, Maddie's life is at risk when a deadly enemy looking for revenge tracks her down. But Maddie has more friends than she knows, and in moments of despair she can always think about the little rakali swimming in peaceful quiet waters.</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/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5729" hreflang="en">#ruralcrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5730" hreflang="en">#ruralromance</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5731" hreflang="en">Wipptee</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5647" hreflang="en">Jai Baidell</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--10"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--10--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--10--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--10--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-99dda27de71bbc47e613a14ac63bc73800b542674bf0ec69e6641177d076d3e7"> <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="/index.php/review/review-wipptee-jai-baidell" hreflang="en">Review - Wipptee, Jai Baidell</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 13, 2022 </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=15913&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="YeWdb-OIG_ergM2GLYjEOokcGMdcO7r_TUA5Oh-ItgI"></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, 13 Sep 2022 05:52:16 +0000 Karen 15913 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/review-wipptee-jai-baidell#comments Shadow Over Edmund Street, Suzanne Frankham https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/shadow-over-edmund-street-suzanne-frankham <div data-history-node-id="15899" 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--11"> <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> Shadow Over Edmund Street, Suzanne Frankham </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, August 19, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Edwina Biggs has lead a quiet life, battling to make ends meet, working a mundane job with antisocial hours, living a restrained life in a contained neighbourhood. Things were changing at last though as she'd recently swapped the big family home for a small cottage on Edmund Street, learnt to drive, and bought herself a car and some freedom. For a long time though, she's been a blurry character to all around her, one of those myriad of quiet women, living unremarkable lives. Until she died on a wet, blustery, cold Sunday morning, in her recently acquired car, at the foot of a cliff, on the top of which sits some of the most premium Auckland real-estate.</p> <p>The catastrophic neck wound that killed her is obviously not self-inflicted but who would have a reason to kill a middle-aged woman, with such a non-descript life, seemingly leaving little in the wake of her death but random recollections, men who had loved and left, and distant children.</p> <p>SHADOW OVER EDMUND STREET is author Suzanne Frankham's debut novel, structured as part classic police investigation - with Detective Alex Cameron and his team somewhat bamboozled by the lack of anything around Edwina Biggs. What little might have been gleaned from the crime scene is washed away by the weather; potential motives, means or opportunity can't be gleaned from a life so restrained; and potential witness testimony is as vague and odd as the life the victim lived. Apart from the testimony of a friend, Rose Jones, who seems to be the only person with a glimpse behind the scenes.</p> <p>It's a fascinating setup - the idea that no matter how good the investigating team is, if the victim is a closed book, and the scene is a dead loss, what or where do they turn. The option of banging a few heads together to create a bit of tension seems a perfectly reasonable approach given what they are up against, and this is a team that can step up to that mark quite well. Until suddenly, about half way through the book - the team, and the reader realise that this going nowhere, and it kind of feels like it may never do so. Which makes you wonder with some delicious anticipation, where this is all heading.</p> <p>At this point Frankham has a red hot go at tipping crime fiction norms on their head, and there's a shift in style and tone, a major reveal is chucked into the mix, a villain mostly outs themselves, and we tip right into black comedy territory, which I have to admit I did not see coming, and struggled a bit to get my head around, a shapeshift that read like there was some heavy duty wrestling underway to keep it on track and charging towards the resolution.</p> <p>What I particularly liked about this novel was the depiction of Edwina Biggs and the way her life was so bounded by geography and community. The coincidence of her change in circumstance and the gentrification of inner-city Auckland was really fascinating, as was the way that women, in particular women of a certain age and social ranking are under-considered, under-noticed and basically under-appreciated. There's also a lot being said here about the way that gentrification might improve properties, but destroys communities.</p> <p>As a police procedural in the main, the central investigator - Alex Cameron - feels like a character with real potential to be the lead in an ongoing series, one that's a bit less conflicted and bitter and twisted than some contemporaries which is, in and of itself, a welcome change.</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/shadow-over-edmund-street-suzanne-frankham" data-a2a-title="Shadow Over Edmund Street, Suzanne Frankham"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Fshadow-over-edmund-street-suzanne-frankham&amp;title=Shadow%20Over%20Edmund%20Street%2C%20Suzanne%20Frankham"></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="15754" 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--12"> <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="/index.php/book/shadow-over-edmund-street" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/shadow-frankham-street.jpg?itok=pSZbfXR3" width="146" height="220" alt="Shadow Over Edmund Street" 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="/index.php/author/suzanne-frankham" hreflang="en">Suzanne Frankham</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">B08ZN4X6NX</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="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5200" hreflang="en">2021</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--13"> <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>Edwina’s death is brutal, a swift and silent killer who leaves no clues. Her murder seems unsolvable until a casual comment sends Inspector Alex Cameron and his seasoned team trawling through the dead woman’s childhood.</p> <p>Raised in a poverty-scarred part of Auckland, Edwina was a battler. Life revolved around the church and her mundane job unpacking vegetables. Meanwhile, a new generation gentried her suburb. After winning a gym membership, she lost weight, got a new hairstyle, clothes, job—and made a new friend, Rose.</p> <p>Can Alex Cameron uncover the link in time to save the next victim? And preserve his own reputation? The murky past has left a shadow over Edmund Street. Everyone and no one is a suspect, until …</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/2331" hreflang="en">#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/3249" hreflang="en">Ngaio Marsh Awards</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5696" hreflang="en">2022</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5433" hreflang="en">Submission List</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5717" hreflang="en">Shadow Over Edmund Street</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5623" hreflang="en">Suzanne Frankham</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-684107af11a1fc5da7392f23c914347333f2d0517d0caf0dc757a9c391861423"> <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="/index.php/review/shadow-over-edmund-street-suzanne-frankham" hreflang="en">Shadow Over Edmund Street, Suzanne Frankham</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, August 19, 2022 </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=15899&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="FItjV7-rW1flrYUzUW5DhTI4pPkJen1RYOtn2sRsyR0"></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, 19 Aug 2022 02:47:53 +0000 Karen 15899 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/shadow-over-edmund-street-suzanne-frankham#comments Missing, Presumed Dead, Mark Tedeschi QC https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/missing-presumed-dead-mark-tedeschi-qc <div data-history-node-id="15898" 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> Missing, Presumed Dead, Mark Tedeschi QC </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, August 19, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Mark Tedeschi AM QC was, until 2019, the Senior Crown Prosecutor, and the head of Chambers of the Crown Prosecutors for New South Wales. He's now a private barrister, but in 35 years with Crown Prosecution he has prosecuted many high-profile trials in Australia, some of which have involved the worst of the worst murderers and offenders this country has ever seen.</p> <p>MISSING, PRESUMED DEAD is the story of the disappearance of two women in particular - 74 year old Dorothy Davis and 39 year old Kerry Whelan, both of whom had the great misfortune to come into contact with one of the more awful men this country has produced - Bruce Burrell, an entitled, greedy, lazy, appalling man who was eventually found guilty of abducting and murdering at least these two women - all to cover up his financial transgressions. Their bodies have never been found, and at the end of this book we find out that he died in prison, serving a life sentence, never disclosing the location of the bodies, never giving the families of these victim's the chance of a dignified farewell.</p> <p>The first half of the book, where the story of the offender is drawn out, is incredibly difficult to stomach. There's nothing in the story of Burrell, his background, his offending (and there is the possibility of at least one other disappearance with parallels to the two he was found guilty of), or his general demeanour that makes the opening chapters anything other than difficult to stomach. Not through any fault of the author - this offender is just an appalling human being, there doesn't appear to have been a single mitigating factor in anything he did - and I could have stood knowing he died relatively young, from cancer, in prison a bit earlier - might have made having to know about him just that bit more tolerable to be brutally frank.</p> <p>The second half of this book, where Tedeschi gets into the trials and the complications of the legal requirements of proving murder when no body has ever been found, and the need for multiple trials is detailed without being confusing, and informative without being overtly instructional or dry. The author has a way of explaining complex legal issues with clarity and meticulous attention to detail that make them very accessible to the legal lay person. His ability to dissect the core of the prosecution case, compare it to the defence strategies, explain the process and the decisions they took is flawless, giving the reader a real insight into the processes of law, and the complications.</p> <p>For the second half alone MISSING, PRESUMED DEAD was a book that, despite my struggle (and I really really struggled with the first half), I'm glad I got to the end of. For the insight into the legal process, and for the time that he gives to the impact this case had on the Whelan family in particular. The victim's are given their due place in history as well, and the impact that their loss had on those around them is touched on, respectfully and forthrightly. The fallout from Burrell's actions is inter-generational and unforgivable and the legal system and it's participants served us well.</p> <p> </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/missing-presumed-dead-mark-tedeschi-qc" data-a2a-title="Missing, Presumed Dead, Mark Tedeschi QC"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Fmissing-presumed-dead-mark-tedeschi-qc&amp;title=Missing%2C%20Presumed%20Dead%2C%20Mark%20Tedeschi%20QC"></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="15786" 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/missing-presumed-dead" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/missing-presumed-dead.jpg?itok=EU9mc1oo" width="143" height="220" alt="Missing, Presumed Dead" 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/mark-tedeschi" hreflang="en">Mark Tedeschi</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">9781761104459</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/5478" hreflang="en">2022</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><strong>It was the double murder case that gripped Australia, and former Crown Prosecutor Mark Tedeschi QC is finally able to share all the shocking details.</strong></p> <p>Dorothy Davis and Kerry Whelan were both happy, healthy, affluent, middle-class women from conservative, loving families.</p> <p>Such women are hardly ever among the ranks of the missing. They were not hitchhikers, or associates of drug dealers, or unhappy with their family relationships, or suffering from mental health issues. Dorothy Davis and Kerry Whelan came from different parts of Sydney, mixed in quite different circles, and led completely different lives. They had never met each other, and if they had, they would have had little in common. In fact, Dorothy Davis and Kerry Whelan had one thing in common – they both knew Bruce Allan Burrell.</p> <p>The disappearance without trace of these two women caused massive police investigations and resulted in sensational trials that gripped the nation of Australia. This book explores the intricacies of those investigations and delves into the twisted, tortuous processes of the legal proceedings, while exploring the dark recesses of the mind of Bruce Burrell.</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/3570" hreflang="en">#truecrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/3571" hreflang="en">#australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/3257" hreflang="en">True Crime</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/5716" hreflang="en">Missing Presumed 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https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/missing-presumed-dead-mark-tedeschi-qc#comments Bonded, Ian Austin https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/bonded-ian-austin <div data-history-node-id="15897" 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> Bonded, Ian Austin </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, August 16, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The 4th in the Dan Calder series, set around a terrorist bombing plot at Auckland International Airport, these are high octane, high risk thrillers written by a former cop and security specialist, who obviously has a lot of information about the way that these sorts of events play out.</p> <p>Calder has had a complicated path from his home in the UK to New Zealand, from being an English cop to semi-exiled to New Zealand and into the role of investigator on the spot for each of the previous novels (THE AGENCY, THE SECOND GRAVE and FROZEN SUMMER). Very much an on the spot investigator again, Calder is at the Auckland Airport, running a training session, as a terrorist attack occurs. Clashing with authorities, he's summarily dumped from the investigation and continues lone wolfing his way through some decidedly hair raising scenarios.</p> <p>This whole series is very much in the thriller / lone wolf category - with Calder nearly always put upon, nearly always clashing with authorities, and able to perform feats that make you wonder how he's ever going to survive. He's also from the not-super-hero's / ordinary blokes with principles and the determination to carry them through group of central protagonists.</p> <p>A tendency towards info dumps and a lot of research making it onto the page may make this series less successful for fans of the past-paced, high-octane, never a moment's let up style of thriller, but if you like your thrillers with a depth of detail then it could be for you, although I'd have to say I think it's a series that benefits from reading in full, in order. There's a lot of back story to Calder and his previous outings that will help you understand where he's coming from and why he's going where he's headed.</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/bonded-ian-austin" data-a2a-title="Bonded, Ian Austin"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Fbonded-ian-austin&amp;title=Bonded%2C%20Ian%20Austin"></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--22"> <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="15704" 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="/index.php/book/bonded" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/bonded.jpg?itok=Aulm-sXV" width="144" height="220" alt="Bonded" 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="/index.php/author/ian-austin" hreflang="en">Ian Austin</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">9780473581190</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="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5200" hreflang="en">2021</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="/index.php/taxonomy/term/1447" hreflang="en">Dan Calder</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">4</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>Some families shouldn't stick together. When unlimited wealth and power are incorporated into the mix too, no boundaries are safe.</p> <p>Dan Calder's thrown in at the deep end to help Police unravel the evidence of a terrorist bombing plot at Auckland International Airport, but the one thing he needs most of all is the one thing he doesn't have .... time.</p> <p>When Calder challenge the authorities view, he's summarily dumped from the investigation. Aggrieved and hell bent on solving the outrageously audacious crime, he takes off to St Louis in search of a missing sister and preventing the family reunion to end all reunions.</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/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/21" hreflang="en">New Zealand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/3249" hreflang="en">Ngaio Marsh Awards</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5696" hreflang="en">2022</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5714" hreflang="en">Submission</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/3284" hreflang="en">Thriller</a></div> <div 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class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Tue, 16 Aug 2022 05:42:02 +0000 Karen 15897 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/bonded-ian-austin#comments The Woman in the Library, Sulari Gentill https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/woman-library-sulari-gentill <div data-history-node-id="15869" 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--24"> <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 Woman in the Library, Sulari Gentill </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, July 27, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The Wikipedia definition of metafiction is:</p> <blockquote> <p>"Metafiction is a form of fiction which emphasises its own constructedness in a way that continually reminds the audience to be aware they are reading or viewing a fictional work. Metafiction is self-conscious about language, literary form, and story-telling, and works of metafiction directly or indirectly draw attention to their status as artifacts."</p> </blockquote> <p>It's a notoriously difficult style to execute, and compelling and very clever when done well - and Sulari Gentill is proving herself a very dab hand at the art. THE WOMAN IN THE LIBRARY is cleverly constructed, with an interwoven narrative that I couldn't help feeling expanded on the structure that she came up with for CROSSING THE LINES (aka After She Wrote Him).</p> <p>Stories within stories are part of both of those novels, and the lines in this outing slightly more defined in that an Australian Author, Hannah, is writing a murder mystery, guided in part by her correspondence with a fan, and aspiring American author, Leo. In Hannah's developing manuscript - which is the main thread through this novel - Australian author 'Freddie' Winifred is in Massachusetts, courtesy of the largess of a writers' scholarship, when she becomes embroiled in a murder which takes place in the Boston Public library, whilst she's in attendance, and in the process of meeting the 3 other main characters in Boston - psychology student Marigold, law student Whit and published author Cain. They are all seated near each other when a scream disturbs the normal serene setting of the Reading Room.</p> <p>As the story of that investigation, and those of Freddie and her three new friends (and potential romantic interest), play out, at the end of each chapter of the manuscript, Leo contributes his thoughts and ideas on the manuscript back to Hannah as feedback in emails, the tone of which changes disturbingly as the novel progresses.</p> <p>Playing on the theme of a locked room mystery as well, the switching backwards and forwards between Freddie's manuscript, Leo's increasingly imperious input, the fates of Whit and Cain which become tainted, and threatened all at once, and the part that Marigold has to play in the fictional mystery switch focus, until this reader was utterly immersed in the fictional narrative, versus the actual real lives of Leo and Hannah (which are still fictional let's face it) and the threat that's building there, alongside enough touches of the reality of out of control bushfires, COVID restrictions and BLM protests. Of course it's also possible that the metafictional aspects become overwhelming and a reader could be forgiven for developing a need for notes in "reality / fictional stream 1 / fictional stream 2 / who knows" columns.</p> <p>Of course, all of this is done with Gentill's normally light hand, touches of humour and a sneaking sense that she's had an awful lot of fun developing this novel - or at the very least jolly well deserves to have done so.</p> <p>Fans of her better known Rowland Sinclair novels might find this (and CROSSING THE LINES) a dauntingly large step away from the historical settings, and the traditional investigative stylings of that series, but there's enough of the tone and sensibility in both sets of novels for fans of Gentill's writing to feel comfortable. Of course there is the possibility that the bamboozlement of the who what when where errr factors of the metafiction stylings might get to you, but this reader was intrigued, tantalised, amused beyond belief and thoroughly invested in one, all or more of the threads by the end.</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/woman-library-sulari-gentill" data-a2a-title="The Woman in the Library, Sulari Gentill"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Fwoman-library-sulari-gentill&amp;title=The%20Woman%20in%20the%20Library%2C%20Sulari%20Gentill"></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--27"> <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="15765" 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="/index.php/book/woman-library" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/woman-library2.jpg?itok=yuYg6B7c" width="144" height="220" alt="The Woman in the Library" 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="/index.php/author/sulari-gentill" hreflang="en">Sulari Gentill</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">B09CLLRGZK</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="/index.php/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--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>In every person's story, there is something to hide...</p> <p>The ornate reading room at the Boston Public Library is quiet, until the tranquility is shattered by a woman's terrified scream. Security guards take charge immediately, instructing everyone inside to stay put until the threat is identified and contained. While they wait for the all-clear, four strangers, who'd happened to sit at the same table, pass the time in conversation and friendships are struck. Each has his or her own reasons for being in the reading room that morning―it just happens that one is a murderer.</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/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5703" hreflang="en">The Woman in the Library</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/826" hreflang="en">Sulari Gentill</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--28"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--28--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--28--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--28--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-d98cea3aa1e64c23ae26a5ed6a17f90103483b1d5765707e9f04b9221baa3f1f"> <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="/index.php/review/woman-library-sulari-gentill" hreflang="en">The Woman in the Library, Sulari Gentill</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, July 27, 2022 </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=15869&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="EUOZ_jSOV-GJ36g8L2ed8MCUdTFKvf5w_RTYYvFzHVo"></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, 27 Jul 2022 05:45:37 +0000 Karen 15869 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/woman-library-sulari-gentill#comments Boiling A Frog, Christopher Brookmyre https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/boiling-frog-christopher-brookmyre <div data-history-node-id="15866" 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--29"> <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> Boiling A Frog, Christopher Brookmyre </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, July 13, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The 3rd in the Jack Parlabane series, the audio of this book kept mildly freaking me out. Originally published in 2000, the political satire, the social commentary, and the sheer breathtaking bloody awfulness of the "powers that be" could be right now. So right now, that it was freaky, distracting, unbelievably disappointing, hilariously funny, scarily on topic, and scathing in it's portrayal of the Catholic Church in all it's pestilence, politician's in all their connivance, and political minders in all their brutality of purpose (and the utter lack of ethics, morals, decency and I don't know... everything else about the lot of them).</p> <p>This audio journey through a favourite series is going incredibly well - in a sweary, pissed off, crazy, manic, bloody good fun kind of way. The narrators thus far have been David Tennant and Angus King - both have been a pleasure to listen to.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/boiling-frog-christopher-brookmyre" data-a2a-title="Boiling A Frog, Christopher Brookmyre"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Fboiling-frog-christopher-brookmyre&amp;title=Boiling%20A%20Frog%2C%20Christopher%20Brookmyre"></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--32"> <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="15818" 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--30"> <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="/index.php/book/boiling-frog" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/boiling-frog.jpg?itok=DR2vwEEr" width="220" height="220" alt="Boiling A Frog" 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="/index.php/author/christopher-brookmyre" hreflang="en">Christopher Brookmyre</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="/index.php/taxonomy/term/861" hreflang="en">2015</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="/index.php/taxonomy/term/1575" hreflang="en">Jack Parlabane</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--31"> <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>Jack Parlabane is an investigative journalist who is not averse to breaking the law for a good story.</p> <p>Scottish parliament is in catatonic shock after experiencing its first dose of Westminster sleaze, and the Catholic Church of Scotland is taking advantage of the politicians' discomfort. Behind the scenes the truth is obscured.</p> <p>Aware he's missing out on a great story; Parlabane discovers that contacts and a way with words is no defence against people he has helped to put away.</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/4069" hreflang="en">#audio</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4676" hreflang="en">#tartannoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/1125" hreflang="en">Scotland</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5700" hreflang="en">Boiling A Frog</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/1572" hreflang="en">Christopher Brookmyre</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5701" hreflang="en">Jack Parlabane</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--33"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--33--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--33--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--33--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-1b06574cf27ba86c8c590a7af58ec17cdb45af8349e47802579cf5aaa0654d49"> <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="/index.php/review/boiling-frog-christopher-brookmyre" hreflang="en">Boiling A Frog, Christopher Brookmyre</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, July 13, 2022 </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=15866&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="tZNKoetnDxKFQVLnac3VI3olbSxywK0yQuuQDC2LQtE"></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, 13 Jul 2022 06:48:22 +0000 Karen 15866 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/boiling-frog-christopher-brookmyre#comments Criminals, James O'Loghlin https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/criminals-james-ologhlin <div data-history-node-id="15865" 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--34"> <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> Criminals, James O&#039;Loghlin </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, July 5, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Into the crime fiction reader's life something different should lob more often. CRIMINALS is not only different, it's brilliantly different.</p> <p>Well known ABC presenter James O'Loghlin has taken his inspiration for this novel from his time as a criminal lawyer, and told the tale in a laid back, yet funny and compassionate style. There's a fine line being teetered on here, with three seemingly ordinary people being flung into each other's orbits as a result of one act, revealing more and more about those people as the story progresses. The humour is always there, but it's tempered with a real sense of belief in these three - misguided, mistaken, misunderstood, misstepping, extremely human people.</p> <p>Told in a series of short, sharp chapters in the main, the backgrounds of the three main characters - Sarah, the barmaid come police officer on stress leave; Mary a forty-five-year-old teacher who drinks alone and writes long emails to her daughter; and Dean, the high-school football hero with supposedly everything to live for, now a desperate heroin addict with one more crime to commit in a grand plan to end the break and enter treadmill and get his life back on track. Everything about the way that these people live their lives is extremely believable, as is the way that they accidentally collide on the day that Dean decides to rob the Blacktown Leagues Club.</p> <p>The fact that police officer, come barmaid Sarah uses her training to work out who the disguised armed robber was, and then digs into his background, uncovering a life that's gone badly off the rails, whilst her own seeming rise was badly curtailed by the actions of those around her are contrasted starkly against the life of Mary. The schoolteacher with a drinking problem, and the decision to end her own life, which gets muddied a bit by a sideline in reckless (cry for help) theft. Her personal tragedy sits alongside Dean's own life, going so badly off the rails when he and his high-school girlfriend slip into the life of drug addicts. She eventually leaves him behind to clean herself up, and craft out a life, whilst Dean sinks further and further, until this robbery and his arrest on the basis of Sarah's identification leaves him with some very stark choices to make. The storylines of these three entwine, branch off, reconnect and slide in and around each other in a seemingly effortless manner, which makes you wonder just how much blood sweat and tears from the author went into making something so complicated, so straight-forward.</p> <p>It's been a while since the last book that glued me to a chair to be read in one day, but CRIMINALS absolutely enthralled and had me utterly involved in the stories of Sarah, Mary and Dean. It's a fascinating view to take, and the question from the blurb "What makes a criminal?" becomes more pertinent, nuanced with every single twist in the tale that is CRIMINALS.</p> <p> </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/criminals-james-ologhlin" data-a2a-title="Criminals, James O&#039;Loghlin"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Fcriminals-james-ologhlin&amp;title=Criminals%2C%20James%20O%27Loghlin"></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--37"> <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="15829" 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--35"> <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="/index.php/book/criminals" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/criminals.jpg?itok=mqJFSj2R" width="144" height="220" alt="Criminals" 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="/index.php/author/james-ologhlin" hreflang="en">James O&#039;Loghlin</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">9781760687465</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="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5478" hreflang="en">2022</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--36"> <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>What makes a criminal? One May 2019 morning, two masked gunmen rob Blacktown Leagues Club. What happens next will change the lives of three people. Twenty-three-year-old Dean Acton is a heroin addict trying to get off the break and enter treadmill by pulling one big job. Sarah Hamilton, also twenty-three, is a police officer on stress leave, working behind the bar, trying to forget the mistake she made that caused the death of her fiancée. Mary Wallace, a forty-five-year-old ex-schoolteacher who lives and drinks alone, feels that her life is already over, and has made plans to formalise that arrangement.</p> <p>When Sarah realises there is something familiar about one of the gunmen, she is drawn back to the thrill of investigating, and can identify Dean. Dean is overjoyed at his $12,000 haul, but before he can decide whether to spend it on a new start in Queensland or a few months' worth of heroin, he's arrested, and in Long Bay jail everyone wants to find out where he's stashed the cash.</p> <p>Mary is inspired by the robbery. Pottery and French classes haven't jolted her out of her depression, but perhaps embarking on a life of crime will. She starts small, and then ups the ante. When she, too, is arrested and her lawyer tries to discover why a respectable middle-class woman would steal constipation medication, will she be able to reveal what caused her to give up on teaching and everything else?</p> <p>Dean learns that the only person who identified him at the robbery was Sarah and is tempted by a plan that will ensure she won't ever be able to give evidence against him. But is he prepared to go that far? And if he does, will he ever come back?</p> <p>As Dean's trial approaches, Mary, Dean and Sarah must work out why they have become who they are, and whether they have the courage to change. </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/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5699" hreflang="en">Criminals</a></div> <div 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hreflang="en">Criminals, James O&#039;Loghlin</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, July 5, 2022 </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=15865&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="DwhOA4fOQ9uMNnUWh0l3-acZqyJb5KFWCvP3M61dsQQ"></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, 05 Jul 2022 02:55:51 +0000 Karen 15865 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/criminals-james-ologhlin#comments Folded, Tina Clough https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/folded-tina-clough <div data-history-node-id="15864" 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--39"> <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> Folded, Tina Clough </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, July 5, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The 3rd book in the Hunter Grant series, FOLDED sees Hunter and Dao reluctantly pulled into the darkweb and dangerous human traffickers.</p> <p>After office-worker Grace finds a series of calls for help, folded in tiny origami shapes, dropped outside a high-rise city apartment building on her way to and from work, followed by a physics textbook with tiny writing between the lines, she turns to a work friend for help instead of the police, and then disappears herself. Which leads to the work friend, Linda, asking Hunter and Dao for their help. Initially reluctant, Hunter and Dao are quickly pulled into the story when some high-powered pressuring is expended on trying to stop them. Meanwhile the police, who Grace was reluctant to trust in the first place, prove to be more of a hindrance, providing even more motivation for Hunter and Dao to persist. Dao, in particular, is determined to find the author of the original notes, and there are obvious parallels between both these women's awful stories.</p> <p>Needless to say, knowledge of the backstory of this series is going to help immensely when reading this novel. Dao's past is particularly key to her reactions in this investigation, as are her unique abilities and interests. There's so much in this story that's revolves around Dao's instincts, and Hunter and Dao's relationship, most of which makes them the compelling pairing that they have been since the first novel.</p> <p>The strength of this series has always been the relationship and the skill sets that Hunter and Dao bring to their investigations. Their joint determination, their relationship quirks, the protective attitude that Hunter has to his much younger wife, when viewed from an understanding of their backgrounds is both endearing, and, in some cases, quite funny. Their absolute commitment to solving puzzles is always at the forefront of the storylines though, and whilst it could be said this very much a character based series, plots don't take a backseat because of it. The mysteries are always nicely twisty, and there's a believable but quite palpable sense of peril woven in.</p> <p>Definitely a series that's worth getting on board with, and while ONE SINGLE THING (the second) gave enough hints about backstory from THE CHINESE PROVERB (the first), FOLDED definitely would benefit from having read one or both of the earlier novels.</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/folded-tina-clough" data-a2a-title="Folded, Tina Clough"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Ffolded-tina-clough&amp;title=Folded%2C%20Tina%20Clough"></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--42"> <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="15760" 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--40"> <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="/index.php/book/folded" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/folded.jpg?itok=3m4KSOW0" width="148" height="220" alt="Folded" 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="/index.php/author/tina-clough" hreflang="en">Tina Clough</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">9780473562489</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="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5200" hreflang="en">2021</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="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4945" hreflang="en">Hunter Grant</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--41"> <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>Grace find notes asking for help folded into tiny origami shapes outside a high-rise city apartment building, and then a physics textbook with tiny writing between the lines is dropped from a high window. Grace has secrets that make her interactions with the police difficult, and she asks her workmate Linda to assist. When Grace abruptly resigns from her job and disappears Linda asks Hunter Grant, ex-army and with a pragmatic view of justice for help, and he reluctantly agrees to help find out what happened to Grace.</p> <p>Within a short space of time a high-powered lawyer arrives from the US, and shortly after his meeting with Hunter, a "cease and desist" letter arrives from the Cayman Islands. Inspector Bakker - a woman, who in Hunter's words "looks as if she would be useful in a brawl, provided she was on your side" - takes instant exception to his involvement and threatens to arrest him for interfering in an investigation.</p> <p>Hunter's partner Dao sets out alone on a dangerous mission, driven by a compulsive need to find out what has happened to the girl who wrote the notes, and Hunter looks death in the face when he decides to risk everything to put an end to the Darknet forces that threaten their lives.</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/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/2388" 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class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Knitting Needles and Knives, Rodney Strong </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 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When her friend, and fellow resident of Silvermoon Retirement Centre, Owen asks for her help with his wayward granddaughter who has gotten herself into a spot of trouble. Nothing compared to the trouble she's going to be in when her boyfriend is found dead on the Centre grounds, and she keeps conveniently "forgetting" to make with all those little details of a story that mean that Alice can think her way to a solution.</p> <p>Being laid up doesn't stop Alice, although it does complicate the investigation slightly, especially with the slow drip feed of information going on.</p> <p>The third novel in the Silvermoon Retirement Centre series, these are tailored made for fans of cosy, fun crime fiction, with a central character who is very engaging, albeit a bit more than meets the eye herself.</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/knitting-needles-and-knives-rodney-strong" data-a2a-title="Knitting Needles and Knives, Rodney Strong"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Findex.php%2Freview%2Fknitting-needles-and-knives-rodney-strong&amp;title=Knitting%20Needles%20and%20Knives%2C%20Rodney%20Strong"></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--47"> <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="15725" 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--45"> <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="/index.php/book/knitting-needles-and-knives" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/knitting-needles-knives.jpg?itok=qDoiyE-K" width="147" height="220" alt="Knitting Needles and Knives" 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="/index.php/author/rodney-strong" hreflang="en">Rodney Strong</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="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5200" hreflang="en">2021</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="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4919" hreflang="en">Silvermoon Retirement Village Cozy</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--46"> <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>Alice Atkinson is back, and not quite better than ever. Being laid up with an injured ankle doesn't slow her down too much as her friend Owen asks her for help with his granddaughter. She's gotten herself into a spot of bother. It's not long before the spot turns into a murder.</p> <p>Once more Alice has to do dust off her unique skills and navigate the murky world of murders, liars, and knitters. </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/2331" hreflang="en">#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/3249" hreflang="en">Ngaio Marsh Awards</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5696" hreflang="en">2022</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5433" hreflang="en">Submission List</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/5697" hreflang="en">Knitting Needles and Knives</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/index.php/taxonomy/term/4566" hreflang="en">Rodney Strong</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--48"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--48--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--48--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--48--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-2eec6d72d3cf5dce623006c10573afb2f2783aedc5301f85b4b336683bfe558e"> <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="/index.php/review/knitting-needles-and-knives-rodney-strong" hreflang="en">Knitting Needles and Knives, Rodney Strong</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, June 30, 2022 </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=15863&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="Nx2Xg_vLknCqocGB2cne_i6x32U4TucIjoaxL2fzIM8"></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, 30 Jun 2022 06:12:31 +0000 Karen 15863 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/index.php/review/knitting-needles-and-knives-rodney-strong#comments