AustCrimeFiction - All Posts https://www.austcrimefiction.org/ en Saint X, Alexis Schaitkin https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/saint-x-alexis-schaitkin <div data-history-node-id="14998" 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> Saint X, Alexis Schaitkin </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, March 24, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Saint X is a work that requires you to commit to the process of thoughtful absorption, considering such weighty issues as racial and social divides and the cultural displacement of economic immigrants.  If you were after a racy little island mystery, you will not find that here.  What you will receive instead is the meticulous examination of the aftermath of a murder upon both poor and privileged.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Alison is everyone’s teenage girl, thinking herself more mature and capable that what she actually is. Taking her annual family holiday on the Caribbean island of Saint X, Alison is bored in that unique way that only pampered people can be when there is little to truly be upset about.  Wanting a story to take home from Saint X, Alison needs to assess her options closely. Will it be the boy from Yale?  Or will she look outside of her circle entirely?</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Claire should perhaps be jealous of the attention her big sister Alison receives, often at the expense of herself, but she just can’t be. Alison is everything to Claire and her parents, despite the energy Alison devotes to cultivating a persona separate to that of sister and daughter.  When Alison disappears, Claire knows there must be more to it than what she is being told.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Alison’s body is discovered two days after she goes missing, and accusing eyes turn towards Clive and Edwin, two workers at the Indigo Bay resort who had been noticed paying attention to the pretty American girl.  Not the first time Edwin had put his considerable talent into charming a tourist, but it would be the last.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The opening chapters of Saint X are devoted to scene setting, with a careful arrangement of characters both inserted and native to its beautiful yet impoverished (fictional) community. It’s a curious way begin a novel, and these pages seem to be a direct challenge to the reader to have this backdrop completely nailed before the serpent is introduced to paradise.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Saint X is a novel populated with the haves and the have nots. There is a lot of time given to the exploration of grief and the ripple effects of a crime that extends beyond the lives of the accused, beyond the surrounds of the family of the victim.  Teenagers so desperately wanting to start their lives as adults that they engage in idiotically dangerous activities is a tale as old as time.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Viewing the above more impatiently, the emotional dumping aka navel-gazing (by little sister Claire, as she reflects as an adult) does drag on long enough that a reader would be forgiven for skipping ahead. It’s just unnecessary filler weight that makes the middle section of the novel a hard trudge.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>What is appreciated about Saint X is that the view we are presented with is so long and large.  We receive small but incisive anecdotal insights into the involvement of the bit players, and greater insight into Claire and Clive, two people who crossed paths before a murder and who cross paths again so many years later.  What may have changed in both of them, and does time give a better perspective?</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </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="14995" 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/saint-x-alexis-schaitkin" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/Saint%20X.jpg?itok=MnoX3lzz" width="143" height="220" alt="Blue night scene" 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/alexis-schaitkin" hreflang="en">Alexis Schaitkin</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"> 9781760980252</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Claire is only seven years old when her college-age sister Alison vanishes from the luxury resort on the Caribbean island of Saint X on the last night of her family's vacation. Several days later Alison's naked body is found in a remote spot on a nearby cay, and two local men, employees at the resort, are arrested. But the evidence is slim, the timeline against it, and the men are soon released. It's national tabloid news, a lurid mystery that will go unsolved, but for Claire's family there is only the sad return home to broken lives.</p> <p>Years later, riding in a New York City taxicab, Claire recognizes the name on the cabbie's licence, Clive Richardson - her driver is one of the men originally suspected of murdering her sister. The fateful encounter sets her on an obsessive pursuit of the truth, not only what happened on the night of Alison's death, but the no less elusive question of exactly who was this sister she was barely old enough to know: a beautiful, changeable, provocative girl of eighteen at a turbulent moment of identity formation. As Claire doggedly shadows Clive, hoping to gain his trust, waiting for the slip that will uncover the truth, an unlikely intimacy develops between them, two people whose lives were forever marked by a tragedy.</p> <p>Alexis Schaitkin's <em>Saint X </em>is a flawlessly drawn and deeply moving story that hurtles to a devastating end.</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="/taxonomy/term/4880" hreflang="en">#2020</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4978" hreflang="en">#thriller (4881</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4706" hreflang="en">#drama</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-729ba81a640b0f2aed1fb9c2d0611234ff774df60e3d3d6101a5d5ce9fb8ec51"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/saint-x-alexis-schaitkin" hreflang="en">Saint X, Alexis Schaitkin</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, March 24, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14998&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="ttOP83l-ziOvQjdd_v6EkVnFZZdBJLwGDZOaGdemBdU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 24 Mar 2020 06:29:05 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14998 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/saint-x-alexis-schaitkin#comments Small Mercies, Richard Anderson https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/small-mercies-richard-anderson <div data-history-node-id="14987" 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> Small Mercies, Richard Anderson </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Thursday, March 12, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>SMALL MERCIES by Richard Anderson is one of those books that should be mandatory reading for all Australians. I certainly hope somebody in education circles SERIOUSLY contemplates putting it into English syllabuses as I don't think most city based Australian's have a clue about the mind games that drought inflicts on people and places.</p> <p>I also hope there's not many rural dwellers in Australia who don't love the place that they live, and feel some responsibility for it's health and welfare. It's hard to explain to anybody who hasn't experienced the feeling - but the impact of living in drought - something that's totally uncontrollable - does weird things to your brain, and the more frequent it becomes the worse the pressure. There's such an overwhelming sense of responsibility for stock, crops, your family's personal welfare and survival, and in most cases, the natural environment around you. You live up close and in daily direct contact with that environment when you live in rural locations - even if you don't articulate or acknowledge the closeness it's always there. Seasons, and weather changes are obvious, the limits on resources like water on a daily basis, and the constant need to manage all resources carefully is never ending. You see the changing treescapes, the erosion and the sheer lack of water in the world. You can't avoid the way the soil around you dries, cracks, turns to concrete, and the way that bare soil inevitably becomes airborne dust. That dust in everything, on everything, that constant sense of dry choking, dirty, dusty, exhausted air. The constant wariness of fire, the myriad of daily decisions, the awful sense of your responsibility over what lives and what is moved on, or dies. Every. Single. Day.</p> <p>SMALL MERCIES expresses so much of the effect that sort of living has on people. The damage that having to live a life on hold causes, the consequences of stress on a property and a farming couple, which up until reading this book, I hadn't considered as a form of PTSD. People living in that sort of constant tension make odd decisions, do odd things, react poorly, and sadly, often times pull away from each other, or, if they are luckier, smarter or just more bloody-minded, find a way to adapt and come together.</p> <p>Set around the personal stories of Dimple and Ruthie, a couple struggling to keep the family farm going in the midst of ongoing, never-ending drought, it's heartening to see them get their backs up when a wealthy landowner pontificates that small farmers like them are doomed, and they should just go away, and leave agriculture to the large operators like him. Their backs are up enough to send them off on a physical journey to confront him about that statement, but it's the emotional journey that this triggers that is the important bit.</p> <p>For a novel that covers a lot of territory (physical and emotional) in a pretty short space of time, SMALL MERCIES isn't heavy going though. Anderson writes in an engaging manner, with just enough humour to lift the black to grey, without attempting in anyway to gloss over the seriousness of the subject matter. He even manages to weave in a very realistic love story, of two people who, when the chips are down, find out that they do really need each other.</p> <p>Moving, perceptive and very readable SMALL MERCIES is populated by real and accessible characters, set in the topical landscape of drought-ravaged rural Australia. Recently I've heard tell of a Canberra Parliamentary Bookclub. I'd suggest we all start recommending this as an entry they should be reading.</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> </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="14842" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--7"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/small-mercies" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/small-mercies.jpg?itok=BZoRAOK9" width="144" height="220" alt="Small Mercies" 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/richard-anderson" hreflang="en">Richard Anderson</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">9781925849707</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--8"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><b data-skip="true">A husband and wife living on a severely drought-afflicted property take a brief break, only to find that their relationship is parched, too.</b></p> <p>After enduring months of extreme drought on their modest freehold, farming couple Dimple and Ruthie face uncertain times on more than one front. Ruthie receives the news every woman dreads. Meanwhile, a wealthy landowner, Wally Oliver, appears on the local radio station, warning small farmers like Dimple and Ruthie that they are doomed, that the sooner they leave the land to large operators like him, the better. Bracing for a fight on all fronts, the couple decide to take a road trip to confront Oliver. Along the way, not only is their resolve tested, but their relationship as well.</p> <p>Desperate not to dwell on the past but to face up to the future, Dimple and Ruthie make a crucial decision they soon regret. And when the storm clouds finally roll in across the land they love, there’s more than the rain to contend with.</p> <p>Told with enormous heart, <i>Small Mercies</i> is a tender love story. It is a story of a couple who feel they must change to endure, and of the land that is as important as their presence on it.</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="/taxonomy/term/4973" hreflang="en">#fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3571" hreflang="en">#australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4974" hreflang="en">Small Mercies</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/30" hreflang="en">Richard Anderson</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-192843121dea324c7b4c48e7b2749057e32484bbc601b835f35aab0cc0e7b820"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/small-mercies-richard-anderson" hreflang="en">Small Mercies, Richard Anderson</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, March 12, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14987&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="p8FjSE34tZToy28eQEGb-tzTSSpar9oO29yquD1w8nY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 12 Mar 2020 04:15:56 +0000 Karen 14987 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/small-mercies-richard-anderson#comments Moving Pictures, Terry Pratchett https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/moving-pictures-terry-pratchett <div data-history-node-id="14986" 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> Moving Pictures, Terry Pratchett </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Wednesday, March 11, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I'm still wallowing happily around in the audio versions of the Discworld series - working my way from the start to the end and loving every minute of it, despite it being mostly re-reading / re-listening. MOVING PICTURES is, not surprisingly, the story of Holy Wood come to the Discworld. A bit of an accident / come happy outcome on the part of the Alchemists and the film industry is born. As are stars, starlets, agents, theatre owners, and strange beings from another place. All coincide for yet another excellent outing in the mad world of the Disc.</p> <p> </p> </div> </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="14893" 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="/book/moving-pictures" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/moving-pictures.jpg?itok=cIBT6mVn" width="220" height="220" alt="Moving Pictures" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/terry-pratchett" hreflang="en">Terry Pratchett</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/882" hreflang="en">1997</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2080" hreflang="en">Discworld</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">10</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>People might say that reality is a quality that things possess in the same way that they possess weight. Sadly alchemists never really held with such a quaint notion. They think that they can change reality, shape it to their own purpose. Imagine then the damage that could be wrought if they get their hands on the ultimate alchemy: the invention of motion pictures, the greatest making of illusions. It may be a triumph of universe-shaking proportions. It's either that or they're about to unlock the dark terrible secret of the Holy Wood hills - by mistake...</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="/taxonomy/term/2323" hreflang="en">#fantasy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4911" hreflang="en">#discworld</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4972" hreflang="en">Moving Pictures</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2081" hreflang="en">Terry Pratchett</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--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-f01d0b1a921ebe71823ea2dbfaf11d859945027feaf7038cdce5d90824f11b82"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/moving-pictures-terry-pratchett" hreflang="en">Moving Pictures, Terry Pratchett</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Wednesday, March 11, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14986&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="vsvUeGKaw026kBnWUul22ehO7jaPO3UUUBUKbA7i_BY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 11 Mar 2020 06:51:04 +0000 Karen 14986 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/moving-pictures-terry-pratchett#comments Our Dark Secret, Jenny Quintana https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/our-dark-secret-jenny-quintana-0 <div data-history-node-id="14981" 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> Our Dark Secret, Jenny Quintana </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, March 11, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Crime Fiction themes do have a tendency to come in waves, but the past having a direct impact on somebody's present and future is a particularly rich field when tilled well, and Jenny Quintana has done that with considerable skill in OUR DARK SECRET.</p> <p>Based around the character of Elizabeth Constance Valentine, the storyline moves from Elizabeth's 70's childhood, an only child, awkward, shy, clever, tending towards a bit frumpy and overweight. She adored her father Ted (of the wandering eye) but had a more complicated relationship with her more uptight mother Phyllis, particularly after Ted ran away with the mother of Rachel, the girl that Elizabeth wishes she was, or wishes she could be best, closest friends with.</p> <p>Moving backwards and forwards through time OUR DARK SECRET takes you through Elizabeth's adult life, drifting from nothing job to nothing job, it's 25 years now since something happened that changed Elizabeth's life completely - and that wasn't just her father running off. A body found in the woods near her childhood home obviously has significance for Elizabeth, and the reader watches, as a slow motion car crash of the present day, becomes the out of control freight train which turned Elizabeth, Rachel and their families lives upside down all those years ago.</p> <p>The character of Elizabeth is particularly well executed. A scruffy, sort of a no-hoper initially, Elizabeth's stronger, and smarter than readers might think. The influence of a broken home, of teenage friendships, of the sheer mind-altering intensity of friendships sought, lost and kept, had and continues to have a profound impact on Elizabeth. Something happened back in those important, formative years that have stunted her emotional growth ever since then, but she's not a victim, or a figure of derision. There's something overwhelmingly good, compelling and engaging about this woman. Rachel, on the other hand, is more ephemeral, the story of Elizabeth works it's way around her, she's a catalyst maybe, but what happened, what is the secret here, is tricky to nail down until this author is more than ready for you to understand just what happened all those years ago.</p> <p>It's a fascinating study in damage, obsession, affection and distrust. It's an interesting study of parental failings and teenage stuff ups, and the complications that secrets create. Because there's more than one secret here, and each of them is as damaging and confronting as the last.</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> </div> </div> <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">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="14885" 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--17"> <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/our-dark-secret" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/our-dark-secret.jpg?itok=7-XyI6J6" width="144" height="220" alt="Our Dark Secret" 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/jenny-quintana" hreflang="en">Jenny Quintana</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">9781509839476</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--18"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The crazy girls, they called them – or at least, Elizabeth liked to think they did. As a teenager in the late 1970s, she was clever, overweight and a perfect victim for the bullies. Then Rachel and her family arrived in town and, for Elizabeth, it was as if a light had been switched on. She was drawn to the bright and beautiful Rachel like a moth to a flame.</p> <p>Rachel had her own reasons for wanting Elizabeth as a friend, and although their relationship was far from equal, Elizabeth would do anything for Rachel.</p> <p>Then the first body was discovered.</p> <p>Twenty years on, Elizabeth wants nothing more than to keep the secrets of her teenage years where they belong: in the past. But another body has been found, and she can’t keep running from what happened.</p> <p>Can she?</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="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4824" hreflang="en">#UK</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4581" hreflang="en">#ukcrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4898" hreflang="en">Our Dark Secret</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4895" hreflang="en">Jenny Quintana</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--20"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--20--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--20--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--20--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-ce6dc91aa5fd365fee6fba9cad670a0bb341a2bca6278b6509bd7cd6dcf01a63"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/our-dark-secret-jenny-quintana-0" hreflang="en">Our Dark Secret, Jenny Quintana</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, March 11, 2020 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/our-dark-secret-jenny-quintana" hreflang="en">Our Dark Secret, Jenny Quintana</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, March 10, 2020 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/media-release-our-dark-secret-jenny-quintana" hreflang="en">Media Release - Our Dark Secret by Jenny Quintana</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, February 14, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14981&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="yWJLx0HpgEnmf5Bk7R3anDGQMU4mF5K85dDl9MLprb8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 10 Mar 2020 21:56:36 +0000 Karen 14981 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/our-dark-secret-jenny-quintana-0#comments Eric, Terry Pratchett https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/eric-terry-pratchett <div data-history-node-id="14980" 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--21"> <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> Eric, Terry Pratchett </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Wednesday, March 11, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Number 9 in the Discworld series, ERIC is the story of the Discworld's only demonology hacker. Of course the Discworld has a demonology hacker, and of course he wants to be master of the universe, and of course he's hopeless at getting his own way.</p> <p>And the Luggage makes it's first appearance. What's not to love.</p> </div> </div> </div> <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">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="14892" 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--22"> <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/eric" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/eric.jpg?itok=8RgbYvI4" width="220" height="220" alt="Eric" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/terry-pratchett" hreflang="en">Terry Pratchett</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1162" hreflang="en">2007</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2080" hreflang="en">Discworld</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">9</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--23"> <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>Discworld's only demonology hacker, Eric, is about to make life very difficult for the rest of Ankh-Morpork's denizens. This would-be Faust is very bad...at his work, that is. All he wants is to fulfill three little wishes:to live forever, to be master of the universe, and to have a stylin' hot babe.</p> <p>But Eric isn't even good at getting his own way. Instead of a powerful demon, he conjures, well, Rincewind, a wizard whose incompetence is matched only by Eric's. And as if that wasn't bad enough, that lovable travel accessory the Luggage has arrived, too. Accompanied by his best friends, there's only one thing Eric wishes now -- that he'd never been born! </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="/taxonomy/term/2323" hreflang="en">#fantasy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4911" hreflang="en">#discworld</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4968" hreflang="en">16</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4969" hreflang="en">Eric</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2081" hreflang="en">Terry Pratchett</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--25"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--25--content" aria-expanded="true" 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</table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14980&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="CGzwZP-n8fq-24K7qscqpEgbz7dhj8PnBg5jjKKkWRs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 10 Mar 2020 15:14:21 +0000 Karen 14980 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/eric-terry-pratchett#comments Our Dark Secret, Jenny Quintana https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/our-dark-secret-jenny-quintana <div data-history-node-id="14979" 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--26"> <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> Our Dark Secret, Jenny Quintana </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, March 10, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>If you are one of those readers who likes to get stuck in early into a novel’s backstory, right back to the early years of what may have pre-empted the enactment of a crime, this slow moving and meticulously detailed mystery will satisfy.  Our Dark Secret is the story of a girl who desperately wants to belong, and be loved, but never finds herself being a priority for anyone.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Elizabeth Constance Valentine, she of the very elegant name, is anything but.  As a teenager in the 1970’s when willowy young ladies were the ‘it’ girls of the era, Elizabeth would like to fit in with her peers but knows that her differences set her apart.  Awkward and shy, the attention and friendship of her peers is something that Elizabeth craves like nothing else.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Parented by the charming Ted and pragmatic Phyllis, Elizabeth tries to stay in the background of the family chaos and lives for those times when the dancing eyes of her father are only directed at her.  When the inevitable happens and Elizabeth becomes the product of a broken home, she now has that in common with the beautiful Rachel.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In adulthood, Elizabeth has been unable to move on from the events of one day in 1972.  Drifting from one rubbish job to another, twenty five years later her time of reckoning has come. A body has been found in the woods near her childhood home, the knowledge of such being the burning pit of dread in which Elizabeth has lived out her intervening years. Just how far she’d go to protect Rachel is about to be determined once again.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Our Dark Secret takes the reader along with Elizabeth as she struggles to re-invent herself, far away from those who once knew her best.  As anyone who has ever been or parented a tween or teenage girl will tell you, those formulative years are incredibly intense and the influence of the opposite gender pales compare to the influence of other girls and women.  Our Dark Secret gives appropriate weight to the power of these early female relationships, and the lifelong legacy those years gift to the later years when one is supposedly now an adult.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The obsession Elizabeth has with Rachel does register on the creep factor of what we would now call stalking, but perhaps back in the 1970’s such were the practicalities faced by the young and the fixated. The keeping of a large secret in this book is a burden it would seem mostly borne by one, and Elizabeth’s inability to fully unshackle herself from her past is not a new story but still a very relatable one to read of.  From childhood to adulthood, the conspiratorial work that is Our Dark Secret lays it all out on the page for your thoughtful dissection.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Author Jenny Quintana grew up in Essex and Berkshire before studying English Literature in London. Her first novel, <em><span>The Missing Girl</span></em>, was published in 2017.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </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="14885" 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--17"> <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/our-dark-secret" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/our-dark-secret.jpg?itok=7-XyI6J6" width="144" height="220" alt="Our Dark Secret" 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/jenny-quintana" hreflang="en">Jenny Quintana</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">9781509839476</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--18"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The crazy girls, they called them – or at least, Elizabeth liked to think they did. As a teenager in the late 1970s, she was clever, overweight and a perfect victim for the bullies. Then Rachel and her family arrived in town and, for Elizabeth, it was as if a light had been switched on. She was drawn to the bright and beautiful Rachel like a moth to a flame.</p> <p>Rachel had her own reasons for wanting Elizabeth as a friend, and although their relationship was far from equal, Elizabeth would do anything for Rachel.</p> <p>Then the first body was discovered.</p> <p>Twenty years on, Elizabeth wants nothing more than to keep the secrets of her teenage years where they belong: in the past. But another body has been found, and she can’t keep running from what happened.</p> <p>Can she?</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="/taxonomy/term/4880" hreflang="en">#2020</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4706" hreflang="en">#drama</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4749" hreflang="en">#crime. #psychologicalthriller</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-ce6dc91aa5fd365fee6fba9cad670a0bb341a2bca6278b6509bd7cd6dcf01a63"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/our-dark-secret-jenny-quintana-0" hreflang="en">Our Dark Secret, Jenny Quintana</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, March 11, 2020 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/our-dark-secret-jenny-quintana" hreflang="en">Our Dark Secret, Jenny Quintana</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, March 10, 2020 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/media-release-our-dark-secret-jenny-quintana" hreflang="en">Media Release - Our Dark Secret by Jenny Quintana</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, February 14, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14979&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="6Y8fqtwGOmzR4fvDnTAwYWbb_AMLRJjSL9lz2ay4O-I"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 10 Mar 2020 05:35:41 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14979 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/our-dark-secret-jenny-quintana#comments My Perfect Wife, Clare Boyd https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/my-perfect-wife-clare-boyd <div data-history-node-id="14970" 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> My Perfect Wife, Clare Boyd </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, March 3, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>As popular fiction catches up with the fact that the home is where true horror lives, there’s a heck of a lot of authors writing about the dangers nested deep in our most intimate relationships.  My Perfect Wife depicts how many small acts of cruelty and control can incrementally cause such enormous amounts of damage.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Returning home to help out her parents who are in a bind, Heather Shaw is once again living in the humble house she grew up in, located next door to the Huxley mansion. As a teenager, sneaking over for swimming lessons from the 25 year old Lucas Huxley, Heather’s memories of these sessions are some of the happiest she has to recall.  The only daughter of overprotective and pious parents, Heather viewed her time with Lucas as happy escapes from the burden of never being allowed to forget her station in life.  Gordon and Sally Shaw were always there to remind their daughter of the dangers of mixing with a class above her own.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Lucas and Elizabeth Huxley are a golden couple with two adorable children, seemingly living the dream with a huge business partnership on the horizon that will soon catapult the family into the upper echelons of the rich and indulged. Elizabeth walks the tight rope of keeping the domestic front running smoothly whilst keeping the mental load invisible from her powerhouse of a husband.  To assist them in their goals, the Huxley’s employ a young Yugoslavian couple to manage the house and renovations, and Heather’s parents also to keep on top of the gardening and odd jobs.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Back in the orbit of the charismatic Lucas once again, Heather draws the ire of Gordon who forcibly reminds her that she should not interfere in a marriage.  Elizabeth seems quite hostile to Heather, who wonders if Lucas has revealed the past nature of their relationship to his seemingly fragile wife.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As Elizabeth plans the house party to end all house parties with the aim of pleasing their prospective new business partners, emotions and expectations are at an all time high.  It is obvious to everyone that things are not right at the Huxleys, but who should be the one to step up and put things to order?</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Fraught with tension, My Perfect Wife presents a very believable depiction of a faltering marriage with witnesses forced to participate in its downfall by bonds of love or duty. We have the view from the inside, and the view from the outside.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The moral tone in this book is not just about trust in relationships but about being an enabler of someone else’s bad behaviour by cause of inaction or misguided loyalties.  It is not a spoiler to say that toxic relationships are at the centre of My Perfect Wife but it is not just about the co-dependencies that exist between two people in a marriage.   </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It’s a bit of a tightrope to classify novels such as My Perfect Wife as they are dramatic novels centred around crimes of coerce and control.  We’re used to a whodunit, more than a whydunit in our suspense reading.  My Perfect Wife is a slow complicated march towards a sure explosion that rewards the reader with some thinking material for the after. </span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </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="14969" 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="/book/my-perfect-wife-clare-boyd" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/my%20perfect%20wife%20-.jpg?itok=s7tmAogW" width="143" height="220" alt="Glass house, aqua text" 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/clare-boyd" hreflang="en">Clare Boyd</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">9781838881672</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--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><strong>The evening ahead of her felt like the start of a long tightrope walk above a raging waterfall, where one misstep could be fatal…</strong></p> <p>Everyone in town knows Copper Lodge, that designer home with floor-to-ceiling windows that looms over the small red-brick houses on Connelly Close. And the couple who live there, Elizabeth and Lucas Huxley, with their two blonde-haired, cherubic children, are seemingly perfect, plucked right out of a magazine.</p> <p>But meet Heather, the gardener’s daughter, arriving from the coast in her beat-up little car to spend the summer helping to prepare for the most important night of the Huxleys’ lives: a summer party designed to put Elizabeth’s past trauma behind them and save their family from financial ruin. <strong>Heather grew up in the grounds of this magnificent house, she knows its secrets…</strong></p> <p>As the night of the party draws near, the lawn is mown in neat lines, the champagne flutes are sparkling, and you could cut the tension with an over-polished knife. It’s Elizabeth’s one chance to prove to her husband that she’s on the mend, that she can handle something as simple as a drinks reception without snapping under the pressure. <strong>If she makes one mistake, he’ll try to take her children away.</strong></p> <p>Heather wants to stay as far away from the party – and the Huxleys – as possible, but something dark is dragging her back: <strong>the secret she’s been keeping since she was a teenager is about to explode like the fireworks over Copper Lodge…</strong></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="/taxonomy/term/4881" hreflang="en">#2020. #thriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4706" hreflang="en">#drama</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-e287bf0a37db19be386fad8138bad3d3f2d33ea59473da78c515b86749a8b112"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/my-perfect-wife-clare-boyd" hreflang="en">My Perfect Wife, Clare Boyd</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, March 3, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14970&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="78yy5B_H0gZBlV5MoDPzcTuZaLqnoAklqJmYQBvY4Zc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 03 Mar 2020 06:53:00 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14970 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/my-perfect-wife-clare-boyd#comments The Good Turn, Dervla McTiernan https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/good-turn-dervla-mctiernan <div data-history-node-id="14929" 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> The Good Turn, Dervla McTiernan </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, February 25, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>With police corruption at its dark heart, The Good Turn is another solid entry in a police procedural series that has been pure gold for crime fiction fans since the first book.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Adjusting to the new reality of his long-distance relationship with girlfriend Emma, Cormac Reilly has less patience in the tank than usual to deal with the politics that govern the daily machinations of his job.  Cormac is more than aware that his work superiors do not regard him as a team player, and the level of his concern about these opinions would seem to be decreasing with each day that passes.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Reilly’s younger colleague, Peter Kelly, is at the other end of his career and keen to make his mark in Galway police. Tasked to take the report of a child who claims to have witnessed an abduction in his street, neither Peter or his colleagues expect the incident to be the real deal.  Yet it is.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Launching out on his own to follow up a lead on a suspect, Peter is involved in a fatal shooting. Put under review and banished to Roundstone, where the obnoxious Des Kelly, Peter’s father, runs the local police station, Peter despairs that he has possibly torched his career with his ill thought out decisions. His superior, Cormac Reilly, is accused of leading the young Garda astray.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Outing #3 of Cormac Reilly devotes less page time to its hard done by Irish detective than the series priors, and The Good Turn is a better novel for it.   There is less to read here about Cormac’s relationship with girlfriend Emma also, though these inclusions are pivotal as to how the rest of the series will develop.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>There is a lot going on in The Good Turn, and each plot thread is tended with great care.  The reader will need to keep sharp about whose perspective we are reading as the fact gathering continues, with both detectives Cormac and Peter working on independent concerns for much of the novel. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Strong characterization carries The Good Turn throughout, and this has been a key feature of all three books in this deservedly popular series.  Both the investigators and the investigation are given equal consideration in The Good Turn, which is immensely satisfying to anyone who prefers a holistic experience with their reading of crime fiction.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Perth based author Dervla McTiernan’s debut novel, The Ruin, was received with great enthusiasm, and won the 2019 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Fiction. The Ruin has also been optioned for TV by Hopscotch Features.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </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="14922" 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="/book/good-turn" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/good-turn.jpg?itok=2loHLqTm" width="144" height="220" alt="The Good Turn" 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/dervla-mctiernan" hreflang="en">Dervla McTiernan</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">9780751578300</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2480" hreflang="en">Cormac Reilly</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--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>Police corruption, an investigation that ends in tragedy and the mystery of a little girl's silence - three unconnected things that will prove to be linked by one small town.</p> <p>While Detective Cormac Reilly faces enemies at work and trouble in his personal life, Garda Peter Fisher is relocated out of Galway with the threat of prosecution hanging over his head. But even that is not as terrible as having to work for his overbearing father, the local copper for the pretty seaside town of Roundstone.</p> <p>For some, like Anna and her young daughter Tilly, Roundstone is a refuge from trauma. But even this village on the edge of the sea isn't far enough to escape from the shadows of evil men.</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="/taxonomy/term/4782" hreflang="en">#crime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4936" hreflang="en">#irishcrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4686" hreflang="en">#policeprocedural</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--38"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--38--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--38--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--38--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-8c020f454713cfbb3290d1046c28c933284be7763c5131fe667b6181dd9388a0"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/good-turn-dervla-mctiernan" hreflang="en">The Good Turn, Dervla McTiernan</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, February 25, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14929&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="xvpbFpfpQdzGabHiffOmzaN1wvobsXU4eM-YmKNsGeY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:59:21 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14929 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/good-turn-dervla-mctiernan#comments Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/guards-guards-terry-pratchett <div data-history-node-id="14923" 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> Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Monday, February 24, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The 8th book in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, GUARDS! GUARDS! introduces readers to the main characters of The Night Watch - Sam Vimes, Fred Colon, Nobby Nobbs, Carrot Ironfoundersson (diversity quotas don't hit until a bit later in the series, so there are a lot more to come). The Night Watch is generally regarded as a bunch of no-hopers, wandering about during the night, ringing bells and walking backwards quickly from anything slightly dodgy just in case some policing might be called upon. But new recruit Carrot, a 6'6" tall "dwarf" recently arrived in the Watch, has memorised the entire book of Laws and Ordinances of the Cities of Ankh and Morpork and he's a very serious young chap when it comes to doing the job he's taken an oath to do (okay so he gave himself the oath because there's fat chance Nobby or Colon are going to think of it, but you get the idea).</p> <p>Carrot's enthusiasm for the job is just the tonic for Commander Sam Vimes who's been going under with the weight of the idiot factor he's been carrying for a while now, but the summoning of a dragon by the Unique and Supreme Lodge of the Elucidated Brethern of the Ebon Night, with a view to overthrowing the Patrician (who is not best pleased at this) and the installation of a puppet king (although not all the Brethern are clear on this), is just the ticket for Sam Vimes and Carrot to weigh in with some serious policing, followed reluctantly and somewhat haphazardly by Colon and Nobbs. And it doesn't hurt that Sam Vimes meets Sybil Ramkin along the way. Sybil, breeder of swamp dragons, possessor of pots of money and member of one of the oldest and noblest families around, is an unlikely love interest, but then, to be fair, so is Vimes.</p> <p>Book 8 and the whole Discworld is really starting to develop form, function and character. And for those of a visually minded reading capacity, a bit of an odour, what with swamp dragons and the river... but I digress. Listening to this series is still a thing of joy, love hearing the jokes as I'm going about day to day stuff (particularly love the honks of laughter from my partner who is often listening from another room). And Nigel Planer's reading of these books for the series on Audible is an absolute standout.</p> </div> </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="14891" 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="/book/guards-guards" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/guards-guards.jpg?itok=bRyyqevG" width="220" height="220" alt="Guards! Guards!" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/terry-pratchett" hreflang="en">Terry Pratchett</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">B0000546W9</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1197" hreflang="en">1999</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2080" hreflang="en">Discworld</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">8</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>Long believed extinct, a superb specimen of draco nobilis ("noble dragon" for those who don't understand italics) has appeared in Discworld's greatest city. Not only does this unwelcome visitor have a nasty habit of charbroiling everything in its path, in rather short order it is crowned King (it is a noble dragon, after all...). How did it get there? How is the Unique and Supreme Lodge of the Elucidated Brethren of the Ebon Night involved? Can the Ankh-Morpork City Watch restore order – and the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork to power?</p> <p>Magic, mayhem, and a marauding dragon...who could ask for anything more?</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="/taxonomy/term/2323" hreflang="en">#fantasy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3706" hreflang="en">Fantasy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4926" hreflang="en">Guards! Guards!</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2081" hreflang="en">Terry Pratchett</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2325" hreflang="en">Discworld</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--43"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--43--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--43--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--43--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-ccc859f8fb86cc6ea2f46e0d486f4fb3ed1ecddde9d00f66d6eb86e072192d82"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/guards-guards-terry-pratchett" hreflang="en">Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, February 24, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14923&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="ruXyBNO3TtjnAX6cYBnIidFMvKe_NndG8hf-CEU3A9E"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 24 Feb 2020 05:40:39 +0000 Karen 14923 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/guards-guards-terry-pratchett#comments City Without Stars, Tim Baker https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/city-without-stars-tim-baker <div data-history-node-id="14906" 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--44"> <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> City Without Stars, Tim Baker </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Thursday, February 20, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Dark humour, brutal murder, appalling degradation, unrelenting poverty and corrupt law enforcement all combine to create something challenging, and thought-provoking in CITY WITHOUT STARS. Following on from his first novel FEVER CITY (shortlisted for the CWA's John Creasey New Blood Dagger, and nominated for the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award for best first novel), Tim Baker, has created a view of Mexico in this second novel that's confronting and discomforting.</p> <p>In amongst the heat, noise and sheer pulse of life within Ciudad Real, there are stories of women going missing, found brutally murdered. As the storyline bounces between descriptive passages on the deprivation of the town, the heat and dry desert surrounds, there are the stories of the foreign run factories, where many of these victims work. Mostly female workers, exploited by low pay and gruelling shifts, violence and sexual abuse always at the edges, the air of menace and threat builds, much like the heat haze builds as the weather imposes it's restrictions on life as well.</p> <p>At the centre of all of this union activist Pilar, decides enough is enough, but her only ally turns out to be somebody from the corrupt law enforcement agencies. Pilar and Fuentes have to find a way to work together, and a way through the maze of corruption, and influence.</p> <p>Dripping violence, and threat, reader's may find aspects of CITY WITHOUT STARS overwhelming. There were definitely points where this reader felt out of her depth. Everybody is corrupt - from the police force, to the factory bosses, the Catholic hierarchy, city officials and drug cartels. The disregard for life and dignity, the pursuit of money at all costs is lightened by the two main characters Baker is building here, with Pilar and Fuentes inspiring, without overblowing that aspect, and interesting, without making them too perfect for words.</p> <p>The flurries of dark humour help enormously though, and whilst this is definitely the sort of book that you're going to find challenging, it's obviously supposed to be. CITY WITHOUT STARS is dark noir styled crime fiction, where the worst of human behaviour is dissected, flayed out, laid bare, called for what it is. No excuses, no cover ups, no pretence.</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> </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="2031" 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="/book/city-without-stars" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/city-without-stars.jpg?itok=8agLDPOr" width="144" height="220" alt="City Without Stars" 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/tim-baker" hreflang="en">Tim Baker</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">9780571338337</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/849" hreflang="en">2017</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--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>The only thing more dangerous than the cartels is the truth...</p> <p>In Ciudad Real, Mexico, a deadly war between rival cartels is erupting, and hundreds of female sweat-shop workers are being murdered. As his police superiors start shutting down his investigation, Fuentes suspects most of his colleagues are on the payroll of narco kingpin, El Santo.</p> <p>Meanwhile, despairing union activist, Pilar, decides to take social justice into her own hands. But if she wants to stop the killings, she's going to have to ignore all her instincts and accept the help of Fuentes. When the name of Mexico's saintly orphan rescuer, Padre Márcio, keeps resurfacing, Pilar and Fuentes begin to realise how deep the cover-up goes. </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="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2319" hreflang="en">#terroraustralis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3326" hreflang="en">City Without Stars</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/370" hreflang="en">Tim Baker</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-675671c52f19bde98b6294fab0b16d4351c34c98a275194752a16150aecd2f06"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/city-without-stars-tim-baker" hreflang="en">City Without Stars, Tim Baker</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, February 20, 2020 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/amreading-city-without-stars-tim-baker" hreflang="en">#amreading City Without Stars, Tim Baker</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, May 8, 2018 </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=14906&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="WJBz-SCML8eU81Mzdwbeo5C0jeYmyNgtCyUsW8rAWk4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 20 Feb 2020 01:19:50 +0000 Karen 14906 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/city-without-stars-tim-baker#comments