AustCrimeFiction - All Posts https://www.austcrimefiction.org/ en Quiet in Her Bones, Nalini Singh https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/quiet-her-bones-nalini-singh <div data-history-node-id="15954" 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> Quiet in Her Bones, Nalini Singh </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="/index.php/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 class="social-media-link-icon--twitter" href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fab fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fab fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--email" 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, November 30, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A slow burn psychological thriller, QUIET IN HER BONES is beautifully executed with a pace that seems to stroll along, focusing mostly on a range of characters that stand out from the page. </p> <p>Socialite Nina Rai vanished ten years ago, along with a quarter of a million dollars in cash. Her son Aarav heard a chilling scream the night she went, but it wasn't until years later that her remains are discovered in the dense forest that surrounds their elite, privileged, secretive, exclusive neighbourhood. Aarav's desire to find out what happened on that night is compelled by his own deteriorating condition, meaning he's got a small window of opportunity, before he becomes physically incapable of doing so.</p> <p>QUIET IN HER BONES is packed with atmosphere, made somehow more ethereal and exotic by the wealthy lifestyle of the victim, and the Hindu culture that are woven together. It's beautifully written, with considerable emotion and a really interesting, vivid set of characters that reader's could find utterly compelling. Some readers might also find the slow burn too much at points, perhaps because of strong empathy for Aarav's situation, perhaps because pace simply isn't the point of QUIET IN HER BONES. Place, character and situation are the focus here, as well as complexity - the reveal is itself quite something when it does arrive.</p> <p>This is the second thriller from Singh - a New York Times bestseller known for her prodigious output of paranormal romance novels in particular. Her earlier thriller, A MADNESS OF SUNSHINE, isn't connected to this one, although it did exhibit a lot of the same elements - great sense of place, intermixing of the investigation and the personal, and a standout sense of place and culture. It may have been slightly more of a page-turner, but QUIET IN HER BONES delves into the experience of those left behind a lot more.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/quiet-her-bones-nalini-singh" data-a2a-title="Quiet in Her Bones, Nalini Singh"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fquiet-her-bones-nalini-singh&amp;title=Quiet%20in%20Her%20Bones%2C%20Nalini%20Singh"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--4"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15791" 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/quiet-her-bones" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/quiet-in-her-bones.jpg?itok=As4x0ktZ" width="144" height="220" alt="Quiet In Her Bones" 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/nalini-singh" hreflang="en">Nalini Singh</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">9781869714444</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/5200" hreflang="en">2021</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--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>My mother vanished ten years ago.<br /> So did a quarter of a million dollars in cash.<br /> Thief. Bitch. Criminal.<br /> Now, she's back.<br /> Her bones clothed in scarlet silk.</p> <p>When socialite Nina Rai disappeared without a trace, everyone wrote it off as another trophy wife tired of her wealthy husband.</p> <p>But now her bones have turned up in the shadowed green of the forest that surrounds her elite neighborhood, a haven of privilege and secrets that’s housed the same influential families for decades.</p> <p>The rich live here, along with those whose job it is to make their lives easier. And somebody knows what happened to Nina one rainy night ten years ago.</p> <p>Her son Aarav heard a chilling scream that night, and he’s determined to uncover the ugly truth that lives beneath the moneyed elegance…but no one is ready for the murderous secrets about to crawl out of the dark.</p> <p>Even the dead aren’t allowed to break the rules in this cul-de-sac. </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/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/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/21" hreflang="en">New Zealand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5776" hreflang="en">Quiet in Her Bones</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4864" hreflang="en">Nalini Singh</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-8552218d04074208b5514588753474620971d320f86071df68835f00abf896a1"> <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/quiet-her-bones-nalini-singh" hreflang="en">Quiet in Her Bones, Nalini Singh</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, November 30, 2022 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15954&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="by1_hBff8809qf4omeBXlsbWjULcFM3baZVQf3fD5mo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Wed, 30 Nov 2022 05:06:38 +0000 Karen 15954 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org Black River, Matthew Spencer https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/black-river-matthew-spencer <div data-history-node-id="15953" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--4"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Black River, Matthew Spencer </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="/index.php/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 class="social-media-link-icon--twitter" href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fab fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fab fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--email" 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, November 28, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Not so long ago, you couldn't move for serial killer novels, and a lot of readers (including this one) were over them. Since then the "popularity" does seem to have waned, and there's a marked tendency to make that those that do show up - very good indeed. As it was with BLACK RIVER which turned out to be an absolute page-turner.</p> <p>Based in Sydney, in geographic locations, and a central character's backstory that seems to have more than a few echoes with the author's, this is the story of the mysterious deaths of a number of young women, their bodies having been discovered along the banks of the Parramatta River. Until this latest one, where the body of a young woman is found in the deserted grounds of an elite Sydney boarding school. It's they way in which her body was wrapped in black plastic before being dumped that connects her to the previous killings, rather than the sexual assaults, and the river, or so it seems.</p> <p>The victim this time is a resident within the college - the daughter of one of the staff members, and her body was found by the young son of one of the college families. Initially there's a bit of doubt that the taskforce covering the "Blue Moon Killer" murders will include this death in their investigation, the similarities not being quite as strong as they would like, but doubt eventually loses out, and DS Rose Riley, and the rest of the taskforce, take on the tricky task of adding this death to the list they already have. Made slightly more interesting by the discovery that journalist, Adam Bowman, has been sneaking around the grounds of the school, taking a photograph that ended up on the front cover of the newspaper he works for, outing himself as an ex-resident of the school, suggesting a potential suspect to the taskforce.</p> <p>The idea that a taskforce investigating a serial killer would end up co-operating with a journalist like Bowman actually worked really well, despite the nagging doubt about his potential involvement. His knowledge of the school grounds, and the way that his past gives him an in with the school community help though, as does the idea that carefully leaked information might be just the thing to rile up and flush their killer from his careful, considered, cautious approach. This is a killer who seems very up to date with forensic techniques, very methodical and careful. The fact that these also seem like random unconnected killings is making any thoughts of catching him increasingly desperate.</p> <p>The entire cast of characters here is really well done, especially as the focus is on pace and plot for most of it. It seems there's some intention to build a series around Rose Riley and that bodes really well - she's a great character, and one would hope that Bowman will make a return as a sidekick. The sense of place is well done - even without knowing anything about that area of Sydney you could easily get a feel for the way that the river dominates, and how such an exclusive, and well equipped school fitted in. The idea that Bowman has his own past with the location - over and above simply growing up there gave credence to his persona as a slightly damaged, obsessive sort of a character - all of which increased the lingering suspicion about his involvement. But his doggedness, combined with that of Riley, and her ability to remain utterly focused on the job at hand worked, and created a very believable team.</p> <p>Heaps of pace, lots of potential suspects, a really good cast with some human fallibility, and a serial killer slightly at arms length, made BLACK RIVER a welcome addition to the Australian Crime Fiction scene. Here's hoping that series does come to fruition.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/black-river-matthew-spencer" data-a2a-title="Black River, Matthew Spencer"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fblack-river-matthew-spencer&amp;title=Black%20River%2C%20Matthew%20Spencer"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--7"> <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="15803" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--5"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/black-river" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/black-river.jpg?itok=wDtG3BZQ" width="144" height="220" alt="Black River" 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/matthew-spencer" hreflang="en">Matthew Spencer</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">9781761066184</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5478" hreflang="en">2022</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--6"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>A long, burning summer in Sydney. A young woman found murdered in the deserted grounds of an elite boarding school. A serial killer preying on victims along the banks of the Parramatta River. A city on edge.</p> <p>Adam Bowman, a battling journalist who grew up as the son of a teacher at Prince Albert College, might be the only person who can uncover the links between the school murder and the 'Blue Moon Killer'. But he will have to go into the darkest places of his childhood to piece together the clues. Detective Sergeant Rose Riley, meanwhile, is part of the taskforce desperately trying to find the killer before he strikes again. Adam Bowman's excavation of his past might turn out to be Rose's biggest trump card or it may bring the whole investigation crashing down, and put her own life in danger.</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/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/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3571" hreflang="en">#australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5775" hreflang="en">Black River</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5659" hreflang="en">Matthew Spencer</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--8"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--8--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--8--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--8--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-345ccc6a267b5c8c1699b4e2696838a4d788287faf91e777fbf49054da6aa905"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/black-river-matthew-spencer" hreflang="en">Black River, Matthew Spencer</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, November 28, 2022 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15953&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="Q-dy6wLQNa6C_dIfzIKndgiHX6g4raZNG7kB3y7C09M"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Mon, 28 Nov 2022 04:28:22 +0000 Karen 15953 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org Banjawarn, Josh Kemp https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/banjawarn-josh-kemp <div data-history-node-id="15951" 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> Banjawarn, Josh Kemp </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="/index.php/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 class="social-media-link-icon--twitter" href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fab fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fab fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--email" 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">Sunday, November 27, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>There seems to have been quite a few dystopian styled novels passing before my reading eye in recent months, and BANJAWARN is the latest.</p> <p>Josh Kemp's debut novel is Gothic, gritty, depressing, uplifting, disturbing and rewarding - sometimes at different times, sometimes simultaneously so. All in all, a most unusual reading experience.</p> <p>The central character, Garreth Hoyle, is a true crime writer addicted to hallucinogenic drugs, with a best-seller book behind him, based on his experiences on a sheep station - Banjawarn. The book estranged him from some of the few people in the world he could have called friends - after too many secrets were revealed that should never have been disclosed.</p> <p>Hoyle has now descended into a sort of nomadic lifestyle - dodging Covid lockdowns, roaming the Goldfields area of Western Australia, shooting up his drug of choice - PCP - whenever he gets the opportunity, mostly surrounded by the bush and solitude. Apart from a few memorable encounters that play with his head, his expectations and his ambitions.</p> <p>In Kalgoorlie, whilst trying to reconnect with one of his estranged friends, he comes across young Luna, in dire circumstances, who Hoyle, for reasons best known to himself, decides he must rescue. Of course his actions are all too easily seen by others as kidnapping, and their journey towards her natural father is littered with Hoyle's best intentions, and drug-addled failings.</p> <p>In the nature of this style of novel, the relationship between these two is key. And the question of who is saving whom not so straight forward. A journey novel, their progress is littered with confronting memories for both, and the disconnect that drug addiction provides for Hoyle. There's also something sinkingly inevitable about their progress, working it's way always towards Banjawarn station again, a reunion with the 4 people who Hoyle's book wronged, and an inevitable confrontation.</p> <p>A confronting, tense and utterly searing look at the fall-out from drug addiction, BANJAWARN is dark and challenging reading - using a dry sense of humour to illuminate (as opposed to deflect) something dead and broken at the core of modern humanity.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/banjawarn-josh-kemp" data-a2a-title="Banjawarn, Josh Kemp"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fbanjawarn-josh-kemp&amp;title=Banjawarn%2C%20Josh%20Kemp"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--4"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15702" 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/banjawarn" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/banjawarn.jpg?itok=a4B2v70r" width="143" height="220" alt="Banjawarn" 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/josh-kemp" hreflang="en">Josh Kemp</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">9781760802141</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5478" hreflang="en">2022</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Garreth Hoyle is a true crime writer whose destructive love affair with hallucinogenic drugs has sent him searching for ghosts in the unforgiving mallee desert of Western Australia. Heading north through Kalgoorlie, he attempts to score off old friends from his shearing days on Banjawarn Station. His journey takes an unexpected detour when he discovers an abandoned ten-year-old girl and decides to return her to her estranged father in Leonora, instead of alerting authorities. Together they begin the road trip from hell through the scorched heart of the state’s northern goldfields.</p> <p>Love, friendship and hope are often found in the strangest places, but forgiveness is never simple, and the past lies buried just beneath the blood red topsoil. The only question is whether Hoyle should uncover it, or run as fast as his legs can take him.</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/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5772" hreflang="en">Banjawarn</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5768" hreflang="en">Josh Kemp</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="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-81c7107454633194ed1ca9ac8f9ebf45e7747aa0a7b6d581b4a0aafa85d45832"> <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/banjawarn-josh-kemp" hreflang="en">Banjawarn, Josh Kemp</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">Sunday, November 27, 2022 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15951&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="2Zbo0C1lH0qmbB_YNNKnZwjgAhG4bAbn-uoz5iyj2go"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Sun, 27 Nov 2022 05:00:44 +0000 Karen 15951 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/banjawarn-josh-kemp#comments Unsheltered, Clare Moleta https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/unsheltered-clare-moleta <div data-history-node-id="15950" 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> Unsheltered, Clare Moleta </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="/index.php/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 class="social-media-link-icon--twitter" href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fab fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fab fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--email" 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">Sunday, November 27, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Up front, it was utterly impossible to avoid comparisons with McCarthy's THE ROAD right from the start of this novel, so I gave up trying not to. Dystopian in nature, thriller in intent, UNSHELTERED is yet another one of those novels that I suspect will spark widely different reactions, and opinions.</p> <p>A bold noir undertaking, this is the story of a woman's search for her missing daughter. A daughter Li never really wanted in the first place, although now eight-year-old Matti is missing, all she wants is to get her back.</p> <p>Set within the dual conflicts of climate and societal breakdown, the dystopian future outlined in this novel feels very real (possibly helped by living in a country besieged by fires and floods of epic proportions at the moment), so the concept that a society collapsing in on itself can become so ... well feral ... is a sobering prospect indeed. And this is possibly where UNSHELTERED is at its best. It's a gruelling, emotional journey, and readers will need to develop a very close and binding relationship with the characters in this novel, because the setting is so fraught, so confronting and so dire it could be too much for some.</p> <p>It's also an incredibly raw, and reflective trawl through the best and worst of humanity, which will engage with readers prepared to do some work - no speech marks, sudden timeline switches and time spent closely inside the protagonists heads, all make for a challenging, and sometimes downright confusing and confronting read, all of which felt very much by design. UNSHELTERED demands that the reader go on Li's journey with her - through every move, thought, doubt and misstep. You have to feel her fear, joy, disquiet, hate, love and failure just as she feels it. You may have to work at surviving UNSHELTERED just like she did.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/unsheltered-clare-moleta" data-a2a-title="Unsheltered, Clare Moleta"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Funsheltered-clare-moleta&amp;title=Unsheltered%2C%20Clare%20Moleta"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--7"> <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="15749" 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--10"> <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/unsheltered" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/unsheltered.jpg?itok=0rjaLKud" width="144" height="220" alt="Unsheltered" 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-moleta" hreflang="en">Clare Moleta</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">9781761100758</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/5200" hreflang="en">2021</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--11"> <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>As the resourceful, relentless Li tracks her lost daughter across a disintegrating country, the journey will test the limits of her trust, her hope and her love. Unsheltered will leave you wrung out and gasping.</p> <p>Relentlessly propulsive and profoundly moving, Unsheltered taps into some of our worst fears and most implacable motivations, marking the emergence of a fully-formed and urgent literary voice.</p> <p>Against a background of social breakdown and destructive weather, Unsheltered tells the story of a woman’s search for her daughter. Li never wanted to bring a child into a world like this but now that eight-year-old Matti is missing, she will stop at nothing to find her.</p> <p>As she crosses the great barren country alone and on foot, living on what she can find and fuelled by visions of her daughter just out of sight ahead, Li will have every instinct tested. She knows the odds against her: an uncompromising landscape, an uncaring system, time running out, and the risks of any encounters on the road. But her own failings and uncertainty might be the greatest obstacle of all. Because even if she finds her, how can she hope to shield Matti from the future?</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/5176" hreflang="en">#review #crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5026" hreflang="en">#newzealand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5771" hreflang="en">Unsheltered</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5620" hreflang="en">Clare Moleta</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--8"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--8--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--8--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--8--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-628b4ddc3347676111ece4176dee848416862bba68db194691a47314ea388bea"> <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/unsheltered-clare-moleta" hreflang="en">Unsheltered, Clare Moleta</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">Sunday, November 27, 2022 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15950&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="RUpNLo9a_QouNyJ3TyVrfrBOud5Svu-HZeU6o5D9R10"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Sun, 27 Nov 2022 04:37:27 +0000 Karen 15950 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/unsheltered-clare-moleta#comments The Late Monsieur Gallet, Georges Simenon https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/late-monsieur-gallet-georges-simenon <div data-history-node-id="15949" 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--9"> <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 Late Monsieur Gallet, Georges Simenon </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="/index.php/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 class="social-media-link-icon--twitter" href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fab fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fab fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--email" href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, November 22, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>One of my current audio quests is to go back to the beginning of the Inspector Maigret series and work my way through. THE LATE MONSIEUR GALLET is the third book in the series, so it was particularly interesting to note how firmly the characteristics of Maigret are established already. His tendency for reflection and observation, and his dogged determination are all on display as he works to solve the baffling case of the travelling salesman with a mystery in his background.</p> <p>That Monsieur Gallet's death came as a shock to his family, and the people of the small town where his body was found, goes without saying. The postcard, sent after he supposedly died, to his wife is not easily explained, as is the location in which he was found, and it turns out, his background as a travelling salesman, and his reputation as a fine, upstanding family man.</p> <p>Old-fashioned in approach (this was originally published in 1931), Maigret's style of investigation relies on following a victim's pathway in life. He accumulates stories and clues, talking to witnesses, people in the various locations he finds himself, drawing out a timeline, and the facts as he goes. He's one of the "lateral thinking" detectives of that era - relying on a cerebral, rather than physical approach, although he's not above sending colleagues running if deemed necessary.</p> <p>The reflective nature of the character is perfectly echoed in the narration style - which is gentle, almost mesmeric at times, meaning that the sense of Maigret assessing the consequences of solving the crime is gently delivered and somehow more pointed as a result. He's aware that the repercussions will affect more than the murderer this time around, and his consideration for others is low-key, somewhat formal and stiff, just as you'd expect from a character like him, and all the more touching because of it.</p> <p> </p> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/late-monsieur-gallet-georges-simenon" data-a2a-title="The Late Monsieur Gallet, Georges Simenon"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Flate-monsieur-gallet-georges-simenon&amp;title=The%20Late%20Monsieur%20Gallet%2C%20Georges%20Simenon"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--12"> <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="15836" 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--10"> <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/late-monsieur-gallet" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/late-monsieur-gallet.jpg?itok=HqVL01Yr" width="220" height="220" alt="The Late Monsieur Gallet" 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/georges-simenon" hreflang="en">Georges Simenon</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-translator field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Translator</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5677" hreflang="en">Anthea Bell</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">B00GGWMJP0</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/1121" hreflang="en">2013</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/1281" hreflang="en">Maigret</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--11"> <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>George Simenon's devastating tale of misfortune, betrayal and the weakness of family ties, translated by Anthea Bell.</p> <p>Instead of the detail filling itself in and becoming clearer, it seemed to escape him. The face of the man in the ill-fitting coat just misted up so that it hardly looked human. In theory this mental portrait was good enough, but now it was replaced by fleeting images which should have added up to one and the same man but which refused to get themselves into focus.</p> <p>The circumstances of Monsieur Gallet's death all seem fake: the name the deceased was travelling under and his presumed profession, and more worryingly, his family's grief. Their haughtiness seems to hide ambiguous feelings about the hapless man. In this haunting story, Maigret discovers the appalling truth and the real crime hidden behind the surface of lies.</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/5764" hreflang="en">#goldenage</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5765" hreflang="en">Maigret Series</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1282" hreflang="en">Georges Simenon</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5766" hreflang="en">The Late Monsieur Gallet</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--13"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--13--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--13--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--13--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-ec7d91702d7e3ed0a898f473952b2c032ac6f6b23d26d63a3687b331751832f9"> <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/late-monsieur-gallet-georges-simenon" hreflang="en">The Late Monsieur Gallet, Georges Simenon</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, November 22, 2022 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15949&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="B4vHVnjaEosMVU_6ImGr8defvMMXRz_mBBCEl3y6jyo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Tue, 22 Nov 2022 04:28:12 +0000 Karen 15949 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/late-monsieur-gallet-georges-simenon#comments A Good Winter, Gigi Fenster https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/good-winter-gigi-fenster <div data-history-node-id="15948" 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--14"> <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> A Good Winter, Gigi Fenster </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="/index.php/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 class="social-media-link-icon--twitter" href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fab fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fab fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--email" href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Friday, November 18, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The second non-fiction book from New Zealand writer, Gigi Fenster, A GOOD WINTER is a story of a group of women, after Lara moves to the city to be near her widowed, pregnant daughter. Sophie really starts to struggle after Michael is born, her grief compounded by post-natal depression. The city apartment block Lara has moved to was already home to Olga, and their friendship commences with the simplest of things - Olga's green fingers and Lara's uncanny ability to kill all sorts of pot plants, moving quickly to something closer when Sophie's crisis draws them together, as Olga steps in to care for Sophie and Michael when Lara can't.</p> <p>But Sophie is increasingly hopeless with Michael, and to be honest, seems like more than a bit of attention soak, so Olga's calm competence seems to be exactly what Lara and Sophie need - to keep their own sanity and their relationship on an even keel. What mother and daughter don't seem to notice is that Olga is deeply jealous of Sophie and Michael's place in her new friend's life. The reader, on the other hand, is acutely aware of Olga's viewpoint - she takes the place of the first-person narrator of A GOOD WINTER which makes for a very discomforting experience. Olga's unhinged, Sophie is somebody that enjoys hopelessness too much, and Lara's simply not able to set the sort of boundaries her daughter (and Olga for that matter) desperately need.</p> <p>Claustrophobic and very disconcerting, A GOOD WINTER seems to be pitched at maximum discomfort level, with all sorts of perceived slights, unintended meanings and over-reactions designed to conflate Olga's position in her own mind. She's obviously an unreliable narrator, but it's also pretty clear she's dangerous as well. Sophie is, not to put too fine a point on it, a drama queen of the highest order, and despite the reader seeing everything from Olga's skewed viewpoint, somebody that it was really easy to dislike intensely. Meanwhile Lara seems like a victim walking right from the start - before Olga starts to become increasingly fixated, before Olga works up a head of steam about her and Sophie's friends, before the inevitable happens.</p> <p>A couple of things on form - for reasons which are never clear to me, this is another one of those novels that forgoes quote marks for speech. It also use repetition as a narrative technique. The former for reasons that escaped this reader, the latter adding to the overwhelming sense of claustrophobia, creating an odd feeling of flight or fight as Olga's obsession and weirdness got more and more pronounced. A reaction supported by the fact that these are all deeply unpleasant people, making a connection tricky for a reader, who is instantly caught up in a game of "who's worse" which spins around at a truly breathtaking pace.</p> <p>A GOOD WINTER is an intense, discomforting, uncomfortable novel (on purpose), and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see readers reacting with praise or repulsion and not a lot in the middle-ground.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/good-winter-gigi-fenster" data-a2a-title="A Good Winter, Gigi Fenster"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fgood-winter-gigi-fenster&amp;title=A%20Good%20Winter%2C%20Gigi%20Fenster"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--17"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15783" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--15"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/good-winter" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/good-winter.jpg?itok=hPCBkeuT" width="144" height="220" alt="A Good Winter" 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/gigi-fenster" hreflang="en">Gigi Fenster</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">9781922458131</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/5200" hreflang="en">2021</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--16"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>When Olga’s friend Lara becomes a grandmother, Olga helps out whenever she can. After all, it’s a big imposition on Lara, looking after her bereaved daughter and the baby. And the new mother is not exactly considerate.</p> <p>But smoldering beneath Olga’s sensible support and loving generosity is a deep jealous need to be the centre of Lara’s attention and affection—a need that soon becomes a consuming, dangerous and ultimately tragic obsession.</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/5176" hreflang="en">#review #crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5026" hreflang="en">#newzealand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5763" hreflang="en">A Good Winter</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5645" hreflang="en">Gigi Fenster</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--18"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--18--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--18--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--18--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-61fd9143de028335ae852584d1a77bd86253228a3152921fe71bc7b7fa296a86"> <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-winter-gigi-fenster" hreflang="en">A Good Winter, Gigi Fenster</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, November 18, 2022 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15948&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="6OX09PwLhrGeljJAAhEwWztr0i5VZHVoYYrBy5DnNCo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Fri, 18 Nov 2022 02:08:34 +0000 Karen 15948 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/good-winter-gigi-fenster#comments The Thursday Murder Club, Richard Osman https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/thursday-murder-club-richard-osman <div data-history-node-id="15947" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--19"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Thursday Murder Club, Richard Osman </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="/index.php/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 class="social-media-link-icon--twitter" href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fab fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fab fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--email" 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, November 16, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Ended up listening to this as an audiobook after mildly panicking that the third in the series was about to lob, and I was still struggling to get to this debut on the teetering unread pile. Glad I did.</p> <p>Fans of this style of novel will be well aware of the buzz around THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB (the book name / and the group that it features). Four people from a retirement village (Cooper's Chase) who meet weekly to investigate unsolved mysteries, the old hands Elizabeth, Ibraham and Ronald are joined by recent arrival Joyce, just as two murders occur right on their doorstep.</p> <p>Causing a bit of havoc for PC Donna De Freitas and DC Chris Hudson along the way, De Freitas twigs very early on that an offer to co-operate with this wily bunch is better than trying to stop them from getting involved. Not only does it turn out to be helpful, you get the distinct impression that spending time with this group is a highlight.</p> <p>Along the way there's some intrigue about other members of the community, touches of romance, a bit of family tension and some background intrigue about the four main characters. It would appear that Elizabeth is possibly a former spy (she's cagey), Ibrahim is a retired psychologist and very adept at interpreting human foibles, Ronald is a retired union boss - known as Red Ron because of his fiery red hair and temperament to match. Joyce is an ex-nurse, and it's her diary notes that keep us updated on what's going on with everyone throughout the story.</p> <p>A fun listen, the audio version was a hefty undertaking, coming in at around 12 and a half hours worth - although there was nothing at all hard about listening to the narrator's voice as it just flowed. The tone is very much Richard Osman's voice as well - for those that have been fans of many of his TV shows over the years. The chapters are short, switching backwards and forwards between Joyce's narration, and actual events, with Elizabeth the brains behind the operation, Ibrahim the trusty sidekick, Ronald a bit inclined to be the devil may care dive in guy, and Joyce, well Joyce bakes, fusses, and never misses a thing.</p> <p>Definitely on the cozier side, despite the number of murders, but never veering off into too sweet, or too silly territory, I have to say I loved listening to this one. Very different from my usual fare and whilst I initially though it was just the thing to have burbling away in the background, all too often I found my attention drawn to it, and did a lot of concentrating on the activities (bordering on action at points) instead.</p> <p> </p> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/thursday-murder-club-richard-osman" data-a2a-title="The Thursday Murder Club, Richard Osman"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fthursday-murder-club-richard-osman&amp;title=The%20Thursday%20Murder%20Club%2C%20Richard%20Osman"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--20"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15316" 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/thursday-murder-club" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/thursday-murder-club.jpg?itok=rep5Ch_n" width="143" height="220" alt="The Thursday Murder Club" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/richard-osman" hreflang="en">Richard Osman</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">9780241425442</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/5245" hreflang="en">Thursday Murder Club</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">1</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>Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves<br /> A female cop with her first big case<br /> A brutal murder<br /> Welcome to…<br /><em>The Thursday Murder Club</em></p> <p>In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.</p> <p>When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer, before it’s too late? </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/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/5761" hreflang="en">#unitedkingdom</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/35" hreflang="en">United Kingdom</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5762" hreflang="en">The Thursday Murder Club</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5246" hreflang="en">Richard Osman</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--21"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--21--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--21--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--21--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="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-80b437c84d835fa07d93efbd34e6bc1d42e8b28ddcd9f8982973651156c76448"> <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/thursday-murder-club-richard-osman" hreflang="en">The Thursday Murder Club, Richard Osman</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, November 16, 2022 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15947&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="TUgKNbgjavFyw-__Zxs0IabSdTQ4kfp0e31L46O10Z4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Wed, 16 Nov 2022 06:07:20 +0000 Karen 15947 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/thursday-murder-club-richard-osman#comments The Widow of Walcha, Emma Patridge https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/widow-walcha-emma-patridge <div data-history-node-id="15946" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--22"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Widow of Walcha, Emma Patridge </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="/index.php/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 class="social-media-link-icon--twitter" href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fab fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fab fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--email" href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, November 15, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Grazier Mathew Dunbar led a quiet life, working on his farm, helping out with the local poultry club, meeting up with the few very close friends he had. An adopted child, he'd had a tricky relationship with his parents, his father dying not improving things between Dunbar and his mother, despite her desperate wish to reconnect. All Dunbar seemed to really want was to find love and have a family of his own, which made him a prime target for the deeply flawed, dangerous and vicious Natasha Darcy. A woman with a litany of manipulative and cruel behaviour behind her, Mathew stuck with her, even after she'd been found guilty of setting a nearby house fire while her husband slept inside, even after doing jail time for fraud.</p> <p>Much has been made of the way that Dunbar died in an apparent suicide not long after signing over his million-dollar estate to Darcy. Much was made of the fact that the first paramedic on scene was her husband - the one she'd been charged with trying to kill. But the people of the small town of Walcha wanted much more made of the fact that the whole thing stunk to high-heaven and they knew damn well they had a murderer in their midst.</p> <p>True crime written by journalists can sometimes be a bit of a challenge for this reader, especially those that do some seriously heavy lifting to insert themselves into the storyline. The approach in THE WIDOW OF WALCHA, however, worked really well (I read the book in one day, granted a lousy weather day, but it's been a while since something has made me do that!). Partridge inserts the story of the chase into her day to day activities as a crime reporter, travelling to the town of Walcha, in the Northern Tablelands of NSW initially in the months after Dunbar's death, then spending months researching the case, interviewing friends, family and even a conversation with Darcy herself, in an attempt to flesh out the complex web of lies and crimes that Darcy trailed in her wake.</p> <p>Delays in her investigation were also caused by the police asking her to keep things under wraps, sometimes as a result of delays in court proceedings and sometimes just because the investigation was conducted under the radar. The insertion of Partridge here into the narrative really worked - her feelings of concern, doubt, fear that Darcy was going to get away with this mirrored those of his friends and family. Her shock, and horror at what she uncovered about Darcy's past was such a real, visceral reaction, it was hard not to feel her discomfort with the past. Ultimately it was really hard to read about the friends, family and community members who knew all too well what Darcy was doing to Dunbar, and how powerless they were to prevent it.</p> <p>THE WIDOW OF WALCHA is structured slightly differently to some true crime books, in that it's after the investigation, the trial and Darcy's sentencing that Partridge outlines some of the things that she discovered about the past. Much of this is really food for thought - how bad does one person have to be, how many red-flags are raised before somebody can do something, and how hamstrung people can sometimes be when everything is suspected and somebody doesn't want to see what's right before their eyes.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/widow-walcha-emma-patridge" data-a2a-title="The Widow of Walcha, Emma Patridge"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fwidow-walcha-emma-patridge&amp;title=The%20Widow%20of%20Walcha%2C%20Emma%20Patridge"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--25"> <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="15805" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--23"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/widow-walcha" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/widow-of-walcha.jpg?itok=N32w57Il" width="144" height="220" alt="The Widow of Walcha" 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/emma-partridge" hreflang="en">Emma Partridge</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">9781760859428</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5478" hreflang="en">2022</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--24"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>All farmer Mathew Dunbar ever wanted was to find love and have a family of his own. That’s why, just months after meeting Natasha Darcy, the much-loved grazier didn’t hesitate to sign over his multi-million-dollar estate to her.</p> <p>When Mathew died in an apparent suicide soon afterwards, in a stranger-than-fiction twist, Natasha's estranged husband – who she was once charged with trying to kill – was the first paramedic on the scene after the murder.</p> <p>Journalist and author Emma Partridge travelled to the cool and misty town of Walcha in the Northern Tablelands of NSW in the months after Mathew Dunbar's death, drawn by the town's collective worry that Natasha was going to get away with murder. Partridge spent months researching the case, interviewing Mathew’s friends, family and Natasha herself in an attempt to uncover her sickening web of lies and crimes.</p> <p>The Widow of Walcha is about one of the most extraordinary criminal trials in Australia’s history and reveals Natasha’s sickening crimes against those she claimed to love, fuelled by her obsession with money.</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/3570" hreflang="en">#truecrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3257" hreflang="en">True Crime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5760" hreflang="en">The Widow of Walcha</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5660" hreflang="en">Emma Partridge</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--26"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--26--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--26--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--26--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-65423c21049ddd6ea98f62f8b3c6caf13aaa9fb3df04b88e40552f4a4dd9de55"> <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/widow-walcha-emma-patridge" hreflang="en">The Widow of Walcha, Emma Patridge</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, November 15, 2022 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15946&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="QMz42WI3lD79Pk3-yxrp0P67rtAxD91VvCUH0fxCKPM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Tue, 15 Nov 2022 07:48:38 +0000 Karen 15946 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/widow-walcha-emma-patridge#comments The Last Guests, J.P. Pomare https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/last-guests-jp-pomare <div data-history-node-id="15945" 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--27"> <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 Last Guests, J.P. Pomare </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="/index.php/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 class="social-media-link-icon--twitter" href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fab fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fab fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--email" 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, November 14, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>J.P. Pomare won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel with his debut CALL ME EVIE. Since then he's carved out a name for himself when it comes to precisely plotted, atmospheric, tense psychological thrillers populated by cleverly constructed characters, designed to keep readers guessing, disconcerted and utterly fascinated.</p> <p>In THE LAST GUESTS he's combined high technology and human frailty to create a plot that takes readers into a careful examination of morality, via the avenues of voyeurism, trauma, exposure, trust, and the things we will (and won't do) for love. Through the interesting lens of the current day short term holiday rental craze.</p> <p>Although, the twist here is that newlyweds, Lina and Cain, who are struggling financially, eventually agree to renting out her family's weekender house after lots of persuasion from him. She's reluctant - the house means a lot to Lina and her family, but it's all the rage at Lake Tarawera now, with their neighbours there already signing up renters.</p> <p>Relations are strained between Lina and Cain - he's a returned soldier, struggling with many demons, hiding a lot of secrets some of which are very personal. She's not short of secrets of her own, and it's these secrets that threaten to come out, when in the process of readying the house for guests, a shadowy presence lurks, watching. The strange things that start to happen, end up in a deadly twist, and Lina starts to feel threatened and very vulnerable.</p> <p>Pomare has never been frightened of taking on some tricky issues in any of this books thus far. Conflict, trauma, addiction and obsession are areas he's delved into before. In THE LAST GUESTS he's pushing those right into the strains that can happen in a marriage - adding infertility and financial pressure to the mess. Overlay the whole thing with cyber-voyeurism and the creepy feeling that comes from the idea that it could be so easy for somebody to stalk or spy on you these days, it's not going to be surprising if some readers will be carefully checking their houses whilst reading this novel.</p> <p>In this outing, in particular, though, Pomare's provided readers with a real possibility of playing detective, although the diversions, red herrings and potential outcomes list is pretty big, and became all a bit too much for this reader, who quickly opted for a bit of "go with the flow" and frankly "I'm a bit too tense to be ticking boxes and creating incident boards" here.</p> <p>If you're new to J.P. Pomare's work (CALL ME EVIE, IN THE CLEARING and TELL ME LIES are his earlier books), then you're fine to leap in here - they are all standalone stories. They are all also very good, and if you get THE LAST GUEST then you'll undoubtedly be searching out the earlier works.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/last-guests-jp-pomare" data-a2a-title="The Last Guests, J.P. Pomare"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Flast-guests-jp-pomare&amp;title=The%20Last%20Guests%2C%20J.P.%20Pomare"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--30"> <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="15533" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--28"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/last-guests" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/last-guests.jpg?itok=j0TJ0UlA" width="143" height="220" alt="The Last Guests" 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/jp-pomare" hreflang="en">J.P. Pomare</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">9781869718183</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/5200" hreflang="en">2021</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--29"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Newlyweds Lina and Cain don't make it out to their vacation home on gorgeous Lake Tarawera as often as they'd like, so when Cain suggests they rent the property out on weekends, Lina reluctantly agrees. While the home has been special to her family for generations, their neighbors are all signing up to host renters, and frankly, she and Cain could use the extra money. What could go wrong? And at first, Lina is amazed at how quickly guests line up to spend a weekend--and at how much they're willing to pay. </p> <p>But both Lina and Cain have been keeping secrets, secrets that won't be kept out by a new alarm system or a locked cupboard. When strange things begin happening on their property, and a visit takes a deadly turn, Lina becomes convinced that someone out there knows something they shouldn't--and that when they come for her, there will be nowhere left to hide.</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/5176" hreflang="en">#review #crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5026" hreflang="en">#newzealand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5759" hreflang="en">The Last Guests</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3320" hreflang="en">J.P. 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Pomare</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, November 14, 2022 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15945&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="FJc7gx5cSrHt0ThPnilo8C7IbD_Sm2_VbdoEHIOK09o"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Mon, 14 Nov 2022 06:11:52 +0000 Karen 15945 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/last-guests-jp-pomare#comments City of Vengeance, D.V. Bishop https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/city-vengeance-dv-bishop <div data-history-node-id="15942" 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--32"> <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 of Vengeance, D.V. Bishop </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="/index.php/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 class="social-media-link-icon--twitter" href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fab fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--facebook" href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fab fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a class="social-media-link-icon--email" href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Friday, November 11, 2022</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The debut novel in a series featuring Cesare Aldo, former soldier, now an officer in the city's most feared criminal court, CITY OF VENGEANCE is set during the winter of 1536 in Florence, Italy. At that time Florence was a wealthy and influential city, ruled over by the Duke Alessandro de Medici - volatile and dangerous in his own right. When a prominent Jewish moneylender is murdered in his home Aldo is directed to solve the murder before the feast of Epiphany, in four days time. What the edict doesn't take into account is the plot that Aldo uncovers to overthrow de Medici.</p> <p>Not only was Florence wealthy and influential at this time, it was also rife with intrigue, gossip, political machinations, inequality and sexual excess. The extreme wealth of many contrasted starkly with desperate poverty. (Felt way too familiar to be honest). The murders of Levi, a Jewish moneylender who lived in fear, dying at the hands of a murderer despite repelling attacks by murderous bandits before, occurs around the same time as a young man is also brutally murdered, his body discovered clothed in beautiful, and very expensive, women's clothing. With that investigation led by Constable Carlo Strocchi, Aldo and he soon find their cases intersecting and they combine resources to find the killer, in the face of some very determined resistance.</p> <p>Whilst CITY OF VENGEANCE is obviously going to appeal greatly to fans of historical crime fiction, this is such a strong debut it's one that should be sought out by all fans of the wider genre. It's atmospheric to the point of sensory overload, cleverly plotted, perfectly paced and absolutely riveting. The settings in which the characters move about provide really vivid pictures of the extremes - from the great wealth to the grinding poverty; and the sexual excesses that become the bordellos and sex worker's daily lives. There's also plenty of moral ambiguity with one victim being the sort of man nobody could bring themselves to say anything positive about, from a family riven with problems of their own.</p> <p>At the heart of it all though, especially as a debut novel in a character based series, Cesare Aldo has to have potential, and he's got it in spades. Larger than life in some ways, charismatic, yet believable, and accessible, there's something memorable about this character, and CITY OF VENGEANCE. Definitely a series to watch out for.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/city-vengeance-dv-bishop" data-a2a-title="City of Vengeance, D.V. 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Bishop</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">9781529038798</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5478" hreflang="en">2022</a></div> </div> </div> <div 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/5657" hreflang="en">Cesare Aldo</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">1</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--34"> <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>Florence. Winter, 1536. A prominent Jewish moneylender is murdered in his home, a death with wide implications in a city powered by immense wealth.</p> <p>Cesare Aldo, a former soldier and now an officer of the Renaissance city’s most-feared criminal court, is given four days to solve the murder: catch the killer before the feast of Epiphany—or suffer the consequences.</p> <p>During his investigations, Aldo uncovers a plot to overthrow the volatile ruler of Florence, Alessandro de’ Medici. If the Duke falls, it will endanger the whole city. But a rival officer of the court is determined to expose details about Aldo’s private life that could lead to his ruin. Can Aldo stop the conspiracy before anyone else dies, or will his own secrets destroy him first?</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/5176" hreflang="en">#review #crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5026" hreflang="en">#newzealand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5757" hreflang="en">City of Vengeance</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5658" hreflang="en">D.V. 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