AustCrimeFiction - All Posts https://www.austcrimefiction.org/rss.xml en Half Moon Lake, Kirsten Alexander https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/half-moon-lake-kirsten-alexander <div data-history-node-id="14621" 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> Half Moon Lake, Kirsten Alexander </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/voyagersaus" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:andrea@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, May 22, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Louisiana 1913. Three young boys are enjoying their summer playing outside near the edge of the forest as their wealthy parents Henry and Mary entertain guests at the family lake house.   Next, the unthinkable happens.  The Davenports are well known and respected in Opelousas and the disappearance of their youngest child galvanizes the small community into action.  After an extensive search, it seems there can be no explanation other than that the four year has been kidnapped.  A substantial award is offered for Sonny’s return.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>With reporters and locals both camping out and determined to track the family’s every move, the Davenports and their house staff hole up as they wait for the press to move on and for the public’s attention to be focused elsewhere.  During this time, reporter Tom McCabe inveigles his way close to the grieving family, striking up a friendship of sorts with the stricken Mary Davenport.  Being this close to money and influence is intoxicating for the young newsman who is keen to see a good result for the people he feels have fully accepted him into their circle of influence.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Two years of searching for their youngest child yields no results, and the Davenport family slowly disintegrates under the weight of their loss.  The astonishing news that Sonny has been located in another state comes with further upset. Another woman, Grace Mills is convinced that the child found wandering the countryside with a peddler is in fact her own missing son, Ned.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>HALF MOON LAKE is a gently written novel about the divisions of societal class, and what it means to maintain your sense of self when what defines you is lost or otherwise stripped away.  This immersive work strides deep into the past, presenting both sides of the cultural divide with all of its imagined gentility, realized oppression and stoic endurance.  What is required from its readers is an investment in the family outcomes more than the solving of its mystery. The people we are reading of here are masters at making the best of a bad situation and this is shown best in the passages featuring the house staff and townspeople. All have an opinion on what might have happened, but not all are privy to the secrets the family need to be kept. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The reader will need to hunker down with HALF MOON LAKE as the story moves with great deliberation, which does give added weight to the years in between loss and discovery.  There is a curious lassitude in the actions of bystanders which might stir up a bit of reactive fire in the reader.  This unwillingness to step in sometimes when there is a great injustice playing out in front of you is an interesting concept that is intricately explored in this work.  The reasons for this again in this work relate back to societal power imbalances, and the importance of those in positions of influence to maintain a distance from those who do not.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Readers who appreciate a slow plot evolution in their drama novels will enjoy this atmospheric work of loss, the renewal of hope and the enormous investment a society has always needed to make in the protection of its children.  HALF MOON LAKE can seem at times to be something of a relentless trudge towards the finish line but once there, the reader will have much to reflect upon.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em>Author Kirsten Alexander has stated that she was inspired to write HALF MOON LAKE, a work of fiction, after learning of the real-life story of US pre-schooler Bobby Dunbar.  This is worth a few Wiki minutes of your time if you have not yet heard of this case.</em></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--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="14620" 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/half-moon-lake-kirsten-alexander"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/half%20moon%20lake.jpg?itok=ACfBuQZM" width="144" height="220" alt="Half Moon Lake, Kirsten Alexander" 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/kirsten-alexander" hreflang="en">Kirsten Alexander</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">9780143792062</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong><em>'They said he was their boy. And so he was . . .'</em></strong><br /><br /> In 1913, on a summer’s day at Half Moon Lake, Louisiana, four-year-old Sonny Davenport walks into the woods and never returns.</p> <p>The boy’s mysterious disappearance from the family’s lake house makes front-page news in their home town of Opelousas. John Henry and Mary Davenport are wealthy and influential, and will do anything to find their son. For two years, the Davenports search across the South, offer increasingly large rewards and struggle not to give in to despair.</p> <p>Then, at the moment when all hope seems lost, the boy is found in the company of a tramp.</p> <p>But is he truly Sonny Davenport? The circumstances of his discovery raise more questions than answers. And when Grace Mill, an unwed farm worker, travels from Alabama to lay claim to the child, newspapers, townsfolk, even the Davenports’ own friends, take sides.</p> <p>As the tramp’s kidnapping trial begins, and two desperate mothers fight for ownership of the boy, the people of Opelousas discover that truth is more complicated than they’d ever dreamed . . .</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/4101" hreflang="en">#2019</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4681" hreflang="en">#mystery</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--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-cc685282eb893282e4a226a3c6c7e641bb15c111a578dff9b6bbbbc2ee834660"> <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/half-moon-lake-kirsten-alexander" hreflang="en">Half Moon Lake, Kirsten Alexander</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Wednesday, May 22, 2019 </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=14621&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="Xngx6b6Hv-NIK4SrMr9RJxCi_ngeQYMiGQDO1__1Sms"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 22 May 2019 05:12:15 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14621 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/half-moon-lake-kirsten-alexander#comments The Day She Disappeared, Christobel Kent https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/day-she-disappeared-christobel-kent <div data-history-node-id="14616" 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> The Day She Disappeared, Christobel Kent </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/voyagersaus" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:andrea@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, May 14, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>After a messy breakup, Nat is ready to move on with her life and to figure out what might come next.  Her miserable ex, Jim, might be stubbornly refusing to accept the new reality and let her go but Nat is keen to put it all firmly behind her, maybe even have a bit of a laugh over it with her mate Beth. Beth has always been a different operator to Nat – outgoing and determinedly pragmatic when it comes to enjoying the company of men as they take her eye.  Beth has always been the good time friend, but Nat has always trusted the substance of Beth behind the bright and bubbly front that her fellow bar worker puts on for the world. It’s not terribly unusual for Beth to disappear sometimes, which is more than annoying to their employer and workmates when it happens. This time though it seems quite different.  What is most alarming is that everyone around Nat seems convinced that Beth is just off to see family and will eventually crawl back into the pub with her usual fervent apologies. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Living and working in a small village means encountering in the street the array of customers that all come into the pub where the two women work.  Nat knows that the charms of Beth have never hurt the custom of which is quite an isolated little place, even for a holiday destination. As the days tick over Nat is more and more certain that someone is watching her, perhaps even watching her searching in despair as the days tick over with no sign of Beth.   It must be someone very close to them both who is leaving disturbing little clues that Beth won’t be coming back.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>THE DAY SHE DISAPPEARED </strong>is one of those slow moving crime novels that you <em>need to commit to,</em> and then your reward will come. There are complex relationships at play and the modern issues that are raised include the treatment of the aged, misogyny, family violence and the closed shop realities of village life.  A murder in such a setting is not unusual but it does serve as a catalyst for action amongst the cast of characters that otherwise might seem to be stoically enduring their daily grind.  Stay with them and the submerged part of their personalities eventually will rise to the surface for your closest inspection.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It can a little difficult with an ebook read to immediately grasp whom we are reading about, as there are a few passages from the point of view of the killer, who is obviously close and observing the aftermath of his or her acts.  This needed to be better delineated as the reader could find themselves backtracking to see exactly who thoughts they were just privy to.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>If you have a hankering for English mysteries, <strong>THE DAY SHE DISAPPEARED </strong>will set you up nicely for the duration, immersing its readers in the somewhat dream location of a holiday park located near the water (as all the best ones are). Author Christobel Kent structures her narrative here in such a fashion that the reader feels they are drifting along with the protagonist, absorbing her insecurities, becoming increasingly tense with each new suspicion.  </span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--9"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14615" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--7"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/day-she-disappeared"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/the%20day%20she%20disappeared.png?itok=wfiobhk7" width="146" height="220" alt="The Day She Disappeared" 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/christobel-kent" hreflang="en">Christobel Kent</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">9780374279554</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--8"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>When Beth disappears, everyone says she’s run off with another man. She’s just a fly-by-night party girl who can’t be trusted. But Natalie, her best friend, doesn’t believe it, not at all. She’s sure something more sinister is going on. So sure that proving it just might kill her . . .</p> <p>Meanwhile, Victor, one of Beth’s and Nat’s favorite bar patrons, has fallen and ended up in the hospital. When he hears that Beth is gone, he doesn’t buy it either. And slowly, a hazy memory comes back to him. Something menacing . . . something important . . . something just out of his grasp . . .</p> <p>As Nat tries to piece together the events—and people—in Beth’s life, it becomes more difficult to discern who can and can’t be trusted. The little town in the English countryside takes on an ominous air, with a threat behind every corner, outside every window. And someone is always watching . . .</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/4581" hreflang="en">#ukcrime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4681" hreflang="en">#mystery</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3611" hreflang="en">#2018</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--10"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--10--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--10--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--10--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-f8482e3f0bfbdac5d1230a56f83c66e343e6e554787b1328ac969e8565a176e4"> <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/day-she-disappeared-christobel-kent" hreflang="en">The Day She Disappeared, Christobel Kent</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, May 14, 2019 </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=14616&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="x-TIc6jgVnzn2SygBONUcIyNVRZ_bo5pBheHSCiBtgo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 14 May 2019 02:34:44 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14616 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/day-she-disappeared-christobel-kent#comments Thunder Bay, Douglas Skelton https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/thunder-bay-douglas-skelton <div data-history-node-id="14612" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--11"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Thunder Bay, Douglas Skelton </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/85"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Gordon Duncan</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/gdunc44" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:gdn_dn@internode.on.net" > <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, May 12, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em><span><span>“Rebecca waited for the ferry staff to give her the all-clear to walk down the gangway. She felt a thrill of anticipation at finally setting foot on the island. There was something else, too, a voice breathing over her in the faint breeze. She liked to think it was saying Welcome home, Rebecca but it could just as easily have been saying Go home.”</span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The islands off the west coast of Scotland can be both beautiful and inhospitable places. On one hand there is the stunning scenery, rugged coastlines, deserted beaches and, on calm sunny days, a light which seems like it has been painted on the landscape. On the other, there are the storms from the Atlantic with their gale force winds and driving rain. The locals too share this paradox, at first appearing welcoming but it’s soon obvious that some of them would rather not share their island with incomers or mainlanders and would love those storms to blow the unwelcome visitors back to where they came from. An island like one of these is the setting for Douglas Skelton’s <em>Thunder Bay</em>, the island of Stoirm, with Portnaseil, it’s only town, rising up out of a protected harbour on the east coast of the island and a single main road called the Spine. When Rebecca Connolly, a journalist employed by a small Highland newspaper, receives a tip that a big story is about to break on Stoirm she wants to cover it. Connolly also has personal reasons for visiting Stoirm because her late was father was born there and after leaving at the age of eighteen, he never visited or spoke of the island again.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Although Rebecca Connolly is the main character in <em>Thunder Bay</em> and a large part of the novel is told through her eyes, we are also told the story through the eyes of a number of other characters in the novel. This form of multiple narration works extremely well in Thunder Bay because it reflects the nature of life of small isolated islands where secrets are closely guarded and when shared, only whispered. You may have noticed at that I’ve said very little about the story itself or even who some of the other characters are. I’ve done this deliberately because <em>Thunder Bay </em>is the kind of story which works best when the secrets are revealed to the reader and not by the reviewer. I will however include one warning about Thunder Bay which is that it does include incidences of domestic violence.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In conclusion <em>Thunder Bay</em> is not only a thoroughly enjoyable thriller it also a novel which manages to explore other themes including the slow demise of newspapers and the development of larger estates at the expense of the rest of the population.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--14"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14611" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--12"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/thunder-bay"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/Thunder%20Bay.jpg?itok=px4zQVh4" width="143" height="220" alt="Thunder Bay a novel by Douglas Skelton" 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/douglas-skelton" hreflang="en">Douglas Skelton</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">9781846974731</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/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--13"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>When reporter Rebecca Connolly is told of Roddie Drummond’s return to the island of Stoirm she senses a story. Fifteen years before he was charged with the murder of his lover, Mhairi. When he was found Not Proven, Roddie left the island and no one, apart from his sister, knew where he was or what he was doing. Now he has returned for his mother’s funeral – and it will spark an explosion of hatred, bitterness and violence.</p> <p>Defying her editor's wishes, Rebecca joins forces with local photographer Chazz Wymark to dig into the secrets surrounding Mhairi's death, and her mysterious last words of Thunder Bay, the secluded spot on the west coast of the island where, according to local lore, the souls of the dead set off into the after life. When another murder takes place, and the severe weather that gives the island its name hits, she is ideally placed to uncover the truth about what happened that night fifteen years before.</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/3284" hreflang="en">Thriller</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--15"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--15--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--15--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--15--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-ac590d60b823b8a98c49c8d1f903150ff9a416c6f6c605ad4fcc468a0977ad6c"> <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/thunder-bay-douglas-skelton" hreflang="en">Thunder Bay, Douglas Skelton</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/85"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Gordon Duncan</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Sunday, May 12, 2019 </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=14612&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="hwyw2_m4bBVJE91w59pKRVImOjX_Ulmt3X9Fy1KCeAE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Sun, 12 May 2019 02:32:47 +0000 Gordon Duncan 14612 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/thunder-bay-douglas-skelton#comments The Blood Road, Stuart MacBride https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/blood-road-stuart-macbride <div data-history-node-id="14610" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--16"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Blood Road, Stuart MacBride </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 href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Friday, May 3, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Look, we all know what I'm going to say here, so let's just get straight to it.</p> <p>The Logan McRae series is the bees knees of Scottish police procedurals. The plots are intricate, often confrontational (as is very much the case with this one) and the characters are brilliant. Grumpy, put upon McRae (is that a new girlfriend we spy, god knows what's going to happen to her then) to AKA Detective Sergeant Simon Occasionally-Useful-When-Not-Being-A-Pain-In-The-Backside Rennie, DS Roberta Steel (demoted / still over-the-top) and PC Quirrel (together they are North East Division's answer to Blackadder and Baldrick), all make an appearance in THE BLOOD ROAD.</p> <p>Quick bit about the plot - McRae's now works for Professional Standards (followers of this series will be aware that's .... a tad of leap in it's own right...), so when DI Bell turns up dead in the driver's seat of a car, stabbed, it's a bit of a surprise to all. What with them having buried him two years ago, or so they thought. Needless to say a bit of a shufty around in Bell's past is called for, which is right up Professional Standard's corridor (so to speak). When that expands to include the investigation of the possible suicide of a currently serving officer, McRae and his little team of mad buggers find themselves knee deep in dodgy coppers, old cases, odd goings-on, and unfortunately the series of missing kids that the major crimes division is also investigating. There's a lot of cross over, crossing under, crossing off, and generally getting cross - as you'd expect from a Stuart MacBride novel.</p> <p>There's also the question of missing kids, and the possibility that something seriously horrible is happening to them, so if you're a reader who doesn't like that sort of (fictional) plot then this may not be the novel for you. Which will be a pity because you'll be missing out on a heap of wise-cracks, an impressively bolshie young lady, some dedicated coppering, some seriously manipulative behaviour (Steel wants a night out with the wife, whether McRae likes the idea or not), and some clever thinking and persistence as you'd expect.</p> <p>But then again you knew I was going to say all of that, and you know I've already pre-ordered ALL THAT'S DEAD - 12th book in the Logan McRae series, due to lob into my Google Books account around the 19th of May. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--19"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14570" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--17"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/blood-road"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/blood-road.jpg?itok=j95cwvkm" width="143" height="220" alt="The Blood Road" 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/stuart-macbride" hreflang="en">Stuart MacBride</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">9780008208219</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1255" hreflang="en">Logan McRae</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">11</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--18"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Some things just won’t stay buried…</p> <p>Logan McRae’s personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards it’s his job to police his fellow officers.</p> <p>When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the driver’s seat of a crashed car it’s a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago, they buried him. Or they thought they did.</p> <p>As an investigation is launched into Bell’s stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what’s so important he felt the need to come back from the dead?</p> <p>But the deeper Logan digs, the more bones he uncovers—and there are people out there who’ll kill to keep those skeletons buried. If Logan can’t stop them, DI Bell won’t be the only one to die…</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/35" hreflang="en">United Kingdom</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4675" hreflang="en">Logan McRae Series</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4676" hreflang="en">#tartannoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4677" hreflang="en">The Blood Road</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1130" hreflang="en">Stuart MacBride</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--20"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--20--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--20--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--20--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-40e13889c0113aa675b45e96ce918a14763bfe7ea17ec34e3db4af0d5360234d"> <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/blood-road-stuart-macbride" hreflang="en">The Blood Road, Stuart MacBride</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><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> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Friday, May 3, 2019 </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=14610&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="hZHMgdTor5cdT4yfdRc1U2-AcDXGtJNtctTnfCQT6uE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 03 May 2019 06:23:27 +0000 Karen 14610 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/blood-road-stuart-macbride#comments 55, James Delargy https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/55-james-delargy <div data-history-node-id="14608" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--21"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> 55, James Delargy </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 href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Thursday, May 2, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Rural noir is a thing at the moment, which means some stellar entries in the category, and some not so good ones. Makes opening each new novel and settling in for the experience a bit of rollercoaster ride. So did <em><strong>55</strong></em> live up to the hype? Well yes, yes it did.</p> <p>It's an intriguing premise - a man stumbles into the police station in a small town, covered in dried blood. His name is Gabriel and he claims he was hitch-hiking, looking for work, when he was picked up, drugged and restrained by iron chains in a small shack in the bush. His captor, known only as Heath, said he was to be victim number 55. As Gabriel is tucked away in a local hotel to recover from his ordeal, Heath walks into the same station. He claims he was hitch-hiking, looking for work, when he was picked up, drugged and restrained by iron chains in a small shack in the bush by a self-confessed serial killer by the name of Gabriel.</p> <p>That premise is particularly well delivered. With a slim cast of characters, and the identical testimony of two supposed victims, Delargy creates an impressive level of tension and forward momentum. There's a bit of help from the added complication of the big city cop who arrives in town to take charge of the investigation. He's a local boy moved on, and there's plenty of past history between Jenkins and Mitch, the background to which is teased out in a series of flashback stories set around the search for a missing man when they were both new police recruits. As the perspective switches between current day and that old search, the personas of the two combatants - Heath and Gabriel - shift as well. It's very hard to pick who is the victim and who is perpetrator. </p> <p>Now I will admit I did wonder at one point why it was taking so long for the search for the graves (and the hut) to commence, but that was well into the story, and serves as more of a testament to the levels of confusion, and the number of questions, that had arisen by then. For a book that moves around between timelines, and provides insights into the current and past personal life of Chandler Jenkins into the bargain, the pace, and the constant building of tension works incredibly well.</p> <p>Everything about <em><strong>55</strong></em> is supported by the creation of a really good central protagonist in Jenkins. Unsure who to believe, or how he is going to get to the bottom of this story, Jenkins is resolute, questioning, lacks confidence in his own ability, and struggles with the fallout from his divorce, care of his two young children and a slightly scratchy relationship with his own parents, whose help on the home front he relies upon heavily. He's a very real person, and his position in the town of his youth feels and reads perfectly right. The town itself is less focused on. It's remote, it's dusty, it's dry, it's small town outback Australia. Everybody knows everybody and everything is out for all to see, which makes the idea that there's been a serial killer lurking in the bush, that there are grave sites hidden away on a hill nearby, covered in wild bushland, mostly unknown territory even to long-term locals, intriguing.</p> <p>The setting here is open, vast and seemingly unending, yet there's hidden spots and areas. Whilst it's always possible to believe that nobody is ever totally off the radar no matter where they are, it's sobering to come across the sneaking possibility that there are places that people can disappear to. Alive and dead. What's really cleverly done is the way that there are echoes of place in the experience and attitude of the small cast of characters in this novel. Some, like Jenkins, are hiding in plain sight, others are hopeful, less inhibited by the restrictions and expectations, less overwhelmed by the vastness of landscape around them. </p> <p>There are also female characters in this book, but this is very much a male focused book, with the concentration mostly on two sets of battling men: Jenkins and his old colleague Mitch, and Heath and Gabriel. There's a level of testosterone driven madness in the first, and just flat out madness in the second. There are other supporting characters, in the police station, in the town, and at home, all of whom step back as the focus becomes more and more on these 4 men and whatever the hell the games are that they are all playing. </p> <p>Which it turns out, to be the whole point. <em><strong>55</strong></em> is a clever book about the dangerous games that these men are playing, and just what it is that makes them see the path, and not take King Lear's words to heart:</p> <p><em>O, that way madness lies; let me shun that;<br /> No more of that.</em></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--24"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14404" 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/55"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/55.jpg?itok=StLvqcYp" width="143" height="220" alt="55" 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/james-delargy" hreflang="en">James Delargy</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">9781471177538</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/1699" hreflang="en">2019</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--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><span id="freeText4340743928243309246" style=""><b>*** There were 54 victims before this. Who is number 55? ***</b><br /><b>A thriller with a killer hook, and an ending that will make you gasp!</b></span></p> <p><span style="">Wilbrook in Western Australia is a sleepy, remote town that sits on the edge of miles and miles of unexplored wilderness. It is home to Police Sergeant Chandler Jenkins, who is proud to run the town's small police station, a place used to dealing with domestic disputes and noise complaints.</span></p> <p><span style="">All that changes on a scorching day when an injured man stumbles into Chandler's station. He's covered in dried blood. His name is Gabriel. He tells Chandler what he remembers.</span></p> <p><span style="">He was drugged and driven to a cabin in the mountains and tied up in iron chains. The man who took him was called Heath. Heath told Gabriel he was going to be number 55. His 55th victim.</span></p> <p><span style="">Heath is a serial killer.</span></p> <p><span style="">As a manhunt is launched, a man who says he is Heath walks into the same station. He tells Chandler he was taken by a man named Gabriel. Gabriel told Heath he was going to be victim 55.</span></p> <p><span style="">Gabriel is the serial killer.</span></p> <p><span style=""><b>Two suspects. Two identical stories. <i>Which one is the truth?</i></b></span></p> <p><span style=""><b>James Delargy has written one of the most exciting <b>debuts of 2019. </b>He masterfully paints the picture of a remote Western Australian town and its people, swallowed whole by the hunt for a serial killer. This novel has been sold in 19 countries so far and has just been optioned for film.</b></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2319" hreflang="en">#terroraustralis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4673" hreflang="en">55</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4529" hreflang="en">James Delargy</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--25"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--25--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--25--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--25--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-9d8b0c1ee8fa7dc7cf6aafc2b13adaf2f909ba764f19cbf2e067b63d3136e76e"> <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/55-james-delargy" hreflang="en">55, James Delargy</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><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> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Thursday, May 2, 2019 </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=14608&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="j0yZOU_hp_fuwqphA_Rd3aiz17LobhinRuC6ZnGKRMM"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 02 May 2019 03:07:50 +0000 Karen 14608 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/55-james-delargy#comments Money in the Morgue, Ngaio Marsh and Stella Duffy https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/money-morgue-ngaio-marsh-and-stella-duffy <div data-history-node-id="14607" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--26"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Money in the Morgue, Ngaio Marsh and Stella Duffy </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 href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, April 30, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>It’s 84 years since Dame Ngaio Marsh published the first Roderick Alleyn novel. Now he’s back, in a crime novel outlined by Marsh during the Second World War and completed by Stella Duffy in 2018. </strong>Review at <a href="https://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au/ngaio-marsh-and-stella-duffy-money-in-the-morgue-the-new-inspector-alleyn-mystery-reviewed-by-karen-chisholm/">Newtown Review of Books</a></p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--29"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14558" 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--27"> <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/money-morgue"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/money-morgue.jpg?itok=EaCbKwV4" width="136" height="220" alt="Money in the Morgue" 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/ngaio-marsh" hreflang="en">Ngaio Marsh</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/stella-duffy" hreflang="en">Stella Duffy</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"> 9780008207137</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/1699" hreflang="en">2019</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/1627" hreflang="en">Roderick Alleyn</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">33</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--28"> <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>Roderick Alleyn is back in this unique crime novel begun by Ngaio Marsh during the Second World War and now completed by Stella Duffy in a way that has delighted reviewers and critics alike.</p> <p><strong>Shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger Award 2018.</strong></p> <p>It’s business as usual for Mr Glossop as he does his regular round delivering wages to government buildings scattered across New Zealand’s lonely Canterbury plains. But when his car breaks down he is stranded for the night at the isolated Mount Seager Hospital, with the telephone lines down, a storm on its way and the nearby river about to burst its banks.</p> <p>Trapped with him at Mount Seager are a group of quarantined soldiers with a serious case of cabin fever, three young employees embroiled in a tense love triangle, a dying elderly man, an elusive patient whose origins remain a mystery … and a potential killer.</p> <p>When the payroll disappears from a locked safe and the hospital’s death toll starts to rise faster than normal, can the appearance of an English detective working in counterespionage be just a lucky coincidence – or is something more sinister afoot?</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2318" 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</div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14607&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="tSUjLlDRA3OnoN_NLCB51wsiPjbHWMzulHVtSo9Q-vA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 30 Apr 2019 06:48:18 +0000 Karen 14607 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/money-morgue-ngaio-marsh-and-stella-duffy#comments The Plot to Kill Peter Fraser, David McGill https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/plot-kill-peter-fraser-david-mcgill <div data-history-node-id="14565" 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--31"> <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 Plot to Kill Peter Fraser, David McGill </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 href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, April 9, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>This is now the second book by NZ author David McGill that I've read, both of which share a central detecting character, and a style being a combination of true history and crime fiction. The first novel, THE DEATH RAY DEBACLE was set in 1935, and this one, THE PLOT TO KILL PETER FRASER, is in the period around the end of World War II and, interestingly, in the early days of the development of the United Nations. Peter Fraser was the 24th Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving in that role from March 1940 until December 1949. A Labour Party member, he was renowned for leading New Zealand during the Second World War. Originally born in Scotland, he moved to New Zealand at the age of 26 seemingly because of its progressive spirit. After the end of the war he turned his attentions to the formation of the United Nations and gained considerable international acclaim for his efforts and his contribution.</p> <p>From this central theme, the novel, THE PLOT TO KILL PETER FRASER, rises. His making of local enemies and the existence of a plot to kill him by would-be Nazi assassins, appears to be fictional, although, it's so cleverly inserted into the facts about the ex-Prime Minister it's hard to know for sure without doing the research. As with the earlier novel mentioned above, the historical setting and the interweaving of fact and fiction is seamless and absolutely fascinating. </p> <p>Dan Delaney has returned from the first novel as well. In the first he was a Temporary Acting Detective, seconded to Special Branch, the forerunner of the Security Intelligence Service. Here he's seeking a quiet life with his refugee bride, until he, and his wife, are dragged into active service by his old boss, and things start to get very complicated. Nazi assassins, British and Soviet spies, American undercover operations, Cabaret, Italian Fishing village, yachting havens, and black-market complicated.</p> <p>The strong part of this novel is undoubtedly the historical setting. It's a clever idea to incorporate such an important figure at the centre of a novel like this and create a feasible plot around him and his profile. What works less well is the ancillary love interests which are supported by some seriously heavy lifting to force plot twists and turns that don't come across as particularly convincing. All in all THE PLOT TO KILL PETER FRASER was an interesting history lesson that isn't quite as well served by the thriller components as it could have been.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--34"> <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="2097" 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--32"> <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/plot-kill-peter-fraser"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/plot-kill-peter-fraser.jpg?itok=GaVSioZ-" width="150" height="220" alt="The Plot to Kill Peter Fraser" 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/david-mcgill" hreflang="en">David McGill</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">B06XGBBGMF</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/849" hreflang="en">2017</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--33"> <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>Peter Fraser was our greatest prime minister on the international stage. He proved it as World War Two was ending and he played a major part in shaping the United Nations. In the process he made enemies. He is back in New Zealand, where a plot is under way to kill him. If it is successful, New Zealand’s influence on the international stage ends and the country descends into chaos, a divided country ripe for international manipulation.</p> <p>Former detective Dan Delaney returns from sitting out the war in Italian and German prison camps. All he wants is a peaceful life with his refugee bride, but his old boss Inspector Biggart needs his help, his staff disbanded by Fraser and Nazi internees released from Somes Island. The hunt for would-be Nazi assassins takes them into Wellington’s black market underworld, a defensive Italian fishing village and an upmarket yachting haven. Prodded by the Commissioner of Police, Dan reluctantly involves his wife in a dodgy cabaret scene, as Nazis are killed and British and Soviet spies Dan has previously clashed with arrive to assist a suspected American undercover operation. Dan and his wife risk their lives as they race to identify the threat before a prime minister refusing security is struck down. </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/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/3522" hreflang="en">The Plot to Kill Peter Fraser</a></div> <div 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Kill Peter Fraser, David McGill</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><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> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, April 9, 2019 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/amreading-plot-kill-peter-fraser-david-mcgill" hreflang="en">#amreading The Plot to Kill Peter Fraser, David McGill</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><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> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, March 19, 2018 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> 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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 href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Thursday, April 4, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The end of the Cliff Hardy series was announced when WIN, LOSE OR DRAW was released in 2017, and then with the subsequent death of Peter Corris, I made a promise to myself to re-read this excellent series, every year, during the Boxing Day Test, as I'd been doing with every new release.</p> <p>The problem is I can't count and simple arithmetic defeats me, but even I've now managed to work out that 2020+41 = 2061. As I'm unlikely to still be alive in 2061, I'd better get a move on because I'm determined that I will re-read the Cliff Hardy series from start to finish before I too die. So, with fingers crossed on at least a few years left, that means a minimum of 2 books a year. Might make that 4 just in case. </p> <p>In 1982 the Commodore 64 8-bit computer was released; Malcolm Fraser was PM and Bill Hayden was Opposition Leader; autobiographer Albert Facey died; the movies Monkey Grip and Running on Empty, as well as Far East were released (starring Bryan Brown who was also in the movie THE EMPTY BEACH, based on the Cliff Hardy novel of the same name); athlete Ian Thorpe was born and THE DYING TRADE was first published.</p> <p>When Text Publishing re-released THE DYING TRADE in 2012 as part of their "Text Classics" series, they included a quotation from The Age:</p> <blockquote> <p>‘A quintessentially Australian literary icon.’</p> </blockquote> <p>That quote sums up the entire Cliff Hardy experience to a tee. Succinct and pointed, as all these novels are, Cliff Hardy is quintessentially Australian. From the Ford he drives, to the city he lives in, the pubs he drinks in, his propensity to wade in where others may have feared to tread, his dry, acerbic wit and laid back style, a propensity (in the early novels) to drink and smoke way too much, and his absolute refusal to age (gracefully or disgracefully). Cliff Hardy was always our Australian lone wolf, and over the 42 books in this series, he indeed became a literary icon.</p> <p>THE DYING TRADE is an introductory novel. Right from the start it sets a standard that readers came to expect. It's pointed, it's dry, it's observational and it gets on with "it". Whatever "it" is, there are always some givens. Hardy will take a case that he probably shouldn't, he will care, he'll get a thumping along the way, he'll solve the case, he might even get the girl, but he'll lose her again, and he'll return to his small terrace house, park his Ford out the front, open a bottle of wine, stare at the walls and spend a few moments wondering about what could have been. Never long, never drawn out, never overly reflective.</p> <p>Early 1980's Sydney is a world away from current day Sydney and yet in many ways it's not, and the Hardy series is a testament to the similarities and changes. Hardy is a product of this place, and he inhabits a world that Peter Corris seemed to love, understand and despair of. The descriptive elements of the novels are beautifully done, crisp, pointed, short, sharp, Corris was a master at the art of the precise and the pithy. </p> <p>It's comforting to go back to the start of such a long series and see that right from the start there's the pattern, the style and the structure that carried forward for so many years. You can also see very clearly, after a long, drawn out battle to get publishers to take note and realise that we needed to hear stories in our own voices, set in our own locations, that they were bloody lucky to get the Cliff Hardy series.<br />  </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--39"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">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="3766" 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--37"> <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/dying-trade"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/dying-trade.jpg?itok=NpkN-Dqx" width="132" height="220" alt="The Dying Trade" 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/peter-corris" hreflang="en">Peter Corris</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">0449130304</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/1440" hreflang="en">1980</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/1413" hreflang="en">Cliff Hardy</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--38"> <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>Hardy needs work. In fact, he's the type of detective who never turns down a case. He can't afford to.</p> <p>So when wealthy Bryn Gutteridge, a real estate heir who amuses himself by shooting seagulls, asks Hardy to find out who has been threatening his twin sister, Susan, the private eye agrees. And finds himself on a case that turns more brutal every day.</p> <p>First Gutteridge's butler is murdered. Then his pretty young stepmother is badly beaten. Hardy himself takes a few punches. And before long it's hard to tell the victims from the villains.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2319" hreflang="en">#terroraustralis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4624" hreflang="en">The Dying Trade</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/573" hreflang="en">Peter Corris</a></div> 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Peter Corris</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><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> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Thursday, April 4, 2019 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/2018-reading-reminiscences" hreflang="en">2018 Reading Reminiscences</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><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> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, January 7, 2019 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/peter-corris" hreflang="en">Peter Corris</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><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> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Thursday, August 30, 2018 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14562&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="6cjjsAzdSX7zxImUEADNyK8AeOld3mo153EtnZGJteQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 04 Apr 2019 09:45:53 +0000 Karen 14562 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/dying-trade-peter-corris#comments Class Act, Ged Gillmore https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/class-act-ged-gillmore <div data-history-node-id="14561" 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--41"> <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> Class Act, Ged Gillmore </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 href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa 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This series, now up to three novels with the release of BASE NATURE in 2018, is well worth getting into.</p> <p>Set in small-town, seaside New South Wales, based around reluctant Private Investigator, ex-bad boy, Bill Murdoch, the first book introduces him, his background and the events that bring him to small town life, the big house by the beach and the fancy car. It may be best if you start this series with the first book if possible, as the lead up to CLASS ACT is part fun, part information and will go a long way to explaining some of the friendship's that Bill has, and some of the behaviour he exhibits.</p> <p>CLASS ACT sees Murdoch strengthen his resolve to put his past behind him, even as it gets closer and more disruptive. He didn't, however, expect that he'd fall quite as hard as he does for the wife of his current client, wealthy businessman James Harte, who claims he has been framed for murder. And there's the problem of Murdoch, undercover, in the jet setting world. He might end up drawn into the world of horse racing, yachts, glitzy parties, and the glamorous set because of this case, but he's not comfortable being there, although he's a bit out of sorts with the world in general really.</p> <p>Murdoch is a character straight out of lone wolf, silent strong man casting central, and he's good at it. He might be a bit stereotypical, but he's not pretending to be anything else. He's the silent type, he's a walker of mean streets, even if the streets are mostly mean because he's walking them. He's a round peg in a square hole in small-town NSW and he's a dedicated investigator, everything that could be expected of him, and a bit more. There's a bit of nuance around Bill. There's a dodgy background, and the push to get away from the past, the action is appropriately age-restrained, there's friendship, and there is his ability to fall hook, line and sinker for the glamorous Amanda. </p> <p>There's a lot of entertaining elements to the Bill Murdoch series. As with the first book, character development and plot are nicely balanced, and there's a small ensemble cast to be going on with. A series that appealed considerably with the opening novel, that opinion was cemented firmly by this second outing. There's now a third novel out and about, which I'm ashamed to admit remains unread. At least that means there is BASE NATURE to look forward to.<br />  </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--44"> <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="2033" 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--42"> <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/class-act"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/class-act.jpg?itok=9mjDoEVp" width="138" height="220" alt="Class Act" 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/ged-gillmore" hreflang="en">Ged Gillmore</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">9780994178688</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1292" hreflang="en">Bill Murdoch</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--43"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Can a man who’s lived a life of crime ever escape his past? The world’s most reluctant private investigator is about to find out. </strong></p> <p>Former bad boy turned local hero, Bill Murdoch, should be happy with his little piece of paradise. After all, he’s got the fancy car and the big house by the beach. The only trouble is he’s slowly suffocating in small town life. </p> <p>So when Murdoch is hired to investigate who framed wealthy businessman, James Harte, for murder, he jumps at the chance. Going undercover amongst the jet set, Murdoch is quickly drawn into an exciting world of yachts, horse racing and glitzy parties. But soon Murdoch’s shady past looks set to catch up with him and when he falls for Harte’s beautiful wife, Amanda, things take a deadly turn. </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2319" hreflang="en">#terroraustralis</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/9" hreflang="en">Australia</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4622" hreflang="en">Class Act</a></div> <div 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views-field-title"><a href="/review/class-act-ged-gillmore" hreflang="en">Class Act, Ged Gillmore</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><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> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Wednesday, April 3, 2019 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/2018-reading-reminiscences" hreflang="en">2018 Reading Reminiscences</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><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> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, January 7, 2019 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/amreading-class-act-ged-gillmore" hreflang="en">#amreading Class Act, Ged Gillmore</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><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> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, April 23, 2018 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14561&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="fU_eHO3IzvCqC8Kno3UERmWCqapQ0i3qNLqkDcH3xkQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 03 Apr 2019 06:04:26 +0000 Karen 14561 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/class-act-ged-gillmore#comments The Night Dragon, Matthew Condon https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/night-dragon-matthew-condon <div data-history-node-id="14559" 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--46"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Night Dragon, Matthew Condon </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 href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Monday, April 1, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>In 1973 in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, the Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub was firebombed and 15 people died. In January 1974 Barbara McCulkin and her daughters Vicki and Leanne (aged 13 and 11 respectively) disappeared. It was not until 2017 that Vincent O'Dempsey, known amongst other things as the "Night Dragon" was found guilty along with an accomplice Garry Dubois, of their murder. Their bodies have never been found.</p> <p>THE NIGHT DRAGON is the latest book from award-winning investigative journalist Matthew Condon, searching back over all those years for the events that led to, and maybe go some way to explaining, the death of the McCulkin's. It's tied up with many many years of criminal behaviour on the part of a group of men, starting out as boys forming gangs in and around Brisbane, suburbs and out towards Sydney.</p> <p>A lot of the content of the book concentrates on the lead up to and the firebombing itself. Readers who are already aware of the connections between various criminals and dodgy characters, and the two people eventually found guilty of the bombing may feel that this is terrority already covered in other books, although anybody new to the story will discover just what a murky mess the whole situation had become. You might also be well aware of the results of the Fitzgerald Inquiry in Queensland into police corruption and integrity that has connections into the Whiskey Au Go Go killings as well. </p> <p>Vincent O'Dempsey, however, for this Victorian was an unknown factor, especially as there are hints throughout this book that he could very well have killed a shocking number of people. And therein lay a tiny bit of disappointment about the book. Whilst aspects of O'Dempsey's activities were covered in THE NIGHT DRAGON, the focus seemed to be on the Whiskey Au Go Go fire. Whenever it veered more solidly into the behaviour of O'Dempsey and his involvement in the murder of the McCulkin's it started to reveal some information that was news. It started to reveal a bit about a man who sounds like he's been a thoroughly malicious and evil presence, and yet, somehow he managed to remain shadowy throughout this book. On the upside, it's an engaging telling, and there are aspects of the tie up and interconnections that are indeed sobering. Condon, as always, seems to have done extensive research, but his books never read as dry, or instructional. He gives life and humanity to the victims, and he does a terrific job at keeping track of the various crooks and their complicated interactions and relationships. </p> <p>Barbara, Vicki and Leanne McCulkin deserve to be remembered, to have their story told, and to have it clearly understood that they were callously killed. The fact that it took over 40 years for their killers to be bought to justice is a testament to the people who eventually felt compelled to tell what they knew, and the persistence of the cops who followed up on their testimony.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--49"> <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="14503" 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--47"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/night-dragon"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/night-dragon.jpg?itok=SitMXwLb" width="152" height="220" alt="The Night Dragon" 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-condon" hreflang="en">Matthew Condon</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">9780702260209</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/1699" hreflang="en">2019</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--48"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>". . . he is hard to frighten . . . he is very methodical . . . he does not like sunlight because he is very fair-skinned . . . he has the tattoo of St George and the Dragon . . . "-Witness statement given to the Crime Intelligence Unit, Brisbane, 1974.</strong></p> <p>In 2017, Vincent O'Dempsey, along with his accomplice Garry Dubois, were sentenced to life in prison for the brutal murders of Barbara McCulkin and her two young daughters. It took over 40 years to bring them to justice. Feared for decades by criminals and police alike, Vincent O'Dempsey associated with convicted underworld figures behind major crimes such as the deadly Whiskey au Go Go nightclub firebombing and was also linked to a string of haunting cold cases.</p> <p>Award-winning investigative journalist Matthew Condon has interviewed dozens of ex-cons, police and witnesses to put together a compelling picture of the calculating killer who spent his life evading the law before he was finally brought to justice. The Night Dragon shines a light on a chilling chapter of Australia's criminal past and the devastating legacy left in its wake.</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/9" hreflang="en">Australia</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/4620" hreflang="en">The Night Dragon</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/961" hreflang="en">Matthew Condon</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--50"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--50--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--50--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--50--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-6510740ff7b52865743f21bea669c8642c01364c3a0f499b9d793afc61d37090"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/night-dragon-matthew-condon" hreflang="en">The Night Dragon, Matthew Condon</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><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> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, April 1, 2019 </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=14559&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="5BT06jO723I5rknTFrYVcWscd7X0oQED_pb4kuJGTNc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 01 Apr 2019 00:23:04 +0000 Karen 14559 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/night-dragon-matthew-condon#comments