AustCrimeFiction - All Posts https://www.austcrimefiction.org/ en In the Clearing, J.P. Pomare https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/clearing-jp-pomare <div data-history-node-id="14856" 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> In the Clearing, J.P. Pomare </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/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, January 15, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>What is always surprising about cults is that they consistently manage to attract seemingly intelligent people who leave their ordered lives to join bizarre communities run by petty tyrants with delusions of grandeur.  What is sadly not surprising is that at the centre of cults there are often innocents, the children.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>There’s a few plot devices or themes that can pop up in crime fiction which are not for everyone.  Cults might be one of those for you, as they usually are for me.  In the Clearing is based on a real-life cult, an Australian new age group known as ‘The Family’. I knew very little going into this read about the group, other than that the kids of The Family all had bleached blonde hair ala village-of-the-damned, and that it all began somewhere in the late 1960’s. It’s suggested that you conduct your Wiki diving perhaps after reading Pomare’s book, as too much prior knowledge going in could detract from your enjoyment of this read.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In the Clearing features two first person narratives.  Amy is a teenage member of a reclusive community led by Adrienne, a commanding and charismatic figure referred to as ‘the Queen’ and considered by her devoted followers to be the living reincarnation of Jesus Christ. Amy has taken on the group’s mistrust of all those who live outside of the clearing and that vigilance must always be upheld. Brutal punishments are doled out to any member who breaks their rules, and those rules are in place to keep their ways hidden from those who might seek to tear it all down.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Freya lives with her young son by the river, working as a yoga teacher and managing her property in the heat of summer.  Some in the town know that Freya has two sons, and that Freya hasn’t seen her eldest in many years.  When a young local girl goes missing, Freya’s suspicions are sent into overdrive.  Freya is quite certain that an old ghost from her past has come to visit.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The misdirections employed In the Clearing are subtly delivered and it is upon reflection that you will realize how clever they were.  Freya’s chapters features a countdown to some cataclysmic event, and it is evident that Amy is heading for the point of no return, illustrated via the inclusion of excerpts from her journal. We hold fear for both of them.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Pomare has written a powerful and accomplished second novel that takes a firm hold of your attention from the first chapter. In the Clearing masterfully cleaves a path to the truth with the linkage between the book’s two narrators shocking to realize when it all becomes clear.  The pace of the novel is purposeful and deliberate, information slowly eked out to the reader who becomes increasingly invested in the two who seem utterly alone whilst under serious threat.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>If you’re read the work of Inga Simpson before, you may find this book reminds you of her 2015 book, Nest.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>New Zealand born author J.P. Pomare, now living in Melbourne, has hosted a writing podcast since 2015 and has been published in various literary journals.  Call Me Evie, Pomare’s best selling crime novel debut, was the winner of the 2019 Ngaio Marsh Award (NZ) for Best First Novel.  </span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--4"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14855" 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/clearing-jp-pomare" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/in%20the%20clearing.jpg?itok=R-6yM47r" width="144" height="220" alt="In the Clearing" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/jp-pomare" hreflang="en">J.P. Pomare</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781869713393</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--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>Amy</strong> has only ever known life in the Clearing. She knows what's expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new young girl joins the group. She isn't fitting in; she doesn't want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head.</p> <p><strong>Freya</strong> has gone to great lengths to feel like a 'normal person'. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you'd think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a young girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn't seen for a very long time, arrives in town.</p> <p>As secrets of the past bubble up to the surface, this small town's dark underbelly will be exposed and lives will be destroyed.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4782" hreflang="en">#crime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4877" hreflang="en">#ruralthriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4706" hreflang="en">#drama</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4878" hreflang="en">#cults</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-28657abafeaba830f34b9d5936ee53bc67da2d1b4c48de60494d5e29e462fdc6"> <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/clearing-jp-pomare" hreflang="en">In the Clearing, J.P. Pomare</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, January 15, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14856&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="tCP7OsvZEI8CT4o3GQfzJOZzWTD-nc2wqx79F9DrGb8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 15 Jan 2020 06:44:06 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14856 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/clearing-jp-pomare#comments The Hunting Party, Lucy Foley https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/hunting-party-lucy-foley <div data-history-node-id="14854" 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 Hunting Party, Lucy Foley </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, January 7, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>You know those books that pop up so often on your feeds that you begin to feel that the universe (and lots of very savvy literary publicists) would really like you to read them?  This is how I came to read THE HUNTING PARTY by Lucy Foley.  Having heard many good things, and with Foley’s second crime novel now in the pipeline for a February release, it was time to find out why so many people latched onto Foley’s first intriguing crime thriller.   </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Seven friends, most of which went to college together, gather for their traditional New Year’s vacation.  It’s a time to catch up, to see who is leading the pack, to find out who is falling behind. Three couples and one single was never a willing formula and this year it isn’t either.  It is Emma who has planned the annual getaway, and the gorgeous but isolated Scottish highland lodge she chooses is due for a good snowfall.  The group will need to hunker down together and thank heavens there’s plenty of booze and pills to keep the conversation flowing.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>When one of the party is found murdered, it’s almost as if it was expected. The seven friends, two staff and two other lodge guests are all in it together until the police are able to reach them.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>THE HUNTING PARTY</strong> presents us with a cast of largely unlikeable characters (which can often be a good thing) as they all come together for auld lang syne and inevitably as the hours draw on, begin to turn on each other like sharks.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>When it comes to ‘closed room’ thrillers (ie – one of the ‘survivors’ must also be the killer) this can present challenges and the delivery too of a whole pile of tropes.  The author needs to keep moving with the perspectives so that the readers doesn’t settle too early on one suspect, and possibly bagging and tagging well before the big reveal.  There are little inclusions in <strong>THE HUNTING PARTY</strong> that are a bit obvious, such as a serial killer known to be in the general area, the suspicious returned serviceman, the mysterious landowner etc.  The plot line opt outs are there but with so many relationship dynamics to play with, they were all just distractions.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It will be no surprise to anyone who has read this book to know that THE HUNTING PARTY has been optioned for the small screen.  Films and TV shows where holidays with good friends turn murderous are always great fun, and I’m sure a script carved from <strong>THE HUNTING PARTY</strong> would lend itself well to a TV adaptation.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Betrayals, long simmering resentments, collegial mishaps and the promise that someone is going to royally cop it at some point makes for hugely entertaining thriller reading. <strong>THE HUNTING PARTY</strong> was the perfect holiday read to soak up over the New Years period. Nothing like a jolly murder to get us all in the spirit. </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--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="14853" 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/hunting-party-lucy-foley" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/The%20Hunting%20Party.jpg?itok=I3-YAtZq" width="144" height="220" alt="Yellow background and deer antlers" 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/lucy-foley" hreflang="en">Lucy Foley</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">9780008297121</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--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>In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year.<br /><br /> The beautiful one<br /> The golden couple<br /> The volatile one<br /> The new parents<br /> The quiet one<br /> The city boy<br /> The outsider<br /><br /> The victim.<br /><br /><strong>Not an accident – a murder among friends. </strong></p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4101" hreflang="en">#2019</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4719" hreflang="en">#thriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4875" hreflang="en">#suspense</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4681" hreflang="en">#mystery</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</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-890a6b513ce58721a6eb8a531c0593d246715cc8dd02ae5d8fdd73fa847db3cb"> <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/hunting-party-lucy-foley" hreflang="en">The Hunting Party, Lucy Foley</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, January 7, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14854&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="e6L11fKxDpQOboTZcL3bvRg-WQg1S8hdGf8lbVM1mgU"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 07 Jan 2020 12:14:02 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14854 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/hunting-party-lucy-foley#comments Impossible Causes, Julie Mayhew https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/impossible-causes-julie-mayhew <div data-history-node-id="14851" 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> Impossible Causes, Julie Mayhew </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, December 31, 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>Choosing the remote island of Lark to relocate to is a decision made by the Kendricks in the wake of enormous loss. Viola and her mother Deborah will never be the same again now it is only the two of them, and the safety offered by the tiny community of Lark seems heaven sent at just the right time.  Lark, population 300, is only accessible by sea twice a year and rarely approves new residents to its shores.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Teacher Leah, who regularly seeks the wisdom of the tarot via her spiritual neighbour Margaritte, is joyed to discover that one of the three new residents of Lark is not only to be a new teacher at her school, but is also an unattached man.  Leah’s foretold ‘Knight of Cups’ is soon to arrive and as always, news of new residents stirs up talk amongst the Larkians as only fresh and shiny new things can.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The ‘eldest girls’ of the Leah’s school are as close as teenage girls can be.  The island of Lark has a long history of paganism and the circle of stones that the eldest girls now visit has always been considered a place where men are not welcome.   The suspicious eyes of the island community fall on Anna, Britta and Jade-Marie as girls coming into their power as women are considered to be fraught and dangerous creatures. The three girls become more of a force now with the addition of a fourth – newcomer Viola, who wants nothing more than to be near the mysterious creatures that are the eldest girls.  It is Viola who discovers the body of the man, lying amongst the ancient stones of Lark.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It won’t take much for the reader to figure out what is going on in Lark but it does take the novel a heck of a long time to be precise in its description of such. Without giving away any spoilers the clues as to what is the true horror of Lark are all there from the beginning. The reader merely needs to push on and see how it will end.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Impossible Causes presents the perspectives of the adult Leah and the child Viola, the threat to each being similar but tackled differently, as islander and mainlander.  The passages of Leah are more fully realized, with it being possible to feel empathy for an otherwise intelligent adult who seems to have had her head well and truly in the sand as to the suffering around her.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Impossible Causes plays out its sadness in beautiful isolation, and waves goodbye to the young as they grow older and wiser to the poison both preached and practiced on Lark.  This theme of moving on and loss, or escaping the frying pan by jumping into the fire (if you prefer) pervades, and the learned helplessness of those that you encounter in this book is depressing to experience.  It does get more unbelievable as the novel progresses that so little action is taken, and being set in the current time is at odds with how the island of Lark lives, even taking into account its geographic isolation.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This is a moody and meandering novel that struggles at to maintain reader interest as there is no real sense of pace or urgency until the final chapters.  You can’t help but feel if this novel was set say in the 1960’s, it would feel more in sync with the era.</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--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="14850" 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/impossible-causes-julie-mayhew" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/impossible%20causes.jpg?itok=gwZECsiC" width="145" height="220" alt="Impossible Causes" 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/julie-mayhew" hreflang="en">Julie Mayhew</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">9781408897027</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>Four elements. Four seasons. Four points on the compass. Four teenage girls.<br /> And one body.<br /><br /> Black-haired, pure islander, Britta. The alpha female of the so-called Eldest Girls.<br /><br /> 'Half-blood' Jade-Marie, her missionary father long drowned.<br /><br /> Blonde, angelic looking Anna - the moral compass of the trio.<br /><br /> And then red-headed Viola. Viola, the newcomer to the island, escaping tragedy and desperate to belong. Viola who turns three girls into four, and completes the set. Viola who finds the man's body, lying in the stone circle. Viola who has watched and waited for her opportunity to become one of the inner circle, whatever it takes.<br /><br /> In Julie Mayhew's mesmerising and compelling thriller, a remote and deeply-religious island with a history of paganism is riven when a man is found dead. As rumours spread and tensions rise, and fog descends, sealing the island off from the mainland, the four teenage girls of Lark Island find themselves accused of witchcraft - and murder.</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/4703" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3333" hreflang="en">Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3650" hreflang="en">Crime</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3284" hreflang="en">Thriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4862" hreflang="en">drama</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4873" hreflang="en">pagan</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-535f29bb9fceb72ff72a7f23db5b627cb0bfdc64a24b39a555894835676ebb00"> <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/impossible-causes-julie-mayhew" hreflang="en">Impossible Causes, Julie Mayhew</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, December 31, 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=14851&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="-qzceKFeTsGo8IhSfzjA2_YbgnjTxX7MoKRfszlYksA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 31 Dec 2019 10:57:50 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14851 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/impossible-causes-julie-mayhew#comments Bruny, Heather Rose https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/bruny-heather-rose <div data-history-node-id="14841" 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> Bruny, Heather Rose </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">Sunday, December 8, 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>A comment often made about BRUNY is that readers going in did not know it was going to be such a political read.  BRUNY is one of those works that very effectively puts the frighteners on for many fronts; climate change, politics, foreign investment, cultural divides – swing the proverbial, you’ll find it here.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The building of a bridge between mainland Tasmania and Bruny Island is a contentious issue with many island residents not seeing the point of making a part of the world that should be protected that so much more accessible.  Called back home by the twin powers that rule her world – family and politics – Astrid Coleman needs to serve two masters with her latest assignment. The Coleman family is nothing if not forward thinking, and having a brother as the Premier and a sister as the Opposition Leader has long been one of the reasons that Astrid seldom goes back to Tasmania. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>A bombing on the incomplete bridge project needs some careful handling, and Premier John Coleman (JC) is conscious of the need to circle the wagons, keeping information to the close few that he trusts. Astrid is not convinced that the story being peddled to the public is truthful and quietly determines to carve out her own path to the truth.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It’s a testament to the skill of the author Heather Rose that so much is included in a novel set in a part of the world that few outside of Australia would be aware actually exists.  Which would seem to be exactly how the Tasmanians would prefer Bruny Island to be  – left to its own devices and not on anyone’s radar. BRUNY presents us with just a small step to the left of what the geopolitical landscape could become with just a few changes in government, a few less sensible minds in power.  Are we there already?  Possibly. Located off the south eastern side of mainland Tasmania, Bruny Island is perhaps not the first place your mind would immediately go to if you were thinking of likely hot spots for terrorist activities.  This could change after reading BRUNY.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>BRUNY is a little hard to classify because of how issue drenched it is - a little romance, lots of intrigue, family dramas and evolving personal relationships are all thrown into the mix.  This is not to say that the novel is haphazardly constructed as BRUNY definitely has an evolution in how the lead character realizes what is most important as she information gathers.  BRUNY leads us into thinking that all the crappy things happening in the world right now could just as easily result in us all experiencing a whole host of similar catastrophes. This may come to be in part due to our collective inattention to insidious change, and our complacency in addressing those changes that are happening incrementally right in front of us.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>BRUNY is the perfect novel for intelligent value discussions about what Australians do or should hold dear, but let’s be honest, it is triggering to read of all our fears playing out on home soil.  If you are one of those people who curates their Twitter feed like Edward Scissorhands away from anything to do with climate change or the antics of the multiple buffoons currently running powerful countries, reading BRUNY will likely ping off all your self-preservative alarms.  It may also provoke you into questioning what your own values might be, should you ever be in a similar place to the Tasmanians we encounter in this thought provoking work of fiction.  The people of BRUNY have a lot more to lose than just their faith in their democratically elected leaders.   BRUNY is a tense work of fiction that will slap its readers in the face as to how close and possible it feels, in our current cultural and political landscape.  </span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--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="14762" 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/bruny" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/bruny.jpg?itok=6MKhqUh8" width="144" height="220" alt="Bruny" 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/heather-rose" hreflang="en">Heather Rose</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">9781760875169</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--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>How far would your government go? </p> <p>A right-wing US president has withdrawn America from the Middle East and the UN. Daesh has a thoroughfare to the sea and China is Australia's newest ally. When a bomb goes off in remote Tasmania, Astrid Coleman agrees to return home to help her brother before an upcoming election. But this is no simple task. Her brother and sister are on either side of politics, the community is full of conspiracy theories, and her father is quoting Shakespeare. Only on Bruny does the world seem sane. </p> <p>Until Astrid discovers how far the government is willing to go.</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/4101" hreflang="en">#2019</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4719" hreflang="en">#thriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4706" hreflang="en">#drama</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4866" hreflang="en">#politicalthriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4867" hreflang="en">#Tasmania</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-998addcde04fce3883c18728450347c159b9d3c3e42a0e1f1132853f43944dd0"> <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/bruny-heather-rose" hreflang="en">Bruny, Heather Rose</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">Sunday, December 8, 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=14841&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="te_u8T62lV4GwS7KTDBpSB1FJtz7MDpg1PQQxwbiRhY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Sun, 08 Dec 2019 08:17:09 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14841 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/bruny-heather-rose#comments Darkness For Light, Emma Viskic https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/darkness-light-emma-viskic <div data-history-node-id="14835" 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> Darkness For Light, Emma Viskic </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">Friday, November 29, 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><span><em><span>‘He slowed as he took the bend, then sped up and pulled into the kerb. Door half-open, eyes on the mirror. The black sedan rounded the corner. It drew nearer, headlights off, the driver a hazy silhouette. Closer, nearly level. Passing. It kept going, the brakelights flashing once as it reached the next bend, then it was gone. He breathed again. Just someone taking the same traffic-avoiding route across town. Nothing to do with him, or a dead man with his face shot off.’ </span></em></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Caleb Zelic returns in Emma Viskic’s third novel <em>Darkness For Light</em>. It’s now a few months since fire ravaged end of <em>And Fire Came Down</em> and Caleb is slowly putting his life and his business back together. He’s seeing a therapist, his ex-wife Kat is speaking to him, his ex-partner Frankie is nowhere to be seen and he’s re-connected with the deaf community. ‘Make good decisions’ would appear to be his new mantra, but this is Caleb and bad decisions are never too far away. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>When a prospective client he was due to meet is murdered and Frankie’s niece Tilda is kidnapped, Caleb is not only drawn back into a world he doesn’t want to be a part of, he must also join up again with Frankie and that’s definitely not a good decision. To make matters worse Frankie has a file which everyone seems to want, and Caleb is being blackmailed into handing over Frankie or the file. Caleb however is only interested in saving Tilda and if he’s lucky, he may just redeem himself as well. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Caleb Zelic is a great character and Emma Viskic vividly brings him to life. At the recent launch of <em>Darkness For Light</em> Emma spoke about a question which was asked during the recent book tour of the United States she undertook with Sulari Gentill, Jock Serong and Robert Gott. They were asked about the difference between American and Australian readers. The consensus was that Australians love the underdog, or the loser as Emma put it. Although I wouldn’t go so far as to describe him as a loser, I would say that Caleb Zelic is a man who spends his life constantly tripping over his own good intentions. Now that’s something we can all relate to.   </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--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="14825" 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/darkness-light" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/darkness-for-light.jpg?itok=yotqtwim" width="144" height="220" alt="Darkness For Light" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/emma-viskic" hreflang="en">Emma Viskic</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">9781760685812</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/2441" hreflang="en">Caleb Zelic</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">3</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--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>After a lifetime of bad decisions troubled PI Caleb Zelic is finally making good ones. He's in therapy, reconnecting with the Deaf community, and reconciling with his beloved wife.</p> <p>But he can’t escape his past.</p> <p>A violent confrontation forces Caleb back into contact with his double-crossing partner, Frankie. When her niece is kidnapped, Frankie and Caleb must work together to save the child’s life. But their efforts will risk everything, including their own lives.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3622" hreflang="en">AustCrimeFiction</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-15cbd7af6ba49016363532e39c567328f8b1a7c85d8bc18d8a3baa68981317b1"> <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/darkness-light-emma-viskic" hreflang="en">Darkness For Light, Emma Viskic</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">Friday, November 29, 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=14835&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="nduV9O3QmHgQn-OoTgDnZZnGOp5BsgcZC75VGCHJXx4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 29 Nov 2019 10:54:05 +0000 Gordon Duncan 14835 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/darkness-light-emma-viskic#comments Last Ones Left Alive, Sarah Davis-Goff https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/last-ones-left-alive-sarah-davis-goff <div data-history-node-id="14834" 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> Last Ones Left Alive, Sarah Davis-Goff </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, November 26, 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>Pandemics, post-apocalyptics, zombie dramas, dystopians – choose your preferred choice of genre labelling here – generally seem to go all out large or small and intense.  If you are one of those readers who simply must have delivered a very finite scientific explanation of how the world all goes to hell, you may find that you tend to read novels which pan out to take in all the global devastation and resultant anarchy. These works generally involve shadowy government agencies, roaming gangs of survivors intent on creating violent dictatorships, lots and lots of guns etc. <strong>LAST ONES LEFT ALIVE </strong>instead narrows its survival tale focus down to three women who have formed a new family together since the end of civilization reached their small Irish community.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Orpen knows only the now and has no memory of the world as it was in the before.  The world fell from grace well before Orpen was born, leaving Orpen’s Mam to face the danger of birthing and raising a child in a world now infested with roaming altered humans who seek only to kill.  Orpen’s whole existence until now has been a tiny island off the Irish coast, safely isolated from the hungry and monstrous skrakes on the Mainland.  Orpen has been taught to be mindful that the larger world is not what it once was and that she must keep up her levels of physical fitness and fighting tactics to evade anyone who seeks to harm and threaten the four of them – Orpen, her dog Dagger, her mother Muireann and her mother’s partner, Maeve.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Venturing out beyond the safe confines of their small island, Maeve and Orpen are still dealing with the recent death of Muireann when Maeve herself is bitten. The ethereal knowledge of Phoenix City, a newly emerged safe town somewhere on the Mainland means that Orpen must keep Maeve with her, even as Maeve slides in an out of consciousness and the feral reality of becoming one of the ravenous skrakes.  Orpen is convinced that Maeve knows exactly where Phoenix City is and cannot let go of her only opportunity to find a way to safety and the support of others.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>There are so many different rules with ‘virus’ post-apocalyptics that it can be difficult to find a new take on the premise. Each writer needs to at least in part work around such rules written and set by all the pandemic writers that came before them.  The commonalities of infection via bite, what the undead most crave and how to kill them (again) are broadly accepted to be the same from book to book, with the variants being the scale of the horror and how society adapts to its brave new world order after all advancements in culture and civilization are erased.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Debut author Sarah Davis-Goff has written a thoughtful and precise novel of how one person, born after the fall, comes to the end of the line when she is finally alone and must seek out the company of others. It is not a matter of one just becoming lonely, it is an urgent matter of needing other people around you in order to survive. How it is to negotiate a world that has moved on from such knowns and protections of government authorities, medical assistance, community infrastructures etc is explored through the viewpoint of a teenager, who like every teen before her, has always been expected to question what she has been told.  <strong>LAST ONES LEFT ALIVE</strong> gently takes the reader through what it indeed one day might be like, as we approach the end of our violent and uncertain times.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Like all dystopian novels hitting the shelves right now, <strong>LAST ONES LEFT ALIVE</strong> is uncomfortably easy to accept as a possible take on our near future.   Tautly but simply written in the first person, this novel does veer off into a little lore which doesn’t do much to add to the storyline, but which inclusions might alleviate some of the bleakness of its otherwise harsh landscape for the reader.</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--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="14542" 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/last-ones-left-alive" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/last-ones-left-alive.jpg?itok=FR_PB_so" width="136" height="220" alt="Last Ones Left Alive" 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/sarah-davis-goff" hreflang="en">Sarah Davis-Goff</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">9781472255204</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--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><b>LAST ONES LEFT ALIVE is the story of Orpen, a young woman who must walk on foot across a ravaged Ireland in the desperate hope of saving herself, and her guardian Maeve, from the zombie-like menace known as the skrake. Sarah Davis-Goff's strikingly original debut will appeal to readers of dystopian literary fiction such as STATION 11 or THE END WE START FROM.</b></p> <p><i>Watch your six. Beware tall buildings. Always have your knives.</i></p> <p>Growing up on a tiny island off the coast of a post-apocalyptic Ireland, Orpen's life has revolved around physical training and necessity. After Mam died, it's the only way she and her guardian Maeve have survived the ravenous skrake (zombies) who roam the wilds of the ravaged countryside, looking for prey.</p> <p>When Maeve is bitten and infected, Orpen knows what she should do - sink a knife into her eye socket, and quickly. Instead, she tries to save Maeve, and following rumours of a distant city on the mainland, guarded by fierce banshees, she sets off, pushing Maeve in a wheelbarrow and accompanied by their little dog, Danger. It is a journey on which Orpen will need to fight repeatedly for her life, drawing on all of her training and instincts. In the course of it, she will learn more about the Emergency that destroyed her homeland, and the mythical Phoenix City - and discover a starting truth about her own identity. </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/4703" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4859" hreflang="en">zombie</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3242" hreflang="en">Debut</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/536" hreflang="en">Ireland</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4860" hreflang="en">dystopian</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4861" hreflang="en">pandemic</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4862" hreflang="en">drama</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--30"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--30--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--30--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--30--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-258b449dff57c0d71f6e256a2f73a0e614aa23274feee264cc5c10ff0dd43b2d"> <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/last-ones-left-alive-sarah-davis-goff" hreflang="en">Last Ones Left Alive, Sarah Davis-Goff</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, November 26, 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=14834&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="w75Gvyt77d0PwFocsCXt0G2EFABY_zbweBHNgFHQU9c"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 26 Nov 2019 06:05:19 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14834 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/last-ones-left-alive-sarah-davis-goff#comments Kiss My Assassin, Dave Sinclair https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/kiss-my-assassin-dave-sinclair <div data-history-node-id="14833" 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> Kiss My Assassin, Dave Sinclair </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Wednesday, November 20, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I've only ever met one spy (... that I know of), and he wasn't anything like Charles Bishop. Never took on a powerful arms-dealing organisation (as far as I know), never got stabbed, shot at, beaten up, taken prisoner, made friends with a Russian spy, or slept with the enemy either (as far as I know). Now I'm wondering all the things I should have asked, and never did. Reading, after all, is educational and if you take nothing away from the Charles Bishop series by Dave Sinclair, it could be a list of things to bring up in conversation the next time you meet a spy.</p> <p>Needless to say, tongue in cheek, great fun, slightly crazy espionage thriller with a hefty sense of humour featuring a crash bang fight to the death, a fabulously bad baddie, and one of the oddest pairings of good spys against the evil you're going to come across. I do like Dave Sinclair's out and out fun thrillers. I particularly like the "guide to Espionage" series featuring Eva Destruction (okay so now you've got a good idea of the style of pun....) and this one is turning out to be just as much fun. There is a helpful note to readers that does point out that the events in the Charles Bishop novels occur before those in the Eva Destruction series (which came out before the Charles Bishop ones...). Charles Bishop and Eva Destruction come across as perfect examples of those nicely sarcastic, nicely unstoppable and every so nicely naughty types - although Eva's more of an accidental spy, whilst Bishop seems to be slightly more from the "career" side of the equation.</p> <p>Either way, all these novels are good fun. Think James Bond, with shades of Austin Powers; or The Saint, with shades of Mr Bean. And maybe a bit of Inspector Clouseau's Cato. Or something. I don't know. They're fun. Read them.</p> </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="14664" 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/kiss-my-assassin" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/kiss-my-assassin.jpg?itok=4aeLBCTD" width="147" height="220" alt="Kiss My Assassin" 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/dave-sinclair" hreflang="en">Dave Sinclair</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">B07RQLD35W</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/4718" hreflang="en">Charles Bishop</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--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>You’ve never met a spy like this before!</p> <p>When the Turkish ambassador crashes his car in central London, the incident launches an unforeseeable series of catastrophic events—and a naked body.</p> <p>MI6 spy Charles Bishop flies headfirst into intrigue, gun battles and assassinations. He’s on the hunt for a mysterious and powerful arms-dealing organisation named Kali—and they have him squarely in their sights.</p> <p>Along the way he falls for a mysterious woman who may just be the death of him.</p> <p>Fast-paced with whip-smart dialogue and twists at every turn, Kiss My Assassin is the very definition of unputdownable.<br />  </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/228" hreflang="en">Dave Sinclair</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4858" hreflang="en">Kiss My Assassin</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--35"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--35--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--35--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--35--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-248d5a628d6505c6b06d9089760b2fc149f0a54d3937cdfa8db05b08d07a6ece"> <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/kiss-my-assassin-dave-sinclair" hreflang="en">Kiss My Assassin, Dave Sinclair</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Wednesday, November 20, 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=14833&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="1BmetqHz5KadNjxNYh-lRYergw0i9f7L2bs1bcLmuAs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 20 Nov 2019 01:16:35 +0000 Karen 14833 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/kiss-my-assassin-dave-sinclair#comments The Sisters, Dervla McTiernan https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/sisters-dervla-mctiernan <div data-history-node-id="14832" 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--36"> <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 Sisters, Dervla McTiernan </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/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, November 19, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Flagged as a prequel to McTiernan's acclaimed THE RUIN, THE SISTERS is an audible only novella, set 10 years before the first Cormack Reilly book THE RUIN, which was followed by THE SCHOLAR. McTiernan's two series books have met with considerable acclaim in all parts, and THE SISTERS is very loosely (by the lightest of threads) connected to these. It's really the story of bright-young-copper Carrie Ryan and her sister, newly qualified barrister Aifric whose work collides when Aifric takes on the defence of a man charged with the murder of his girlfriend, and Carrie interferes in an investigation that both sisters aren't convinced was properly conducted at the time.</p> <p>It's a good little story with the concentration very much on the two sisters, who you can't help but hope are being considered for more in the future. The narrator is easy to follow, the twists and turns of the investigation nicely laid out, with some salient points being made about discrimination against women, and the challenges of learn as you go law and order. The style is perhaps a little on the subdued side though, and you may struggle a little getting to really know the main characters in such a short, sharp undertaking, especially as the ending arrived way before I was ready for it :) About 3 hour's listening in total, THE SISTERS is available for free on Audible if you have a monthly subscription. </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="14810" 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/sisters" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/sisters.jpg?itok=NgrzEmpK" width="220" height="220" alt="The Sisters" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/dervla-mctiernan" hreflang="en">Dervla McTiernan</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">B07W8WY88T</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--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><b data-skip="true">Two sisters climbing the ranks of Dublin’s criminal justice system. A murder case that could change their lives forever. The Sisters is a gripping new thriller from one of the most exciting voices in crime fiction.</b></p> <p>In this prequel to the international bestseller <i>The Ruin</i>, set 10 years prior, bright-eyed Carrie Ryan is at the very start of her career. When she has a hunch about an ongoing murder investigation, she knows it could be her only chance to prove herself and truly break into the “boy’s club” of Dublin’s police force. </p> <p>Carrie uncovers this make-or-break moment in a case file her sister Aifric, a newly qualified barrister, leaves on their kitchen counter: Robert Collins has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend after a fight in a local pub, and all signs point towards a guilty verdict. But both sisters quickly begin to find evidence that complicates the story. All the while, Carrie is very aware that she’s crossed the line – if the detective sergeant running the investigation finds out she’s been messing around with his case, her career will be over before it has begun. </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/4857" hreflang="en">The Sisters</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/681" hreflang="en">Dervla McTiernan</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--40"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--40--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--40--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--40--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-6446d4d48ee06269c96394a61946b35540c84098a8da06db1d230f4105777441"> <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/sisters-dervla-mctiernan" hreflang="en">The Sisters, Dervla McTiernan</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, November 19, 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=14832&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="PyDN6IUVEhmG3cSFBJt45JX-Q0GVoF0BWThjG6LMWwg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 19 Nov 2019 06:31:45 +0000 Karen 14832 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/sisters-dervla-mctiernan#comments Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus, Sandi Toksvig https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/between-stops-view-my-life-top-number-12-bus-sandi-toksvig <div data-history-node-id="14831" 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> Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus, Sandi Toksvig </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, November 19, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Every now and again a break from crime fiction is sought, and everything I've ever seen written or heard spoken about Sandi Toksvig, and every time I've heard her on TV or the radio, makes me convinced that time spent in her company on those mediums is just better. So this was an immediate purchase when I heard people talking about it recently. BETWEEN THE STOPS reads EXACTLY as you'd expect something from Sandi Toksvig to read. You start out on the Number 12 bus, looking out at a streetscape, which leads you to a bit of a chat about somebody from history who did something or had something to do with that place, which leads to an anecdote from her life, which nearly always included something that made me laugh, that made me seriously annoyed with the world, and that really made me think.</p> <p>For those in Australia who aren't as welded onto the ABC, BBC or UK-TV as those in this household, Sandi may or may not be as well known, but she is the guest who became presenter when Stephen Fry left <em>QI</em>; she, and Noel Fielding, took on <em>The Great British Bake Off</em> when they abandoned ship and moved to another UK tv station; and she often appears on English comedic panel shows and <em>The Last Leg</em>. She's funny, extremely erudite, an outspoken and articulate feminist, an activist, and, it comes as no surprise, incredibly well read, and knowledgeable about history, with women's history a specific interest. The way that she has woven observations of human nature (particularly pertaining to bus travel), the history of the places that the Number 12 passes, and the major events in her own life is not just entertaining it's profoundly enlightening.</p> <p>Loved this book. Loved every single thing about it. Can not recommend it highly enough. (Those who are used to receiving books from me at Christmas may find their parcels contain one that comes as no surprise now....)</p> </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="14830" 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/between-stops-view-my-life-top-number-12-bus" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/between-stops.jpg?itok=pYpQiHpi" width="143" height="220" alt="Between the Stops: The View of My Life from the Top of the Number 12 Bus" 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/sandi-toksvig" hreflang="en">Sandi Toksvig</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">B010PDP3Z8</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--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 data-skip="true">This long-awaited memoir from one of Britain's best-loved celebrities - a writer, broadcaster, activist, comic on stage, screen and radio for nearly forty years, presenter of QI and <i data-skip="true">Great British Bake Off</i> star - is an autobiography with a difference: as only Sandi Toksvig can tell it.</p> <p data-skip="true">'<i>Between the Stops</i> is a sort of a memoir, my sort. It's about a bus trip really, because it's my view from the Number 12 bus (mostly top deck, the seat at the front on the right), a double-decker that plies its way from Dulwich, in South East London, where I was living, to where I sometimes work - at the BBC, in the heart of the capital. It's not a sensible way to write a memoir at all, probably, but it's the way things pop into your head as you travel, so it's my way'.</p> <p data-skip="true">From London facts including where to find the blue plaque for Una Marson, 'The first black woman programme maker at the BBC', to discovering the best Spanish coffee under Southwark's railway arches; from a brief history of lady gangsters at Elephant and Castle to memories of climbing Mount Sinai and, at the request of a fellow traveller, reading aloud the Ten Commandments; from the story behind Pissarro's painting of Dulwich Station to performing in Footlights with Emma Thompson; from painful memoires of being sent to Coventry while at a British boarding school to thinking about how Wombells Travelling Circus of 1864 haunts Peckham Rye;from anecdotes about meeting Prince Charles, Monica Lewinsky and Grayson Perry to <i>Bake</i><i>-Off</i> antics; from stories of a real and lasting friendship with John McCarthy to the importance of family and the daunting navigation of the Zambezi River in her father's canoe, this Sandi Toksvig-style memoir is, as one would expect and hope, packed full of surprises.</p> <p data-skip="true">A funny and moving trip through memories, musings and the many delights on the Number 12 route, <i>Between the Stops</i> is also an inspiration to us all to get off our phones, look up and to talk to each other because as Sandi says: 'some of the greatest trips lie on our own doorstep'.</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/4855" hreflang="en">#memoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a 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field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Monday, November 18, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I'm now firmly of the opinion that it takes real skill to stuff up the order of a series to the extent that I seem to manage to do it. One day I'll find a use for that skill, but nowadays it just means I spend my life staring at piles of books thinking, oh buggeration, there's another one I should have read before... Thus THE INVISIBLE MAN FROM SALEM.</p> <p>Which is the first in the Leo Junker series, a series which I've read in the order THE FALLING DETECTIVE (#2); MASTER, LIAR, TRAITOR, FRIEND (#3) (so at least that was right), then THE INVISIBLE MAN FROM SALEM (#1) and now I've got THE THIN BLUE LINE (#4) to go. Fortunately, none of the mis-ordered reading mattered. This is an excellent series, dark and very noirish in styling, set in Stockholm, featuring disgraced Internal Affairs officer Leo Junker.</p> <p>This case, that of a young woman murdered in a refuge on the ground floor of his apartment building, he bluffs / forces / inserts himself into the crime scene when sheer curiosity takes over from any possible police rules. The dead woman is clutching a necklace, one that turns out to be very intimately connected to him, and to his childhood, and one that he really didn't need to be anywhere near once it was found in the hands of a dead young woman. What started out as a seemingly random killing, or a domestic, or something connected to the drugs underworld, then takes Junker back to his troubled youth in the Stockholm suburb of Salem, back to a lurking presence from that past, and what seems like a very personal vendetta against his present.</p> <p>Having been mightily intrigued by THE FALLING DETECTIVE, and pretty well hooked by MASTER, LIAR, TRAITOR, FRIEND going back to book number one in the series definitely filled in some gaps in my understanding of the central character - Leo Junker - and made me think long and hard about how readers connect with a series overall. This opening salvo sets up the story of Junker in a very noirish manner. A lone wolf, world weary, disgraced, suspended police officer with a medical issue, he's repressed, self-absorbed, convinced of his own rightness, even when confronted with his wrongness and oddly determined to keep the world at bay, whilst never actually being able to leave well enough alone.</p> <p>Whether or not this would have been an opening to a series that would have grabbed my interest as hard as the first and second books did is hard to say. By the later books author Christoffer Carlsson had settled into a style - noir in flavour, Swedish in delivery that dodged some of the familiar tropes more evident in this first novel, although I did find the clever, forceful, tattooed ex-lover an interesting little hat tip. There's also something in this novel that suggests, subtly, that Junker actually couldn't give a monkey's what anyone thinks - including the reader, which is both slightly off-putting and mightily intriguing all at the same time.</p> <p>If you're coming to the Leo Junker series in the correct order, and you're feeling any of the slight quibbles I felt then I can only suggest that you press on with haste. If you're coming to the series in the correct order, and you've not experienced a single one of the slight quibbles, then I wouldn't be at all surprised about that either. I'm certainly intending to read novel number 4 as soon as I possibly can. This is a good series, which has the potential to be a great series indeed.<br />  </p> </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="10123" 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/invisible-man-salem" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/invisible-man-salem.jpg?itok=EMTwxYH6" width="145" height="220" alt="The Invisible Man from Salem" 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/christoffer-carlsson" hreflang="en">Christoffer Carlsson</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">B019MH8OMC</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1121" hreflang="en">2013</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2434" hreflang="en">Leo Junker</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--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>In the final days of summer, a young woman is shot dead in her apartment. Three floors above, the blue lights of the police cars awaken disgraced ex-officer Leo Junker. Though suspended from the force, he can’t stay away for long. Bluffing his way onto the crime scene, he examines the dead woman and sees that she is clasping a cheap necklace — a necklace he instantly recognises.<br /><br /> As Leo sets out on a rogue investigation to catch the killer, a series of frightening connections emerge, linking the murder to his own troubled youth in Salem — a suburb of Stockholm where social and racial tensions run high — and forcing him to confront a long ago incident that changed his life forever.<br /><br /> Now, in backstreets, shadowed alleyways, and decaying suburbs ruled by Stockholm’s criminal underground, the search for the young woman’s killer — and the truth about Leo’s past — begins.</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/4724" hreflang="en">#scandinoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1275" hreflang="en">Sweden</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4853" hreflang="en">The Invisible Man from Salem</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2435" hreflang="en">Christoffer Carlsson</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-f41b6fcdfaa8703b8c5ded89a8b1578299074adf5c392ca48730f2caa1574812"> <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/invisible-man-salem-christoffer-carlsson" hreflang="en">The Invisible Man from Salem, Christoffer Carlsson</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, November 18, 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=14828&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="vk9FzQLO5p2mHfLEAaUH0We4mLw3-LvpIfaVLH_HXwc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 18 Nov 2019 05:06:15 +0000 Karen 14828 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/invisible-man-salem-christoffer-carlsson#comments