AustCrimeFiction - All Posts https://www.austcrimefiction.org/rss.xml en Girl in the Rearview Mirror, Kelsey Rae Dimberg https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/girl-rearview-mirror-kelsey-rae-dimberg <div data-history-node-id="14776" 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> Girl in the Rearview Mirror, Kelsey Rae Dimberg </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, September 17, 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><strong>GIRL IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR</strong> is a very modern American novel in all the best ways and invites its readers into the sparkling arena of the rich that is rarely experienced by most of us.  Think paid staff, exhibition openers, political campaigns and designer dresses and this is the privileged world of the Martins, Arizona’s power couple and family of influence. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Finn Hunt is a young woman happy to take all opportunities that come her way, whilst never forgetting that an easy smile and confident manner is her best entry into places that her modest bank balance and lack of family credentials would otherwise not admit. Finn has her foot in the door of top tier Arizona society, working as the nanny for Philip Martin, the charismatic son of an equally charismatic US Senator who is up for re-election.  Finn’s charge, the energetic Amabel, is the child of two very busy parents who have a lot on their minds and very little time for the practicalities of raising a four year old.  Fine by Finn, who is a work in progress.  Finn was once Natalie, a teenager shunned by her community for what they felt was her part in the death of one of the town’s most popular teens in a boating accident.   In Phoenix, no one knows Finn’s backstory, and she is able to close a door on the person she once was to embrace all that the Martin’s lavish lifestyle may extend to her.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Wealth attracts the grifters and the manipulators, and it is into the web of these that Finn is ensnared.  An odd young woman, attractive but not in the class of the Martins, is following the family around, claiming to have knowledge of a scandal that will bring them all to their knees.  In her efforts to protect the Martins and thus herself, Finn finds herself caught between a pair of schemers who have, like her, seized on an opportunity.  With secrets on both sides of the divide, Finn has to make some careful decisions as it becomes clear that there are plenty of people around with good reasons to keep the secrets of the rich and powerful.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>GIRL IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR</strong> is a very summer novel with an interesting protagonist who would ordinarily be sidelined as a bit player. The help see all, and Finn has plenty of opportunities to observe and listen, fascinated and drawn as she is by the special glamour that the very rich and powerful possess.  It’s evident throughout out that Finn aka Natalie is going to be unmasked, and this low level dread simmers in the background as Finn’s interference into the lives of her employers begins to change the outcomes of everybody involved.  Some readers may loathe that pre-knowledge and others might be curious as to how this unmasking will occur.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Finn is a chronicler of her own days and that of the Martins. Sometimes she is motivated by curiosity and at other times it seems Finn moves forward only out of sheer boredom.  This curious lassitude adds to the languid, heat infused narrative of <strong>GIRL IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR</strong>.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The notion of a person not being able to run away from their own past or true self is strong in this novel, and Finn sees that inevitability coming up like a crash on the horizon.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><em>GIRL IN THE REARVIEW MIRROR</em></strong><em> is the debut novel of American author Kelsey Rae Dimberg.  Kelsey Rae Dimberg received an MFA from the University of San Francisco and studied at Barrett Honors College of Arizona State University, where she was editor-in-chief of the literary magazine </em><em><span><span>Lux</span></span></em><em>, and received the Swarthout Award in Fiction. Born in Seattle, Kelsey has lived in eight states, and currently resides in Milwaukee.</em></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="14775" 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/girl-rearview-mirror-kelsey-rae-dimberg"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/girl%20in%20the%20rearview%20mirror.jpg?itok=i8JtqwXW" width="143" height="220" alt="dusty road rearview mirror" 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/kelsey-rae-dimberg" hreflang="en">Kelsey Rae Dimberg</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">9781509895816</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>Desperate to put her past in the rearview mirror, Finn Hunt leaves the Midwest for Phoenix, Arizona, where no one knows her story.</p> <p>While she’s working a dead-end job, a chance meeting with Philip Martin, son of a prominent US Senator, leads Finn to a position as nanny for Amabel, his precocious four-year-old daughter. Quickly seduced into the Martins’ privileged world, Finn can almost believe she belongs there, almost forget the dark past that haunts her.</p> <p>Then, in the stifling heat of a desert summer as the Senator’s re-election looms, a strange woman begins to follow Finn, claiming a connection to Philip and threatening to expose the family to scandal. As Finn tries to protect Amabel, and shield the Martins, she’s inadvertently drawn deeper and deeper into their buried secrets.</p> <p>The family trusts Finn, for now, but it will only take one mistake for everything she holds dear – the Martins’ world, her new life – to fall apart . . .</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/4809" hreflang="en">#usthriller. #thriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4706" hreflang="en">#drama</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--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-348ce7d2dba37eeebba0988c3a5f2ac570de2fa04635009f25ade262fd972588"> <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/girl-rearview-mirror-kelsey-rae-dimberg" hreflang="en">Girl in the Rearview Mirror, Kelsey Rae Dimberg</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, September 17, 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=14776&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="Kft5UGlg38e9Cebu5Vb_GixoQTgke9ezH0tkaqxs2Eo"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Tue, 17 Sep 2019 04:53:06 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14776 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/girl-rearview-mirror-kelsey-rae-dimberg#comments Boxed, Richard Anderson https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/boxed-richard-anderson-0 <div data-history-node-id="14773" 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> Boxed, Richard Anderson </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/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, September 15, 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>Bush crime, or rural noir if you prefer, is having quite the moment as we all know.  The challenges of such extreme geographic isolation in the hostile environment of outback Australia lends itself well to works of crime and dramatic fiction.  It’s possible there is going to be no one around to witness the occurrence of a terrible event. No one nearby to help, and perhaps no friends or family about either to observe what a person might be up to.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Dave Martin, newly separated, newly bereaved, but not so newly impoverished, is watching his life decline by degrees.  There are few routines left to cling to as the family farm decays around Dave and the community who once embraced Dave as part of a family of three are now not sure how to speak to him. There are no labels for parents who have lost their children; it being a suffering so deep that it has never been given a one word descriptive.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Hauling himself away from his largely liquid diet and out to his roadside mailbox is something Dave is still managing to muster up the energy for.  The constant arrival of boxes full of random items all bought online is an event to which Dave has now, likely unhealthily, become rather attached to.  The day Dave receives an empty box full of cash though is something of a gamechanger.  The box may have been addressed to Dave, but he is certain there isn’t a money fairy out there thinking of him and his dying farm.  Soon it seems everyone in the vicinity wants to see if there was a box delivered in error to Dave’s farm.  A decision needs to be soon made about how far Dave is prepared to go to mask the origin of his newly found wealth. New boxes are arriving all the time, not full of cash, but instead containing puzzling little clues to someone else’s life.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Australian author Richard Anderson knows his rural settings well, being a northern NSW cattle farmer himself. Dave Martin’s small rural community is easily identifiable to anyone who has ever lived or worked in such towns, with there being a sameness to the manner in which they are constructed, regardless of the landscape of bush or sea.  There is always the landed gentry, the newly landed, and fringe dwellers seeking a quieter life for fair reasons or foul.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Anderson shows respect and offers dignity to the smallest of rituals observed by the bereaved in an isolated location beautifully yet economically illustrated.  As Dave Martin’s life goes from meandering to murderous, we’re right there in the passenger seat with him, hurtling around dusty roads and living day to day with what might come next, be it in the form of yet another mysterious box or an unexpected visitor.  Dave’s life incrementally picks up the pace as he adapts to each new dilemma, moving beyond the ennui in which we find him wading through at the beginning of the novel, to thinking speedily on the run as he second guesses the motivations of everyone around him. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>BOXED</strong> is a carefully and cleverly plotted crime novel centred around the deeper theme of what it is to endure paralysing loss.  This is not to say this is a novel saturated in melancholic regret by any means; <strong>BOXED</strong> has a self-deprecating character in Dave Martin and he is an interesting work in progress from start to finish of this absorbing book.  The setting is almost that of a post-apocalyptic community – everyone is waiting for something to happen, yet quite shocked when it actually does.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>BOXED</strong> is Richard Anderson’s second novel. The first, RETRIBUTION, also deserves your immediate attention. Both novels are standalones and feature realistic characters that are desperate to move on beyond their current circumstances, yet are unsure of exactly how to do so.</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--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="14563" 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/boxed"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/boxed.jpg?itok=ZwzXRZzs" width="144" height="220" alt="Boxed" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/richard-anderson" hreflang="en">Richard Anderson</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781925713657</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><b>When life delivers you gifts you don’t want.</b></p> <p>Dave Martin is down on his luck: his wife has left him; his farm is a failure; his house is a mess; he has withdrawn from his community and friends; and tragedy has stolen his capacity to care. He passes the time drinking too much and buying cheap tools online, treating the delivered parcels as gifts from people who care about him.</p> <p>And then boxes begin to arrive in the mail: boxes that he didn’t order, but ones that everyone around him seems to want desperately. As he tries to find out the secret of the boxes, Dave is drawn into a crazy world of red herrings and wrong turns, good guys and bad, false friends and true, violence, lust, fear, revenge, and a lot, lot more. It’s not a world he understands, but is it the only one Dave can live in?</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/3434" hreflang="en">#ruralnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4101" hreflang="en">#2019</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-5db3bd4e564fbee6a86372e7d69fef2f3006d81f4eb785e9a469a1c3a64a5412"> <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/boxed-richard-anderson-0" hreflang="en">Boxed, Richard Anderson</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, September 15, 2019 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/boxed-richard-anderson" hreflang="en">Boxed, Richard Anderson</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Thursday, May 30, 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=14773&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="D8Dw7qCAWo33MgQa5eJOwSYS8iDBvA2xzhYmuMLCPd0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Sun, 15 Sep 2019 07:10:39 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14773 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/boxed-richard-anderson-0#comments Blood River, Tony Cavanaugh https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/blood-river-tony-cavanaugh <div data-history-node-id="14772" 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> Blood River, Tony Cavanaugh </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Thursday, September 12, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>There are plenty of books around that read a bit like a script in the making, and a lot of them don't work. And then there's BLOOD RIVER that reads like a script in the making, and a most unusual crime fiction novel, that works. Oh boy does it work. Tony Cavanaugh is the author of the stonkingly good Darian Richards novels so it shouldn't come as much surprise that BLOOD RIVER is good, but it came as considerable surprise just how damn good it is. </p> <p>Set in different time zones, centred, in the main around the stories of two very different women, the novel starts out in 1999 when Lara Ocean is the youngest detective in Brisbane's murder squad, a twenty-something year old part Asian woman with dyed blonde hair to boot. She's had a chequered history until joining the police force, and past encounters come back to haunt her when a number of men are discovered around the city, horrendously and violently murdered. Jennifer White is the 17 year old schoolgirl found guilty of these murders, on the flimsiest evidence, with the possibility that Lara's old partner, Billy, coincidentally the oldest detective in the squad at the time providing a helping hand to the investigation.</p> <p>Move forward nearly 20 years and Lara is now the Police Commissioner, Billy has retired from the force, and Jennifer is finally paroled and the case that has never sat well with Lara gets even more complicated. Jennifer struggles on the outside mostly because of the publicity around her conviction, and the grotesque and gruesome nature of the crimes she was found guilty of. Never mind that she has been denied parole multiple times because of her constant assertions of innocence, there's been plenty of pressure on the parole board by a right-wing power hungry, unscrupulous politician along the way.</p> <p>The different time lines, and the backgrounds of Lara, Billy and Jennifer are all drawn out against the worst fear that Jennifer has - that once she's out, the real killer will strike again, using her freedom as the perfect cover. This is a big part of what is so compelling about BLOOD RIVER, it's nothing new to explore the past and present of characters, but in this example we have Jennifer with no opportunity for much of a past, who is such a big part of the other character's lives, and continues to be so. Both Lara and Billy have had difficult upbringings, difficult paths to the police force, and much different outcomes once there. Lara, as her current role of Commissioner shows, rose to that position through hard work and perseverance. Billy was more old-school, just as likely to thump a suspect to force a confession as play by the rule book, he nonetheless had a long career and taught Lara a lot about investigative technique and thinking.</p> <p>Whilst these personal stories are playing out, it's never possible to forget there is a real killer out there, and the occasional glimpse into their mind is informative without being voyeuristic, working more as a reminder, than revelling. </p> <p>Which leads us into the question of the cinematic nature of BLOOD RIVER. Possibly because it's such an unusual idea, but mostly because this is a novel dripping with visual clues and leads, there is much in BLOOD RIVER that screams script. The characters are brilliant, unusual and conflicting. The "murderer" is a source of considerable compassion and sympathy, whilst the police, normally the good guys, are questionable and flawed. The weather provides a closed in, dark and brooding menace as the constant lurking flooding threatens to wipe away everything, and the different time lines provide all sorts of opportunities to consider how acceptable standards change over time.</p> <p>Having said that, BLOOD RIVER works as a novel first and foremost. It's compelling, creepy, compulsive reading. It's one of those ones where you're going to think you know what's going on so often, only to wonder what on earth you could have been thinking a few pages on. It's utterly brilliant, and the reveal, when it arrives, is more than enough to make you wonder about people all over again. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--14"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14603" 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/blood-river"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/blood-river.jpg?itok=8XPSbuxu" width="144" height="220" alt="Blood River" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/tony-cavanaugh" hreflang="en">Tony Cavanaugh</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">B07KPKB63Q</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/4668" hreflang="en">Lara Ocean</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--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>Brisbane 1999. It's hot. Stormy. Dangerous. The waters of the Brisbane River are rising. <br /> The rains won't stop. People's nerves are on edge. And then...<br /> A body is found. <br /> And then another.<br /> And another.</p> <p>A string of seemingly ritualized but gruesome murders. All the victims are men. Affluent. Guys with nice houses, wives and kids at private schools. All have had their throats cut. </p> <p>Tabloid headlines shout, THE VAMPIRE KILLER STRIKES AGAIN!</p> <p>Detective Sergeant Lara Ocean knows the look. The 'my-life-will-never-be-the-same-again look'. She's seen it too many times on too many faces. Telling a wife her husband won't be coming home. Ever again. Telling her the brutal way he was murdered. That's a look you never get used to.</p> <p>Telling a mother you need her daughter to come to the station for questioning. That's another look she doesn't want to see again.</p> <p>And looking into the eyes of a killer, yet doubting you've got it right. That's the worst look of all - the one you see in the mirror. Get it right, you're a hero and the city is a safer place. Get it wrong and you destroy a life. And a killer remains free. Twenty years down the track, Lara Ocean will know the truth.</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/4808" hreflang="en">Blood River</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/972" hreflang="en">Tony Cavanaugh</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-51f8661a12fceb7d232a268a02e2866eb8076c3b7205869e6df3cc09e0b6c79c"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/blood-river-tony-cavanaugh" hreflang="en">Blood River, Tony Cavanaugh</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Thursday, September 12, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14772&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="NPgSdpxKNLN7oTMvZyhfi_gxgpy2KK-kSfXBXwsu8kQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 12 Sep 2019 03:33:34 +0000 Karen 14772 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/blood-river-tony-cavanaugh#comments Red Snow, Will Dean https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/red-snow-will-dean <div data-history-node-id="14771" 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> Red Snow, Will Dean </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, September 6, 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><em><span>“The liquorice eyes shine in the sporadic artificial light and I can see the capital ‘G’ on each coin and I can see the stoat features of this poor, scared man. His mouth is wide open like he’s in agony. He has small ears set back and he has tufty whiskers. It’s the man from the canteen. Attacked. Bled out. Murdered.”</span></em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Tuva Moodyson returns in the second Will Dean novel, <em>Red Snow. </em>It’s February and Gavrik is in the depths of snow season. The events of the previous October are still raw and not all the locals have forgiven Tuva for her part in the solving of the Medusa murders. Tuva however is happy because she will soon say goodbye to small town Gavrik and move south to a new job at a bigger newspaper near Malmö. When Tuva witnesses the suicide of Gustav Grimberg, the head of the giant Grimberg Liquorice factory which, both physically and economically, dominates the town she’s itching to write one final story before leaving. This won’t be easy because the Grimberg’s are notoriously secretive so when Tuva is approached to do some research for a book on the family and the factory she thinks she’s found a way in. The only question is, once she’s in will Tuva come out alive?</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Like <em>Dark Pines </em>the physical environment plays a big part in <em>Red Snow.</em>The wet slippery tracks of October have been replaced by snow and ice and I really enjoyed the descriptions of what it’s like living in a Swedish winter. Tuva’s deafness is also ever present as is the day to day routines required to maintain her hearing aids. But what of Tuva herself? At the conclusion of my review of the first Tuva Moodyson novel, <em>Dark Pines</em>, I wrote that Tuva was a character that you’ll want to spend more time with in future. By the end of <em>Red Snow</em>this feeling doesn’t change, in fact it’s probably stronger. Tuva is determined, has an easy ability to get people to talk to her and also when needed, sharp tongued. She is not however without fault, her determination can sometimes be impetuous and her sharp tongue can also make a rash judgement. Those good traits and bad are what makes Tuva such a great character and I’m certainly looking to reading the next Tuva Moodyson novel.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> </div> </div> <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">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="14734" 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 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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/4779" hreflang="en">Tuva Moodyson</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">2</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> </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/4724" hreflang="en">#scandinoir</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--19"> <div 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</article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Friday, September 6, 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=14771&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="TIK19rbPLByBpJZaZsshBQ8wwVFWM40X4ihxB_-XTNA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 06 Sep 2019 13:39:16 +0000 Gordon Duncan 14771 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/red-snow-will-dean#comments You're Never the Same, Bill Bateman https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/youre-never-same-bill-bateman <div data-history-node-id="14770" 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--20"> <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> You&#039;re Never the Same, Bill Bateman </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Friday, September 6, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Bill Bateman, author of the Vince Hanrahan series, was a rural based GP himself, and that shows. Both in his affection for the town, the people and the depiction of the day to day life of the slightly harried GP, but mostly in the way that some presentations are never quite what they seem and a bit of determined digging is often required. YOU'RE NEVER THE SAME is the second book in this series, following on from HARD LABOUR which came out in 2017.</p> <p>Vince was a big-shot OBY/GYN in Melbourne until one disastrous patient outcome saw him banned from specialist practice, exiled to Warrnambool on the southwest Victorian Coast, working as a GP under the strict supervision of the Medical Board. Along the way he separated from his wife and twin daughters, but kept his beloved Deefer (dog), his elderly Volvo and has started to make some friends and contacts in the town that he know seems, granted reluctantly, to like living in.</p> <p>HARD LABOUR introduced you to Vince and his family, with heaps of background into what got him to Warrnambool and the way his life is panning out, but there's more than enough in this second novel to get you up to speed quickly. It's a pretty good balancing job as the focus of this is very much on Vince's family, the suicide of his brother, his sister-in-law's pursuit of the reason for that death, and the fall out that comes as a result of realising that his brother was the victim of a paedophile priest at the time that they were both boarders at St Bernard's College in Ballarat.</p> <p>Anybody who knows about the scourge of the catholic church in Ballarat will quickly figure out where the real life St Bernard's College, just as they will realise that many of the events that Vince's family are experiencing have been endured by way too many families in Ballarat and elsewhere throughout Australia. This novel is a combination of Vince's professional battles, with another high-risk delivery threatening his entire medical career, and the more personal. The guilt he feels about his brother's death is compounded by the guilt he feels over his long-distance relationship with his twin daughters - growing into teenagers rapidly, and his regret over the failure of his marriage. He's not so regretful when it comes to winding up former colleagues and his wife's new boyfriend however, and he can't seem to keep his sarcastic mouth to himself, even when keeping a low profile and not annoying influential people would be the sensible approach. </p> <p>Then there's his friendship with DC Elena Genovesi that isn't romantic, but could be; is mutually supportive, but might not be if he doesn't keep his nose out of police business; and his next door neighbours - who feed him, help him care for his dog and have befriended him even as he clod-hops his way through everybody's lives including his own.</p> <p>This is regional / rural crime in that the setting is mainly large country-town Warrnambool, because Vince's family are from the Wimmera and they still had connections to the land and the farm, and because the abuse was particularly prevalent in Country Victoria. The series does give you a bit of a glimpse into life in those larger country-towns that are starting to build in Victoria. There's urban elements there - cafes / restaurants / food delivery services, but there's still a rural"ish" feeling - the footy club / the way that people know each other more closely, and the ties of so many people "back to the farm / family" out in the rural areas. </p> <p>Vince is an interesting character, and these two novels are an interesting series. Sure they are a bit on the frenetic side at times, and they can also wander off into the internal monologue space a bit. YOU'RE NEVER THE SAME tackles a difficult, very topical subject with some care and illumination. It's not often that you get a glimpse into the perspective of the family left behind, victims in their own right of the appalling behaviour of the abusers and the enablers within that awful church. It does it with humanity and failure, passion and belief, with the characteristic slightly light, but never disrespectful touch that seems to be at the core of this series. <br />  </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--23"> <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="14662" 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--21"> <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/youre-never-same"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/youre-never-same.jpg?itok=dI_Kfnnz" width="150" height="220" alt="You&#039;re Never The Same" 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/bill-bateman" hreflang="en">Bill Bateman</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">9781925652628</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/1604" hreflang="en">Dr Vince Hanrahan</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">2</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--22"> <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>Vince is still in exile down on Victoria’s southwest coast, serving out his time before returning to his wife and family and reclaiming his status as a big shot metro OBY/GYN. Well, that’s the plan. If he keeps out of trouble.</p> <p>But trouble has a way of finding Vince. When his only brother commits suicide on the family farm, it looks like drought and isolation have claimed another victim. Or was there another reason? Then there is a local murder and Vince wonders if the two deaths are connected. Driven by guilt about neglecting his brother, he decides he must find out. The quest leads him to the gates of his alma mater, St Bernard’s College in Ballarat.</p> <p>Meanwhile, back in the labour ward, Vince encounters another near catastrophe and saves the day with a risky delivery—a high wire act with no safety net—and his career is threatened. Again.</p> <p>Personally and professionally, he’s facing oblivion. Maybe DC Elena Genovesi can help on both fronts. </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/81" hreflang="en">Bill Bateman</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4807" hreflang="en">You&#039;re Never the Same</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--24"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--24--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--24--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--24--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-37956c858c716ba159ad1ae9a071511d6507d2bd218c500067c82fe52613af21"> <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/youre-never-same-bill-bateman" hreflang="en">You&#039;re Never the Same, Bill Bateman</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Friday, September 6, 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=14770&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="IibHG3L-gkVjKn8ml04kYe-BoXl-5llMCzIl5-AFc9A"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Fri, 06 Sep 2019 03:18:10 +0000 Karen 14770 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/youre-never-same-bill-bateman#comments The Rat Stone Serenade https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/rat-stone-serenade <div data-history-node-id="14767" 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--25"> <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 Rat Stone Serenade </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Thursday, September 5, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The fourth novel in the DCI Jim Daley series by Denzil Meyrick, THE RAT STONE SERENADE is set, as always, around the rural town of Kinloch on Scotland's West Coast. A place that is not unused to cold, wet weather, although the monumental snow storm that covers the landscape in this outing is a little more unusual - because of the heaviness of the snow, and the length of the storm itself. This might not stop DCI Jim Daley; his trusty sidekick DS Brian Scott; Daley's off and on-again love interest PC Mary Dunn and their new boss, when they are called upon to investigate some truly baffling goings on, but it does certainly slow them down.</p> <p>As always, there's a hefty component of the personal in this novel. Jim Daley is back with his wife, and their baby son James, and Mary Dunn has moved on with a new boyfriend. Daley is planning his resignation from the police force - he's had enough of the darkness and the worst of humanity. Their new boss is also new to the area, and a bit of a character in her own right, and she'd prefer it if Daley stayed on, as would DS Brian Scott. Although in this outing Scott is really battling with demons bought on by his excessive drinking - to the point where he's haunted by the spectre of a young boy - the son of the Shannon family, gone missing from the house on the clifftop many years ago, whose bones may have just been discovered on a nearby pagan altar.</p> <p>Everything in this novel revolves around the Shannon family, their house on the clifftop that they return to yearly for their family company's AGM, the past that got the family to this point, and the secrets they are holding onto. There's a pagan element to the historical elements, as well as the current day situation, as a photographer and then the journalist he was working with are found dead - with some of the elements of those deaths being decidedly weird and ritualistic. The weather here is used to create a typical locked room scenario, where Daley, his new boss, and their small local team are inside the killing zone, with outside help unable to get to them. The threat is an odd one - local / ritualistic / focused on the family and their business interests, so it could be somebody who lives there, or somebody the Shannon's have imported in their own travelling circus.</p> <p>I listened to this novel rather than read it and it's certainly possible to keep track of the many layered plot here - with the historical aspects woven into the current day action. Whilst I've always admired this narrator, in this instance, the accent deployed for the local vicar (supposedly Australian) was more than enough to make me desperate for him to be an early victim - or in the end - the guilty party. Mind you, I wasn't 100% convinced by those in use for the American characters interwoven here as well - but to an Australian's ear - well... there is no way any Australian sounds like this. In the end whenever the Vicar appeared I did not care what he was up to - too busy wishing him out of my hearing.</p> <p>THE RAT STONE SERENADE sees the love lives of Jim Daley and Mary Dunn get worse or better, depending upon your perspective, and Brian Scott's drinking is hitting crisis point. With touches of woo woo (unless you want to put that down to the DDT's) the plot is twisty and complicated, with past and present bought to bear, although to be honest, not too hard to fathom once the hauls of some local thieving are identified. All in all though, this is a nicely engaging series, the new boss (Carrie Symington) is a welcome addition to the ensemble cast, and even with the gruesomeness of the deaths in this one, and a bit of daft police-jep (for a very nice change mostly male!), (and that god-awful accent) it was an entertaining, if not slightly way out there, listen.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--28"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK 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="14714" 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--26"> <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/rat-stone-serenade"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/rat-stone-serenade.jpg?itok=fDgW966n" width="143" height="220" alt="The Rat Stone Serenade" 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/denzil-meyrick" hreflang="en">Denzil Meyrick</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">B017SVU936</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/862" hreflang="en">2016</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/2317" hreflang="en">Jim Daley</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-number-in-series- field--type-integer field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Number (in series)</div> <div class="field--item">4</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--27"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>It’s December, and the Shannon family are returning home to their clifftop mansion near Kinloch for their annual AGM. Shannon International is one of the world’s biggest private companies, with tendrils reaching around the globe in computing, banking and mineral resourcing, and it has brought untold wealth and privilege to the family. However, a century ago Archibald Shannon stole the land upon which he built their home - and his descendants have been cursed ever since. </p> <p>When heavy snow cuts off Kintyre, DCI Jim Daley and DS Brian Scott are assigned to protect their illustrious visitors. As an ancient society emerges from the blizzards, and its creation, the Rat Stone, reveals grisly secrets, ghosts of the past come to haunt the Shannons. As the curse decrees, death is coming - but for whom and from what?</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/4676" hreflang="en">#tartannoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1125" hreflang="en">Scotland</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4805" hreflang="en">The Rat Stone Serenade</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2429" hreflang="en">Denzil Meyrick</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--29"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--29--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--29--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--29--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-60b3ccd2533e828110df8c3f123042bf39400b3c6169e10d588aeb07db222196"> <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/rat-stone-serenade" hreflang="en">The Rat Stone Serenade</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Thursday, September 5, 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=14767&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="Hq2dej7g0Twws2slA5eZO57ULOzZHFkiLBBS4Pq6m4A"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Thu, 05 Sep 2019 05:06:48 +0000 Karen 14767 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/rat-stone-serenade#comments Dark Pines, Will Dean https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/dark-pines-will-dean <div data-history-node-id="14763" 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--30"> <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> Dark Pines, Will Dean </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">Monday, September 2, 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><em><span><span>“I park half in a ditch because it’s the only place left. They’re all in the woods somewhere so how am I going to find them? In Stockholm or Chicago, reporters locate the crime scene and report and then go back to the office and write it up. Here, I have to find the damn scene in a thousand of acres of dark repetition.”</span></span></em></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><em>Dark Pines, </em>the debut novel for Will Dean, is set in Gavrik, a small town in the county of Värmland in Western Sweden. Tuva Moodyson, the main character, is the chief reporter for its weekly newspaper, the Gavrik Posten. Although she grew up in Sweden Tuva has spent a number of years abroad and has only returned to Sweden to be near her terminally ill mother. As a result she feels like an outsider, this feeling is reinforced by the fact that Tuva is also deaf. When the mutilated body of a hunter, whose injuries match those of a series of unsolved murders many years previously, is found in the nearby Utgard Forest Tuva sees a chance to make a name for herself and escape the confines of small town Gavrik. To do so however Tuva must not only venture to Mossen Village, a tiny collection of houses, with some very strange inhabitants, perched just inside the forest, she must also venture into the vast and unknowable Utgard Forest itself. A task which should require all of your senses, but when one is lacking that task becomes a highly dangerous one.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span>Running throughout <em>Dark Pines</em> is a strong sense of isolation. There is the geographical isolation of the town, the village and the forest, each of them in turn more isolated than the other. There is the population of Gavrik itself who may read Tuva’s words in their newspaper but still suspiciously view her as an outsider. This suspicion is only amplified when Tuva starts to write about the murders past and present. I should add that she is not the only one who feels the town’s frosty indifference. Tammy, Tuva’s best friend, serves Thai take-away to Gavrik’s ungrateful residents. Finally there is Tuva’s own personal isolation due to her deafness, something of which is both an impedent and also at times, an advantage. Dean does however provide a balance to this sense of isolation and he does this through the first person narration of Tuva herself. We not only get to know her thoughts, her history, her doubts and hopes, we also get a real sense of the day to day things which make up her life. <em>Dark Pines</em> is not however a full-on confessional and there are parts of Tuva’s life which are only hinted at and in doing so this leaves plenty of room for future books. This is something which we can certainly be grateful for because <em>Dark Pines</em> is a very enjoyable debut and Tuva is a character you’ll want to spend more time with in future. </span></span></span></span></p></div> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--33"> <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="14733" 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--31"> <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/dark-pines"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/Dark%20Pines.jpg?itok=PUN3WuE3" width="143" height="220" alt="Will Dean Dark Pines" 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/will-dean" hreflang="en">Will Dean</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">9781786073853</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4779" hreflang="en">Tuva Moodyson</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--32"> <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>SEE NO EVIL</strong><br /><br /> Eyes missing, two bodies lie deep in the forest near a remote Swedish town.<br /><br /><strong>HEAR NO EVIL</strong><br /><br /> Tuva Moodyson, a deaf reporter on a small-time local paper, is looking for the story that could make her career.<br /><br /><strong>SPEAK NO EVIL</strong><br /><br /> A web of secrets. And an unsolved murder from twenty years ago.<br /><br /> Can Tuva outwit the killer before she becomes the final victim? She'd like to think so. But first she must face her demons and venture far into the deep, dark woods if she wants to stand any chance of getting the hell out of small-time Gavrik.</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/4724" hreflang="en">#scandinoir</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--34"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--34--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--34--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--34--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-423c93cb3e862d266d8fd7e5c3f0ae2da3ee3115a4aeb48df9ba9e8da372c23e"> <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/dark-pines-will-dean" hreflang="en">Dark Pines, Will Dean</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/index.php/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">Monday, September 2, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14763&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="d1uTiaVcfhOQm-OFMI-wPCHQfctHUPkCSMpTx_POcJY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 02 Sep 2019 06:31:38 +0000 Gordon Duncan 14763 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/dark-pines-will-dean#comments Lady in the Lake, Laura Lippman https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/lady-lake-laura-lippman <div data-history-node-id="14760" 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--35"> <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> Lady in the Lake, Laura Lippman </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, August 28, 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>Madeline Schwartz has efficiently raised her only child to teenage hood, and it is now the time for some serious life re-alignment.  Maddie needs to figure out exactly what it is that she wants out of the next stage of her life. This all happens in a time where newly single or divorced women were considered threats by other women and likely opportunities to be exploited by men.  First off, what is determined that must be discarded is Maddie’s husband Milton, despite how this will lower Maddie’s status in Baltimore society, and take her some distance from the comfortable lifestyle that she has become well accustomed to.  Milton never knew did know much about his glamourous wife anyway and at the age of 37, Maddie feels she is on the cusp of not always being able to use her natural talents of charm and attraction to her own advantage.  The mid 1960’s was still largely a man’s world, and up to now Maddie has rolled along with life’s changes as circumspectly as her sense of self has allowed.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The discovery of a young woman’s body in a fountain has everyone talking in the new working class neighbourhood that Maddie has had to relocate herself to.  Maddie can’t put her sophisticated finger on exactly why she feels she needs to ask the pertinent questions about the death of this woman, but with no one else actively pursuing the case, she feels that it might as well be her.  Once upon a time, before life took Maddie far away from the aspiring journalist her teenage self thought she might one day be, Maddie was quite the verbal sharp shooter.  It’s time to go back to who that person was.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>There is a lot that can be thrown into the mixing bowl that was the 60’s, and Lippman manages to present the era in such a way that is quite dispassionate, leaving the reader to come to their own conclusions of either outrage or acceptance.  How little some things may have changed in the succeeding fifty odd years.  Bedding down the era and setting is quite a dry exercise in this novel, but it is totally credible.  To write and effective period piece a writer needs to capture many things about a particular point in history, and Lippman richly brings 1960’s Baltimore with all of its sexism, racism, class boundaries and political concerns to the page holistically. They are all here, and Maddie needs to negotiate her way around all the invisible boundaries and restraints that her sex and circumstances dictate she must observe. Likewise, so once did the victim, a young woman of ‘colour’, Cleo Sherwood.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>LADY IN THE LAKE</strong> is a novel about drive and ambition, illustrating the differences the two women face when seeking to change their lives in a time that would appear to offer either few real choices.  The idea of a man as a financial plan presents itself to one, whilst the other has ticked that box in the past and no longer sees the continued wisdom in doing so. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Author Laura Lippman is too well known an author for an incoming reader to have any doubts that this was going to be an elegantly written and intelligent work.  Lippman has won swags of awards for her work, and has that luxury of not pigeonholing her crime novels into a particular framework that might dictate how a work should present its conflicts and resolutions.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>LADY IN THE LAKE</strong> is a curious piece that belatedly does try to wrap things up in a box towards conclusion as if the intent of the work changed at some point and the marching on of the word count prompted something a little more pedestrian to wrap things up with.  The detailed print world of a 20th century Baltimore newspaper during a time of such social upheaval is insightful and interesting to read of, with all its gender issues centred around imbalance and the lack of representation that must have irritated the hell out of anyone living in the vicinity at the time.  This is not a fast paced thriller or an overly convoluted mystery but a careful placement of two different women in an era that is dismissive of them, and of their importance.</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--38"> <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="14678" 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--36"> <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/lady-lake"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/lady-lake.jpg?itok=Z9NnONga" width="143" height="220" alt="Lady In The Lake" 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/laura-lippman" hreflang="en">Laura Lippman</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">9780571339440</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--37"> <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>A stunning, multi-voiced, period piece - tackling race, gender politics, and the volatility of mid '60s America - from the author of <i>SUNBURN</i></b></p> <p>Cleo Sherwood disappeared eight months ago. Aside from her parents and the two sons she left behind, no one seems to have noticed. It isn't hard to understand why: it's 1964 and neither the police, the public nor the papers care much when Negro women go missing.</p> <p>Maddie Schwartz - recently separated from her husband, working her first job as an assistant at the Baltimore <i>Sun</i>- wants one thing: a byline. When she hears about an unidentified body that's been pulled out of the fountain in Druid Hill Park, Maddie thinks she is about to uncover a story that will finally get her name in print. What she can't imagine is how much trouble she will cause by chasing a story that no-one wants her to tell. </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/4802" hreflang="en">#2019. #drama</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4681" hreflang="en">#mystery</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--39"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--39--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--39--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--39--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-7f62248ca5e8fa3db06d2cf738b2b8b87a7b4fd05ea7acb80b9650033927e2e5"> <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/lady-lake-laura-lippman" hreflang="en">Lady in the Lake, Laura Lippman</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, August 28, 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=14760&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="oPAnVOsOz2vi7p6GBhdJm4csSTMOR3Ef2Ug4qMO_bfA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Wed, 28 Aug 2019 06:01:26 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14760 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/lady-lake-laura-lippman#comments Sharks With Lipstick, Hinemura Ellison and Ted Hughes https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/sharks-lipstick-hinemura-ellison-and-ted-hughes <div data-history-node-id="14757" 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--40"> <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> Sharks With Lipstick, Hinemura Ellison and Ted Hughes </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, August 27, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>SHARKS WITH LIPSTICK is a satirical romantic mystery written by Hinemura Ellison and Ted Hughes. Satirical it definitely is, as you'll get from the blurb - with the concept being that there's a Big Super Ministry as part of the government, where it seems employees spend more time playing their own form of politics than they necessarily do getting any actual work done. Aside from the trials of the workplace, there's also a train that takes workers to and from Wellington to outlying country destinations, and you get to know a lot of the characters in this novel on that train journey. The journey is a commute, social event, meeting place, gathering point and sort of all in party on rails. Everyone has their own groups of friends, the alcohol flows freely on occasions, games are played, secrets are shared, and, on one particular night, a dead body discovered. Further complications arise because the body is that of the dreaded HR Director of the Big Super Ministry and the investigating officer is central character Samantha (aka Sven) Svensson's ex. Needless to say Cat, the HR Director, and Sven have some history, but then there's pretty much no-one in the Ministry that hasn't got a problem with Cat. Everything is further complicated by an earthquake that's just hit Wellington, and there's plenty of concern about predictions of the next, really big one, happening any moment.</p> <p>Firmly on the madcap side of satirical romantic mystery, SHARKS WITH LIPSTICK is often extremely funny. The biggest problem is the satirical gets in the way of the mystery, and whilst many of the scenes being executed by these authors are deadpan and often hilarious, they also form a sort of liquefaction effect (ridiculous earthquake analogy - sorry), where everything gets bogged down, and sure you're laughing whilst stuck in the bog, but there's also a suspicion that you're never actually going to get out. SHARKS WITH LIPSTICK has some potential, and I know how hard it must be to set a really good funny line free, but I did come away from it thinking a bit less would have been way more in the long run. This is flagged as the first book in the Trinity Trilogy and it feels like Sven has more than enough chutzpah to carry that off.</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--43"> <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="14579" 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--41"> <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/sharks-lipstick"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/sharks-lipstick.jpg?itok=JMv-cgkZ" width="141" height="220" alt="Sharks With Lipstick" 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/hinemura-ellison" hreflang="en">Hinemura Ellison</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/ted-hughes" hreflang="en">Ted Hughes</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">B07HXVV9QN</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/14" hreflang="en">2018</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4639" hreflang="en">The Trinity Trilogy</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--42"> <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>Freshly back from Europe with a new job, Samantha Svensson (Sven) reconnects with her old friends while managing a new role within the Big Super Ministry – where everyone is busy playing their own internal political games.</p> <p>After the HR Director ends up dead on the same train that Sven was on, suspicions abound, not least from the chief investigating police officer, Charlie Rogers, who happens to be her ex and is still incredibly damned hot!</p> <p>With Wellington still reeling after a recent big earthquake, Sven must use all her canny resourcefulness to clear her name and identify the killer within their midst.</p> <p>Sharks With Lipstick is set in the far away paradise of Aotearoa, New Zealand in the deep south of the Pacific Ocean. The story is set in the capital city, Wellington and reveals the drama and dilemma of twenty-first century business and life. In particular, the comical inefficiencies that lie trapped within the four walls of the newly created Government department, the Big Super Ministry.</p> <p>The main theme focuses on the demise of Cathryn Ann Tennyson. Cat, the self important and vicious HR Director, a character everyone loves to hate, who until her untimely death has been planning the huge redundancy announcement of all announcements, just weeks before Christmas. Samantha Ann Svensson, Sven, of Swedish and Maori extraction, a new employee is bought in on contract who discovers too much revealing information and may be taking on more than she has bargained for.</p> <p>It is Friday evening and everyone is heading home, Cat, Sven and others are on the luxurious, commuter train, looking forward to the weekend and are celebrating happily in high spirits. However, come Monday morning, Cat has been found dead (on the train).</p> <p>Wellington having just suffered a terrifying medium sized earthquake, has left its’ residents, mainly public servants up in arms. The BS Minister is on tenterhooks, and Alex, the new Head of Science is busily calculating the next big earthquake, predicting it will hit Wellington soon perhaps later today! As the investigation of the untimely death of the HR Director proceeds, racing against the Capital News’ deadlines and the predicted earthquake, the finger points at different people. The top boss, deputizes Sven to do an internal investigation, parallel to the official Police enquiry led by Detective Sergeant Rogers, Sven’s ex, who she still has an unresolved emotional attachment to, in an effort to manage the media fallout and the Minister’s unrealistic expectations.</p> <p>Will Sven discover the killer in their midst?</p> <p>Can Charlie and her resolve their past and reconnect?</p> <p>A satirical, romantic mystery that all will enjoy.</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" 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field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Monday, August 26, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>I've been listening to the audio versions of the DCI Jim Daley series, of which this, DARK SUITS AND SAD SONGS is the 3rd outing. At this point I'd be loathe to recommend readers step into this series just anywhere as the back story to these characters, their personal trials, tribulations, affairs, rocky marriages, solid marriages, friendships, drinking problems, and the physical and psychological fall out from earlier cases, all combine to form a big part of your connection with them, and this place. Particularly with this novel, as the lead up to Daley's own boss being investigated, and the mess that he's making of his personal life are hefty elements in a story that has wider ramifications.</p> <p>Part of the pleasure in listening to these novels is undoubtedly the narrator of them - David Monteath seems to have a real flair for understating the dry, sometimes quite acerbic wit. The friendships and working partnerships are a big part of these novels, although the personal aspects are probably the major focus in a way. How Daley works through the maze of his personal mess is reflected in the way he works through the maze that his professional life is increasingly trapped in. Mind you, you have to wonder at points if he's just johnny-on-the-spot or has a minor superpower in upheaval generation.</p> <p>At the heart of these novels, there is an ensemble cast at work, and there's heaps of intrigue and skullduggery on all sides. I've never read one of this series - so far I've tackled them all as audible books, which does mean that my listening time has been somewhat more erratic than if I was reading. It's been very easy to keep up with who is who and where we are at in the story progression though, and all in all, I'm really still very much enjoying the DCI Daley series for what it is - a police procedural set in semi-rural Scotland, with a strong focus on the personal lives of the characters.<br />  </p> </div> </div> </div> <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">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="14755" 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--46"> <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/dark-suits-and-sad-songs"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/dark-suits-sad-songs.jpg?itok=VZ-A3sc-" width="144" height="220" alt="Dark Suits and Sad Songs" 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/denzil-meyrick" hreflang="en">Denzil Meyrick</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">B00WQ5CUXM</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/861" hreflang="en">2015</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2317" hreflang="en">Jim Daley</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--47"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The third installment in the bestselling DCI Daley series, packed with accurate police procedure and gritty, dark humour. The best of Scottish crime.</p> <p>When a senior Edinburgh civil servant spectacularly takes his own life in Kinloch harbour, DCI Jim Daley comes face to face with the murky world of politics. To add to his woes, two local drug dealers lie dead, ritually assassinated. It's clear that dark forces are at work in the town. With his boss under investigation, his marriage hanging on by a thread, and his sidekick DS Scott wrestling with his own demons, Daley's world is in meltdown.  When strange lights appear in the sky over Kinloch, it becomes clear that the townsfolk are not the only people at risk. The fate of nations is at stake. Jim Daley must face his worst fears as tragedy strikes. This is not just about a successful investigation, it's about survival.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4676" hreflang="en">#tartannoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1125" hreflang="en">Scotland</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4799" hreflang="en">Dark Suits and Sad Songs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2429" hreflang="en">Denzil Meyrick</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--49"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--49--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--49--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--49--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-bb819a52b22b7a7aa87e5ff929f8b727efc4ff157172f0b26dca61b17012e16d"> <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/dark-suits-and-sad-songs-denzil-meyrick" hreflang="en">Dark Suits and Sad Songs, Denzil Meyrick</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, August 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=14756&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="t2TQ-ded7U7ERNL99uIy4GaGLD6pme_ONOTtITVJsi8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> </div> Mon, 26 Aug 2019 02:41:40 +0000 Karen 14756 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/dark-suits-and-sad-songs-denzil-meyrick#comments