AustCrimeFiction - All Posts https://www.austcrimefiction.org/ en When She Was Good, Michael Robotham https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/when-she-was-good-michael-robotham <div data-history-node-id="15194" 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> When She Was Good, Michael Robotham </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, August 11, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Michael Robotham’s crime novels have always had an easy grace about them, somehow managing to be dense works without appearing to be so.  As with all second novels, the second novel of a new series has much on the line in proving to fickle readers that their leap of faith into new territory was warranted.  We visit again with criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven in When She Was Good.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Evie Cormac, the infamous ‘Angel Face’, is now approaching legal age in which she will soon be processed out of the failing model that is the British foster home system.  Evie is still keeping her secrets. She never intends to reveal the circumstances that led her to being secreted in a building that also contained the tortured body of a very large man.  Evie’s true identity and her origins remain a mystery even to the one person she has allowed to get close to her, the contradiction that is psychologist Cyrus Haven. Cyrus is convinced that what will most help Evie is her facing and processing the truth of her traumatic past.  Cyrus Haven himself has also experienced significant family trauma and has not shied away from the perpetrator of such violence, his mentally disturbed brother. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As Cyrus makes contact with the trainee police officer who found the grubby but beautiful child six years ago when more experienced officers could not, he discovers that she too has reason not to speak further.  Powerful people are still trying to find the whereabouts of ‘Angel Face’ and it is made clear to Cyrus that they will never give up in their efforts to silence Evie permanently.  She has good reasons to be afraid of being found.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As with most well-established authors of a certain tier, new works are inevitably compared to the giddy days of their earliest published successes when we all jumped on the bandwagon and binged whatever had flown under our radar up to that point.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Author Michael Robotham has given the reader in When She Was Good many more insights into what shaped the mysterious Evie Cormac into the prickly and distrustful teen we first met in the 2019 novel, Good Girl Bad Girl.   Both Evie and Cyrus are complex, and the bond the two of them have is tested by the inevitability of what will happen if Evie’s past catches up with her. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>When She Was Good features the alternate viewpoints of Evie and Cyrus, with neither character ever sliding into the territory of being considered pathetic or beyond redemption.  These two are survivors, and it takes the experiences of one to be able to deal with imminent dangers that continue to threaten the life and sanity of the other.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>As darkly beautiful as a crime novel can be, When She Was Good pushes the reader onwards in a desperate need to reassure themselves that the good will see out the bad, even if the lines between are both well trodden and muddied. </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> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/when-she-was-good-michael-robotham" data-a2a-title="When She Was Good, Michael Robotham"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fwhen-she-was-good-michael-robotham&amp;title=When%20She%20Was%20Good%2C%20Michael%20Robotham"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item 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class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5111" hreflang="en">Cyrus Haven</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--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>Criminal psychologist Cyrus Haven and Evie Cormac return in this mesmerizing new thriller from internationally bestselling author Michael Robotham, a writer Stephen King calls “an absolute master...with heart and soul.”</p> <p>Who is Evie, the girl with no past, running from? She was discovered hiding in a secret room in the aftermath of a terrible crime. Her ability to tell when someone is lying helped Cyrus crack an impenetrable case in Good Girl, Bad Girl. Now, the closer Cyrus gets to uncovering answers about Evie’s dark history, the more he exposes Evie to danger, giving her no choice but to run. Ultimately, both will have to decide if some secrets are better left buried and some monsters should never be named... </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4880" hreflang="en">#2020</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5142" hreflang="en">crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5143" hreflang="en">#crimereview</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-0e050932df8fd6bc00783dfc0f66f56d8435c17df2469d136347a3676851d0d5"> <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/when-she-was-good-michael-robotham" hreflang="en">When She Was Good, Michael Robotham</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, August 11, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15194&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="GJf6ZWl3BrG13L5WJ-Zq1QBDcIROspXC_qnN3tCtcdk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">Yes</div> </div> </div> Tue, 11 Aug 2020 09:33:30 +0000 Andrea Thompson 15194 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/when-she-was-good-michael-robotham#comments A Madness of Sunshine, Nalini Singh https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/madness-sunshine-nalini-singh <div data-history-node-id="15192" 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> A Madness of Sunshine, Nalini Singh </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/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 11, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>It's always interesting when an author best known for non crime fiction works steps into the genre. The author of A MADNESS OF SUNSHINE is better known for her paranormal romance works, of which there are around thirty New York Times bestsellers.</p> <p>Fans of crime fiction specifically will probably not notice this background at all, as this novel is told in pure crime fiction style, with a touch of romance and absolutely no paranormal elements in view. Instead the sub-story is that of Anaherea, world famous concert pianist, and new cop in town, Will. Anahera is returning to her childhood home town on the rugged West Coast of New Zealand's South Island, after many years living in London, the sudden death of her husband, and the news of his betrayal. She's returning to live in her mother's old cabin near the sea, a non existent relationship with her father, and some memories that she needs to process. Will, meanwhile has been exiled to the small town after a big case gone bad in the city. These two find themselves increasingly drawn together when a young woman with seemingly everything to live for, goes for a jog one day and vanishes.</p> <p>There's a strong sense of place and atmosphere in this novel, and it sits within the small town environment particularly well, revealing the complicated relationships, friendships and falling outs that occur in those places; combined with a good cultural perspective that's well nuanced. There's romance and a bit of "will they / won't they" tension for those that like that aspect, and it's well plotted with plenty of layers to the story of the missing young woman. There's also the idea that the missing woman is beautiful, and that's commented on a lot, and the reactions / behaviour and portrayal of some of the local men that sometimes wavered between illuminating and titillating.</p> <p>Having said that, for this reader, this was a page turner of a novel, well written, nicely balanced between crime investigation and the personal, with a standout sense of place and culture. Very readable, very engaging and you can see the potential this has for an ongoing series.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/madness-sunshine-nalini-singh" data-a2a-title="A Madness of Sunshine, Nalini Singh"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fmadness-sunshine-nalini-singh&amp;title=A%20Madness%20of%20Sunshine%2C%20Nalini%20Singh"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--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="14837" 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/madness-sunshine" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/madness-sunshine.jpg?itok=sQ-Psmpg" width="144" height="220" alt="A Madness of Sunshine" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/nalini-singh" hreflang="en">Nalini Singh</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781869714253</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 data-skip="true"><i>New York Times </i>bestselling author Nalini Singh welcomes you to a remote town on the edge of the world where even the blinding brightness of the sun can’t mask the darkness that lies deep within a killer…</b></p> <p>On the rugged West Coast of New Zealand, Golden Cove is more than just a town where people live. The adults are more than neighbors; the children, more than schoolmates.</p> <p>That is until one fateful summer—and several vanished bodies—shatters the trust holding Golden Cove together. All that’s left are whispers behind closed doors, broken friendships, and a silent agreement not to look back. But they can’t run from the past forever.</p> <p>Eight years later, a beautiful young woman disappears without a trace, and the residents of Golden Cove wonder if their home shelters something far more dangerous than an unforgiving landscape. </p> <p>It’s not long before the dark past collides with the haunting present and deadly secrets come to light. </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/5121" hreflang="en">#mttbr</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5026" hreflang="en">#newzealand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5141" hreflang="en">A Madness of Sunshine</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4864" hreflang="en">Nalini Singh</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--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-6db6af3e5784da1d8bf01b85f7aa2a307991cfc9be124e876afd219695c32b51"> <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/madness-sunshine-nalini-singh" hreflang="en">A Madness of Sunshine, Nalini Singh</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, August 11, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15192&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="I_IM1hFsXbuyJsLAOGI20wLO2rsoC1ZRS6l94JlBbeQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Tue, 11 Aug 2020 03:32:18 +0000 Karen 15192 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/madness-sunshine-nalini-singh#comments The Shifting Landscape, Katherine Kovacic https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/shifting-landscape-katherine-kovacic-0 <div data-history-node-id="15172" 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> The Shifting Landscape, Katherine Kovacic </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, August 6, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The third book in the Alex Clayton Art Mystery series sees a shift of setting to the Western District of Victoria and one of those big pastoral leases that were such a part of the landscape down there. The title of the novel "The Shifting Landscape" is quite cleverly pitched referring as it does to the way that farming has changed in recent years, the way that succession creates issues for so many of those generational farming families, and the way that changing perceptions of the landscape are finally starting to come about.</p> <p>Along with the main thread, that of the suspicious death of the MacMillan patriarch when Alex is visiting to assess the family's extensive art collection, there is a sub-thread through this novel referring to the imposition of pastoral leases on ancient indigenous lands. There is a revealing visit to areas in that location that are stunning and informative, explaining a lot more about Aboriginal society and land management than we were allowed to understand in years past. The tensions within the family about the future of the property and succession are cleverly pitched, something that many of us who grew up on family-owned properties have experienced, or seen close by.</p> <p>As always, Alex is present at the scene due to her artistic expertise, and in this case, the cataloguing of an extensive collection has thrown up an astonishing find, but when that painting disappears, and then a toddler goes missing, along with Alex's much loved dog Hogarth, the threat starts to be targeted towards Alex as well. As always her colleague and best friend, art restorer John, is there to help, even as his own personal life lurches from drama to disaster.</p> <p>A really strong series, it would be possible to read the three Alex Clayton novels out of sync if you're new to them, but really it would work better in order, to get a handle on Hogarth, John and Alex's background, and how they all fit together. THE SHIFTING LANDSCAPE takes them out of past familiar territory in and around the streets of Melbourne, and into the plains and rolling vista of Western Victoria, all of which felt spot on in the way it was depicted, and this reader was particularly pleased to have the indigenous aspect respectfully, but pointedly included. Good characters, believable mysteries, enough threat to keep you engaged, with a strong sense of place, this third novel serves as a timely reminder that this is good, solid, entertaining crime fiction, with an informative element built in.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/shifting-landscape-katherine-kovacic-0" data-a2a-title="The Shifting Landscape, Katherine Kovacic"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fshifting-landscape-katherine-kovacic-0&amp;title=The%20Shifting%20Landscape%2C%20Katherine%20Kovacic"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--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="14963" 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/shifting-landscape" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/shifting-landscape.jpg?itok=F_MBFTzh" width="144" height="220" alt="The Shifting Landscape" 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/katherine-kovacic" hreflang="en">Katherine Kovacic</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">9781760686444</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4961" hreflang="en">Alex Clayton</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--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>Art dealer Alex Clayton travels to Victoria's Western District to value the MacMillan family's collection. At their historic sheep station, she finds an important and previously unknown colonial painting - and a family fraught with tension. There are arguments about the future of the property and its place in an ancient and highly significant indigenous landscape.</p> <p>When the family patriarch dies under mysterious circumstances and the painting is stolen, Alex decides to leave; then a toddler disappears and Alex's faithful dog Hogarth goes missing. With fears rising for the safety of both child and hound, Alex and her nest friend John, who has been drawn into the mystery, join searchers scouring the countryside. But her attempts to unravel the MacMillan family secrets have put Alex in danger, and she's not the only one. Will the killer claim another victim? Or will the landscape reveal its mysteries to Alex in time?</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/5125" hreflang="en">The Shifting Landscape</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/109" hreflang="en">Katherine 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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, August 6, 2020 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/shifting-landscape-katherine-kovacic" hreflang="en">The Shifting Landscape, Katherine Kovacic</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/85"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Gordon Duncan</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Wednesday, April 22, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" 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field--item"><h2> Bump In the Night, Colin Watson </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, August 6, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>The second book in one of my all time favourite series, the Flaxborough Chronicles, BUMP IN THE NIGHT, sees DI Purbright on temporary secondment to Chalmsbury after a series of monuments explode. Things get a lot more serious though when local "identity" Stan Biggadyke is blown up on the nights he normally spends with Police Chief Hector Larch's wife - the same Inspector Larch who volunteers at the local civil defence centre that is missing boxes of explosives.</p> <p>By this second book Watson had really hit his straps with eccentric characters, elaborate and stagey plots, a lot of mayhem and dollops of gossip, small town characteristics and general craziness.</p> <p>It's a joy to go back to this series, now available in ebook format which is just as well - my precious, much loved paperbacks are starting to show signs of fragility and have had to be tucked away in protective coverings. Those books are staying with me even if I manage to work up the necessary bravery to undertake the increasingly desperately required "grand cull".</p> <p> </p> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/bump-night-colin-watson" data-a2a-title="Bump In the Night, Colin Watson"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fbump-night-colin-watson&amp;title=Bump%20In%20the%20Night%2C%20Colin%20Watson"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--19"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14878" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--17"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/bump-night" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/bump-night.jpg?itok=wsbWUnVK" width="143" height="220" alt="Bump in the Night" 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/colin-watson" hreflang="en">Colin Watson</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">9781788420143</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/4365" hreflang="en">Flaxborough Chronicles</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--18"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Tuesday nights have suddenly turned quite ridiculously noisy in the country town of Chalmsbury, where the good folk are outraged at having their rest disturbed.</p> <p>It begins with a drinking fountain being blown to smithereens – next the statue of a local worthy loses his head, and the following week a giant glass eye is exploded. Despite the soft-soled sleuthing of cub reporter Len Leaper, the crime spate grows alarming.</p> <p>Sheer vandalism is bad enough, but when a life is lost the amiable Inspector Purbright, called in from nearby Flaxborough to assist in enquiries, finds he must delve deep into the seamier side of this quiet town’s goings on.</p> <p>Witty and a little wicked, Colin Watson’s tales offer a mordantly entertaining cast of characters and laugh-out-loud wordplay.</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/5123" hreflang="en">Flaxborough Chronicles</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5124" hreflang="en">Bump in the Night</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4366" hreflang="en">Colin Watson</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--20"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--20--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--20--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--20--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-2498f2621b27bf618737b1cc8189688b1605bdc0036f8c6658a664e3ffcf6939"> <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/bump-night-colin-watson" hreflang="en">Bump In the Night, Colin Watson</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, August 6, 2020 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/reading-slumps-and-strangeness-loss-interest" hreflang="en">Reading Slumps and the strangeness of loss of interest</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, February 11, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder 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field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> The Jaded Spy, Nick Spill </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 4, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>THE JADED SPY is the second in the Jaded Trilogy (the first being THE JADED KIWI), a series of stand-alone-ish (so far) manic thrillers with a strong sense of tongue-in-cheek humour and sense of place and time. Set in 1976 the earlier book concentrated on the war on drugs in New Zealand. THE JADED SPY comes from the same time period, but tackles the growing Maori Land Rights movement, student riots, a Soviet Spy Scandal and a political party with no scruples and an overwhelming desire to stay in power, no matter what (sounds familiar....).</p> <p>Told as the story of Alexander, an art curator, tasked with escorting a painting of Captain James Cook to the Auckland Art Gallery, from where the priceless portrait is stolen on opening night. Alexander must then find the painting to save his career, whilst avoiding a Soviet spy, and developing a brand new relationship with a woman he meets along the way. Oh and he becomes a spy himself along the way.</p> <p>Meanwhile a Maori Land Rights group claim to have kidnapped the portrait, ransom for lands that were seized before and after the Treaty of Waitangi and then there's the notebooks that are wanted by the FBI and the KGB and the intrigue that's going on between the local Security Services and the New Zealand police.</p> <p>Needless to say, manic is about the only word that can sort of come close to describing the action, which is, as with the earlier novel in the series, presented in dry, wry manner that's really engaging and good fun to read. Whilst this is flagged as a series, they don't need to be read in any particular order, but this one, given the author's background as an exhibitions curator, does have a particular feeling of authenticity.</p> <p>Probably because of that sly, dry, understated sense of humour, I really have developed quite a liking for these books - looking forward to the third one now.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/jaded-spy-nick-spill" data-a2a-title="The Jaded Spy, Nick Spill"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fjaded-spy-nick-spill&amp;title=The%20Jaded%20Spy%2C%20Nick%20Spill"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--24"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14820" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--22"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/jaded-spy" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/jaded-spy.jpg?itok=5Iv-3UAv" width="138" height="220" alt="The Jaded Spy" 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/nick-spill" hreflang="en">Nick Spill</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">B07YYL5WVC</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/4848" hreflang="en">Jaded 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">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--23"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Alexander, the curator, is sent to Auckland to escort Captain James Cook to the Auckland Art Gallery. On opening night, the priceless portrait is stolen. Alexander has to find the painting to save his career but he also has to deal with a Soviet spy whom he has been clandestinely photographing. He meets Dr. Mel Johnson who proves irresistible to him when he is invited to her female-only martial arts school.</p> <p>A Maori Land Rights group led by Wiremu Wilson claims to have kidnapped Captain Cook and is holding the painting ransom for lands that were seized before and after the Treaty of Waitangi, and Wiremu has the authorities in a panic.</p> <p>To further complicate Alexander’s stay in Auckland he has to deal with Dr. Mel’s boyfriend, and his missing scientific notebooks that are wanted by the FBI and the KGB, as well as the intrigue between the Security Service and the New Zealand police.</p> <p>Alexander has to come to terms with being a spy, betraying his friends and deciding how far he will go in his new government job. He struggles to discover who he has become and what he has lost.</p> <p>Set in 1976, The Jaded Spy is the middle story of the Jaded trilogy and is a window into a vibrant changing New Zealand, with the growing Maori Land Rights movement, student riots, the Soviet spy scandal and a political party that will do anything to stay in power and destroy its enemies.</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/5121" hreflang="en">#mttbr</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5026" hreflang="en">#newzealand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5122" hreflang="en">The Jaded Spy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/427" hreflang="en">Nick Spill</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--25"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--25--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--25--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--25--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-367a02980af647a4a772c074dcefc937d9a1dfe0d2e96b48df9e8608b7db4633"> <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/jaded-spy-nick-spill" hreflang="en">The Jaded Spy, Nick Spill</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, August 4, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15170&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="TRZwtwLDyj9zEooqN3G1F8AoB2DnWYk7hbWzZx7d5Aw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Tue, 04 Aug 2020 06:21:30 +0000 Karen 15170 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/jaded-spy-nick-spill#comments Cutting the Cord, Natasha Molt https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/cutting-cord-natasha-molt <div data-history-node-id="15169" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--26"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Cutting the Cord, Natasha Molt </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 4, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>An assassin thriller with a twist CUTTING THE CORD features Amira Knox, a member of a secret terrorist group - the Authenticity Movement. Raised in the group, after being adopted by the leader as an infant, Amira and her siblings have been trained as an elite group of assassins, tasked with the elimination of affluent Europeans, identified as enemies of the movement's purpose by her father.</p> <p>What you end up with in CUTTING THE CORD is a classic thriller styled novel, with an unusual premise in that this assassin is searching for meaning in her own life, increasingly aware that the activities of the Movement are extremely suspect, and everything she's been told about her birth, adoption and the way that she has lived her life is twisted by a man she thought of for so long as her father, and their leader.</p> <p>It's an interesting idea, taking the classic chase, threat and ruthlessness of an assassin's life, and personalising it with the story of a young woman who isn't sure who she is, where she came from and what she wants to end up being. The threat here ends up coming from multiple places, and people, as Amira continues to take out targets identified by the Movement, while trying to stay one step ahead of the same Movement. Who she trusts, why she trusts and where she goes from here are the point of CUTTING THE CORD and it's a hell of ride. One for fans of high-octane styled thrillers, and definitely one for readers who might like a bit of a twist in their mayhem.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/cutting-cord-natasha-molt" data-a2a-title="Cutting the Cord, Natasha Molt"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fcutting-cord-natasha-molt&amp;title=Cutting%20the%20Cord%2C%20Natasha%20Molt"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--29"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15082" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--27"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/cutting-cord" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/cutting-cord.jpg?itok=P2sbM8TY" width="146" height="220" alt="Cutting the Cord" 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/natasha-molt" hreflang="en">Natasha Molt</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">9781920727932</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--28"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Amira Knox is an assassin. Her targets: affluent Europeans. Her commander: the Authenticity Movement. Her weakness: emotion.</p> <p>Amira has been loyal to the secret terrorist group the Authenticity Movement for as long as she can remember. Adopted by the leader of the movement as an infant, Amira was trained to be the ultimate weapon. But when her brother goes mysteriously missing and her father seems to be keeping secrets from her, she begins to doubt the Movement’s purpose and her own identity.</p> <p>Then there’s Lukas, the handsome German personal protection agent. Can Amira trust him, or does he have a secret agenda of his own?</p> <p>Caught in a web of deception and betrayal, Amira realises she has to get out of the Movement. Fast.</p> <p>But how do you escape a terrorist cult when the leader – your father – wants you dead?</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/5120" hreflang="en">Cutting the Cord</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5050" hreflang="en">Natasha Molt</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--30"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--30--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--30--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--30--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-7d51de459c809874b5eccaeb920e6bfd40df03c1eed9c2314cbc7b7f630e49d0"> <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/cutting-cord-natasha-molt" hreflang="en">Cutting the Cord, Natasha Molt</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, August 4, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15169&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="CreGRYnT9unJVQLoIdRJqE4qbJ583Rcqd0K0HpTykTI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Tue, 04 Aug 2020 06:08:27 +0000 Karen 15169 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/cutting-cord-natasha-molt#comments My Dark Vanessa, Kate Elizabeth Russell https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/my-dark-vanessa-kate-elizabeth-russell <div data-history-node-id="15168" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--31"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> My Dark Vanessa, Kate Elizabeth Russell </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, August 4, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>The insidious nature of grooming and the environment in which it needs to support its secretive and incremental processes is a topic rarely encountered in fiction.  A common crime, yet rarely recognized as such by the victim or those who may witness its purposeful impact.  Dark Vanessa is a fictional account of the circumstances in which a teenage girl falls victim to the predatory behaviour of an experienced padophile, her much admired high school English teacher.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>In the year 2000, fifteen year old Vanessa is a new student, and new resident, of a prestigious private boarding school.  After a falling out with her best friend, Vanessa is feeling alone and disinterested with how the rest of her high school years may go.  Her English teacher Jacob Strane identifies both the talent and the drifting nature of Vanessa, heaping praise on the teen as the one student he believes has a future in creative writing.  The abuse begins with just a light touch on Vanessa’s knee, in class.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Withdrawn from college, Vanessa is ostracized from her school community which now believes that the teen is responsible for false allegations of abuse against one of their most respected teachers.  Vanessa and Strane are the only two that know the truth.  The subtle manner in which Strane manipulates Vanessa into effectively taking the fall for him only becomes years later when Vanessa has cause to reassess what really happened to her when she was so young, naïve and vulnerable to the attentions of a man old enough to be her father. When Vanessa is in her early thirties, long rejected by Strane as she aged out of her young adult years, other former students of Strane find each other and Vanessa is considered key to their cause.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>My Dark Vanessa repeatedly references the novel <em>Lolita </em>by Vladimir Nabokovas as being part of the great American literary canon, with the inference that the controversial 1953 work may have been regarded as some sort of code of conduct for men of a certain ilk.  Not a revelation.  Used as a grooming tool by Strane, <em>Lolita</em> is the framework piece in which Vanessa tries to orientate herself, her own experiences becoming something more lofty and noble when she considers those that may have come before her, if only in fiction.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The observations of how society has always regarded the safety and value of its children are as insightful as they are disturbing.  These ruminations come from Vanessa only, as this novel is written entirely from the perspective of Vanessa as she matures from her mid teens to her early thirties. My Dark Vanessa is an incredibly detailed account of one person needing many more years of mature adult awareness to be able to process what it was that she actually experienced as a child in the hands of a calculating sexual predator.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The novel does not play the blame game, and offers up insights of such brutal clarity about what is required to facilitate such predatory behaviours that it seems incredible that anyone in the sphere of a child could be in the dark as to what child is experiencing. It’s almost a certainty that many readers will recognize aspects of their own younger years or those of their peers in My Dark Vanessa.  What is an underage girl? A child.</span></span></span></p></div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/my-dark-vanessa-kate-elizabeth-russell" data-a2a-title="My Dark Vanessa, Kate Elizabeth Russell"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fmy-dark-vanessa-kate-elizabeth-russell&amp;title=My%20Dark%20Vanessa%2C%20Kate%20Elizabeth%20Russell"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--34"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15167" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--32"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/my-dark-vanessa-kate-elizabeth-russell" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/my%20dark%20vanessa.jpg?itok=RgW16QWT" width="147" height="220" alt="Womans black and white face" 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/kate-elizabeth-russell" hreflang="en">Kate Elizabeth Russell</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">9780008342265</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--33"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Vanessa Wye was fifteen-years-old when she first had sex with her English teacher.</p> <p>She is now thirty-two and in the storm of allegations against powerful men in 2017, the teacher, Jacob Strane, has just been accused of sexual abuse by another former student.</p> <p>Vanessa is horrified by this news, because she is quite certain that the relationship she had with Strane wasn't abuse. It was love. She's sure of that.</p> <p>Forced to rethink her past, to revisit everything that happened, Vanessa has to redefine the great love story of her life – her great sexual awakening – as rape. Now she must deal with the possibility that she might be a victim, and just one of many.</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/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5000" hreflang="en">#bookreview</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5033" hreflang="en">#fictionreview</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--35"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--35--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--35--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--35--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-f22710110bb6bfe9238facec835561661d7aa6d5217cc567862316a2cc87a6a5"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/my-dark-vanessa-kate-elizabeth-russell" hreflang="en">My Dark Vanessa, Kate Elizabeth Russell</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, August 4, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15168&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="tkGJiwSxbYU8EeKDOoANL5rvoZqhmtUt6c5pLRNT2XQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">Yes</div> </div> </div> Tue, 04 Aug 2020 05:36:23 +0000 Andrea Thompson 15168 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/my-dark-vanessa-kate-elizabeth-russell#comments A New Name for the Colour Blue, Annette Marner https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/new-name-colour-blue-annette-marner <div data-history-node-id="15164" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--36"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> A New Name for the Colour Blue, Annette Marner </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/kcfromaustcrime" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Austcrimefiction-301462913750409/" > <span class='fa fa-facebook fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> <li> <a href="mailto:karen@austcrimefiction.org" > <span class='fa fa-envelope fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Monday, July 27, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Every now and then a book sneaks into my reading pile that absolutely and utterly defies this reader's ability to describe it, the affect it had, and the experience of reading it. A NEW NAME FOR THE COLOUR BLUE was simply amazing. Beautiful, moving, haunting, fragile and deceptive: actually deceptive doesn't cut it, sneaky is better, in a good, clever and enlightening way. Incredibly sneaky in the way it weaves a tale of domestic violence, of control and expectation, grief, abandonment, and the pain of growing up and away from family; into the slide into acceptance of the past and how to craft a future.</p> <p>There is steel wrapped up in gentleness here, as Cassie Noble, works out who she is, and what she wants her life to become. A drawing she made of a childhood friend is her most treasured possession, her ability to connect with close female friends a way forward when things are at their darkest. A country girl who moved to Adelaide, there's a secret in Cassie's past that she doesn't quite understand, but the move home to nurse her dying father in his last days, is the trigger she uses to work it out.</p> <p>Instead you end up with a complicated exploration of domestic violence and misogyny, indigenous rights, childhood memories, grief, animal cruelty and relationships. There is a lot of ground covered, but it's beautifully, precisely done, no wasted words, no dwelt on evil, always accentuating the search for understanding, meaning, acceptance and place.</p> <p>It's taken such a long time to get something vaguely coherent written down about A NEW NAME FOR THE COLOUR BLUE, the reading of which had so many returns to passages that were simply breathtaking. I just don't have the skill to write about this book in terms that are meaningful enough, but it's been many many years since I've read and re-read sentences in this manner, more years since I've stared off into space thinking about a passage, and quite a while since I sat up nearly all night reading a book that tweaked something deep inside in the way that this book did.</p> <p> </p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/new-name-colour-blue-annette-marner" data-a2a-title="A New Name for the Colour Blue, Annette Marner"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fnew-name-colour-blue-annette-marner&amp;title=A%20New%20Name%20for%20the%20Colour%20Blue%2C%20Annette%20Marner"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--39"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14926" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--37"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/new-name-colour-blue" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/new-name-colour-blue.jpg?itok=V_6WBtAG" width="147" height="220" alt="A New Name for the Colour Blue" 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/annette-marner" hreflang="en">Annette Marner</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">9781743057018</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--38"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>I still see her sometimes in my sleep. She is walking through the blue and orange lights of the city or in the desert country of red ground, spinifex and oaks. Last night I dreamed she was climbing a green and blue mountain, the kind you see in the tropics, rich and heavy with steam and rain. She is still only a girl in my dreams, but that's how I remember her. In every dream she is walking. In every dream I call out her name. Tania.</em></p> <p>Ten years after the disappearance of her best friend, and the death of her mother, Cassandra Noble escapes her country childhood to pursue life as an artist in the city. On the threshold of a promising career as a painter, her creativity suddenly abandons her. Soon after, she finds herself with a lover who wishes to control her just as her father once did.</p> <p>While her last painting just might hold the key to why she can no longer create, what will happen when she discovers the two tragic events of her childhood are linked in ways she could never have imagined?</p> <p><em>A New Name for the Colour Blue</em> is a story of the healing power of remembering, of love, and the breathtaking beauty of the natural world.<br />  </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a 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view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-fb47cba672d1ec63467cba419506cd8c0e71decab5f571aea0a1a3442a653ffc"> <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/new-name-colour-blue-annette-marner" hreflang="en">A New Name for the Colour Blue, Annette Marner</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, July 27, 2020 </td> </tr> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Blog </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/blog/abc-broadcaster-explores-domestic-violence-and-flinders-ranges-award-winning-literary-crime" hreflang="en">ABC broadcaster explores domestic violence and Flinders Ranges in award-winning literary crime debut</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/1"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Karen Chisholm</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, February 25, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15164&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="emAFVvdyzKe5xmtxcgiDETvkyZnkOjyiv09DWRJ6Ox8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">Yes</div> </div> </div> Mon, 27 Jul 2020 03:22:34 +0000 Karen 15164 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/new-name-colour-blue-annette-marner#comments Cry Baby, Mark Billingham https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/cry-baby-mark-billingham <div data-history-node-id="15161" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--41"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Cry Baby, Mark Billingham </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, July 21, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Twenty novels and twenty years later, British crime author Mark Billingham takes his fans back to where it all began with his latest crime fiction thriller, Cry Baby.  The year is 1996, and Detective Sergeant Tom Thorne is already a ten year veteran of nightmares born from a case that will never leave him.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>With his workmates being a good mixture of both the inept and the insightful, Thorne always expects a hammering now and then for his past actions on the job. There is also always the possibility with every case of a new cock up to provide fresh cannon fodder for future ribbings.  All every cop can talk about this summer is the football, and Thorne is right there with them with wanting to sneak a listen to the nation’s scores whenever he can.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Taking advantage of a warm day. Maria and Catrin take their two seven year old sons down to the local park to run around on the equipment and play hide and seek in the bordering woods. It is an ‘occasion’ playdate in that Josh and Kieron are soon to attend separate schools.  The two mothers have very different backgrounds, but what they have in common is that they are both parenting alone.  Maria’s ex husband is still somewhat in her life, and Catrin’s partner is doing a two year stint for not being able to keep his fists to himself.  On this day as Maria is in charge of watching the two boys, enjoying a sneaky fag, the unthinkable happens - Catrin’s son Kieron goes missing.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Cry Baby is something of an ‘all stars’ series pre-quel in which we get to have a decent gander as to what the British police detective was like in the early days, before Thorne’s job hammers him into the ground like a tent peg. These are the giddy days before the internet truly had kicked off in the metropolitan police force, and mobiles are still either bricks or carphones.  Writing in this low-tech era presented a few historical challenges to the author, and the occasional references to events of the time are choice little Easter eggs scattered throughout.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The crime plot of Cry Baby is a little less complex than what we’ve come to expect of Billingham, but the recommendation is still the same.  Billingham is a ‘must read’ author for any fan of screechingly good crime fiction (or drama fiction, if that’s where your tastes slant) and his work has warranted that opinion right from the very first novel in the Tom Thorne series, <em>Sleepyhead. </em> </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Thorne’s most important relationship, that of his friendship with medical examiner Phil Hendricks (a little gift of a character to readers of crime fiction), isn’t given a huge amount of page time in Cry Baby but it is SO welcomed, and very much like spotting a pop star in your favourite soap.  Tom Thorne, way back when, is just as chill a character as he appears in later novels, presenting a composed face to the world as he considers the casual dismembering of those that annoy him on the regular.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Cry Baby is a panoramic read also, in that there is just as much page time given to the families left behind as there is to the actions of the investigating police as they attempt to locate the missing child.  All stakeholders are presented. No opportunity is wasted.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Mark Billingham has proven himself to be both a talented and mixed bag of tricks over the years and has popped up on everything from the stage at Glastonbury to a UKTV podcast, <em>A Stab in the Dark</em>.  Cry Baby is the seventeenth entry in the Tom Thorne series, earlier novels of which have been adapted for television.</span></span></span></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/cry-baby-mark-billingham" data-a2a-title="Cry Baby, Mark Billingham"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fcry-baby-mark-billingham&amp;title=Cry%20Baby%2C%20Mark%20Billingham"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--44"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15053" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--42"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/cry-baby" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/cry-baby.jpg?itok=YdlKj1aG" width="145" height="220" alt="Cry Baby" 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/mark-billingham" hreflang="en">Mark Billingham</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">9781408713426</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-series field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Series</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2487" hreflang="en">Tom Thorne</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">17</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--43"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>It's 1996. Detective Sergeant Tom Thorne is a haunted man. Haunted by the moment he ignored his instinct about a suspect, by the horrific crime that followed and by the memories that come day and night, in sunshine and shadow.</p> <p>So when seven-year-old Kieron Coyne goes missing while playing in the woods with his best friend, Thorne vows he will not make the same mistake again. Cannot.</p> <p>The solitary witness. The strange neighbour. The friendly teacher. All are in Thorne's sights.</p> <p>This case will be the making of him . . . or the breaking.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4880" hreflang="en">#2020</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5000" hreflang="en">#bookreview</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5118" hreflang="en">UKcrime</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--45"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--45--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--45--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--45--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-1208381b16c42a2b9457402907335a9ab4da5b67ef7637bff116ce9baa534b30"> <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/cry-baby-mark-billingham" hreflang="en">Cry Baby, Mark Billingham</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, July 21, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15161&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="1m6IzXS4weLKmOGS8osNXO5yLvRmQWomX_p6MxFltN4"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Tue, 21 Jul 2020 09:04:02 +0000 Andrea Thompson 15161 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/cry-baby-mark-billingham#comments Death of An Agent, David McGill https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/death-agent-david-mcgill <div data-history-node-id="15160" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--46"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Death of An Agent, David McGill </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/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, July 16, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>DEATH OF AN AGENT is the fourth "kiwi spy story" featuring ex-detective / spycatcher Dan Delaney. Historical crime fiction, based on real-life events this is a series that's been getting better and better, with this outing pleasingly comical in some places, as well as a rip-roaring yarn into the bargain.</p> <p>Set in 1965, Ru Patterson, NZ's leading broadcaster is organising a protest against US President Johnson's envoy - Henry Cabot Lodge - to pressure New Zealand to send troops, whilst around him, the anti-Vietnam war protests are expanding. When Patterson is found unconscious in a hot tub, beside the body of a young, naked, dead woman - who turns out to have been an undercover Australian agent - things get very messy, with Delaney interfering with the scene to protect a friend, the NZ Intelligence services continue the fight to sideline Patterson, and infiltrate protestor student groups threatening violence. Delaney finds himself dragooned into helping the authorities - which doesn't go down well with Patterson and his daughter, Hinemoa, who just happens to be Delaney's goddaughter. Surprisingly enough, things get even more messy from there with marijuana trafficking, gang violence, complicated affairs of the heart, and a some arson and general mayhem to kick along the plot.</p> <p>More evident in this outing is a really strong sense of slight tongue in cheek fun. McGill seems to have hit a sweet spot with this plot - which sounds manic - but actually reads really well, and very engagingly. The really interesting aspect of this one in particular is the moral dilemma that Dan's presented by his personal relationship with Ru Patterson and his daughter. There are a few points where the historical information is a tad overdone, leading to a slight case of "could we get back to the mayhem please", but overall, this is a series that's been quietly developing away, creating great historical settings for some fictional (and not so fictional) thriller plots which are all informative, entertaining and well worth the time.</p> <p>All four books are a series, in that Dan Delaney is the central character in each, but they all could be read as standalones. The plots stand up well on their own, particularly in DEATH OF AN AGENT, helped by it being not that historical that it's too far back to be remembered by some of us.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/death-agent-david-mcgill" data-a2a-title="Death of An Agent, David McGill"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fdeath-agent-david-mcgill&amp;title=Death%20of%20An%20Agent%2C%20David%20McGill"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--49"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14951" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--47"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/death-agent" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/death-agent.jpg?itok=SFNyvino" width="149" height="220" alt="Death of an Agent" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/david-mcgill" hreflang="en">David McGill</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9780992262297</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/4954" hreflang="en">Dan Delaney</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--48"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Ru Patterson, the country’s leading broadcaster, is organizing protests against President Johnson’s envoy Henry Cabot Lodge, in Wellington to pressure New Zealand to send troops to Vietnam. Dan Delaney is first on the scene of a young naked woman dead in a hot tub and Ru unconscious beside her. Dan interferes with evidence to protect his friend. The NZ Security Intelligence Service continues the deceased agent’s attempts to sideline Patterson and infiltrate students threatening violence, including an anarchist attracted to arson.</p> <p>Delaney is dragooned into helping the authorities, threatening his personal relationships with Ru and his daughter Hinemoa, Dan’s goddaughter. Hine is a headstrong young drama student mixed up in marijuana trafficking and in mad, crazy love with an older student who treats her no better than the parts they play, Hamlet and Ophelia. With Ru sidelined, Dan is well aware of his duty of care.</p> <p>Delaney is caught up in gang and police threats against Hine, a police raid on a suspected marijuana dealer, an SIS interrogation, the planting of an incendiary device in a student theatre, an unexpected encounter with Prime Minister Keith Holyoake, student confrontation at Lodge’s airport arrival and an incendiary incident at Parliament, with Special Task Force marksmen surrounding the building. The stability of the ANZUS alliance and Dan’s family life depend on the outcome.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2318" hreflang="en">#review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2387" hreflang="en">Review</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2331" hreflang="en">#crimefiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2320" hreflang="en">Crime Fiction</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/2388" hreflang="en">#yeahnoir</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/21" hreflang="en">New Zealand</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5117" hreflang="en">Death of an Agent</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/458" hreflang="en">David McGill</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--50"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--50--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--50--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--50--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-c55bd5e926cdbeba6dc023b9ece5090797d7cb1c5347827c2cf32e5ad6186063"> <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/death-agent-david-mcgill" hreflang="en">Death of An Agent, David McGill</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, July 16, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15160&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="RAPZh7Q6t-vLA9ZXEirlrWcdjvBE_39ZsC3zegjwx8g"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Thu, 16 Jul 2020 05:11:37 +0000 Karen 15160 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/death-agent-david-mcgill#comments