Reviews

Unsolved Australia: Lost Boys, Gone Girls

Author: Justine Ford Publisher/Year: Pan Macmillan Australia/2019 Publisher Description Can you catch a killer or find a missing person? Australia is ‘the lucky country’. But not for everyone. Unsolved Australia: Lost Boys, Gone Girls tells thirteen stories of people whose luck ran out in the most mysterious of circumstances. It’s a journalistic deep-dive into Australia’s dark heart by one

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Into the Fire

Author: Sonia Orchard Publisher/Year: Affirm/2019 Publisher Description A year after her best friend died in a house fire, Lara can’t come to terms with the loss. Logic says there was no more she could have done to save the mercurial and unhappy Alice, but Lara can’t escape the feeling that she is somehow to blame

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The Secret Art of Poisoning: The True Crimes of Martha Needle, The Richmond Poisoner

Author: Samantha Battams Publisher: Self-published/2019 Reviewer: Narrelle Harris When I first moved to Melbourne in the late 1990s, I lived in Richmond. At some point during my five years there, before I moved to the city, I learned about Martha Needle, the woman who lived on Bridge Road in the 1890s and poisoned her husband,

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Life Before

Author: Carmel Reilly Publisher/Year: Allen and Unwin/2019 Publisher Description She knew she should talk to him. But what could she say? Once there had been blame to apportion, rage to hurl. Now she no longer had a sense of that. Who knew what the facts of them being here together like this meant. What was

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His Name Was Walter

Author: Emily Rodda Publisher/Year: HarperCollins/2018 Publisher Description Once upon a time, in a dark city far away, there lived a boy called Walter, who had nothing but his name to call his own … The handwritten book, with its strangely vivid illustrations, has been hidden in the old house for a long, long time. Tonight,

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How the Dead Speak

Author: Val McDermid Publisher/Year: Little Brown/ 2019 Publisher Description We are all creatures of habit. Even murderers . . .’ When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an old convent, it quickly becomes clear that someone has been using the site as their personal burial ground. But with the convent abandoned long ago

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The Finder

The Finder Author: Kate Hendrick Publisher/Year: Text Publishing/2018 Publisher Description When Lindsay meets Elias the signs aren’t promising. She’s a grungy introvert who doesn’t want to talk to anyone. He’s a teen fashionista who can’t shut the hell up. But since Lindsay tracked down a runaway kid, word’s got around that she knows how to

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A Body of Work

Author:  Janice Simpson Publisher/Year:  Hybrid Publishers/2018 Publisher Description What happens when the keynote speaker at an important arts festival is found dead? Welcome to modern Melbourne, UNESCO City of Literature, home to arts festivals galore as well as the internationally famous Melbourne Cup horse race. But the Imagine Festival, held in late August, has more surprises

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Second Sight

Author: Aoife Clifford Publisher/Year: Simon & Schuster 2018 Publisher Description Eliza Carmody returns home to the country to work on the biggest legal case of her career. The only problem is this time she’s on the ‘wrong side’ – defending a large corporation against a bushfire class action by her hometown of Kinsale. On her

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Wintering

Author: Krissy Kneen Publisher/Year: Text Publishing/2018 Publisher Description When Jessica’s partner disappears into the dark Tasmanian forest, there is of course the mystery of what happened to him—the deserted car, the enigmatic final image recorded on his phone. There is the strange circle of local women, widows of disappeared men, with their edgy fellowship and

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