Reviews

Good News, Bad News by Maggie Groff

Author: Maggie Goff Publisher: Pan Macmillan, Australia Copyright Year: 2013 ISBN: 9781742613802 Review By: Diana Olsberg Book Synopsis: Intrepid investigative journalist Scout Davis has given herself a holiday, but when Hermione Longfellow floats towards her in the supermarket, wanting to engage her services, she stops to listen. Most people in Byron Bay are aware of

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Agatha Christie at Home by Hilary Macaskill

Author: Hilary Macaskill Publisher: Frances Lincoln Ltd Copyright Year: 2014 Review By: Janet Walker Book Synopsis: Though she owned several houses, Agatha Christie had one surpassing favorite: Greenway, on the Dart estuary in Devon. She was born nearby, bought it in 1938, and spent all her summers there until her death in 1976. It was,

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Deadly Australian Women by Kay Saunders

Author: Kay Saunders Publisher: ABC Books – Harper Collins Publishers Copyright Year: 2013 Review By: Sylvia Loader Book Synopsis: Do women kill? Yes they do, but often for very different reasons from men … Meet the women who have murdered – they’ve killed children, husbands, lovers, relatives and friends. They include the desperate, the poor,

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Cry Blue Murder by Kim Kane

Author: Kim Kane and Marion Roberts Publisher: University of Queensland Press Copyright Year: 2013 ISBN: 978-0-7022-3926-7 No of Pages: 213 Review By: Sarah Robinson-Hatch Book Synopsis: Cry Blue Murder is the chilling and gripping book by Kim Kane and Marion Roberts. A serial killer is on the loose, kidnapping schoolgirls. Three bodies have been found,

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Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar

Author: Kirsty Eagar Publisher: Penguin Copyright Year: 2012 ISBN: 978-0-14-320655-2 No of Pages: 314 Review By: Alexandra Fergusson Book Synopsis: Abbie lives a normal teen life. Her three obsessions. The ocean. Art. And Kane. With the unexpected return of Kane. Abbie has been noticing strange, unaccountable things. A dark presence is shadowing Kane and only

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The Tunnels of Tarcoola – 2013 Davitt Winner – Young Adult – by Jennifer Walsh

Author: Jennifer Walsh Publisher: Allen and Unwin Copyright Year: 2012 Review By: Vikki Petraitis Book Synopsis: 2013 Davitt Award for Best Children’s/Young Adult Novel Four kids accidentally stumble upon a series of tunnels down on their favourite stretch of beach. They become trapped in the tunnels by the high tide, and start moving inland. The

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My Island Homicide by Catherine Titasey

Author: Catherune Titasey Publisher: University of Queensland Press Copyright Year: 2013 Review By: Sylvia Loader Book Synopsis: When Thea takes the job as Officer in Charge of the Thursday Island police station, she has no idea that her desire to start anew and return to her mother’s Islander roots will be the greatest challenge of

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Darkwater by Georgia Blain

Author: Georgia Blain Publisher: Random House Copyright Year: 2010 ISBN: 9781864719833 Review By: Sarah Robinson-Hatch Book Synopsis: Amanda Clarke is dead. Her body was found floating facedown by the riverbank, and no one knows what happened. As rumours fly and fear grows, it seems that everyone suspects Lyndon, one of Amanda’s friends. He’s known for

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The Midnight Dress – 2014 Davitt Award – Young Adult Fiction – by Karen Foxlee

Author: Karen Foxlee Publisher: University of Queensland Press Copyright Year: 2013 ISBN: 970-702-249648 No of Pages: 328 Review By: Vikki Petraitis Book Synopsis: Rose Lovell’s dad is an alcoholic and father and daughter move around quite a bit. One stop they make turns out to be different from all the rest. At school, she meets

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Muder Below Montparnasse by Cara Black

Author: Cara Black Publisher: Soho Crime Copyright Year: 2013 Review By: Sandra Nicholson Book Synopsis: A long-lost Modigliani, a grieving brother’s blood vendetta, a Soviet secret- Aimée Leduc’s current case is her most exciting yet. The cobbled streets of Montparnasse might have been boho-chic in the 1920’s, when artists, writers and their muses drank absinthe

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