Reviews

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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The Killing of Louisa

Author: Janet Lee Publisher/Year: University of Queensland Press/2018 Publisher Description To lose one husband may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like murder. In New South Wales in1888, Louisa Collins was sentenced to hang after being tried multiple times for the alleged murders of her two husbands. The testimony of her young

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Blood Sisters

Author: Caroline de Costa Publisher/Year: Wild Dingo Press/2019 Publisher Description A young Asian woman lies in a pool of blood in a Cairns motel; she dies before anyone can learn her story. Detective Cass Diamond and her team are soon on the case, trying to discover if she was part of a sex-trafficking ring and,

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The Peski Kids 1: The Mystery of the Squashed Cockroach

Author: R.A. Spratt Publisher/Year: Puffin/2018 Publisher Blurb Three squabbling siblings. One all too perfect next-door neighbour. A missing mum, a bumbling dad, a kooky cockroach mystery and an eccentric country town. What could possibly go wrong? Life is hard enough without having to spend time with your siblings. But there is no other way for

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Wedderburn

Author: Maryrose Cuskelly Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin/2018 Publisher Synopsis  The story of a grisly triple murder in Central Victoria in October 2014 – contemporary Australian true crime at its best ‘An ugly story told beautifully. WEDDERBURN will hold you tightly in its grip, and leave an imprint when it lets you go.’ Myfanwy Jones ‘In

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The Knowledge

Author: Martha Grimes Publisher/Year: Atlantic/2018 Publisher Synopsis In the new mystery in the bestselling Richard Jury series, Martha Grimes brings London’s finest and ‘the Filth’ together on a double-homicide case that involves Kenyan art, rare gems, astrophysics and a long-fermented act of revenge.  Robbie Parsons is one of London’s finest, a black cab driver who

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Trace

Author: Rachael Brown Publisher/Year: Scribe 2018 Publisher Synopsis The riveting inside story of a journalist’s cold-case investigation of a shocking murder Every cop has a case that dug its claws in and would not let go. For veteran detective Ron Iddles, it was his very first homicide case — the 1980 murder of single mother

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The Far-back Country

Author: Kate Lyons Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin/2018 Publisher Blurb In 1979, at the age of fourteen, Ray McCullough ran away from his home on a western New South Wales sheep property following a violent confrontation with his dad, Jim McCullough. He left behind his mother, Delly, and his sisters, Ursula and Tilda. Now forty-one, Ray

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