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Whispering Death (Inspector Challis #6)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  246 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
The long-awaited sixth installment in the Inspector Hal Challis series set in Australia, available in the United States at last!

Hal Challis is in trouble at home and abroad: dressed down by the boss for speaking out about police budget cuts; missing his lover, Ellen Destry, who is overseas on a study tour. But there's plenty to keep his mind off his problems. A rapist in
ebook, 352 pages
Published December 18th 2012 by Soho Crime (first published June 2011)
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Jul 25, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: australian, favorites
I agree with other readers that this is the best in the Challis Destry series so far. Disher is so adept with his plotting and character development. Because these are police procedurals, there are multiple sub plots running parallel to the main crime plot.

If I do have a quibble it is that the main sub plot in this story was wrapped up a little clunkily for mine about 50 pages prior to the end, clearly as a result of the main crime investigation rendering it superfluous. As I was reading it ann
Oct 27, 2011 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 6th book in the Challis/Destry Australian (Victorian Mornington Peninsula) police procedural mysteries and a time in a book series when many authors start to run out of steam. Not so Garry Disher. In fact, in my opinion, this is the best book of the series thus far. Disher keeps his books fresh by rotating around the main characters from one novel to the next. This time Ellen Destry is overseas on a study trip and plays virtually no role in the story apart from an occasional skype co ...more
May 03, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick and engaging read with Challis battling not only the low life but also his superiors who didn't appreciate some off hand comments to a reporter about lack of resources to get the job done or should we say, not get the job done. I just hope the wait isn't too long for the next book in the series. Challis deals with a rapist, murderer, cat burglar, bank hold up/hostage situation, home invasion, and the list goes one as well as all the other daily minor things going on. In his personal life ...more
Mar 25, 2016 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like always, Disher "dishes" up a superb book here. His characters struggle with being human and being police at the same time. Sometimes one comes out on top, sometimes the other. It's so much fun to read a police mystery where the crime and people seem almost mundane.

Here, Challis has decided to sell his completely restored plane and use the money to, probably, buy a new car. When the car simply WOULD not start, his wife's new husband peers under the hood and says, "Rats." "That bad? Can't be
Teri Kelly
Garry Disher’s umpteenth crime book (the sixth in the Peninsula series), takes a femme fatale house breaker named Grace (not her real name) who, while deftly breaking and entering, also has to stay one step ahead of a bent NSW copper with a grudge. Throw in a rapist, a girlfriend overseas, a classic car and a classic aeroplane and you have Hal Challis’s lot in life as an outspoken DI. Under-resourced or not, Challis oozes laid-back cop appeal as he manages with a coffee-shop smile his lover’s da ...more
Aug 18, 2011 Narrelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, australian
Garry Disher has been writing crime, along with kids books, thrillers and a host of non fiction, for a while now, but Whispering Death is my first foray into his world. A little brave of me, one might think, to leap into the sixth novel of the DI Challis series without having read the preceding five, but Disher has managed that difficult task of making the book as welcoming to a newbie as to an old hand. There are no barriers to first time readers coming on board at this stage of Challis’s caree ...more
Nov 01, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disher seems to have a soft-spot for burglars, especially ones with brains and the ability to plan far ahead. Wyatt, in the series that bears his name is a male version. The woman in this book is the female version, who's named Grace (sometimes), and she's crafty in the extreme. And with both her and Wyatt, the reader feels a considerable sympathy.

I nearly left this book at about page 40. It starts off well, and then seems to lose impetus when some other characters - mainly police men and women
P Seeley
Sep 20, 2014 P Seeley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another winner from Garry Disher in the Challis/Destry series, although Destry figures very little in this one. The story is as usual intricately plotted, sufficiently twisty and surprising, and gives one sense that events converge in ways that make one believe in the hand of fate, or at least in ways that prove character is destiny. Best line in the book is Challis describing for Destry's frequently hostile daughter the nature of his relationship with her mother -- "No pressure, a lot of kindne ...more
Ed Napiorkowski
Aug 15, 2015 Ed Napiorkowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another thrilling instalment in the series. Disher has a great way of telling stories with multiple threads and interactions which ultimately intersect or align in unexpected ways. It provides a reader a variety of opportunities to pick up clues or snippets of information which could crack the case wide open. I have found the character development through the series to be terrific. Honest believable individuals who remain true to their personalities which makes reading of their interactions and ...more
Peter Anderson
Jun 20, 2015 Peter Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Whispering Death is, I believe, the best of the Challis/Destry series by Garry Disher. The plot is certainly much better developed, and satisfying to follow than Blood Moon, the fourth book in the Challis/Destry series.

My reviews do not cover the step-by-step progress of the book; if you want that then read the book. I like instead to cover the quality of the writing, the character definitions and the plot. In all these aspects, the author has done an outstanding job. This is the fifth book of
Mar 26, 2016 Spuddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good entry in this Australian police procedural series, this is the most recent one but it was published four years ago, so I fear it may be the last. Features Inspector Hal Challis, who seems always to be in hot water with his bosses, and the sergeants and constables he works with, who are mostly fiercely loyal to him. A bit of an oddball, Challis in this book investigates a series of burglaries as well as a rape and murder case that brings in a specialist from the sex crimes unit, and ...more
Jun 23, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Put a book with Garry Disher's name on the cover down on the table at our place and there's bound to be a bit of sighing from certain quarters. Fair enough, it normally means that all forms of communication will cease until the book is finished. Whilst I will admit a slight preference for the Wyatt series, the Challis and Destry books are getting better and better with each outing. I particularly like the way that the focus is switching between the two main characters, and their romance is devel ...more
Peter Greenwell
Feb 14, 2014 Peter Greenwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More of the same from Mr. Disher and it's all good. Correction: 95% good. I'm not a fan of that ending but that's a minor carp. If you're after good, solid police procedurals written from an Australian viewpoint, you can't go amiss with this series. The characters bolt off the page with their vivacity and humanity.

Highly recommended. All six of them.

Aug 29, 2015 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Garry Disher and his Inspector Challis series. This is the sixth in the series and set in South Eastern edges of Phillip Bay, just outside Melbourne. The characters are real and well developed, the plot complex, just as life is and it makes a wonderful easy read.
Virginia Walter
In this Australian police procedural, the investigators are looking for a serial rapist and a very clever female cat burglar. The setting -- the Mornington Peninsula -- is interesting, and the cops are interesting enough to invite a return to other books in the series.
Feb 16, 2014 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good Australian police procedural page-turner with some unexpected twists and turns, by a competent writer. Not exactly an awesome creation, but Challis is still an interesting character whose ongoing career and private life are worth following.
Jul 10, 2016 Monica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disher's Hal Challis series is consistently well crafted - believable police procedurals. Challis, Destry, Pam and Scobie are all complex characters who are allowed to develop over the course of the series. And the Mornington Peninsula setting in Victoria Australia is interesting.

There are two sets of crimes - a serial rapist and a clever cat burglar - and departmental politics. Challis has the nerve to describe the effects of inadequate resources to a journalist and is put on the bosses' bad l
Robert Van Tuyl
Jan 12, 2015 Robert Van Tuyl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Multiple bad guys, multiple good guys, some personal stuff, and a variety of interesting situations. And Australia too.
Apr 29, 2015 Sally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy rattling read -Australian rural police hero - likeable realistic characters
Jo Laretive
Jan 12, 2014 Jo Laretive rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first adult Garry Disher book I have read, I missed out and now have a lot of catching up to do, glad to see that there are many in the Mornington Peninsula mysteries to read as well as the Wyatt series. I gave my husband Bitter Wash Road for Christmas - highly enjoyed and on the list to read for me.
Jan 11, 2015 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Disher is a relatively new find for me, I like his style of writing very much. He has the knack of giving us the bigger picture without fluff, I think I'm trying to say he writes sparingly but with a canny knack for the real details. He has a bluntness that captivates and it makes a refreshing change.
Gary Van Cott
Jan 19, 2014 Gary Van Cott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that this book and the previous one are the best in this series (so far at least). I think the author was in too much of a hurry to wrap up the final portion of this book. A bit more detail would have been nice.
Jan 10, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A classic police procedural set on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Whispering Death is a real page turner. With excellent characterization and a plot in which a series of unrelated crimes gradually merge in an exciting climax, Garry Disher has produced an enthralling mystery with a great sense of place.
Jan 01, 2015 Hana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. Atmospheric, I can almost taste the dust. Can't wait for the next one!
The best in the series so ends in a way which could end the series and if so then it would be a fitting end.

Inspector Challis is faced with a professional burglar, a rapist who attacks his victims dressed as a policeman, a bank siege involving a serial robber, a rogue ex-cop, a couple of murders, art fraud, graffiti and he is missing his girlfriend while protecting her daughter from a couple of bikkies and selling his beloved aircraft and car. The lives and loves of his staff continue.
Andrew Hall
Sep 10, 2015 Andrew Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Best of the Challis books so far.
Mike Mitchell
Feb 19, 2013 Mike Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Garry Disher Hal Challis/Ellen Destry series and this book is a worthy addition. In fact, I think it may be my fave to date. Disher again wraps things up a little abruptly but I've kind of gotten used to and almost expect it. On the plus side, the characters (both good and bad) are fleshed out and each of the threads that comprise the story held my interest. If you like Ian Rankin, who seems to be more widely known, and strongly suggest checking out any of the Challis books.
Dec 27, 2011 Felicity rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Disher's latest installment of the Hal Challis/Ellen Destry mystery series, although Ellen was largely absent from this novel. Nonetheless, Disher kept the plot rocketing along with sexual liasions; criminals with shady pasts; stolen artwork; bank heists; rape; murder, and more. The ending is ambiguous. I'm not sure if there will be another installment in the Hal Challis series or not...maybe we have seen the last of him? Or maybe not?
Book Bazaar
Oct 07, 2012 Book Bazaar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Garry Disher novel and the 6th in his Challis and Destry series. I enjoyed the characters and a clever Australian crime novel. The plot moved along quickly and despite coming in to this without knowing the main detective, I never felt that I was lacking background (although I probably will go back and read the earlier ones now that I have discovered them). Definitely worth adding to your reading list if you enjoy a crime novel :)
Jackie R
Jun 17, 2014 Jackie R rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely devoured this one and I found out this morning that it's not the last Detective/Inspector Challis! He's working on another this year.
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Garry Disher was born in 1949 and grew up on his parents' farm in South Australia.

He gained post graduate degrees from Adelaide and Melbourne Universities. In 1978 he was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, where he wrote his first short story collection. He travelled widely overseas, before returning to Australia, where he taught creative writing, finally becoming a full
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