Olive skinned Fab, tormented and bullied in school had only one friend – Ben stuck up for his best friend and kept the bullies at bay. The two boys plOlive skinned Fab, tormented and bullied in school had only one friend – Ben stuck up for his best friend and kept the bullies at bay. The two boys played cricket, both backyard and in their school team – they also went yabbying together. A typical childhood in the hot summer of 1989 in the small town of Stawell in the Wimmera region of rural Victoria – Ben was content with his mum and dad while Fab was frightened of his violent father.
But after Ben’s neighbours moved, another man came to live in the house. And slowly, gradually, lives changed.
Years had passed since Fab had seen Ben – they’d drifted apart and Fab was working, still living with his mum at home. He was keen to move from his home town of Stawell, from the dead-end job he was doing, maybe to Melbourne to a better life. But the past had a way of sneaking up on a person…
Wimmera is the debut novel by Aussie author Mark Brandi and it’s nothing like I expected it to be. The content is dark and the language disturbing; it was difficult to read at times and I will admit to skimming in places. The sad knowledge that crimes of this nature did and still do occur makes us wonder why it can’t be stopped. Wimmera is haunting and brutal – and most definitely not for the faint hearted. I know people will be struck by the manner of the story; I’m guessing it will be classified as Literary Fiction in the Crime genre. For me, I didn’t enjoy it – but I will recommend it to others.
With thanks to Hachette AU for my ARC to read and review....more
The murder of prominent DA Cicely Towers in the wet darkness of a cold night started Lieutenant Eve Dallas on a case involving high profile women andThe murder of prominent DA Cicely Towers in the wet darkness of a cold night started Lieutenant Eve Dallas on a case involving high profile women and brutal murder. Her immediate appointment as primary by her commander kept the pressure on – Eve’s assistance by fellow officer Feeney a boon. But there was another murder too soon and before they had any suspects. Could Eve crack this high profile case before more women were murdered? Was she in danger herself as another woman in the limelight?
Glory in Death by J.D. Robb is brilliant! I loved it the first time – I loved it this time! Eve’s fledgling relationship with Roarke is up and down as she copes with her feelings, while Peabody is introduced to the series as an Officer who stands out and does her job, causing Eve to notice her diligence. I loved it and highly recommend the series!...more
Detective Peter Dourson wasn’t sure about this concert his girlfriend Lia Anderson had coerced him into going to, but with colleagues Brent and CynthiDetective Peter Dourson wasn’t sure about this concert his girlfriend Lia Anderson had coerced him into going to, but with colleagues Brent and Cynthia along to make up the foursome, he decided it wouldn’t be all bad. The arrival at the concert hall changed his thoughts as they were met with a locked door and confused people milling around. The choir as well as the guests were unable to enter the hall – what was going on?
When Lia and her friends were confronted with the body of the conductor, Professor Geoff Lawrence, lying on the floor inside the hall, it was quite obvious he was dead. Peter, Brent and Cynthia immediately assumed their roles as police officers and took over, trying to bring order to the chaos that was ensuing. It seemed there were not a lot of people who liked the professor – did that mean the suspect list would be long? When Heckle and Jeckle arrived from homicide, Peter and his colleagues handed the case over to them…
Lia decided this case needed her expertise, so she and her friends from the Mount Airy Dog Park got to work. But the going was tougher than she thought it would be – the suspects were many. What would end up happening? Would they discover who the murderer was or was it all smoke and mirrors?
Fur Boys by C.A. Newsome is the 6th in the Lia Anderson Dog Park Series and once again involves the intrepid Lia and her doggy friends. There was less of the early morning visits to the dog park, and not as much participation in events by Lia in this book, but it was an entertaining read once again. Recommended.
With thanks to the author for my ARC to read and review. ...more
When Aboriginal Trooper Lewis Dunbar heard the news that their loyal, battle weary partners in war – their beloved horses – were to remain behind whenWhen Aboriginal Trooper Lewis Dunbar heard the news that their loyal, battle weary partners in war – their beloved horses – were to remain behind when the Australian Lighthorse troops returned home after two years fighting in the Sinai desert, he was shattered. He’d raised Spade from a foal back home in outback Queensland; they were best friends, never separated. And it wasn’t going to happen now. He was prepared to desert the army and escape with Spade – they would find a new life together.
But his plans were foiled when the army’s prisoner - a young mute Bedouin girl – escaped in the dead of night by stealing Spade. Lewis saw her go and immediately began tracking Spade through the vast desert on foot. During his journey he called on his Dreamtime spirits to keep him safe; his avoidance of the army trailing him was second nature – but would he be able to catch up to Spade and the girl?
A'isha missed her family desperately and had no idea how to find them – but she hoped her talisman would keep her safe. Could she summon the spirit of the Djinn? She wasn’t sure of her powers – her youth meant they were mostly unexplored…
What would happen to these two young people in the vast and cruel Arabian desert? And would Lewis be reunited with his beloved Spade?
Saving Spade by Aussie author Dennis Ogden was a wonderful, highly original story that I absolutely loved! Filled with hope and heartbreak, loyalty and kindred spirits, the novel is well written; covering two different cultures it shows how the two can entwine with ease. I have no hesitation in recommending Saving Spade highly....more
From the author of The Game You Played is another brilliant psychological thriller which I've had the privilege to beta read. The Six is a breathtakinFrom the author of The Game You Played is another brilliant psychological thriller which I've had the privilege to beta read. The Six is a breathtaking and intense ride which kept me on the edge of my seat, literally!!
My review will follow nearer to publication date......more