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Miles Off Course by Sulari Gentill
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it was amazing
Read 2 times. Last read January 10, 2020 to January 11, 2020.

Miles Off Course is the third book in the Rowland Sinclair series by award-winning Australian author, Sulari Gentill. Already a sojourn for creative pursuits has been interrupted by an attempt to kidnap gentleman artist, Rowland Sinclair; now, it will be aborted when his older brother, Wilfred turns up at the Hydro Majestic in Medlow Bath requiring Rowly to urgently find a missing family employee. Of course, his ever-loyal artistic friends (Edna the sculptress, Milton the poet and Clyde the artist) insist on participating.

Wilfred Sinclair’s aboriginal stock manager, Harry Simpson was sent to oversee the autumn stock muster on their snow lease in the high country, but has disappeared. For this trusted employee, such behaviour is completely out of character, and while virtually every person they speak to maintains that Harry has just walked off, as their type do, neither Wilfred nor Rowly is convinced. Something else is going on, but what?

Head stockman Ned Moran and his men are wary, and do all they can to discourage Rowly from riding to the snow lease, especially with his friends, including Edna and a very insistent incognito female writer with some Sinclair family history. They are not to be deterred, although Rowly is again frustrated by his ineffectual dissuasive powers over these fiercely independent women.
In another riveting instalment of twists, red herrings and drama, Gentill includes plenty in interesting historical detail, gives several well-known figures cameos, and manages to include buck jumping, four kidnap attempts, limestone caves, grave looters, a rooftop scramble, a burning hut, a fevered kiss (or two), cattle stealing, and a very big hint about certain Sinclair blood relations. And has Rowly, late in the story, finally hit upon an effective way to dissuade Edna from tagging along in dangerous situations?

Quotes from press articles of the time that preface the chapters cleverly serve the purpose of providing information pertinent to the text that follows. As always, Gentill flawlessly captures the era. This is a superlative dose of Australian historical crime fiction, and readers who enjoy it will be pleased to know they can look forward to a further seven (at least) instalments of this award-winning series, beginning with Paving The New Road.
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Reading Progress

January 8, 2020 – Shelved
January 8, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
January 10, 2020 – Started Reading
January 11, 2020 –
page 220
January 11, 2020 –
page 350
January 11, 2020 – Finished Reading
December 13, 2020 – Started Reading (Audiobook Edition)
December 13, 2020 – Shelved (Audiobook Edition)
December 14, 2020 –
34.0% (Audiobook Edition)
December 15, 2020 –
70.0% (Audiobook Edition)
December 15, 2020 – Finished Reading (Audiobook Edition)

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PattyMacDotComma Good review of a book I really enjoyed! It was fun moving out of Sydney, but he can't escape the whole family thing, no matter what.

Marianne PattyMacDotComma wrote: "Good review of a book I really enjoyed! It was fun moving out of Sydney, but he can't escape the whole family thing, no matter what."

And in #4 even further away in Munich...

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