Tag Archives: Australian authors

Kate’s Choice by Laura O’Connell reviewed by Jill Smith

  Kate Mitchell is an army wife. Where Dusty goes she follows. She married him hoping for an adventurous life. When he deployed in Afghanistan she believed he would return to her whole. He was a professional soldier. She is lonely and only wants her man home with her. Kate is a painter and her creative side always […]

May 12

The Barrakee Mystery by Arthur Upfield

The Napoleon Bonaparte Series (Bony or sometimes Boney for short)  is an early set of detective novels set in Australia, with an aboriginal detective inspector. This first one was published in 1929. The audio warns before heading into them, they are prized mostly for their accurate depiction of life at that time.  What this means […]

May 09

Goodwood by Holly Throsby

Goodwood is the debut novel from Australian author Holly Throsby, who is also a noted singer-songwriter. Reading a mystery novel really takes me out of my comfort zone – I’m just not that way inclined – I need to know why, and I need to know NOW – not at the end of the book. The temptation […]

Ghost Empire

GHOST EMPIRE  – Richard Fidler There were moments when I thought I would not finish this book, as it rambles across timelines, locations and people. I did finish it though and was in the end glad I did. Like most, I was aware that ‘”Istanbul was once Constantinople”, but not a whole lot more. This […]

October 17

The Husband’s Secret

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. What would you do if you stumbled across an envelope containing a letter from your partner stating that it was to be opened only in the event of their death? Your partner is healthy and alive. Would you be able to respect their wish or would curiosity get the […]

June 27

Elianne by Judy Nunn

Elianne, is a story about wealth, power and lies, set on a large and imposing sugar cane plantation in Bundaberg, Queensland. It’s 1881  and ‘Big Jim’ Durham creates for Elianne Desmarais, his young French wife, the finest of the sugar mills in Southern Queensland, and names it in her honour. The massive estate becomes home to hundreds of workers, […]

Vale Gillian Mears (1964-2016)

From the ABC: “The literary world is mourning the death of award-winning Australian author Gillian Mears, who has died aged 51. Mears died on her family’s property near Grafton, in northern New South Wales, earlier in the week. She had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) 17 years ago. Her works Ride a Cock Horse and […]

Bob the Railway Dog by Corinne Fenton Illustrated byAndrew McLean reviewed by Jill Smith

Bob the railway dog is a delightful story I will happily share with my grand-daughters. The history of the growing railway in South Australia, interwoven with the dog’s adventurous spirit, means he did not stay with his original friend Guard Ferry. He was spotted at many important events. Bob was everyone’s friend. Corinne Fenton has […]

Suri’s Wall by Lucy Estela illustrated Matt Ottley reviewed by Jill Smith

Suri was tall for her age. The other children kept away from her. They were afraid of her. She was lonely. Only the wall she walked along was warm to her touch. Then one day, she reached for the wall above her. She realised she was tall enough to see over it. She cried first. […]

Sins Of The Brother by Mark Whittaker & Les Kennedy

Sins of the brother by Mark Whittaker & Les Kennedy is the second book I have read about Ivan Milat this year. The first, Milat: inside Australia’s biggest manhunt by former detective and assistant commissioner of the NSW Police Clive Small, provided a personal account of how he led the investigation into the Belanglo State Forest murders and convicted Milat. […]