This is the book I missed in the Rowland Sinclair series. It doesn’t seem to matter that I have read it out of order as the books work well as stand alone novels.
From the cover:
In early 1933, Rowland Sinclair and his companion are ensconced in the superlative luxury of The Hydro Majestic – Medlow Bath, where trouble seems distant indeed.
And then Harry Simpson vanishes.
Croquet and pre-dinner cocktails are abandoned for the High Country where Rowland hunts for Simpson with a determination that is a mysterious as the disappearance itself. Stockmen, gnagsters and a belligerent writer all gather to the fray, as the investigation becomes embroiled with a much darker conspiracy.
Murder, treason trespass kidnapping betrayal. . .again Rowland Sinclair finds himself in the middle of it all.
The Hydro Majestic is in the process of rejuvenation at present and it is worth having a look at the website to see how the hotel looked in Rowland Sinclair’s day.
I loved this book in the series, the main reason being it was set in the High Country. Places all had a familiarity to me which makes the story even more realistic. Yarrangobilly, Adaminaby, Tumut, Batlow, Tumbarumba.
I have fond memories of Yarrangobilly in particular. There is a thermal pool there and that was mentioned in the novel. Our children swam in the pool when they were very small children. ( There were massive tadpoles in the pool!)
The book is another really enjoyable read. It involves politics, romance, cattlemen and of course crime and the Rowland Sinclair set.
The Rowland Sinclair books are easy reading and a joy to read.
You can read an extract from the book here.
This is another book for my Historical Fiction Reading Challenge.