I just haven’t been motivated to write blog posts recently but now that we are staying at home I have no excuse.
I will start with some of my latest reads. As we have had time at home I have had time to get some reading done. Both of these books are by Australian authors and are set in Australia.
The first is one from off my shelves. An old book which I hadn’t read although I have already read some of this series starring Murray Whelan. This book won the Ned Kelly Prize in 1996.
The Murray Whelan crime fiction series is laugh out loud stuff. Murray is advisor to Victorian State ALP MP, Angelo Agnelli and after a Cabinet reshuffle his boss is moved to the Water and Arts portfolio, this thrusts Murray into the cut throat and murderous world of the Melbourne arts community where he will be dealing with forged paintings, conspiracies involving prominent members of the government’s arts policy committees and some fun romantic interludes.
The turn of phrase and the colloquialisms used made me laugh out loud. It was refreshing to read a book that was set in Melbourne with many places mentioned being places I have visited. Not sure if the novel would be appreciated quite so much by those not acquainted with the city.
A light, funny and enjoyable read.
“Adventure, romance and history combine in this thrilling 19th century journey through the South Australian bush and along the mighty Murray River in the company of a determined heroine.
Maggie O’Rourke has always had a hard head. No man was going to tie her down to a life of babies and domestic slavery, even if that man was as good (and as annoyingly attractive) as Sam Taylor. Maggie is happily earning her own way as a maid in a house on the Murray River when disaster strikes.“
The novel reminded me of the tv series with John Waters and Sigrid Thornton, All The Rivers Run. The novel gives us a glimpse of the social history of the time. Women did not yet have the vote and the suffragette movement was growing every day.
Another enjoyable read.