Author: Thomas Keneally, Meg Keneally
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Charming gentleman convict Hugh Monsarrat returns in this second novel in the thrilling and spellbinding historical crime series from Thomas Keneally and his daughter Meg Keneally featuring his signature “fresh and engaging” (The New York Times) prose. Recently arrived from Port Macquarie, ticket-of-leave gentleman convict Hugh Llewelyn Monsarrat now lives in a small but comfortable house in Parramatta with his loyal housekeeper, Mrs. Mulrooney. Monsarrat is now working for the Attorney General’s office, officially as a clerk, but also as an unofficial advisor on criminal and legal matters. One day, he is informed that the superintendent of the female prison, Robert Church, has been murdered. Apparently, a female convict named Grace O’Leary held a particular grudge against him and is being detained for questioning. Monsarrat’s task is to take a statement from her. Grace doesn’t strike Monsarrat as a murderer and she insists she’s innocent. Monsarrat and Mrs. Mulrooney both believe her, but are at a loss as to how to help her. A number of people held grudges against Church and many are relieved by his death, but who would go so far as to murder him?
Author: Meg;Keneally Keneally, Tom
For Robert Church, superintendent of the Parramatta Female Factory, the most enjoyable part of his job is access to young convict women. Inmate Grace O'Leary has made it her mission to protect the women from his nocturnal visits and when Church is murdered with an awl thrust through his right eye, she becomes the chief suspect. Recently arrived from Port Macquarie, ticket-of-leave gentleman convict Hugh Monsarrat now lives in Parramatta with his ever-loyal housekeeper Mrs Mulrooney. Monsarrat, as an unofficial advisor on criminal and legal matters to the governor's secretary, is charged with uncovering the truth of Church's murder. Mrs Mulrooney accompanies him to the Female Factory, where he is taking depositions from prisoners, including Grace, and there the housekeeper strikes up friendships with certain women, which prove most intriguing. Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney both believe that Grace is innocent, but in this they are alone, so to exonerate her they must find the murderer. Many hated Church and are relieved by his death, but who would go as far as killing him?
Author: Thomas Keneally, Meg Keneally
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
From the “greatest living practitioner of historical fiction” (Christian Science Monitor) Thomas Keneally and his eldest daughter Meg Keneally comes the first novel in a fast-paced, gripping, and witty historical crime series. In the Port Macquarie penal settlement for second offenders, Hugh Monsarrat hungers for freedom. Originally imprisoned for forging documents to pass himself off as a lawyer, he is now the trusted clerk of the settlement’s commandant. His position has certain advantages, including access to the Government House kitchen and outstanding cups of tea from housekeeper Hannah Mulrooney, who is his most intelligent companion. But things change when the commandant heads off on assignment and his beautiful wife, Honora, suddenly falls ill. Only when she dies does it becomes clear she has been slowly poisoned. Monsarrat and Mrs. Mulrooney suspect the commandant’s right hand man, Captain Diamond, a cruel man who shared an intimate history with Honora. But when Diamond has Mrs. Mulrooney arrested for the murder, Monsarrat must find the real killer in order to exonerate this innocent woman and his good friend in this thrilling and whip-smart mystery.
Author: Meg Keneally, Tom Keneally
Publisher: Random House Australia
Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney are sent to Maria Island in January of 1826, the very early days of the penal settlement there, to solve the murder of Harefield who sailed the government cutter between mainland Tasmania and Maria Island bringing all supplies and correspondence and directives - all of which he makes sure he reads. Knowledge is currency. One of Harefield's other responsibilities is to light the primitive lighthouse to keep the whaling boats out to sea safe. During a storm Harefield is shaken from a ladder whilst igniting the light and falls. He is then attacked with an axe and falls over the cliff edge to his death. All blame is laid at the feet of Thomas Power, the charismatic Irish revolutionary held in detention - with a lot of privileges - on Maria Island. But did he do it? The outsiders, Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney are brought in to de-escalate gossip and surmise. Power has continued to smuggle his writings out to the British press throughout his internment and the government does not want him gaining further attention. But did the no-doubt trouble-making, charismatic, educated and charming Power sink to the low of murder to prevent the unscrupulous Harefield from blackmailing him? Or were there others who had reason to want Harefield shut up?
Author: Meg Keneally
Publisher: Bonnier Zaffre Ltd.
Highway robber Convict Runaway Mother Jenny Trelawney is no ordinary thief. Forced by poverty to live in the forest, she becomes a successful highwaywoman - until her luck runs out. Transported to Australia, Jenny must tackle new challenges and growing responsibilities. And when famine hits the new colony, Jenny becomes convinced that those she most cares about will not survive. She becomes the leader in a grand plot of escape, but is survival any more certain in a small open boat on an unknown ocean? Meg Keneally's debut solo novel is an epic historical adventure based on the extraordinary life of convict Mary Bryant.
Author: Thomas Keneally
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
A tale inspired by true events follows the experiences of a World War II prisoner's wife who befriends an Italian anarchist in the hopes of alleviating her husband's suffering, only to be swept up in a violent prison break. By the Booker Prize-winning author of Schindler's List.
Author: writing as Mary Westmacott, Agatha Christie
A captivating novel of love and intrigue. Everyone expected Isabella Charteris, beautiful, sheltered and aristocratic, to marry her cousin Rupert when he came back from the War. It would have been such a suitable marriage. How strange then that John Gabriel, an ambitious and ruthless war hero, should appear in her life. For Isabella, the price of love would mean abandoning her dreams of home and happiness forever. For Gabriel, it would destroy his chance of a career and all his ambitions... Famous for her ingenious crime books and plays, Agatha Christie also wrote about crimes of the heart, six bittersweet and very personal novels, as compelling and memorable as the best of her work.
Author: Meg and Tom Keneally
Henry Hallward is the editor of the Sydney Chronicle, a progressive newspaper which is a thorn in the side of the colonial administration. He has repeatedly agitated for greater rights for convicts and former convicts, angering local landowners and the new governor in the process. He has also been highly critical of several prominent citizens, and recently published a story accusing Socrates McAllister of rum-running. Hallward has been imprisoned several times for criminal libel, and always continues to edit his newspaper while incarcerated. This time, he''s in jail awaiting trial for suggesting that there have been some criminal financial dealings involving the CEO of the Australian Agricultural Company, a consortium of British landowners, some resident in the colony, some not, to whom the British government was giving a million acres of Australian land to develop. He has told friends that he has damaging information on someone close to the new Governor, which will shortly be revealed. First, though, he has to face court. As he is being taken from Sydney jail to the courthouse, a shot is heard from a nearby building, and Holt falls dead to the ground. One of his guards looks up and notices a window closing. Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney are sent to Sydney, officially to assist in the investigation, unofficially to discover what they can about the story Holt was working on when he was killed. Their handler in Sydney is to be Major Duchamp, an aide Governor Darling inherited from his predecessor. Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney are both unhappy to be leaving Parramatta - Mrs Mulrooney frets she will miss a letter from her son, who has gone silent after regular correspondence. Monsarrat, meanwhile, is trying to find out where Grace O''Leary has been sent. With her new wealth, Mrs Mulrooney has bought a building she intends to transform into a public house for her son to run, should he materialise. She has also offered Helen a permanent position when her ticket of leave comes, and has noticed a growing regard between Helen and James Henson, the former assistant to Quaker trader David Nelson, whose wife has disappeared following her murder of the superintendent of the Parramatta female factory. Monsarrat is also worried that his involvement in the case might draw unwanted attention from Socrates McAllister. These concerns turn out to be founded, when McAllister visits him and obliquely warns him off sharing any information he might find. When Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney arrive in Sydney, Major Duchamp claims he intends to help them, but at the same time tries to limit those they talk to, insisting the investigation should focus on Holt''s own links to a group of men who are suspected that agitating for an uprising. David Nelson has moved to Sydney, unable to bear the shame of continuing to live in Parramatta after his wife''s crime. Monsarrat calls on him, and learns there are rumours that a member of the Darling administration has bought shares in the Australian Agricultural Company at preferential prices. It is believe that when they are listed on the London Stock Exchange in some months, they will treble in price. Meanwhile, Monsarrat makes the acquaintance of Gerald Mobbs the editor of the The Sydney Chronicle''smain competitor, the Colonial Flyer. The Flyer is an establishment newspaper, which has published several editorials against convicts rights and in favour of landowners and the establishment. It has been suggested that some of the stories they have published linking Hallward to suspected revolutionaries are false. Mobbs tells Monsarrat that thanks to Hallward''s journalism, the governor is trying to implement a licensing regime for newspapers, which would effectively bring them under government control. Governor Darling has also proposed a heavy tax on newspapers, which would effectively put them out of business. Mobbs blames Hallward for this, and says the man, had he been allowed to continue, would have brought about the demise of all newspapers in the colony. Meanwhile, Major Duchamp has forbidden Monsarrat to examine the building from which Hallward was shot. Monsarrat breaks in one night. Looking out from the window, he concludes the shot would have taken a significant amount of marksman''s ability. The night watch, however, catches him and arrests him. Duchamp has Monsarrat imprisoned. He says he has been in touch with Socrates McAllister, Horace Bulmer and others, all of whom say that Monsarrat should be permanently criminalised, and intend to lend their voices to such an effort. Meanwhile, Mrs Mulrooney has drawn Henrietta Duchamp, the Major''s sister out. Henrietta will not admit to a relationship with Hallward, but at the same time she''s deliberately and obviously careless with paperwork, and leaves a sheaf of papers on the table to table for Mrs Mulrooney to find. Mrs Mulrooney peruses them, and discovers share certificates for the Australian Agricultural Company, made o
Author: Robin Adair
1828: Sydney is a city built on the backs of exiled convicts. But in a colony of criminals, how do you narrow down the list of suspects when a murderer is on the rampage? Nicodemus Dunne was a London policeman. After being deported on trumped up charges of assault, he now makes his living in New South Wales as a running patterer, spreading the news of the day by word of mouth. Confronted with a series of gruesome and horribly inventive murders, the governor seeks out Dunne for his investigative skills and his ability to infiltrate all levels of society. With each mutilated body, the murderer has left clues for Dunne to decipher. Can he put the pieces of the puzzle together and catch his elusive quarry without becoming prey himself?
Author: Louis Sachar
Publisher: A&C Black
Armpit and X-Ray are living in Austin, Texas. It is three years since they left the confines of Camp Green Lake Detention Centre and Armpit is taking small steps to turn his life around. He is working for a landscape gardener because he is good at digging holes, he is going to school and he is enjoying his first proper romance, but is he going to be able to stay out of trouble when there is so much building up against him? In this exciting novel, Armpit is joined by many vibrant new characters, and is learning what it takes to stay on course, and that doing the right thing is never the wrong choice.
Author: Megan Goldin
Publisher: Penguin Group Australia
'Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive.' In the lucrative world of Wall Street finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are the ultimate high-flyers. Ruthlessly ambitious, they make billion-dollar deals and live lives of outrageous luxury. Getting rich is all that matters, and they'll do anything to get ahead. When the four of them become trapped in an elevator escape room, things start to go horribly wrong. They have to put aside their fierce office rivalries and work together to solve the clues that will release them. But in the confines of the elevator the dark secrets of their team are laid bare. They are made to answer for profiting from a workplace where deception, intimidation and sexual harassment thrive. Tempers fray and the escape room's clues turn more and more ominous, leaving the four of them dangling on the precipice of disaster. If they want to survive, they'll have to solve one final puzzle: which one of them is a killer? 'Fantastic - one of my favorite books of the year.' Lee Child 'Megan Goldin has done it again: tapped into the cultural zeitgeist in telling ways ... this is top-shelf, page-turning crime.' Sydney Morning Herald 'Make yourself a cuppa and get stuck into this compelling page-turner.' New Idea 'Goldin's debut The Girl in Kellers Way was a winner, but The Escape Room takes her mastery of the thriller to the next level - and the very last page.' Herald Sun
Author: Thomas Keneally
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
From the acclaimed author of Schindler’s List, the new novel that has been called the best of Thomas Keneally’s career, and hailed as “magnificent…stunning…full of suspense, searing particulars, and deep emotion” (The Guardian). In what is perhaps “the best novel of his career” (The Spectator), the acclaimed author of Schindler’s List tells the unforgettable story of two sisters whose lives are transformed by the cataclysm of the first world war. IN 1915, Naomi and Sally Durance, two spirited Australian sisters, join the war effort as nurses, escaping the confines of their father’s farm and carrying a guilty secret with them. Amid the carnage, the sisters’ tenuous bond strengthens as they bravely face extreme danger and hostility—sometimes from their own side. There is great humor and compassion, too, and the inspiring example of the incredible women they serve alongside. In France, each meets an exceptional man, the kind for whom she might relinquish her newfound independence— if only they all survive. At once vast in scope and extraordinarily intimate, The Daughters of Mars is a remarkable novel about suffering and transcendence, despair and triumph, and the simple acts of decency that make us human even in a world gone mad.
Author: Tom Quinn
Publisher: Biteback Publishing
"William Tallon was a creature of extremes: though intensely loyal, he was also a dangerous risk-taker; though charming, he could also be vicious; though considerate and amusing, he could be ruthless and predatory. For much of his life he was driven by two demons: a powerful sex drive and an intense, almost pathological love for the Queen Mother...” From humble beginnings as a shopkeeper’s son in Coventry to ‘Page of the Backstairs’ at Clarence House, William Tallon, or ‘Backstairs Billy’ as he came to be known, entered royal service at the age of fifteen. Over the next fifty years, he became one of the most notorious and flamboyant characters ever to have graced the royal household - the one servant the Queen Mother just could not do without. While others came and went, he remained by her side, becoming one of her most trusted friends and confidants. The fascinating life story of the man who spent more than half a century working for one of the world’s most elusive institutions, Backstairs Billy provides a rare glimpse of what the royals really get up to behind closed doors...
Author: Ruby J Murray
Publisher: Black Inc.
Why has no-one heard of Edna Cranmer? When a young woman is hired to write the life of an unknown artist from Geelong, she thinks it will be just another quick commission paid for by a rich, grieving family obsessed with their own history. But Edna Cranmer was not a privileged housewife with a paintbrush. Edna’s work spans decades. Her soaring images of red dirt, close interiors and distant jungles have the potential to change the way the nation views itself. Edna could have been an official war artist. Did she choose to hide herself away? Or were there people who didn’t want her to become famous? As the biographer is pulled into Edna’s life, she is confronted with the fact that how she tells Edna’s past will affect her own future. This elegant and engrossing novel explores how we value and celebrate art and artists’ lives. The Biographer’s Lover reminds us that all memory is an act of curation. ‘A delight to read. Ruby J. Murray enters the mind of an ambitious young biographer to assemble a moving portrait of a mysterious Australian painter.’ Carrie Tiffany ‘An accomplished and memorable novel about the gaps left in our inherited history, and the imperfect storytellers we entrust to fill them. Beautifully constructed.’ Abigail Ulman