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I love this series and the way the characters are developing. This one adds depth to our understanding or Rowly's and Wil's relationship while telling a great murder mystery. I like this series because the characters are people I would like to spend time with. I also love the attention to detail about the history if this period. Really well done. I highly recommend the whole series but this a particular favourite.
I have now read all the historical crime fiction series (books 1 to 6) featuring Gentill's character Rowland Sinclair. The books are well written and many are based in an area of New South Wales, Australia in which I live/lived, so I can honestly say they are true to location and landscape. The period of the 1930's is historically well documented and the many characters both real and fiction are well drawn and interesting. I really enjoy the use of headings which denote newspaper reports and which in turn are made relevant to each chapter. This is a writer who deserves to be read.
If you are doing the Australian Women Writers Challenge or looking for great books about Australian life then this series is for you. Sulari Gentill writes about early 20th century life with a light hand that disguises the breadth of research in her works effortlessly. I recommend starting at the beginning of the series.
Gentill is a compelling story teller. With her Rowland Sinclair series she brings alive a period of Australian history that has hitherto been neglected by most Australian fiction writers. Can't wait to read the next one.
In 1920, Henry Sinclair died at the Sinclair family’s country estate, Oaklea, near Yass in New South Wales. The fact that he was murdered was not something that the Sinclair family discussed. But in 1933, when Edna Walling is brought in to work on the gardens at Oaklea, the draining of a dam leads to the discovery of the gun used in Henry Sinclair’s murder. The Sinclair family can no longer avoid the issue. But who murdered Henry Sinclair? Were either of the Sinclair brothers: Wilfred (Wilf) or Rowland (Rowly) involved?
‘What can you tell us about the evening your father, the late Henry Sinclair, was murdered, Mr Sinclair?’
Given the time that has elapsed, will the police be interested in renewing their inquiries? Alas, Rowly has managed to offend Colonel Eric Campbell, the leader of the right-wing New Guard and he uses his influence to ensure that the police renew their inquiries into Henry Sinclair’s death.
Rowly and his trio of friends head to Yass (by aeroplane and car) to try to clear Rowly’s name. Of course, nothing is ever straightforward for Rowly Sinclair. He’s being pursued by a woman who wants to marry him, his mother thinks that he is his older (deceased) brother and his cousin Arthur (a solicitor) is being very helpful. And then there’s another murder!
This is the sixth novel in Ms Gentill’s marvellous Rowland Sinclair series. Ms Gentill draws on the history of the period, and we see appearances by Robert Menzies and Kate Leigh as well as Edna Walling and Eric Campbell. I enjoyed learning more of the Sinclair backstory in this novel. While I’ve read the three novels published after this one, I’ve not yet read all the earlier novels. But I will. The characters intrigue me and the setting is perfect.
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
I like historical mysteries and this series is very well done. I started with the first book and have read each in turn. The characters are interesting and seem more fully realized than in other books. While the time period is not something I know much about, it seems consistently portrayed. Without a lot of blood and Gore this author still compels you attention and retains your interest throughout each tale. There are enough hints to give you clues to the villain but some plot twists that also keep you guessing.