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Reading journal: The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood

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Genre: Mystery Published: 2018 Series: Corinna Chapman Date read: November 2018 Corinna and her lovely Daniel must solve the mystery of the kidnapped dog, the sad returned soldier, and the girl who has lost the ability to speak. A bit lower on the suspense scale than other books in the series, but there is a satisfying explosion. Nice to see Corinna and Melbourne on the page again.

Reading journal: Murder on the Ballarat Train by Kerry Greenwood

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Genre: Crime Published: 1991 Series: Phryne Fisher Read: January 2018 Set in Australia in the 1920s. Phryne Fisher, a lady of independent means and an amateur sleuth, travels by train to rural Ballarat with her companion to collect Phryne’s new car.   The passengers are gassed, and one is murdered. Phryne flirts with university students and identifies the killer in a tense and suspenseful scene. At the same time, she adopts a girl who has lost her memory and unravels a nasty plot exploiting children. Features, among other things, a crackingly beautiful car, an appalling boardinghouse, and an oily hypnotist. Great story, and the TV adaptation, while simplified, is still pretty good. Highly recommended.

Reading journal: Death by Water by Kerry Greenwood

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Genre: Crime Published: 2005 Series: Phryne Fisher Read: December 2017 It’s the 1920s, and amateur sleuth, Phryne Fisher, embarks on a voyage from Melbourne to New Zealand aboard the cruise ship SS Hinemoa. Her task is to find out who is stealing valuable jewellery from the first class passengers. Much drama, with interesting descriptions of the ship and of Milford Sound in New Zealand. Phryne is assisted in her job by Māori crew. But jewel thieves are not the most deadly criminals aboard, and tantalising snippets reveal a connection with the tragic sinking of the Titanic. I wish this lovely ship was real. Recommended.

Reading journal: The Castlemaine Murders by Kerry Greenwood

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Genre: Crime Published: 2003 Series: Phryne Fisher Read: December 2017 In 1920s Australia, the gold rush days of the 1850s seem far in the past, but two mysteries from the Castlemaine goldfields come back to threaten amateur sleuth Phryne Fisher and her lover Lin Chung. Phryne’s mystery relates to a lost heir and a great inheritance. Lin Chung’s comes from a family feud, goldfield riots, and lost gold, and is far more interesting. There were riots at Castlemaine in 1854; many Chinese lives were saved through the bravery of Senior Constable Thomas Cooke, see memorial here. At Lambing Flat (now Young) in New South Wales, there were disgraceful riots and Chinese deaths in 1861, although many people were given refuge by a local landowner, James Roberts. There is an interesting recent essay about this by Gabrielle Chan, Race and the Golden Age [paywall, Meanjin magazine].   Threads of racism, and of courage in confronting it, continue in Australia today.