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Wipptee — an Australian rural romance

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A cozy mystery with a feisty enemies-to-lovers romance on the side.   A young woman wants a quiet life in a small country town, but her past crimes as an animal rights activist return to haunt her.  BUY EBOOK  Maddison returns to Australia after five years away, desperate for a happily-ever-after future with her husband. But Daniel is missing and wanted by the police. Maddie follows a lead to Rakali Springs, the town where everything first went wrong for her and Daniel. She receives a hostile reception, but the Brackton family, Grace and her four sons, are willing to give her a place to stay.   It doesn’t take long for Maddie to discover that everyone has an agenda. Grace, the family matriarch, is determined to end destructive land clearing on neighbouring Wipptee farm at any cost. Matthew guards his secrets well, Liam is sleazy and unpredictable, and Travis wants only regular work for his earthmoving business. Worst of all, Constable Theo Brackton never misses a chance to accuse, crit

Reading journal: Once Burned, Twice Spy by Diane Henders

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Genre: Spies and espionage Published: 2018 Series: Never Say Spy Date read: June 2018 Aidan Kelly works for a Canadian secret agency. In this outing she must ride herd on a bunch of international scientists showing each other their secret weapons. Something goes wrong and Aidan is accused of stealing the weapon. Quite a good yarn. I particularly liked the beginning, where Aidan’s team must drive through heavy snow to a meeting in Calgary, and one of their vehicles slides off the road. There’s a lot of detail about how to survive atrocious road conditions and what not to do. As an Australian living in the inland plains this is not a hazard I have ever faced, nor am I likely to. I was reminded of Tim Taylor in the series Home Improvement , a man who received an award for safety training for showing realistic accidents and injuries on his TV handyman program. Of course, Tim was actually a total klutz. Aidan does much better. This is the thirteenth book in the series, and th

Reading journal: The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey

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Genre: Mystery/Historical Published: 2018 Read: February 2018 Perveen Mistry is one of the first women lawyers in India, working in her father’s practice in Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1921. Paperwork around an inheritance leads her to help three Muslim widows living in seclusion and vulnerable to exploitation. A second thread of flashbacks exposes the collapse of Perveen’s own marriage some years earlier. A meaty story with many interesting characters and a firm historical background. Massey describes India under British rule, long before independence or partition. As a lawyer Perveen must deal with the languages and legal systems appropriate to particular religions and ethnic groups. Massey depicts this rich cultural mix as well as exploring the strictures around women and marriage. Highly recommended.