E book speak: Australian crimes

Jeff Popple opinions three books about Australian crimes, each true and fictional. Extra of Jeff’s opinions could be discovered on his weblog: murdermayhemandlongdogs.com

The Widow of Walcha by Emma Partridge

Simon & Schuster, $34.99

In 2017, farmer Mathew Dunbar was discovered useless, apparently as the results of suicide. The small city of Walcha, nevertheless, believed that his accomplice Natasha Darcy had killed him for his multi-million-estate. Natasha had a chequered previous, together with being beforehand charged with attempting to kill her estranged husband Colin, who, in a weird accident, was the primary paramedic on the scene of Dunbar’s loss of life. Award-winning journalist Emma Partridge travelled to Walcha to seek out out the reality and interviewed Mathew’s family and friends within the lead as much as Natasha’s eventual arrest. An interesting and nicely informed account.

Betrayed by Sandi Logan

Hachette, $32.99

Anybody round within the Nineteen Seventies will keep in mind the ‘Drug Grannies’, two aged American girls who have been arrested in Australia with a campervan stuffed with cannabis. In Betrayed, Sandi Logan tells the true story concerning the Drug Grannies and the way they have been duped by certainly one of their nephews into driving a drug-laden campervan from Germany to India and onto Australia. Logan chronicles their adventures throughout 10 international locations and their eventual arrest by Australian authorities. He additionally tells the unhappy story of their imprisonment and lengthy combat for justice. A very stranger-than-fiction story that additionally displays on the politics behind their arrests. Beneficial.

Loss of life at The Belvedere by Sue Williams

Textual content, $32.99

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Sue Williams supplies a lighter method to crime together with her newest guide about unofficial personal investigator Cass Tuplin. In Loss of life at The Belvedere, Cass is lured away from the crimson mud city of Rusty Bore to assist her wayward sister Helen recuperate a useful guide from against the law scene. Helen’s newest boyfriend died after suspiciously falling from the roof of his Melbourne house and the police suspect that Helen would be the mysterious lady seen on the scene. Cass agrees to assist and finds herself in additional bother than she anticipated. An pleasurable and sometimes amusing novel with a superb thriller plot.

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