Author Archives: alysonebaker

From the Ashes by Deborah Challinor – 2018

Challinor’s historical novels are usually cram-packed with female characters who are the books’ main agents, and From the ashes is no exception.  Set in the 1950s, it is one of the titles published recently about this interesting era of New … Continue reading

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A Greater God by Brian Stoddart – 2018

It is 1925 and Superintendent Chris Le Fanu has returned to Madras from the Straits Settlement, fending off multiple job offers while trying to work out who is on a killing spree targeting Muslims, and which romantic relationship to pursue. … Continue reading

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Fishing for Māui by Isa Pearl Ritchie – 2018

Covering spring, summer and autumn of 2001-2012, various voices from an extended New Zealand family talk us through their family dynamics, their crises, their obsessions and their aspirations. Hamilton, NZ – Elena is expecting her first baby with her ethics … Continue reading

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The Ringmaster by Vanda Symon – 2019 (originally published 2008)

The death of a brilliant young woman, a circus in town, high stakes university research, a monster of a boss, a critical Mum and a persistent suitor – just some of the happenings in Sam Shephard’s second outing, this time … Continue reading

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No One Can Hear You by Nikki Crutchley – 2018

Zoe is back in her home town for the funeral of her estranged mother, who has apparently been suffering from memory loss and who has left odd notes around indicating that young women have been disappearing from the town.  It … Continue reading

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris – 2018

Lale was a bit of a lad in Slovakia, fond of women and fine clothes: “Always dress to impress”, but when he ends up in Auschwitz/Birkenau in 1942 he must use all his charm and cunning to survive – and … Continue reading

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Heaven Sent by Alan Carter – 2018

Cato Kwong and his new wife Sharon Wang are blissfully married, if not a bit sleep deprived, with an infant daughter, Ella.  But when Kwong starts working on a series of murders among the Fremantle homeless community, he gets more … Continue reading

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