Author: Jemimah Brewster

Stone Town

Book Review: Big city problems and small town politics collide in Margaret Hickey’s Stone Town

July 19, 2022

Stone Town is an Australian rural crime novel set in rural South Australia. It’s the second Detective Sergeant Mark Ariti crime novel from Margaret Hickey. Ariti has moved back to his home town near the historic gold rush-era Stone Town and is working as the local police officer. Three teenagers have just discovered the body […]

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The Path of Thorns

Book Review: A.G. Slatter’s The Path of Thorns is an intriguing twisted Gothic fairy tale

June 30, 2022

A.G. Slatter‘s The Path of Thorns begins with the arrival of our heroine, Asher Todd, at the large wooded Morwood estate where she is to be governess of the three Morwood children at the estate’s manor. From her arrival it is clear that things at Morwood are not as they seem. But, Asher holds many […]

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Book Review: A rough coming of age is made bearable with tall tales in Diane Connell’s The Improbable Life of Ricky Bird

April 26, 2022

Diane Connell’s The Improbable Life of Ricky Bird is about twelve-year-old Ricky Bird, whose life is slowly but surely falling apart during the summer that she becomes a teenager. Her parents have separated and her mother is moving Ricky and her six-year-old brother Ollie from Brixton to Camden to be closer to their mum’s boyfriend, […]

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Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone

Book Review: Benjamin Stevenson’s Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone lives up to the whodunit hype

April 6, 2022

Benjamin Stevenson’s third novel, Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone, has been described as “Agatha Christie meets Knives Out“; which is a tall order for the whodunit genre and its legion of dedicated followers. But, I am deeply pleased to report that it is, indeed, a very apt description. Narrated by our protagonist, Ernest Cunningham, […]

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