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secret-heiressThe day that Ida Garfield commences her employ for Matilda Gregory, the elegant mistress of Summersby House, she instead attends Matilda’s funeral. And so starts an intriguing mystery involving Ida, her daughter and a range of engaging characters that live at Summersby House.  Beautifully written, the alternating time frames of 1886 and 1906, sweeps the reader up into the mystery which is so multi-layered that all attempts ‘to figure it out’ are foiled!! A fabulous read by Luke Devenish!

Rating:  *****
Theme Fiction:
Mystery
Suitability:  Year 9-12+

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murder-in-mt-marthaNick Szabo, who enlists the support of an elderly man he was randomly paired with by local council to help him glean a picture of what life was like in the ‘50s, discovers a ‘cold case’ of an horrific murder of a young girl which occurred in 1953.  Unfortunately, with many characters introduced without sufficient dialogue to connect them to each other and the chapters constantly slipping back and forth between past and present, I found it hard to keep a handle on who was who.  While the writing style is an excellent exposition of a real life murder which actually occurred in Mt Martha in the ‘50s, I found Simpson’s novel somewhat disjointed.

Rating:  ****
Theme Fiction:  Mystery
Suitability:  11-12+

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early-one-morningAn engaging story which has the reader transfixed from the page one!  Walking in a Jewish Ghetto in Rome in 1943, Chiara locks eyes with a woman as she and her family are forced onto a truck that will transport them to a concentration camp.  In the blink of an eye, Chiara makes a decision that will change her life forever. By screaming loudly that the young child clinging to this woman’s hand is the son of her sister she demands he be released into her custody.  Chiara is astounded when she suddenly finds the child in her arms. And so starts a saga of unimaginable proportions.  Baily’s fabulous writing style includes some outstanding, memorable extracts.

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction: 
Mystery; Historical Fiction
Suitability:  9-12+

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Born in Bristol in 1919, this is an epic tale of the life of Harry Clifton.  Told through the voices of key characters in Harry’s life, the cleverly crafted tale slowly unfolds through each section of the book.  Little by little more, more details of Harry’s life unfold revealing the truth that always seemed to evade Harry himself.  A masterful storyteller, Jeffrey Archer gives us yet another great read!

Rating: ****
Theme Fiction:
Mystery
Suitable: Year 11-12+

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While the story starts off very slowly, it later gains interest and excitement, providing a nice mix of adventure and mystery whicih overtakes the story to the end.  Findgin his mother’s autobiographical story of her childhood on her computer, he develops and plays a computer game which tells the same story, but from a different perspective.  Current in its approach, this is a good, quick read.

 

Rating:  ****
Theme Fiction:
Mystery
Suitable:  Year 7-8

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A very chatty mystery that involves Gina, a talented psychic, who gets involved in solving a mystery about a haunted theatre.   The need to finish the book and find out the ending is very pressing!  A great read.

 


Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Mystery
Suitable: Year 7-10

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