The Unmourned

Pages: 336
Subject: Fiction
Imprint: Point Blank

The Unmourned

The Monsarrat Series

Meg and Tom Keneally

Not all murder victims are mourned...

The Book

Not all murder victims are mourned...

For Robert Church, superintendent of the Parramatta Female Factory, the most enjoyable part of his job is access to young convict women. Inmate Grace O'Leary has made it her mission to protect the women from his nocturnal visits and when Church is murdered with an awl thrust through his right eye, she becomes the chief suspect.

Recently arrived from Port Macquarie, ticket-of-leave gentleman convict Hugh Monsarrat now lives in Parramatta with his ever-loyal Irish housekeeper Mrs Mulrooney, who has herself lived through the 1798 Irish Rebellion. Monsarrat, as an unofficial advisor on criminal and legal matters to the governor's secretary, is charged with uncovering the truth of Church's murder. Mrs Mulrooney accompanies him to the Female Factory, where he is taking depositions from prisoners, including Grace, and there the housekeeper strikes up friendships with certain women, which prove most intriguing.

Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney both believe that Grace is innocent, but in this they are alone, so to exonerate her they must find the murderer. Many hated Church and are relieved by his death, but who would go as far as killing him?

Additional Information

Subject Fiction
Pages 336
Imprint Point Blank


About the Author

Tom Keneally won the 1982 Booker Prize with Schindler's Ark, later made into the Academy Award-winning film Schindler's List. His novels The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, Gossip from the Forest and Confederates were shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

His daughter Meg Keneally has been a journalist and radio producer, and has spent more than ten years working in corporate affairs for listed financial services companies.

Both live in Australia.


'The Keneallys have hit their straps with this Monsarrat outing... The climax is violent and disorienting.The third instalment of Monsarrat's dangerous tour of the convict settlements of Australia can be anticipated with relish.' 

- The Australian

'Meg and Tom Keneally, daughter and father, are on a roll with their crime series set during the early days of Australia's colonial settlement.'

- Sydney Morning Herald

Praise for The Soldier's Curse:

'The Keneallys have produced a murder mystery of admirable depth.' Sunday Times

‘The evocation of place and time is splendid.' Mail on Sunday

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