‘There’s a crime at the centre of the story, but it is the detail of early Australian life, the atmosphere and great writing that make the book special.’
The Soldier’s Curse
The Monsarrat SeriesMeg and Tom Keneally
A fast-paced, witty and gripping historical crime opener to The Monsarrat Series from Tom Keneally and his eldest daughter Meg
In an Australian penal colony at the edge of the known world, gentleman convict Hugh Monsarrat has risen from convicted forger to trusted clerk of the settlement’s commandant.
Not long after the commandant heads off in search of a rumoured river, his beautiful wife Honora falls ill with a sickness the doctor is unable to identify. And when Honora dies, it becomes clear she has been slowly poisoned.
Monsarrat and perceptive housekeeper Mrs Mulrooney feel suspicious as regards the motives of Captain Diamond, the commandant’s second-in-command. In a trice Diamond has Mrs Mulrooney arrested for murder. To save his new friend from the hangman’s noose, Monsarrat must go all out to unmask the real killer.
‘The evocation of place and time is splendid.’
'Introduces a totally different kind of detective, while at the same time exploring with perception and wit the forces that shaped a nation...the father and daughter duo have hit on a real winner.'
'The Keneallys have produced a murder mystery of admirable depth.'