REVIEW: Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay (1967)

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay

Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 1967
Length: 196
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Synopsis via GoodreadsIt was a cloudless summer day in the year nineteen hundred. Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies agreed it was just right for a picnic at Hanging Rock. After lunch, a group of three of the girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into the shadows of Hanging Rock. Further, higher, till at last they disappeared.
They never returned. Whether Picnic at Hanging Rock is fact or fiction the reader must decide for themselves.

(Photo taken in Hazlemere within the Chiltern Hills in southeastern England.)

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REVIEW: The Mansions of Murder by Paul Doherty

The Mansions of Murder by Paul Doherty
Published by Severn House Digital
Format: Kindle
Length: 240 pages
Release Date: 31 August 2017 (hardcover), 1 December, 2017 (e-book)
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I would like to thank Severn House Digital and NetGalley for a copy of this book for an honest review.

Synopsis via Goodreads: October, 1381. Brother Athelstan is summoned to the church of St Benet’s in Queenhithe to investigate the murder of a priest. Parson Reynaud has been found stabbed to death inside his own locked church. Other disturbing discoveries include an empty coffin and a ransacked money chest. Who would commit murder inside a holy church? Who would spirit away a corpse the night before the funeral – and who would be brave enough to steal treasure belonging to the most feared gangleader in London?

Meanwhile, the death of one of Athelstan’s parishioners reveals a shocking secret. Could there be a connection to the murdered priest of St Benet’s? Athelstan’s investigations will lure him into the dark and dangerous world of the gangmaster known as The Flesher, whose influence has a frighteningly long reach …


This was my first Paul Doherty novel and I can confidently say that it will not be my last. Before reading The Mansions of Murder I had not given much thought to the historical mystery genre, I am ashamed to admit.  But now, having finished Doherty’s eighteenth instalment in his Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan series I am excited to delve deeper into both Doherty’s prolific bibliography as well as other titles within the genre.

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