Murder in the City of Liberty is an astoundingly good historical thriller set in pre-WWII Boston. Not only does it capture the feel of the time, it accurately captures the social unrest and ingrained bigotry that was common. While it doesn’t pull punches when showing antisemitism, corruption, and the rise of pro-nationalistic fascist sentiment, the novel also shows the strength and determination of those wanting to bring forth positive change.
Reggie and Hamish start with two seemingly unrelated cases - that of a boatman trying to prevent the building of apartments on his land (which is unsuitable for building), and that of Errol Parker a leading baseball player in the farm leagues who is suffering from harassment. Rachel McMillan does an excellent job threading the separate plotlines together into a more complex conspiracy. I...
A Murder Unmentioned
A Rowland Sinclair Mystery #6
by Sulari Gentill
Poisoned Pen Press
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 12 Feb 2019
If I could pick only two terms to describe A Murder Unmentioned, they would be intricate and well-researched. Sulari Gentill’s mysteries immerse you in pre WWII Australia - its politics, class struggles and response to the world of the time - a time we can and should learn from. Rowland Sinclair has made enemies amongst the far-right nationalists and others by repeatedly asserting Hitler and fascism is a threat, and by trying to spread the truth about what he saw in Germany. His enemies retaliate by reopening the case of Rowland’s father’s death, and encouraging the police to target Rowland.
In this novel, Rowland and his brother work side by side to demonstrate his innocence, along with Rowland’s steadfast friends and compatriots - but little do they realize, a viper is in the nest with a view to profit from Rowland’s...