** April Challenge – Historical Fiction **

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the April Challenge – Historical Fiction;

For our April challenge we will read Historical Fiction – but it’s Historical Fiction with a difference!
a) Historical Fiction which is set in Australia
b) Historical Romance
c) Historical Mystery
As a bonus part of the challenge, make sure each of them is by an Australian author, but we won’t hold it against you if you don’t/can’t;)
The criteria is to read a minimum of two (2) this month.

historical

Historical fiction is a literary genre in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past. Historical fiction can be an ambiguous term: frequently it is used as a synonym for describing the historical novel; however, the term can be applied to works in other narrative formats … Lynda Adamson, in her preface to the bibliographic reference work World Historical Fiction, states that while a “generally accepted definition” for the historical novel is a novel “about a time period at least 25 years before it was written”. — wikipedia

a) Historical Fiction which is set in Australia
HolidayMurders Robert Gott – The Holiday Murders
On Christmas Eve, 1943, the newly formed but undermanned Homicide division of the Melbourne police force is called to investigate the vicious double murder of a father and son. When Military Intelligence becomes involved, Homicide’s Inspector Titus Lambert must unravel the personal from the political.
If only the killings had stopped at two. The police are desperate to come to grips with an extraordinary and disquieting upsurge of violence. For Constable Helen Lord, it is an opportunity to make her mark in a male-dominated world where she is patronised as a novelty. For Detective Joe Sable, the investigation forces a reassessment of his indifference to his Jewish heritage. Racing against the clock, the police uncover simmering tensions among secretive local Nazi sympathisers as a psychopathic fascist usurper makes his move.
The Holiday Murders explores a little-known and sometimes violent corner of Australian history, and finds oddly modern echoes in its paranoia, xenophobia, and ugly fervour.

(Media: audiobook)
VERDICT: ★★★★
Having selected Robert Gott’s ‘The Port Fairy Murders’ in my 2015 Autumn reading challenge, it made sense to read ‘The Holiday Murders’ first.

b) Historical Romance
RoseANZAC Jackie French – A Rose for the ANZAC Boys
The ‘War to end all Wars’, as seen through the eyes of three young women
It is 1915. War is being fought on a horrific scale in the trenches of France, but it might as well be a world away from sixteen–year–old New Zealander Midge Macpherson, at school in England learning to be a young lady. But the war is coming closer: Midge’s brothers are in the army, and her twin, Tim, is listed as ‘missing’ in the devastating defeat of the ANZAC forces at Gallipoli.
Desperate to do their bit – and avoid the boredom of school and the restrictions of Society – Midge and her friends Ethel and Anne start a canteen in France, caring for the endless flow of wounded soldiers returning from the front. Midge, recruited by the over–stretched ambulance service, is thrust into carnage and scenes of courage she could never have imagined. And when the war is over, all three girls – and their ANZAC boys as well – discover that even going ‘home’ can be both strange and wonderful.
Exhaustively researched but written with the lightest of touches, this is Jackie French at her very best.

(Media: eBook)
VERDICT: ★★★★

c) Historical Mystery
UnnaturalHabits Kerry Greenwood – Unnatural Habits (Phryne Fisher #19)
1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden-haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting nervous.Polly Kettle, a pushy, self-important Girl Reporter with ambition and no sense of self preservation, decides to investigate – and promptly goes missing herself.It’s time for Phryne and Dot to put a stop to this and find Polly Kettle before something quite irreparable happens to all of them. It’s all piracy and dark cellars, convents and plots, murder and mystery …. and Phryne finally finds out if it’s true that blondes have more fun
(Media: audiobook / deadtree)
VERDICT: ★★★.★

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