** September Challenge – Australian Fiction **

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the September Challenge – Australian Fiction;

For September we are going to read (and support) our Aussie authors for the whole month!
To qualify you need to read at least three (3) books by Australian authors from the following genres – and only ONE PER GENRE

a) Young Adult
b) Historical
c) Crime/Suspense/Mystery/Thriller
d) Fantasy/SciFi
e) Contemporary

1) Historical
As I will be on a raft drifting expedition along the Murray River for two weeks in September, this seems to be an appropriate choice.

RiversRun Nancy Cato – All the Rivers Run
Her handsome, laughing cousin Adam gave young Delie Gordon her first taste of love–its soaring happiness, its heartbreaking pain.
Virile, self-confident riverboat captain Brenton Edwards showed Delie her weakness in the face of a man’s overwhelming passion–but though he made her his wife, he could not enslave her proud and defiant spirit.
Wealthy and elegant Alastair Raeburn taught Delie how sweet forbidden ecstasy could be–and how high its ultimate price.
Here is a spellbinding story of a beautiful and vital woman–the man she loved, the children she bore, the dreams she followed, and the destiny she found. Here, set against the lush, wild countryside and winding rivers of Victorian Australia, is a saga that surges over eight dramatic decades and four generations.

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2) Crime/Suspense/Mystery/Thriller
HansomCab Fergus Hume – The Mystery of a Hansom Cab
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, the best selling mystery of the nineteenth century. When a man is found dead in a hansom cab one of Melbourne’s leading citizens is accused of the murder. He pleads his innocence, yet refuses to give an alibi. It falls to a determined lawyer and an intrepid detective to find the truth, revealing long kept secrets along the way. Fergus Hume’s first and perhaps most famous mystery… The Mystery Of A Hansom Cab.
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** October 2015 Challenge – Let’s go Travelling! **

3) Fantasy/SciFi
Mission Trudi Canavan – The Ambassador’s Mission (Traitor Spy Trilogy #1)
Sonea, once the despised commoner in the Magicians’ Guild, is now a Black Magician of Kyralia. Though she is now part of the establishment, she comes to find that the past is not so easily left behind…
Lorkin, Sonea’s rebellious son, has volunteered to join the formidable Lord Dannyl in his new post as Guild Ambassador to Sachaka – a land ruled by cruel, slave-owning black magicians. There is suspicion that some of the Sachakans still harbor dreams of conquest, so when word comes that Lorkin has gone missing, Sonea is desperate to find him. However, Guild law states that if a Black Magician leaves the city he or she will be exiled forever.
As she fears for her missing son, Sonea dedicates herself to helping her old friend Cery. For some time, there has been fear and paranoia on the streets of Imardin. Leading thieves have been dying under irregular circumstances. The need to discover who has been picking off the leading thieves of the city is now a very personal crusade – one that Sonea must aid, for the killer appears to be using magic.
Either a member of the Guild is leading a double life as a hired killer, or there is – once again – a rogue magician on the streets of Imardin …

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VERDICT: ★★★

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