Review: Man at the Window – Robert Jeffreys

Man at the Window

Man at the Window

A Detective Cardilini Novel

Robert Jeffreys

Echo Publishing

ISBN: 9781760683306

RRP $29.99

 

Description:

An atmospheric crime novel with a burning moral dilemma at its heart.

 

When a boarding master at an exclusive boys’ school is shot dead, it is deemed accidental. A lazy and usually drunk detective is sent to write up the report. Cardilini unexpectedly does not cooperate, as he becomes riled by the privileged arrogance of those at the school. He used to have instincts. Perhaps he should follow them now…

 

With no real evidence he declares the shooting a murder and puts himself on a collision course with the powerful and elite of Perth. As he peels back layers, the school’s dark secrets being to emerge. But is his dogged pursuit of justice helpful or harmful to those most affected by the man’s death?

 

Man at the Window is the first in the Detective Cardilini series, set in 1960s Western Australia.

 

 

My View:

Superb! I have discovered a new author to add to my must read list.

 

Should I assume Robert Jeffreys lives in Perth Western Australia? Maybe he is an amazing researcher? Jeffreys writes 60’s Perth like he has lived there, like he is walking through my distant memories of when we first arrived in Perth (1966). I can see the houses, the street scapes, the city, not the privilege of private schools but even in the  public schools I attended teachers were top of the hierarchy and not to be questioned, as a child in those times you did everything you were told by an adult. And so it begins.

 

What a fabulous read! Jeffreys crates empathetic main characters based upon grief and isolation. The protagonist and his son are grieving the loss of a wife and mother, many of the boys in the private school are isolated (by distance) and some grieving the loss of their family during term time. Both groups are vulnerable, both groups elicit empathy. The reader genuinely cares about the main characters here.

 

This is a narrative of contemporary social commentary in a fast paced mystery studded with many ethical dilemmas.  “There’s the law and then there is justice. Who gets to decide?”  A fantastic read that will make it onto my top reads of 2018 list.

 

**I expect to see a film/tv series of this sometime soon.**

 

 

 

 

Fly In, Fly Out With Georgina Penney At The Margaret River Bookshop

During the week I had the opportunity to attend an author event hosted by our local bookshop, The Margaret River Bookshop. What a perfect setting for an intimate discussion with author, traveller and storyteller, Georgina Penney.Georgina Penney(photo courtesy Lily Malone)

Georgina delighted the group with her personal stories of growing up in the region, specifically the property which is now home to the Churchview Estate Wines in Metricup (thank you Churchview Estate for providing the wine for this occasion).  Georgina has certainly led a very interesting life having lived in many cities and towns in Australia before relocating overseas to spend time in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Brunei Darussalam.  Georgina is currently living in Scotland.  During the course of her travels Georgina has had the opportunity to speak to many expats about their Fly in Fly Out experiences and you will recognise some of these stories in her novel Unforgettable You aka Fly In Fly Out.

 

Fly in Fly Out is a romance sited in Perth, Fremantle, on an oil rig of the coast of  Mauritania and the Margaret River region. Fly In Fly Out is not typical of the Romance genre – whilst writing a romantic novel Georgina weaves into the narrative examples of many of the difficulties that people working in a Fly In Fly Out situation experience – isolation, long shifts, exhausting rosters… and the difficulties in maintaining relationships and friendships long distance. Some of these difficulties were attested to by those who attended the event. Further the book opens up discussion on Domestic/Family Violence and provides a conclusion of realistic optimism where events of the past are highlighted as that – the past – and can be overcome. A very interesting read.

A great evening thanks to all involved. I look forward to hearing more about Georgina’s work and her remarkable life and travels in the future.

Fly In Fly Out - Georgina Penney, Penguin.

Fly In Fly Out – Georgina Penney, Penguin.

Scriptwriting Workshop with Tony Cavanaugh

Scriptwriting Workshop with Tony Cavanaugh.

crimeScene are pleased to be able to offer, as part of our 2014 programme, a Script Writing Workshop with renowned script writer, author and all-round talent Tony Cavanaugh.

Date: Sunday October 12th
Time: 9am – 12pm
Venue: Rydges Hotel, 815 Hay Street, Perth
Cost: $50

Tony Cavanaugh is a novelist, scriptwriter, story consultant and producer. He has forty years’ experience in the film industry, in all fields, from the genesis of an idea to production.

Over the years Tony has taught scriptwriting at Melbourne University, RMIT, Swinburne, QUT, UQ, AFTRS, the Australian Writer’s Guild and Griffith Uni. He currently teaches part time at the New York Film Academy.

Tony has script edited and written episodes for various television shows including The Sullivans and Carson’s Law as well as The Flying Doctors and Medivac. Tony also created and produced The Day of the Roses, a four part mini-series around the worst train crash in Australia’s history.

In 2012 Tony’s first novel, Promise, was published by Hachette Australia. Selling enough copies to earn him the description “best-selling author”, the book had good reviews in both Australia and the USA. A short story, The Soft Touch, was published as an e-book in February 2013 and his second novel, Dead Girl Sing, was published in March 2013. The Train Rider was published in February 2014 and his fourth novel Kingdom of the Strong will be published in early 2015.

This script writing session is a fantastic and valuable opportunity for interested parties to learn from someone who has industry experience and a wealth of knowledge to impart. This event is being ticketed separately as it is a workshop. Participants will be expected to attend for the duration of the workshop.