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  1. says:

    This is superb historical fiction written by Thomas Keneally and his daughter Meg It is set in 19th century Australia at Port Macuirie New South Wales a penal colony of convicts soldiers and civil officers Hugh Llewellyn Monsarrat

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    35★“On the platform was the hangman like a burned tree in his executioner’s black”Port Macuarie NSW is a popular beach holiday spot these days but in 1825 it was a miserable penal colony hemmed in by the ocean and the wilds of the hills bush and the Birpai people It would have been a rotten life for convicts with the threat of the whip or the noose never far from their minds but it wasn’t much better for the soldiers and emancipa

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    The Port Macuarie penal settlement in 1825 was a harsh environment led by Commandant Major Angus Shelborne one of the congenial of men who had run the colony But his second in command was a violent cruel and sadistic man named Captain Diamond and whenever the Major was absent from the settlement Captain Diamond made the most of his position Convict Hugh Monsarrat was a well read man and his knowledge led him to be the trusted clerk of Ma

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    This is a very fine historical murder mystery set in a 1920s convict settlement in Australia Meg and Thomas Keneally have carried out very thorough research to capture the feel and appearance of the settlement at Port Macuarie would have been like at that time Port Macuarie was where re offenders were sent those convicts who received their ticket of leave and then violated it's conditions or committed another crime Hug

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    Excellent I really enjoyed this book and tossed between giving it 4 or 5 stars because I am probably biased in that Historical Fiction in particular Australian is my favourite genre to read in the end I decided to give it the full 5 stars because I did thoroughly enjoy it This is my kind of book I got so excited when I noticed it on the shel

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    I feel that I must disagree with the description in the blurb that this is fast paced and gripping I found it was a compelling read with a slow build up to uite an interesting outcome Although I enjoyed reading it and liked the story it wasn't necessarily a page turner I did however enjoy the wonderful writing and description of p

  7. says:

    The penal settlement of Port Macuarie in northern New South Wales is where the worst of the worst are sent including second offenders This is where we are introduced to Hugh Monsarrat formerly of London and Exeter transported for fraud and for

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    This is a book that I had been looking forward to for uite a while and it completely exceeded all the expectations I had for it Book o

  9. says:

    As one would expect from the Keneally’s this is a uality read The story takes place at Port Macuarie NSW 1825 The main character of Hugh Llewellyn Monsarrat is a convict clerk attached to Commandant Major Angus Shelborne Monsarrat is an intelligent man but whose past fraudulent and deceiving actions has seen him shipped to Australia as a convict in lieu of the hangman's noose; so on this count he is lucky Because of his past employment ex

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    Froggart and Daines looked unreliable and Slattery blamed them for looking like that But Monsarrat knew it had been bred into them – the po

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Summary ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Meg Keneally

A fast paced witty and gripping historical crime series from Tom Keneally and his eldest daughter Meg In the Port Macuarie penal settlement for second offenders at the edge of the known world gentleman convict Hugh Monsarrat hungers for freedom Originally transported for forging documents passing himself off as a lawyer he is now the trusted clerk of the settlement's commandant His position has certain advan. 35 On the platform was the hangman like a burned tree in his executioner s black Port Macuarie NSW is a popular beach holiday spot these days but in 1825 it was a miserable penal colony hemmed in by the ocean and the wilds of the hills bush and the Birpai people It would have been a rotten life for convicts with the threat of the whip or the noose never far from their minds but it wasn t much better for the soldiers and emancipated prisoners who d earned their tickets of leaveMonsarrat is a very bright self educated man who was transported for posing as a barrister in England narrowly escaping the noose there We meet him as a special convict acting as clerk to Major Shelborne and enjoying a morning cuppa in the kitchen As a Special a convict with skills which euipped him for than hauling timber and breaking rocks he was tacitly allowed certain indulgences such as visiting the kitchen as long as he didn t make them too visible This is important to his well being than one might think Port Macuarie was a busy lime burning area where the convicts burned oyster shells to make the lime that was used to bind the building bricks Unfortunately they regularly burned themselves as well It was a common jest though a grim one in the settlement to say that if you did well on a lime burning gang you might get a promotion to a chain gang Monsarrat had worked on a gang for a short time and he reckoned it nearly killed him But enough of the miseries of life there the gangrenous feet that were cut off because their straw shoes were no protection in the constant mud or they d been mercilessly floggedThe highlights of the story for me are the characters It began slowly enough that I wondered if I d get interested but about a third of the way through I realised I was enjoying the company of this group especially Monsarrat of course and Mrs Mulrooney who runs her kitchen by scrubbing everything and issuing exhortations to the pots and utensils to behave themselvesShe cooks for the Major and his wife the lovely lively Honora Shelborne who is taken ill early in the book Fergal Slattery is a cheeky young Irish soldier whose life in Ireland was so harsh that he seemed determined to make the best of it here He often joins them in the kitchen for a cuppa with Mrs Mulrooney cheerfully mothering them both as well as her mistress I have the King himself feeding me now and giving me a tour of the world besides he had told Monsarrat over one cup of tea or another Most convicts who abscond are caught but one has remained with the Birpai people who have been surprisingly accommodating to the newcomers possibly thinking some of these white people were ghosts of their ancestors We get very little history about the Birpai because the story is about the characters and a mystery that eventuates rather than on dry historical facts I don t mean to suggest anything s been overlooked The sense of time and place are excellent and the facts we need are all there I m no expert but I ve enjoyed other historical fiction about that era and I can see why Meg Keneally mentioned the following in her acknowledgments Mum s gone to 1825 again was a freuent comment during the writing of this book I m glad she did and I look forward to her return and Monsarrat s in book 2 The Unmourned

Characters The Soldiers Curse Monsarrat #1

The Soldiers Curse Monsarrat #1

Tages such as being able to spend time in the Government House kitchen being supplied with outstanding cups of tea by housekeeper Hannah Mulrooney who despite being illiterate is his most intelligent companion Not long after the commandant heads off in search of a rumoured river his beautiful wife Honora falls ill with a sickness the doctor is unable to identify When Honora dies it becomes clear she has been. I feel that I must disagree with the description in the blurb that this is fast paced and gripping I found it was a compelling read with a slow build up to uite an interesting outcome Although I enjoyed reading it and liked the story it wasn t necessarily a page turner I did however enjoy the wonderful writing and description of penal Australia and especially having been to Port Macuarie it wasn t difficult to imagine that time and place The Keneallys certainly did their homework and the accuracy of historical facts and the description of the land and time makes it a perfect read The characters were very well fleshed out and three dimensional I really loved Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney and Major Shelborne I even couldn t help but feel some empathy for some of the villains There were parts of this that reminded me of C J Sansom and the Shardlake series Overall this was a 35 star read and I will definitely be keen to read the next one

Summary ☆ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ´ Meg Keneally

Slowly poisoned Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney suspect the commandant's second in command Captain Diamond a cruel man who shares history with Honora Then Diamond has Mrs Mulrooney arrested for the murder Knowing his friend will hang if she is tried Monsarrat knows he must find the real killer And so begins The Monsarrat Series a fast paced witty and gripping series from Tom Keneally and his eldest daughter Meg. The penal settlement of Port Macuarie in northern New South Wales is where the worst of the worst are sent including second offenders This is where we are introduced to Hugh Monsarrat formerly of London and Exeter transported for fraud and forgery His fine penmanship and skill as a clerk have landed him a reasonably privileged place at Port Macuarie working as clerk to the Commandant Major Angus Shelborne Monsarrat enjoys the benefits of his own little cottage and garden and a certain amount of time to spend in the kitchen of Government House taking tea with the housekeeper his good friend Mrs Mulrooney It could be a lot worse but still Monsarrat is longing for the day his second ticket of leave is grantedWhile the Commandant is away exploring the region for a rumoured new river his wife Honora falls ill and progressively succumbs to her illness Dr Gonville pronounces it a case of poisoning and the spotlight of guilt uickly falls on Mrs Mulrooney who has been nursing Honora day and night during her sickness It is up to Monsarrat to defend his friend and identify the true poisonerAlthough the first half of the book was uite slow I still enjoyed it as I got to know the main characters and became familiar with Port Macuarie Monsarrat is a fabulous creation a witty intelligent criminal who you will empathise with as a victim of circumstance Mrs Mulrooney a free woman is uite different in personality but every bit his eual in intellect Think the Holmes Watson of 1820s NSW I look forward to reading what they get up to next