Sydney Australia, 1931: Rowland (Rowly) Sinclair is set to race his yellow Mercedes at Maroubra Speedway as a part of a Red Cross benefit. When journalist Crispin White arrives to interview him, Rowly, unaware that his friend Milt and White have a contentious history, invites him to stay for dinner. A few too many drinks later, Milt insists on driving the journalist home. The next day, White at found murdered in a wax museum. This time it’s Milt who’s the suspect, and Rowly is determined to find the real culprit.
This is the seventh in the Rowland Sinclair Mystery Series. I’ve read and enjoyed the six previous, and this installment did not disappoint!
The intricate plot and tone of the story does well at evoking Australian society of the era, incorporating the political and economic unrest of the times. Gentill’s ability to feature historical events and figures adds much to the story. In this one we get artist and occultist Rosaleen Norton, poet Kenneth Slessor, painter Norman Lindsay, politician Eric Campbell, and even actor Errol Flynn.
There is a darker tone to this story. But this only makes sense as the series incorporates more and more of the events of the 1930s, such as the rise of the Nazi Party and Fascism. I still found this to be a very satisfying story, and I’m already looking forward to the next in the series.
My thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for the advanced reader copy made available for my review.