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- Print Length: 316 pages
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- Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1 edition (November 29, 2014)
- Publication Date: November 29, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00PD8M57A
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,305,856 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Broometime Serenade: A Gripping Crime Thriller from Down Under (The Oz Files Book 1) Kindle Edition
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From the Author
While at primary school, I began to plot scenarios for mytwo sisters, my brother and myself to act out in our yard. I guess you couldcall these early writing experiments PLAYS WITHOUT DIALOGUE. I'd write theaction scenes and direct my siblings in the manner I wanted them to unfold. Eachof us played multiple roles. This sort of activity would often engage us forweeks at a time, with me adding new scenes on a daily basis as my imagination racedhither and thither.
During my teenage years, I discovered science fiction, mytaste gravitating towards fantastic adventures on strange, faraway worlds.Edgar Rice Burroughs quickly became my favourite author, especially his TARZAN,MARS and VENUS series. I devoured every new release (well, re-release really) Icould get my hands on. I wanted to be Tarzan, John Carter and Carson Napier allrolled into one. Their exciting lives seemed, in a way, more real than my own.(They were certainly more exciting.)
Around this time, I abandoned writing for my siblings andturned my hand to penning short stories. By the time the 60s arrived, thesewere usually set right here on Earth, on a planet that was recovering from somesort of nuclear war, and my characters were the survivors of this holocaust.(Remember, this was a time when the threat of nuclear attack was uppermost inthe minds of most of the world's population.) Later, my characters travelled toalien worlds, using a form of teleportation that I had no idea how to explain.To this point, I was writing frequently, churning out stories at a rapid rate,but I concentrated solely on science fiction.
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The story itself is well written and thought out. There were a few moments when reading that the descriptions seemed to have taken over the suspense, but since I actually enjoyed reading about the culture, history, etc., the overlong descriptions did not bother me.
Not having read the first in the series, I was surprised by the arrival of a mysterious witch who possesses magical powers. I'm still not sure how I feel about witch Wanda.
The back and forth between the two protagonists, Martin and Claire, are a little muddled. They seem to be quite intelligent, and even funny at times during their investigation of a killer, but the personal relationship didn't ring quite true for me. Maybe that's a male author trying to write a woman's point of view without having a woman guide him, somewhat.
Not a bad book at all. I may check out the next in the series, to see if some of these things have been improved upon.
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Broometime Serenade is set in Australia, and is full of intrigue and mystery. There’s a treasure trove of lost pearls, a sadistic witch, a pair of Australian secret agents, a trail of bodies and even a pack of nosy old ladies who love a good mystery. I quite enjoyed the antics of Mildred, the nosy old neighbor lady. :)
The dialects and writing style/language are distinctly Australian, and the language seemed a bit “high brow” for the average reader. The author’s writing is a bit flowery (for instance, at one point the agents mention intercepting their “quarry” rather than their “suspect”, or having someone “perturbed” instead of ... ticked off, or having a villain saying they are “quite wrong”). This is most likely just a cultural difference between Australian authors and American authors (?) The book took a while to build up interest—it started slowly—but soon you’re pulled into the plot.
I really didn’t like Wanda at all- she’s a creepy, creepy lady. Toward the end, she did what??? Well, you’ll have to read it to see. If you’re into mystery, give this book a try!
A lot of research has gone into the background so the reader is immersed into the history, geography and culture of the area through a series of flashbacks and background.Some history is also explained in the endnotes.
This is part of a series of books set in central and Northern Australia beginning with The Nightmare in Alice Springs, and with the same protagonist, the mysterious witch Wanda who possesses immense powers.
The dialogue is well thought out so it is fast paced and clear. The language is uniquely Australian, however readers from different countries will have no trouble accessing it.The chapters are linked together quite well.
The only issue I had with the book was that the witch was not introduced early enough, in order to get to the danger and enormous tasks the two heroes and lovers face .Things like the ABC needed explanation.
A good read and leading to the next instalment. I cannot wait.
Follow Martin and Claire as they find themselves smack dab in the middle of a peculiar mystery with bad ass villians like Wanda! No spoilers, but definitely pick it up today! Think X-Files with an amazing Aussie twist!
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So all in all I found this to be well-written and entertaining an I Will be one I'll read again because I'm sure I'm find little bits that I didn't pay enough attention to the first time I read it.