The unmourned / Meg and Tom Keneally.
Contributor(s): Keneally, Thomas [author.].Series: Keneally, Meg. Monsarrat series: 2.Publisher: North Sydney, NSW Penguin Random House Australia, 2017Copyright date: ©2017Description: x, 323 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780857989390 :.Subject(s): Monsarrat, Hugh, (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Parramatta Female Factory (N.S.W.) -- Fiction | Sex offenders -- Crimes against -- Fiction | Women convicts -- Fiction | Historical fiction | Prisoners -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction | Australian fiction | Murder -- Fiction | New South Wales -- History -- 1788-1851 -- Fiction | Parramatta (N.S.W.) -- Social conditions -- 19th century -- Fiction | AustralianGenre/Form: Australian fiction | Historical fiction. | Mystery fiction. | Detective and mystery fiction. | Historical fiction.DDC classification: A823.4
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For Robert Church, superintendent of the Parramatta Female Factory, the most enjoyable part of his job is access to young convict women. Inmate Grace O'Leary has made it her mission to protect the women from his nocturnal visits and when Church is murdered with an awl thrust through his right eye, she becomes the chief suspect. Recently arrived from Port Macquarie, ticket-of-leave gentleman convict Hugh Monsarrat now lives in Parramatta with his ever-loyal housekeeper Mrs Mulrooney. Monsarrat, as an unofficial advisor on criminal and legal matters to the governor's secretary, is charged with uncovering the truth of Church's murder. Mrs Mulrooney accompanies him to the Female Factory, where he is taking depositions from prisoners, including Grace, and there the housekeeper strikes up friendships with certain women, which prove most intriguing. Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney both believe that Grace is innocent, but in this they are alone, so to exonerate her they must find the murderer. Many hated Church and are relieved by his death, but who would go as far as killing him?