The soldier's curse / Meg and Tom Keneally.
Contributor(s): Keneally, Thomas [author.]Series: Keneally, Meg. Monsarrat series: 1.Monsarrat series: bk. 1.Publisher: North Sydney, NSW : Random House Australia, 2016Copyright date: ©2016Description: 369 pages ; 24 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780857989369 :Subject(s): Monsarrat, Hugh, (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Detective and mystery stories | Historical fiction | Historical fiction | Detective and mystery stories | Murder -- Investigation -- Australia -- Fiction | Australian fiction | AustralianGenre/Form: Australian fiction | Historical fiction. | Detective and mystery fiction. DDC classification: A823.4
"Penguin Random House Australia" - title page verso.
Includes bibliography (page 369)
This is a fast-paced, witty and gripping historical crime series. In the Port Macquarie penal settlement for second offenders, 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 advantages, such as being able to spend time in the Government House kitchen, being supplied with outstanding cups of tea by housekeeper Hannah Mulrooney, who 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 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.