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Mysteries Strange range and Mysterious

Great Australian Mysteries

Mysteries captivate the world, whether it be in fictional stories that are written to entertain us, or the truly mysterious wonders of the world. Here are just a few of the mysteries the library has for your reading pleasure.

Australian is home to some great mystery writers that have settings both in Australia and overseas.

Rare and Curious It is quite fitting that Rare and curious: the secret history of Governor Macquarie’s Collectors Chest by Elizabeth Ellis was released this year, the 200th anniversary of Lachlan Macquarie's Governorship. The chest, filled with preserved Australian flora, fauna, drawings and paintings, has extraordinary tales to tell.

Cruiser Mike Carlton, Australian journalist and broadcaster tells of the hardship and horror endured by the crew of the HMAS Perth and their families.

Treasures of Ancient Egypt A celebration of the artistic and architectural wonders of ancient Egypt. Author, Catherine Chambers, provides a great deal of insight into the mysteries of ancient Egypt.

Curious Obsessions It is one of the quirks of history that individuals dismissed by their peers as mad men are often those who have most impact on the world. Enjoy Rachael Kohn’s captivating look at the famous and the forgotten.

A Merciless Place A story lost to history for over two hundred years. Emma Christopher tells the extraordinary tale of how a small band of members of the British Empire spanned the world from America, to Africa, and on to Australia, profoundly if utterly unwittingly changing history.

One of the most recognised Australian true crime writers is Robin Bowles, her books include Blind Justice, which follows the case of the alleged suicide of country housewife Jennifer Tanner. Justice Denied deals with the murder of Jaidyn Leskie, and Dead Centre details the disappearance of British tourist Peter Falconio. Robin has since moved into writing crime fiction with The Curse of the Golden YoYo. There are many tried-and-true Australian mystery authors that continue to remain popular such as Arthur Upfield, Jon Cleary, Peter Corris and Shane Maloney. Shane is the author of the popular Murray Whelan books, a series of comic thrillers that have political backstabbing as well as commentary on the Australian way of life. For those looking for laugh out loud mysteries, Geoff McGeachin’s Fat, Fifty and F***ed, takes the cake. Although library staff may be biased since the main female character is Faith, the motorcycle riding librarian. Australia has never been short of female mystery authors including Kerry Greenwood, a solicitor who has written 18 novels based on fictional character Phryne Fisher, Sydney Bauer who uses an American lawyer as her central character, Dr Leah Giarrantano who has just released the fourth in her Jill Jackson police investigator series, and Kathryn Fox, a general practitioner with a special interest in forensic medicine. Fox has just released her latest thriller, Death Mask. If you’re still looking for a crime-fix try P.D. Martin’s Fan Mail, David Rollins’ Zero Option or Gabrielle Lord who is currently writing a series for children called Conspiracy 365, which sees a new book released each month for 12 months.

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it’s time to go to war Tomorrow when the war began has been making headlines recently due to the cinematic release of the Australian movie adaptation of John Marsden’s critically acclaimed novels. The story follows the journey of eight high school friends whose lives are upended by an invasion that no one saw coming. Cut off from their families and friends, these eight extraordinary teenagers must learn to escape, survive and fight back against hostile military forces. Titles in the series include:  Tomorrow, when the war began  The dead of the night  The third day, the frost  Darkness, be my friend  Burning for revenge  The night is for hunting  The other side of dawn The Ellie Chronicles:  While I live  Incurable  Circle of flight

It’s a Mystery! The mystery writing style isn’t always as clean cut as it first appears. There are many different categories of mystery stories from Classic mysteries to the Fatally funny, below are a few of the more common styles.

Murder in translation

I like mine hardboiled

These authors have works that have been translated into English.  Karin Alvtegen  Umberto Eco  Ake Edwardson  Kerstin Ekman  Stieg Larsson  Henning Mankell

These stories include a detective or Private Investigator who live a hard, lonely life.  Michael Chabon  Coben Harlan  Michael Connelly  Loren Estleman  Charlie Huston  George Pelacaros  Robert B. Parker  T. Jefferson Barker  Robert Crais  Mickey Spilane

Classic mysteries Re-discover an old favorite or find something new with these Classics.  Margery Allingham  Raymond Chandler  Agatha Christie  Arthur Conan Doyle  Dashiell Hammett  Phyllis Dorothy James  Edgar Allan Poe

Cooking up crime The culinary mystery trend has a food theme, not all include recipes but when they do, it’s a nice bonus.  Andrea Camilleri  Laura Childs  Kerry Greenwood  Janet Laurence  Susan Wittig Albert  Katherine Hall Page

Fatally funny Many mysteries have a humorous component but these authors always have the last laugh.  Donna Andrews  Robert G. Barrett  Dorothy Cannell  Tim Dorsey  Janet Evanovich  Carl Hiassen  Sharyn McCrumb  Geoff McGeachin  Shane Maloney  Jane Heller  Lisa Lutz



Adrian Hyland, a white male novelist, has produced a novel that goes into the mind of a young female aboriginal woman. For ten years Hyland lived and worked among Indigenous people where he learnt language, listened to songs and stories and was deeply moved by the courage shown in the struggle to maintain culture before the onslaught of Western civilization. This extraordinary experience gave him an understanding of the complexity, richness, joy and hardships of contemporary Australian aboriginal life, an understanding which he has drawn on to write his first crime novel, Diamond Dove. A funny, absorbing and

moving novel in which his heroine, Emily Tempest, a feisty twenty-nine year old Aboriginal woman “with a fast mouth and a strong right hook,” investigates the untimely death of an Aboriginal elder. Diamond Dove was soon recognised by winning the 2007 Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction and was also a Book Sense Notable book. Hyland’s second novel, Gunshot Road, continues Emily’s story and struggle in outback Australia. Hyland is currently working on a non-fiction book based on the 2009 Victorian Bushfires.

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Discover something new today FICTION At home with the Templetons


by Monica McInerny

Levine left Ireland 70 years ago with little more than her mother’s handwritten recipe book. Now she’s returning with hard won wisdom and memories of her own.

by Terry Brooks

Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud

The Rembrandt affair

Minding Frankie

1788: the brutal truth of the first fleet

by Maeve Binchy

by David Hill

by Daniel Silva

by Andrew Lane The year is 1868, es is and Sherlock Holmes fourteen. His life is ordinary: boarding school, good manners, an education. But all that is about to change.

Gabriel is drawn into a world of danger when an art restorer is brutally murdered and the Rembrandt on which he has been working is taken.

A story about unconventional families, relationships which aren’t quite what they seem, and the child at the heart of everyone’s lives...

Wildflower hill

The cobra

Mortal remains

by Kimberley Freeman

by Frederick Forsyth

by Kathy Reichs

It’s 1920 and Beattie Blaxland is pregnant to her married lover Henry. Abandoned by her family, Beattie and Henry set sail for a new life in Australia.

Paul Devereaux ran Special Operations for the CIA before they retired him. No boundaries, no rules, no questions. The war against the drug cartels is on.

When the Templetons take up residence in country Australia they set people talking – and with good reason, they seem so unusual... peculiar even.

by Cathy Kelly

Bearers of the black staff


The survivors of the Great Wars that devastated the world must face unimaginable challenges in this first of two novels set in the prehistory of Shunner.

A man has drowned under suspicious circumstances. His fingerprints identify him immediately, but here’s the thing: the man apparently died more than 40 years ago. So who is buried in his grave?

When a billion chinese jump

A word in edgeways

by Jonathan Watts

by Esta Hammond

China is on an environmental ff precipice that will effect the whole world.

by Desmond O’Grady

Higher, richer, sleazier

A journey

by Roy Masters

Tony Blair reveals his political and personal journey, providing an insight into his world.

by Clive Egleton

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Athur Conan Doyle

by Agatha Christie

Stiff by Shane Maloney

Blue eyed devil by Robert B. Parker

Stalking the angel by Robert Crais

The girl with the dragon tattoo

Save it: easy ways to save money

A story about money, sportsmanship, drugs and the future of sport.

A falcon for the hawks

After the funeral


See just how easy it is to save money on everyday things from groceries to holidays.

You can enjoy these mysterious audio books at home, in the car, on a plane... anywhere!

by Tony Blair

A look at the works of writers and interviews with film makers, a ballerina, a photographer and a painter.

For the love of a son by Jean Sasson The story of one Afghan woman determined to achieve eve freedom and equality.

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by Stieg Larsson

Falconfar by Kerry Greenwood

Fat, Fifty and F***ed by Geoff McGeachin

Escape from the deep: the epic story of a legendary submarine and her courageous crew by Alex Kershaw

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Where did the term originate?

Dubbo’s mysterious clairvoyant.

At some point in time, most of us have used the term “beyond the black stump”. But have you ever wondered where the term came from?

Most people who lived in Dubbo from the 1920’s have a story to tell about local clairvoyant, Mrs Steadman.

A black stump is a point, usually a blackened tree stump, beyond which the land was considered remote or uncivilised. It was recorded that in 1826 Governor Darling proclaimed boundaries in the Coolah district, ‘beyond which land was neither sold nor let’ nor ‘settlers allowed’, meaning they could not graze in the pastures beyond the black stump. However, settlers did not adhere to the boundaries and often let their stock graze ‘beyond’. This was described by locals as being “beyond the black stump”. A rest area was opened on Saturday 1 May, 1971, 9kms north of Coolah to mark the official location of the Black Stump.

Mrs Steadman moved to Dubbo at the age of 18, married Kennedy Charles Steadman, and together, with some advice from a ‘spirit’, purchased a greengrocery on Talbragar St. After Mr Steadman’s death, Mrs Steadman converted the greengrocery into a tea house. Mrs Steadman’s most prominent visit from a ‘spirit’ was that of Queen Victoria to tell her of the King’s illness and iminent death. Mrs Steadman is known for predicting many local events including: - the 1955 floods which inundated much of Dubbo’s inner business area. - aided in the location of Ruby Green’s body in 1936. Ethel Steadman died on Saturday 15 January 1977, aged 94.



Yowie sightings in the Dubbo region.

Bushrangers at Narromine.

Have you ever seen a Yowie? Many believe in their existence, with recorded sightings around the world.

On 6 December 1866, John Granville Grenfell, Police superintendent and Crown Land Commissioner, was on his way to New England to take up his new post when he was shot.

The first recorded sighting in the region was by Miss Hodge of Bathurst. Miss Hodge said that in 1900, when she was a young child, she saw a “man-sized black-haired yowie, sitting under a rock near her home one day”. In 1924, Mr Squires was hunting on country west of Dubbo when he became aware that he was not alone. He was shocked to see, standing 10 metres away, a two legged male creature, 2.6 metres in height. He left the creature and returned the following day with police and trackers, but heavy overnight rain had removed all evidence. Most recently, In 1990 a young Sydney couple were camping along the Macquarie River, during the night something began tearing their small tent from the ground, as the girl screamed, her male companion fought his way out of the tent, grappled with a dark, hairy and putrid smelling beast that quickly dashed away into the darkness.

The incident took place 4 miles north of Narromine when two men challenged the coach and ordered everybody to put their hands up and come out. Superintendent Grenfell was not the sort of man to obey bushrangers, so shouting to the driver to keep going he leaped out of the coach and opened fire on the two men. Grenfell was shot and the two bushrangers made off. Superintendent Grenfell was taken to Dubbo where he died the following day.

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Library News - October  

The October edition of Library News. This months theme is Mysteries @ your library!