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The Unmourned Yawn Boring. I really enjoyed this book, my first one for 2018 It is a second in a series The Monsarrat sereis and as such we come to it with pre described main characters, but a new location.The fist in the series took place in Port Maquarie, with our leading man a convict and his best friend Mrs Mulrooney, a housekeeper for the commander s wife In this second book Monsarrat has been grated his ticket of leave, but is not exactly free He is residing in Parramatta where he is clerk to an official, Mrs I really enjoyed this book, my first one for 2018 It is a second in a series The Monsarrat sereis and as such we come to it with pre described main characters, but a new location.The fist in the series took place in Port Maquarie, with our leading man a convict and his best friend Mrs Mulrooney, a housekeeper for the commander s wife In this second book Monsarrat has been grated his ticket of leave, but is not exactly free He is residing in Parramatta where he is clerk to an official, Mrs Mulrooney is his housekeeper.This change of location allows the authors scope to describe and explore another site and history from Australia s past as a convict colony It is beautifully done The majority of the action takes place around the Female Factory, where a murder has occurred and the descriptions of this historical institution are fascinating, at times horrifying and completely mesmeriing They also give off the strong suggestion of exceptionally well done, extensive reasearch with the Author s note at the back itemising the sources and any deviation, however small that might have employed for the betterment of the story.And the story is delightfully fun to read, with a chilling gruesome murder that must be solved, main characters one likes and the inhabitants of the Factory to pity While the above paragraph might make it sound like a dry book it is not the characters and the plot swing along merrily and the side characters are as entertaining and believable as the main ones The events are fascinating in a way that makes the book very hard to put down.The only criticism that may be leveled against it would be that the murder mystery is a bit transparent to the reader And if I say that it is practically transparent, I can never guess endings, mostly because I don t try to, it is the process I enjoy, or as Robert Louis Stevenson said To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive It works equally well for books and travel However, for people who love the mystery to be unsolvable, the murder investigation may be unsatifing Personally I loved the slow building of characters, settings, events and crimes that built up to a solid and to me very satisfying conclusion Thoroughly enjoying this series 4.5 sAfter receiving his very long awaited ticket of leave, the now ex convict, Hugh Monsarrat is finally leaving Port Macquarie and bound for a new life and new beginnings in Parramatta Fortunate enough to be able to retain his loyal friend and housekeeper, Mrs Mulrooney, thanks to the generosity of a grateful benefactor in his previous life in Port Macquarie, Hugh Monsarrat has a purse full of enough coin to see him through until he can secure a paying job, Thoroughly enjoying this series 4.5 sAfter receiving his very long awaited ticket of leave, the now ex convict, Hugh Monsarrat is finally leaving Port Macquarie and bound for a new life and new beginnings in Parramatta Fortunate enough to be able to retain his loyal friend and housekeeper, Mrs Mulrooney, thanks to the generosity of a grateful benefactor in his previous life in Port Macquarie, Hugh Monsarrat has a purse full of enough coin to see him through until he can secure a paying job, preferably in his chosen field of expertise and where his intellect will be put to best use.For the time being, Hugh s particular talent for problem solving and detective work has landed him an unofficial position as advisor to the governor s secretary, where he has been charged with the task of solving a murder Hugh is determined to find a killer before a convict woman accused of the murder, and who he believes to be innocent of the crime is hanged.Time is not on his side, nor is his status of being an ex convict, regardless of circumstances, convicts, even reformed ones or ticket of leave holders, are generally frowned upon.It was way back in 2016 when I reviewed A Soldier s Curse, book 1 in this Monsarrat series, and I loved it I couldn t wait for book two to come out, however life got in the way for awhile and it is only now that I am playing catch up The good news is that I have twobooks to ready to catch up on, and with I understand a book 5 in the making.This is such an enjoyable series which can also be read as stand alones, though I feel sure that once you try them you will be hooked also.Written in collaboration with her esteemed author father, Tom Keneally or Thomas Keneally, these books have a genuine feel for the authentic and it s clear that these two are professionals when it comes to attention to detail Having read Thomas Keneally quite extensively, I can certainly notice his influence in the tone set, and yet still note asubtle or delicate presence in some of the psychology of the characters involved.It is quite fascinating to observe this collaboration between these two authors, it makes for a very intriguing and well constructed story.As with book 1 in the series, this one does not disappoint either Highly recommended as a stand alone or in sequence I am really looking forward to readingfrom Meg Keneally as a solo writer I gave this 4.5 s because I admit to being a little frustrated at the politically detailed backstory of Hannah s past in 1798 I understand some backstory is necessaryI just got a bit bored with it and thought for me it started to lose momentumhowever that was brief I love the attention to detail such as on page 4 Where Monsarrat met one member of the Burramattagal, whose name the colonisers had mangled in christening Parramatta Many thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my digital copy to read and review Another entertaining romp with Monsarrat and his housekeeper, through colonial Parramatta this time This is shaping up to be a treasure of a series.With his monetary gift from Major Shelborne, Monsarrat has purchased a small house in Parramatta and installed his friend, Mrs Mulrooney, as housekeeper He s working as a clerk again this time to the secretary for the Governor And after his absence in Port Macquarie, he s reacquainting himself with local landlady, Sophia Stark, with a view to mar Another entertaining romp with Monsarrat and his housekeeper, through colonial Parramatta this time This is shaping up to be a treasure of a series.With his monetary gift from Major Shelborne, Monsarrat has purchased a small house in Parramatta and installed his friend, Mrs Mulrooney, as housekeeper He s working as a clerk again this time to the secretary for the Governor And after his absence in Port Macquarie, he s reacquainting himself with local landlady, Sophia Stark, with a view to marriage But when the Superintendent of the local Female Factory is murdered, Monsarrat and Mulrooney are sent in to investigate.This time it seemed a bit obvious whodunnit, but I still thoroughly enjoyed unravelling the mystery anyway We get to learn a lotof Hannah Mulrooney s backstory, and watch the partnership develop Looking forward to 3 in Van Diemen s Land.Highly recommended Another great read The second novel in the Monsarrat series, THE UNMOURNED is set in Sydney, based around the Parramatta Female Factory the epitome of appalling institutions in a line up that you d think would be hard to lead.The investigator in this series is ticket of leave recipient, gentleman convict, Hugh Monsarrat who has come from Port Macquarie to Parramatta in Sydney with his every loyal housekeeper Mrs Mulrooney Having, as yet, not had the pleasure of reading the first book in the series THE SOLDIER S The second novel in the Monsarrat series, THE UNMOURNED is set in Sydney, based around the Parramatta Female Factory the epitome of appalling institutions in a line up that you d think would be hard to lead.The investigator in this series is ticket of leave recipient, gentleman convict, Hugh Monsarrat who has come from Port Macquarie to Parramatta in Sydney with his every loyal housekeeper Mrs Mulrooney Having, as yet, not had the pleasure of reading the first book in the series THE SOLDIER S CURSE or now the third, THE POWER GAME, this is something that I really need to rectify I realise that s starting to become my never ending mantra , but this combination of history with a touch of mystery, great characters, good settings, and interesting storylines is worth pursuing.On the slightly mannered side of historical tellings, this second novel plays very fair with new readers, giving youthan enough background on Monsarrat and Mulrooney to be able to sort out the relationship, and a fair bit of their pasts without having to work too hard, whilst keeping the focus on the current storyline The Parramatta Female Factory is one of those areas of Australian history that this reader knew a bit about, but obviously nowhere near enough, and the historical details behind the factory, it s purpose, and the way it was used and abused were informative It s told in great style with verve and a real sense of being able to be part of it instead of reading a somewhat dull, accurate and passionless historical account The murder of the superintendent Robert Church, is intriguing, but in many ways it s the history in this novel that matters a tadthan the mystery When delivered as well as THE UNMOURNED does it, it s of no matter that the mystery is somewhat easy to resolve pretty early on There s still plenty of intrigue in the lives of Monsarrat, Mulrooney and everybody associated with the Parramatta Female Factory to keep the interest of readers, to say nothing of how excellent it is to have novels that finally cast some light into one of the very dark corners of early white society institutions.https www.austcrimefiction.org revi The Unmourned builds on the relationship between Hugh Montsarrat and Hannah Mulroney that formed the cornerstone of the first in The Monsarrat series The situation that leads to Montsarrat investigating the murder of Robert Church and the related mistreatment of female prisoners in the Paramatta Female factory is very interesting and builds on an appreciation of the hardships that beset prisoners and ticket of leave men and women in colonial NSW The characters of Grace O Leary and Rebecca Nels The Unmourned builds on the relationship between Hugh Montsarrat and Hannah Mulroney that formed the cornerstone of the first in The Monsarrat series The situation that leads to Montsarrat investigating the murder of Robert Church and the related mistreatment of female prisoners in the Paramatta Female factory is very interesting and builds on an appreciation of the hardships that beset prisoners and ticket of leave men and women in colonial NSW The characters of Grace O Leary and Rebecca Nelson are new to this account and both are credibly developed while the writing itself moves swiftly from situation to situation.Though the final decision to send Montsarrat and his housekeeper to Van Diemen s Land to investigate another murder seems somewhat contrived and perhaps unlikely , I look forward to the next instalment in the series as I have become invested in the characters of Hugh and Hannah I love this series once again so easy to fall into the mystery and try and solve it recommend both of these books The arrival from Port Macquarie to Parramatta in New South Wales of Hugh Monsarrat and his housekeeper and friend, Mrs Hannah Mulrooney felt advantageous Hugh was a clerk to the governor s secretary, and the small house he now owned was run successfully by Mrs Mulrooney But when the hated superintendent of the Parramatta Female Factory, Robert Church, was found dead, with the immediate suspect being young convict and inmate, Grace O Leary, Hugh knew he needed to act The hanging of the young w The arrival from Port Macquarie to Parramatta in New South Wales of Hugh Monsarrat and his housekeeper and friend, Mrs Hannah Mulrooney felt advantageous Hugh was a clerk to the governor s secretary, and the small house he now owned was run successfully by Mrs Mulrooney But when the hated superintendent of the Parramatta Female Factory, Robert Church, was found dead, with the immediate suspect being young convict and inmate, Grace O Leary, Hugh knew he needed to act The hanging of the young woman was almost a done deal with the governor s secretary allowing him a week to find answers, Hugh and his able assistant, Mrs Mulrooney set to work.But as answers came, so did danger Would they be able to discover the murderer before the week was up and before that person killed again The Unmourned is the second in the Monsarrat series by Aussie authors, Meg Keneally and her father Thomas I enjoyed this one a littlethan the first, although it still rambled on at times But Hannah Mulrooney has come into her own in this book She has a dry wit, especially when she s with Hugh Monsarrat a real laugh out loud character The historical aspect of the story with the Parramatta Female Factory is well researched with the notes at the end providingof interest I m looking forward to 3 Recommended For Robert Church, Superintendent Of The Parramatta Female Factory, The Most Enjoyable Part Of His Job Is Access To Young Convict WomenInmate 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 SuspectRecently 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


About the Author: Meg Keneally

Meg Keneally started her working life as a junior public affairs officer at the Australian Consulate General in New York, before moving to Dublin to work as a sub editor and freelance features writer On returning to Australia, she joined the Daily Telegraph as a general news reporter, covering everything from courts to crime to animals birthday parties at the zoo She then joined Radio 2UE as a talkback radio producer In 1997 Meg co founded a financial service public relations company, which she sold after having her first child Forthan ten years, Margaret has worked in corporate affairs for listed financial services companies, and doubles as a part time SCUBA diving instructor She lives in Sydney with her husband Craig and children Rory and Alex.


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