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I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by Pantera Press and downloaded via NetGalley.

A Rowland Sinclair novella.  Prequel to the first book in the series… A Few Right Thinking Men.

Rowland Sinclair (Rowly to his friends) returns to Sydney after being away for 8 years.  Finding it dull and uninviting, he wishes to leave and return to Europe, until an old friend persuades him to join the Sydney Art School under the tutelage of the renowned Julian Ashton.  Where he learns to paint and finds himself drawn into the avant-garde world of the Sydney’s artistic set.

Opening his home to all sorts of artists, poets and a beautiful sculptress.  Most being Left-wing, to his family’s uptight Right-wing thoughts

But his housekeeper complains that things have started to go missing and his older brother visits to complain about his excessive spending.  Then Edna (the sculptress) disappears.

But murder rears its ugly head and Rowland must decide who his friends really are.

This was my first introduction to the Rowland Sinclair mysteries, and I really enjoyed this novella which is the prequel to the series.

Well plotted and written, with historical facts included.  I will be reading some more of these books in the near future.

4 Stars****

*************

1928

After eight years abroad, Rowland Sinclair has come home
to a house he hates, and a city which seems conservative
… and dull.

He longs to return to the bright lights of Europe.
Until an old friend persuades him to join Sydney Art School.

There, under the tutelage of the renowned Julian Ashton, Rowland learns to paint and finds himself drawn into the avant-garde world of Sydney’s artistic set.

But murder rears its ugly head and Rowland must decide who his friends really are.

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