The Great Divide by L.J.M. Owen

‘The boy plunged deeper between the rows of vines.’

In the small rural town of Dunton, in southern Tasmania, a woman’s body is found.  She’s quickly identified as the former headmistress of a children’s home, which was located nearby.  Who killed her, and why?  Her body quickly reveals some secrets of its own.

Newly arrived detective Jake Hunter is in charge of the investigation, but there is nothing straightforward in this case.  While he is able to interview two local women who were once residents of the children’s home, he is left with more questions than answers.  And some of the assistance he is getting locally is, well, surprising.  Dunton keeps its secrets well.  But Jake Hunter is persistent.  He needs to be: his search for the truth will lead to more bodies, more secrets and some horrific facts. He’s also an outsider, a ‘mainlander’, and has some issues of his own to deal with.

This Australian crime novel is quite a departure from L.J.M. Owen’s ‘Dr Pimms, Intermillenial Sleuth Series’.  The three novels so far published in that series are at the cozy end of the crime spectrum, whereas this novel definitely is not.  Gritty, grim and disturbing.  Unputdownable.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith



Historical Musings #57: Historical fiction to look out for in 2020

Some great reads for 2020!

She Reads Novels

Welcome to my monthly post on all things historical fiction.

As has become a tradition here, I am devoting my first Historical Musings post of the year to a preview of some of the new historical fiction being published this year. This is by no means a complete list – simply a selection of books that I personally am interested in reading or that have caught my attention for one reason or another. Publication dates are for the UK and could change.


The Lady of the Ravens by Joanna Hickson – Joanna Hickson’s latest Tudor novel tells the story of Joan Vaux, one of Elizabeth of York’s household. I have already started reading this one which was published on Thursday. [9th January]

Dreamland by Nancy Bilyeau – Having enjoyed all of Nancy Bilyeau’s previous novels (the Joanna Stafford trilogy and The Blue) I have my copy of Dreamland

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