Crooked House

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Volume 1 in the Bush Capital Series. Canberra political reporter Paul Ryder gets the sack again, this time for sleeping with the wrong woman. He’s forced to become the national political correspondent for a tiny Tasmanian paper with a dwindling circulation. Only a huge story will save his career. Too bad he lives in the world’s most boring city. All seems lost, until murder comes to town...
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Price: Free! USD

Words: 64,890
Language: Australian English
ISBN: 9781311185860
About Peter Menadue

Peter Menadue worked as a print journalist (before the roof fell in on newspapers) and then studied law. He now practices as a barrister in Sydney, Australia.

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Review by: Elizabeth Davies on Aug. 04, 2014 :
I liked the tongue-in-cheek humour and the style of writing. The location (Canberra) and the setting (political journalism) were both new areas for me, and I found both refreshingly new and different. The characters are nicely rounded, especially the main character, Paul, and I liked the way he didn't pull any punches in his assessment of himself.

I was kept guessing to the very end, and that doesn't always happen with mystery/detective novels. In fact, I enjoyed this so much, I immediately bought the second novel in the series. This IS a stand alone book, though, and can be read without having to read the next one.

Definitely an author I will be looking out for in the future, and will add to my growing collection of good Australian writers.
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Review by: Reese Currie on June 19, 2014 :
This is a superb book that I cannot recommend highly enough. It features a unique and complex protagonist who is neither incredibly brave, nor incredibly strong, nor incredibly moral—a true “everyman”—and yet has a sense of justice that makes him stretch beyond his comfort zone. The author has an acerbic wit that can frequently surprise you into laughing out loud. At the same time, he does an amazing job capturing the emotions of his character in an extremely difficult and stressful situation. Yes, there are a few inconsequential editing errors now and again, a problem I’m familiar with as a Smashwords author myself. I would volunteer to help him with that for nothing but the sheer pleasure of reading his writing. If you enjoy a mystery, or if you enjoy sarcasm at it’s very best, you must download this. It is free, it introduces you to an excellent author, and it is a great story well told.
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Review by: Matt Eliason on March 23, 2014 :
Not often a book can make me actually laugh out loud, but this book did on a few occasions! Being an Aussie I appreciated the honest Aussie narrative - I would encourage people from other countries to read it if for no other reason than this.

I enjoyed the storyline, and maybe enjoyed the book more than many people will, as I used to live in Canberra so it was great in that respect - many will not know what a 'nature strip' is but is not bloody well learn!

Tried to make it 4.5 starts, as just a few proof-read errors which always seem to hide! Will be reading the others by this author.
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