A Murder Unmentioned (Rowland Sinclair WWII Mysteries) (Paperback)
A fascinating historical mystery by Sulari Gentill, author of #1 LibraryReads pick The Woman in the Library
Shortlisted for the Davitt Award for Best Adult Novel for 2015
Shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel 2015
Ever since the death of their wealthy, land-owning father a decade prior, Rowland Sinclair and his elder brother, Wil, have avoided any discussion of the event ever since—keeping secret that Sinclair senior was murdered… And the possible involvement of the teenage Rowly and his brother's intervention.
But now the finger of blame is pointing squarely at Rowly, the Sinclair black sheep, a man careless of what society and the authorities think of him. So he and the trio of artist friends who live in his Sydney suburban mansion, and generally have his back, avail themselves of a racing green Gypsy Moth plane (Rowland is a pioneer in air travel) and a yellow Mercedes sports car (another frightening mode of transport) to arrive in New South Wales' Southern Tablelands, bent on clearing Rowly's name.
With cameo appearances from historical figures—Bob Menzies in the Sinclair kitchen, Edna Walling in the garden, and Kate Leigh grinning lasciviously at Rowly in a jailhouse crowd—and a real sense of fun contrasting with the quite genuine tension, this is historical crime for those in the know and those who can barely remember what happened last weekend, a story of family secrets and fraternal loyalty.
A terrific addition to the critically acclaimed Rowland Sinclair WWII Mysteries and sure to appeal to Rhys Bowen, Kerry Greenwood, and Jacqueline Winspear, this historical novel features a bohemian amateur sleuth, a wry sense of humor, and a crime that will baffle even the most ardent of puzzle lovers.
After setting out to study astrophysics, graduating in law and then abandoning her legal career to write books, SULARI GENTILL now grows French black truffles on her farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains of Australia.
Gentill’s Rowland Sinclair mysteries have won and/or been shortlisted for the Davitt Award and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and her stand-alone metafiction thriller, After She Wrote Him won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel in 2018. Her tenth Sinclair novel, A Testament of Character, was shortlisted for the Ned Kelly Best Crime Novel in 2021.
"A charmingly complex hero whose adventures continue to highlight many worldly problems between the great wars." — Kirkus Reviews
"This sixth entry in the Rowland Sinclair series, which blends historical figures seamlessly with fictional ones, clarifies and advances the family dynamics of its appealing protagonist, which should delight fans and win new readers." — Kirkus Reviews
"Sulari Gentill likes to tease, blithely slotting real people and events into a crime series set in the 1930s relating the fictional adventures of artist and gentleman of leisure, Rowland Sinclair...the sixth book in the series and by far the most interesting...As always, every chapter opens with a relevant snippet from a periodical of the time. Once again, telling the fictional from the real is part of the fun....Clever Gentill. Investigating the past has never been more fun." — The Sydney Morning Herald