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Summary

On Christmas Eve, 1943, the newly formed but undermanned Homicide division of the Melbourne police force is called to investigate the vicious double murder of a father and son. When Military Intelligence becomes involved, Homicide's Inspector Titus Lambert must unravel the personal from the political.

If only the killings had stopped at two. The police are desperate to come to grips with an extraordinary and disquieting upsurge of violence. For Constable Helen Lord, it is an opportunity to make her mark in a male-dominated world where she is patronised as a novelty. For Detective Joe Sable, the investigation forces a reassessment of his indifference to his Jewish heritage. Racing against the clock, the police uncover simmering tensions among secretive local Nazi sympathisers as a psychopathic fascist usurper makes his move.

The Holiday Murders explores a little-known and sometimes violent corner of Australian history, and finds oddly modern echoes in its paranoia, xenophobia, and ugly fervour.

©2013 Robert Gott (P)2014 Audible Studios

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Good Murder Mystery set during WW2 in Oz

I saw this as a "dead tree edition" in my local library and decided to look it up on Audible. It was there and I took it. I wasnt disappointed. Its a good solid policing mystery... I think I read somewhere that it has a basis in fact from around the latter part of WW2 in Melbourne, Australia.
Its "mildly grizzly" in places and I think is winds-up a little too quickly (a bit like my school essays once I had reached the 2000 word mark!) but a good yarn all the same.

One observation... if you asked me to describe how I envisaged the leading police characters, they would all come out like the actors in "Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries" !!!

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Not as billed

There was no indication that this story contained graphic torture scenes. I hated it. If, like me, you don't want to hear this sick stuff then don't spend any money or a credit on it.

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Crime at Christmas

The book is written involving the political scene in Australia in the early 40’s .
A gruesome murder is committed and police are investigating a complex plot. Quite involved book explaining a lot about the prejudice around during the 40’s. Which hamper police but twists and turns leave you compelled to get to the end.
Not particularly that bowled over about the narrating but others may like it .

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Awesome

Such a great story with an excellent narrator !! Really enjoyed this … not what I was expecting from
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Gripping

Was gripped and sometimes terrified by this book. Luckily the author takes a stand to subdue some gruesome details at end otherwise not sure I would have got through it. A page turner.

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Absolutely excellent

This was a gripping story. Good characters and narrated well. A really enjoyable story. Thumbs up!!

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Incredible

Such a good listen. The characters are believable and flawed and the story line is compelling. Thoroughly recommend

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Very good listen

This is a fascinating listen and very engaging. Well delivered. I found the discussions about the art and culture really interesting - so much more than a murder mystery.