Mys­tery and won­der


Geraldton Guardian - - The Sauce - Deb­o­rah Bar­nett By Neil Ol­son Adult fic­tion — mys­tery By Chloe Ben­jamin Adult fic­tion — gen­eral By Ece Temelku­ran Adult fic­tion — gen­eral By Jack Heath Adult fic­tion — thriller By Alan Parks Adult fic­tion — mys­tery

The Black Paint­ing

There are four cousins in the Morse fam­ily. Their grand­fa­ther sum­mons them to his man­sion at Owl’s Point.

None of them has vis­ited the fam­ily es­tate since they were chil­dren, when a prized paint­ing dis­ap­peared: a self-por­trait by Goya, ru­moured to cause mad­ness or death on view­ing.

The fam­ily split apart af­ter its theft.

Any hope their grand­fa­ther plans to make amends evap­o­rates when they find the old man dead, his hor­ri­fied gaze on the spot where the paint­ing once hung.

The Im­mor­tal­ists

It is 1969, and holed up in a grimy ten­e­ment build­ing in New York's Lower East Side is a trav­el­ling psy­chic who claims to be able to tell any­one the date they will die.

Four sib­lings, too young for what they are about to hear, sneak out to hear their for­tunes.

We then fol­low the in­ter­twined paths the sib­lings take over the course of five decades and, in par­tic­u­lar, how they choose to live with the sup­posed knowl­edge the for­tune teller gave them that day.

This is a story about life, mor­tal­ity and the choices we make.

The Time of Mute Swans

Ankara, the cap­i­tal city in the heart of Turkey, is a hotspot in the Cold War. In the sum­mer of 1980, ten­sions are build­ing. Two chil­dren form an al­liance.

For the first time in gen­er­a­tions, mute swans have mi­grated from Rus­sia to a park at the cen­tre of Ankara.

For the gen­er­als, their wings must be bro­ken so they can’t fly away. But if the chil­dren can save one swan, won’t they have saved the free­dom of all?


A 14-year-old boy van­ishes on his way home from school. His fran­tic mother re­ceives a dis­turb­ing ran­som call. It’s only hours be­fore the dead­line, and the po­lice have no leads.

En­ter Ti­mothy Blake, co­de­name Hang­man. Blake is a ge­nius, known for solv­ing im­pos­si­ble cases. He’s also a so­ciopath — the FBI’s last re­sort. But this time, Blake might have met his match.

The kid­nap­per is more cunning and ruth­less than any­one he's faced be­fore. And Blake has been as­signed a new part­ner, a woman linked to the past he’s so des­per­ate to for­get.

Bloody Jan­u­ary

When a teenage boy shoots a young woman dead in the mid­dle of a busy Glas­gow street and then takes his own life, De­tec­tive Harry McCoy is sure it isn’t a ran­dom act of vi­o­lence.

With his new part­ner in tow, McCoy uses his un­der­world net­work to lead the in­ves­ti­ga­tion but soon runs up against a se­cret so­ci­ety run by the wealthy Dun­lops. McCoy’s boss doesn't want him to in­ves­ti­gate.

But McCoy has other ideas.

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