Miles Off Course (Rowland Sinclair WWII Mysteries) (Paperback)
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Other Books in Series
This is book number 3 in the Rowland Sinclair WWII Mysteries series.
- #1: A Few Right Thinking Men (Rowland Sinclair WWII Mysteries) (Large Print / Paperback): $23.99
- #2: A Decline in Prophets (Rowland Sinclair WWII Mysteries) (Paperback): $18.99
- #4: Paving the New Road (Rowland Sinclair WWII Mysteries) (Hardcover): $26.95
- #5: Gentlemen Formerly Dressed (Rowland Sinclair WWII Mysteries) (Hardcover): $26.95
- #6: A Murder Unmentioned (Rowland Sinclair WWII Mysteries) (Hardcover): $26.95
- #7: A Dangerous Language (Rowland Sinclair WWII Mysteries) (Paperback): $16.99
- #9: Shanghai Secrets (Rowland Sinclair WWII Mysteries) (Paperback): $15.99
- #10: Where There's a Will (Rowland Sinclair WWII Mysteries) (Paperback): $15.99
A fascinating historical mystery by Sulari Gentill, author of #1 LibraryReads pick The Woman in the Library
"Set in Australia in 1933, Gentill's entertaining third mystery featuring portrait artist Rowland Sinclair will appeal to fans of Greenwood's Phryne Fisher." —Publishers Weekly
"Norman Lindsay is a complete and utter bastard!"
With this curse heaped upon the renowned real-life Australian artist and cartoonist, Miles Off Course gets underway. It is early in 1933, and wealthy bohemian Rowland Sinclair and his companions, a poet, a painter, and a sculptress who also models nude, are ensconced in the superlative luxury of The Hydro Majestic-Medlow Bath, where trouble seems distant, despite Australia's being roiled by the same political currents as are upending Europe.
But Rowland, try as he might to lead the boho life in Sydney in the family mansion or in a luxury spa, can't dismiss the responsibilities of being a Sinclair. Most of them rest upon his conservative elder brother, Wilfred. And Wil now makes two claims on Rowly. One is to appear at an important upcoming board meeting of a firm where Rowly, pressured by Wil, serves as a director. And the other is to hustle up into the high country where a longtime family stockman appears to have gone missing—and find him.
Harry Simpson is an aborigine. The easy answer is that Harry has gone walkabout, but neither Sinclair brother believes this to be true. Plus there are the Sinclair cattle to round up.
Instead of saddling up, Rowly insists upon driving his beautiful if despised Mercedes-Benz and taking a posse in the persons of his three live-in friends along. And off they go into a rollicking Outback adventure, where the familiar elements of an American Western blend with gangsters, spies, murder—and a very belligerent writer. The plot dances inventively around actual historical events and a cameo appearance or two made by famous Australian historical figures. Which takes us back to Norman Lindsay....
Brimming with larger-than-life characters and brain teasing crimes, this Rowland Sinclair WWII Mystery will appeal to fans of Rhys Bowen, Kerry Greenwood, and Jacqueline Winspear.
About the Author
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.
"Gentill's third reads like a superior Western, alternating high adventure with social and political observations about prewar Australia." — Kirkus Reviews
"Set in Australia in 1933, Gentill's entertaining third mystery featuring portrait artist Rowland Sinclair will appeal to fans of Greenwood's Phryne Fisher ... Gentill matches Greenwood's skill at blending suspense with a light touch." — Publishers Weekly
"Rowland is an especially interesting character: at first he comes off as a bit of a layabout, a guy who feels he's entitled to a cushy life by virtue of his aristocratic roots, but, as the story moves along, we realize he has a strong moral center and a compulsion to finish a job once he's started it. A great addition to a strong series and a fine read-alike for fans of Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher novels." — Booklist