[[ Read epub ]] Blackwattle CreekAuthor Geoffrey McGeachin – Moncler2018.co

From The Winner Of TheNed Kelly Award For Best Crime Novel Comes A Cracking New Charlie Berlin Mystery It S September , Two Days Before The VFL Grand Final, And Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin, Former Bomber Pilot And Ex POW, Finally Has Some Time OffBut There S No Rest For Charlie, A Decent But Damaged Man Still Troubled By His Wartime Experiences A Recently Widowed Friend Asks A Favour And He S Dropped Into Something A Hell Of A Lot Bigger Than He Bargained For When He Discovers A Melbourne Funeral Parlour Has Been Burying Bodies With Parts Missing A Hungarian Migr Hearse Driver Points Berlin In The Right Direction But It Quickly Becomes Obvious Anyone Asking The Wrong Questions Is In Real Danger With His Offsider Beaten And Left For Dead, Witnesses Warned Off, Special Branch On His Case, And People He Doesn T Know Watching His Every Move, Berlin Realises Even His Young Family May Be In DangerHis Pursuit Of The Truth Leads Him To Blackwattle Creek, Once An Asylum For The Criminally Insane And Now A Foreboding Home To Even Darker Evils And If Berlin Thought Government Machinations During World War II Were Devious, Those Of The Cold War Leave Them For Dead Richly Evocative Of The Period , Blackwattle Creek Is A Rattling Good Tale With A Dry Wit And A Sobering Core

10 thoughts on “Blackwattle Creek

  1. says:

    I am giving this one star less than I gave The Diggers Rest Hotel because I did not enjoy it quite so much Despite the number of people who died in horrible ways the book was actually rather slow and plodding, and the references to post war Australiana became a little overdone However I still enjoyed Charlie and Rebecca and their little family and the story was interesting And I will read the third in the series in due course.

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    Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin had been feeling battered by life a bomber pilot in the war who had lost his whole crew and miraculously survived to become a POW but now it was 1957, he was married to a wonderful woman Rebecca, who had literally saved him, who understood him he had two beautiful children Peter and Sarah and the VFL Grand Final was to be played in a couple of days with his team a good chance to win the flag Plus his boss had just given him a week s leave..When Rebecca asked him to visit a friend of hers who had just buried her husband, he went willingly but had no idea this innocent request of Rebecca s would put his life, and the lives of others around him, at great risk even the risk of death As Charlie s quiet investigation took him deeper into a mystery he couldn t understand, he eventually found himself at a place called Blackwattle Creek when he discovered it was a mental asylum for the criminally insane run by a Dr Jessop, his unerringly accurate instinct told him there was to this place than showed on the surface As the danger escalated, Charlie realized he was up against a force much higher than any he had faced before Would he be able to solve the baffling mystery, find some answers and stop the horrors continuing I really enjoyed this light mystery Charlie Berlin is an enigmatic character, a stickler for what is right, and won t take crap from anyone His family is his life, and he would do anything for them, so heaven help the person who attempted to hurt even their dog Pip This is my second by Geoffrey McGeachin, with me having read 3 first Definitely recommended.

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    Blackwattle Creek is book 2 of the Charlie Berlin series by Geoffrey McGeeachin Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin was looking forward to some time off with his family However, Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin did not achieve his wish of a break due to a friend asking him to look into the going on in a local funeral home and got than he bargains for with the investigation The readers of Blackwattle Creek will continue to follow Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin investigation into the funeral home Blackwattle Creek was the second book I have read of Geoffrey McGeachin, and I like his writing style and the way he describes his settings and plots I love Geoffrey McGeaching portrayal of his characters and the way they intertwine with each other throughout Blackwattle Creek.The readers of Blackwattle Creek will learn about living in Melbourne in 1957 Also, readers of Blackwattle Creek will understand the problems members of the armed forces have who were a prisoner of war during World War 11.I recommend this book

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    Blackwattle Creek is the second Charlie Berlin Mystery by Australian author, Geoffrey McGeachin It is some ten years after the events of The Diggers Rest Hotel, and Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin, while still a misfit, is now very happily married to the smart and beautiful Rebecca, and father of two he has only rare flashbacks to the war, even if he still holds quite a bit of anger inside him On a ten day enforced break from work, he looks into an irregularity in an ex soldier s funeral, at Rebecca s request But things don t add up, people are telling him lies, and when Senior Constable Rob Roberts does some research as a favour, a severe beating lands the young man in the hospital Berlin s investigations lead him from a funeral parlour to Blackwattle Creek, an asylum for the criminally insane, to a St Kilda caf , to the library and even to a brothel Disturbingly, people who talk to him seem to suffer intimidation, injury and worse Just who is watching him from the dark green Ford Zephyr What have Special Branch got to do with it all An arson attack at his home has Berlin fearing for his family, and what he eventually discovers is so shocking, he breaks his ten year sobriety AND resorts to violence Once again, McGeachin gives the reader an excellent plot with the odd red herring, a slow reveal of the facts and an exciting climax Charlie is, of course, restricted by having only basic resources like index cards and the library computers, the internet and mobile phones are all far into the future McGeachin expertly captures the feel of late 1950s Melbourne and the moods and attitudes of the people his characters are believable and their dialogue is natural Berlin is a character with depth and appeal, so readers will be pleased to know that he appears in at least one further book, St Kilda Blues Excellent crime fiction.

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    This novel opens in September 1957, two days before the VFL grand final Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin has time off but when he is asked to check into events concerning a widowed friend, he finds than he bargained for I liked the way Melbourne of the time and its attitudes towards football but also towards other nationalities is portrayed While not politically correct to use some of the derogatory terms for those from other countries these days, I have no doubt it is reflective of attitudes of the times Anyone who remembers the 1950s will appreciate some of the small titbits like the Holden with venetian blinds in the back window, and jam jars that then were then washed out and used as drinking glasses and other small pieces of information that set the scenes of the times I liked Charlie Berlin as a character, his love for his wife and family but also the way the past and his World War 2 experience as a bomber pilot and POW haunts him One thing that absolutely jarred was when the author mentions the 1957 grand final The author mentions Barassi playing for Melbourne No problem there, but when he mentions Hird on the paddock for Essendon, alarm bells started ringing for this footy supporter There was no Hird playing then If the author is going to use facts and factual events, then they need to be right Maybe he meant Birt An elementary mistake that should have been picked up It made me wonder then how many other supposed facts were wrongI m not a big crime reader and I found some of it a bit graphic Neither was I convinced about the ending So while I enjoyed aspects of the novel and it kept my interest, I don t think I will rush to read any crime novels by this author But if you like crime novels and a complex main character you may appreciate it than I did.

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    Blackwattle Creek by Geoffrey McGeachinIn this second book of the Charlie Berlin series we are once again taken on a well constructed, page turning investigation as Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin s holiday plans are interrupted when his now wife, Rebecca, asks a favour of him out of her concern for a friend.The story takes place in Melbourne in 1957 and Charlie is now happily married to the woman he met in a previous case, Photographer Journalist Rebecca Green Married life seems to agree with Charlie and although he still struggles with the demons of his time in the war, he has found a healing comfort and a measure of solace with domestic life and his young family.They now have two young children and whist things are tight and money is short, they have settled fairly comfortably into suburban life.DS Berlin finds that his tentative enquiries into the cause of a grieving widow s verbal outburst, directed at the funeral director during the funeral of her late husband, has unwittingly shed an unwelcome light on some very shady and covert activities involving the Funeral Director.Now Charlie suddenly finds himself deeply embroiled in a very dangerous and complex set of circumstances that put himself and his loved ones in very real danger.Full of intrigue and suspense, the story is woven in such a way as to have you all the time second guessing what is really going on.This is another great detective story from Geoffrey McGeachin that doesn t disappoint, and just long enough to promote page turning intrigue without overcooking the plot.I look forward to reading his next book in this series.A well deserved 4 s

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    Charlie Berlin, ex WWII pilot, is happily married with two kids and is a Detective Sergeant in Melbourne Honest and uncorruptable he is not well liked by his superiors and is given the jobs no one else wants Life is mostly peaceful as the country recovers from war and ex servicemen settle back back into regular society but there are anti communist rumblings from the cold war reaching Australian shores and Eastern European settlers find themselves under suspicion Charlie is all set to enjoy a well earned week s leave when a recently widowed friend asks him to look into an irregularity to do with her husband s corpse This leads Charlie to discover a sinister, complex plot and life becomes very dangerous indeed.This is the second book in the Charlie Berlin series, following on from The Diggers Rest Hotel where Charlie first met his wife The author has written a fast paced mystery with sinister undertones that keeps us guessing for most of the novel The period detail is good and recalls a simpler Australia where families sat around the radio to listen to the football grand final and a bag of lollies from the corner shop was the highlight of kid s week Looking forward to reading in this series.

  8. says:

    The Charlie Berlin series is fast becoming my favourite Australian crime series Geoffrey McGeachin has created a wonderfully flawed hero who continues to be haunted by his WW2 experiences as a fighter pilot in the RAF, even than a decade later This leads him to continually question his worth as a husband and father and manifests itself with many despairing flashbacks He is wonderfully stoic yet likely to crumble at any moment His relationship with his wife, Rebecca, is particularly well drawn.This instalment takes us to 1957, the height of the cold war paranoia And boy, this story about secret nuclear testing by the British government with the approval and obsequious acquiescence of our mob isn t for the squeamish some of the descriptions of the activities going on at Blackwattle Creek aren t for the faint hearted McGeachin expertly presents this story in the past but the issues and themes explored are, sadly, pertaining to the modern world post 9 11.As much as I loved The Diggers Rest Hotel, Blackwattle Creek is a superior story and is paced a lot better this plot hums along at a cracking pace My only quibbles are that the chapters are annoyingly short and often cut off the momentum of a scene and that the involvement of the likeable young Bob Roberts from the first book is this time too brief and not resolved satisfactorily for mine.All in all I recommend this series highly for any lover of well written and engaging Australian crime fiction Top shelf

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    I greatly enjoyed McGeachin s earlier Charlie Berlin mystery, The Diggers Rest Hotel, but this new book, the second in the Charlie Berlin series, is a far superior piece of writing I m a sucker for a good conspiracy theory, and the one at the core of Black Wattle Creek is a doozy For readers who have not met Charlie Berlin previously, his back story is explained little by little throughout the narrative It is a helpful refresher for those of us who ve read the earlier book We learn, or are reminded, that Charlie is a survivor of all sorts of horrors, first as an ace WW2 pilot flying missions over Europe, then as a POW in a German prisoner camp Like so many returned servicemen living with their demons, Charlie does daily mental battle with past memories of the truly terrible sights and experiences he endured In today s terms he would be classified as suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Returning to his old job as a policeman, Detective Sergeant Berlin finds refuge and peace in the bosom of his young family, and in particular in the remarkable, compassionate, intuitive woman he married, Rebecca Green A seemingly simple request to look into an issue while on a week s leave from work launches Charlie into a dark, mysterious world of intrigue and wrong doing, and before long the bodies start to pile up That this secret stretches all the way to the heart of government becomes quickly apparent, as senior officers warn Charlie off His visit to the former insane asylum at Black Wattle Creek provides evidence that the dirty deeds being performed there in the name of The Greater Good are profoundly evil The time of this story is 1957, when the Cold War against the Soviet Union is beginning to peak Governments in many parts of the world undertake all sorts of strange covert operations, supposedly to protect their civilian populations Scientists become involved, and thus implicated in the secret activities of spies and wrong doers view spoiler We eventually learn that the conspiracy of silence has closed around a nuclear test in the Australian outback that apparently went wrong, resulting in civilian deaths, and that a major cover up is in place As Charlie peels back the layers of the mystery, like onion skins, we learn that the truth is far sinister I was reminded of the British nuclear tests carried out in the Australian outback, with the full co operation and encouragement of the Menzies government of the time Although it has never been proven definitively, it is widely accepted now that the scientists and government overseers were negligent, possibly deliberately so, in not ensuring that all Aboriginal people living in the vicinity of the fall out zones were removed to safety So McGeachin s fictional story carries a certain weight of credibility about it which impressed me Very courageous of him to tackle such a terrible story in a masterful way hide spoiler

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    I did have moments in this where I wondered where is this going but on the whole I thoroughly enjoyed it It is a quite dark story and not for those who like their detective stories to be neatly tied up at the end nor for those who like the good guys to be clearly in charge Not everyone is going to like the hero but I think Geoffrey McGeachin does a great job of explaining exactly how Charlie Berlin has developed into the character he is, what his ethical boundaries are and why, and how they apply to the situation he is in And I think the explanations are consistent and convincing which means that that I didn t get jarring spots where I thought that just wouldn t have happened that way The characterisation of men with post war Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is flawless as is that of the women who live with them Also the abuses of power in Australia in the 50s and the gendered nature of society are brought to life very well The 50s seem well brought to life I wasn t around then but many things like kapok pillows were still around in my childhood and I had many oh yeah moments such as remembering smaller roads being sealed, kerbed and guttered in our suburb Actually sometimes these things actually got in the way of the story so maybe a bit less description would have been useful at times.As this is the second of a series I ll definitely read of the series and look forward to the development of this writer.