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Although this book was written by an Australian author I cannot enjoy a book where the author has purposely gone over the top with Aussie slang.I understand the majority of this book is set amongst indigenous people but the language was just too over the top We don t speak like that.This is why people from foreign countries think we have kangaroos jumping down our streets koalas hanging from every tree.Yes there are still indigenous tribes that live out in the bush and rarely come into town I m not arguing that but books and movies need to stop portraying Australians as a bunch of yobbos and just have us speaking normally would be greatA big thanks to all the authors that write about Australia and paint a perfect picture of what our country and its people are really like. This is an interesting series which I may return to occasionally to follow Emily Tempest s footsteps She is an engaging and amusing central figure in this series which brings the Australian outback, and its aboriginal communities to the fore Basing this on a fictional aboriginal people of Australia, the author nonetheless manages to capture authentic voices and concerns of aboriginals everywhere Emily Tempest herself is written as half whitefella and have blackfella , thus having a foot in both camps I was promised a blow your mind kind of series by other readers, to which I will not agree, however The series is as equally formulaic as most detective mystery police procedurals except that it s set in the Australian outback with a narrator of mixed culture Take out all the Australian lingo and this same scenario could be just as easily played on North American soil, with its indigenous nations it is a voice I ve heard before In the end, this type of novel works specifically because it is comfortable, recognizable, even paced It will be an enjoyable series that I will drop in on occasionally, when I m looking for a comfort read. Packs A Real Wallop An Epic And Ambitious Mystery Set Against The Vast Backdrop Of Central Australia, Where Indigenous And White People Live Side By Side In An Uneasy Truce Vogue Australia Incorporates Geophysical Data, Race Politics And Aboriginal Spirituality Into A Seamless, Often Hilarious Stream Of Narrative It Has All The Hallmarks Of A First Of A Very Successful Series With The Potential To Forge A New Sub Genre Of Detective Fiction That Of A Feisty, Female Indigenous Sleuth Whose Intelligence And Tenacity Prove Superior To Force And Ignorance The Sydney Morning Herald Witty, Knowing, At Times Downright Hilarious The Plot Is Absorbing And Hyland S Characters Are Originals As Emily Tempest Untangles The Knot Of A Murder, She Also Comes To Rediscover Her Past, Her Belonging And Her Self Brisbane Courier Mail Emily Tempest, A Feisty Part Aboriginal Woman, Left Home To Get An Education And Has Since Traveled Abroad She Returns To Visit The Moonlight Downs Mob, Still Uncertain If She Belongs In The Aboriginal World Or That Of The Whitefellers Within Hours Of Her Arrival, An Old Friend Is Murdered And Mutilated The Police Suspect A Rogue Aborigine, But Emily Starts Asking Questions Emily Tempest, A Modern Half Aboriginal Sleuth, Is A Welcome Successor To Arthur Upfield S Classic Detective Adrian Hyland Worked With Aboriginal Communities In Central Australia For Ten Years He Now Teaches At LaTrobe University In Melbourne This Is His First Novel 4.5 sWhen Emily Tempest arrived back in her old community of Moonlight Downs after ten years away, she could see that not much had changed But she still felt a sense of not belonging she d always felt pulled between the two worlds Aboriginal and white But when her childhood friend Hazel turned up again it didn t take long before they were relaxing in each other s company But a few days later a dear friend was found murdered mutilated in the nearby bush the terror of the locals caused a mass exodus from Moonlight Downs the abandoned air, the shock and grief was traumatic.With the only suspect long gone and the local police unable to track him down, Emily decided to take matters into her own hands She was determined the death of her long time friend would be avenged The questions Emily was asking found her in all sorts of trouble though Jack, her father reminded her that trouble always followed her around But it appeared that this time she was in the biggest mess she had ever been in and still she continued doggedly and with extreme grit What would be the outcome And would she find the answers she sought Diamond Dove also called Moonlight Downs by Aussie author Adrian Hyland is a great Australian mystery blended with Aboriginal folklore the dreaming and the people of the fictional Warlpuju tribe, the story is based north of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory The epic descriptions of the bush, the birds including the diamond dove and the inhabitants are such that it is easy to visualise it all I thoroughly enjoyed this crime novel and would recommend it to all. It took me awhile to get into this book, partly because of the heavy, heavy dose of Aussie Aboriginal words and partly because the writing veers back and forth too much Emily Tempest is the daughter of a miner and an aboriginal mother When her mother dies early in her life and her father loses himself in his grief, little Emily is left to wander on her own Since the station they live on has an aboriginal camp on it, she wanders there and learns much about her heritage When the original station owner dies without heirs, the station is sold and the camp rousted Emily s father sends her to boarding school and she embarks on voyages of hopeful discovery around the world She can t seem to find herself, though.So she returns to Moonlight Downs, the encampment The recent legal battles the aborigines fought to have their lands returned have resulted in the turnover of the original station to them Emily finds the camp a mishmash of old young, traditional new, just about what you d expect Except that because of their long removal from the land, many of the group have lost their bearings, not at home in the camp any but not anxious to move back to the town.One her first night there, Lincoln Flinders, the owner of the land, is killed in what appears to be a traditional killing and the local madman, Blakie, is assumed to be the murderer Something about it doesn t sit well with Emily and she decides to root out the actual killer.Emily has a foot in both worlds blackfeller and whitefeller and is of course conflicted This could make a great character, but it seems as if the author only remembers it when it becomes necessary to the plot Emily s tension is heard, not seen The same with her identification with the camp and her former best friend, Hazel Emily has been to uni, several times, several degree starts, and it seems that the author wants to emphasize that There are gold letter words in the book that stand out like a, well, I don t know what but they just don t fit.I believe this is the author s first book and that may lend to its unevenness The idea of the conflicted Emily, her search for home would work well in the mystery genre After all, how many conflicted private detectives do we already know and Emily s aboriginal side adds a measure of depth to her conflict that isn t there with a dried out alcoholic.But just as I started to warm up to the writing, the author would spend too much time telling me rather than showing me and I d put the book aside for a while longer. I am thrilled to see a writer of Hyland s gifts create a series with an Aboriginal heroine called Emily Tempest Hyland s use of language is so specific to the region that readers unschooled in the language of the Australian bush might not be able to comprehend There is a glossary for Aboriginal words and Australian slang but still For me, however, it is pure bliss.Strains of music can be heard throughout the book and one is tempted to read while listening to those artists mentioned to see what it is about each one that defines character Lucinda Williams, the Louvin Brothers, Paul Kelly, the Warumpis, Slim Dusty, Nick Cave If one has downloaded the book to an ereader, one can crank up the Pandora app, select these artists for the background, plug in earphones, and get down to it.Emily Tempest is half white Australian and half native Aborigine, which gives her entree to both circles Descriptions of her native ground do not stint on the realities of bush dwellers white and black unusual habits and habitats But she also has a fascination with geology, and that clinches my certainty that this isthan just a very funny mystery about an underreported culture it is a mystery that goes to the very heart of Australia itself The discussion of geology raises the level of discourse and makes one s mind wander to the unique characteristics of the continent and its inhabitants.Author Adrian Hyland won the Ned Kelly Award for Crime Fiction in 2008 for this debut novel and first book in a series It suffered a title change when it was published in the United States to Moonlight Downs from Diamond Dove Since that early success, Hyland has produced another title in the series Gunshot Road It is likewise published in the United States by Soho Press and both are available as ebooks.Hyland himself worked in Central Australia for ten years as a community developer in remote Aboriginal communities, so knows whereof he speaks He has a clear eye and sense of the absurd that allows us to revel in a remarkable indigenous culture The beauty of the Australian bush comes through strongly its riches and treasures are celebrated Hyland also wrote Kinglake 350 about the devastating bushfires in the state of Victoria in 2009, and which is considered a masterpiece of reportage It has been shortlisted for the Australian Prime Minister s Literary Award for Nonfiction in 2012. A mixed race half Aboriginal, half white woman, Emily Tempest, returns to the outback after running away, just in time for the de facto head of their town to be murdered Emily is struggling to fit back in with her old friends, but is determined to find justice The most obvious suspect is a wilder, who is impossible to track or capture As she continues to investigate though, other secrets come to light, leading to a broader list of suspects Some good twists at the end however, the Australian and Aboriginal slang is overwhelming, detracting from a good mystery staged in an unusual setting I think an American edition, replacing much of the slang, would increase the visibility popularity of this book Not sure whether I will read book 2. This book is set where I live, in the Northern Territory, in the center desert country the author is a white man who is writing from the point of view of an Indigenous Australian and doing it very well Adrian Hyland spent many years on communities in the Central Australian desert area so has at least lived with the people whose culture he recreates so achingly well.Emily Tempest has a white father and an aboriginal mother After her mother s death her father took Emily to her mother s people in the desert area of Central Australia to Moonlight Downs When she reached her teens, circumstances saw Emily leaving the community and moving to the big city for an education The book opens with Emily returning to the community to get in touch with half of her ancestry Emily has a foot in both the white world and the Aboriginal world, and is not sure she belongs in either Almost immediately the community is plunged into chaos when one of the Elders is brutally murdered All the evidence point to Blakie, a half mad mystical man who the whole community is afraid of The police seem to agree and a hunt is set up for BlakieGradually Emily becomes convinced that no matter how scary he is, Blakie is innocent and decides to look into the matter herself, trouble is, where does she start If it isn t Blakie, then who is it Emily could be biting off a lotthan she can chew.I have had a lot to do with Aboriginal Communities in the NT including some of those in the desert region Well I have to tell you that Adrian Hyland has captured the essence of the people truthfully He presents the problems in a matter of fact way, he seems to be saying this is what happens, I m not dwelling on it, I m not condemning anyone, I am not blaming anyone it just is Land rights, health issues and alcohol problems being a just a few of the areas touched upon But he also touches on the artistic abilities, the dreaming, the mysticism, the poverty and the resilience of the desert people all is is portrayed perfectly On top of this is an edge of the seat adventure with a cast of wonderfully crazy realistic characters like no others I have read about But they seem oh so familiar to characters that I have met in the settlements and bush pubs across the Territory.This book was the winner of the 2007 Ned Kelly Award for best first crime novel a good measure of this books excellence. Emily Tempest, central character in this unique Australian novel, born to an Aboriginal mother who died when she was young and a white father, who then took her to live in an Aboriginal community in the central desert until he felt it was time for her to go to boarding school After a few years spent trying various University courses and travelling the world Emily has returned to the people of her childhood in the place she loved so much But after one of the elders is brutally killed, the community scatters and Emily feels she must find the killer and his motive in order for the community to heal and rebuild Adrian Hyland has spent many years living in central Australia and it shows in his knowledge of the desert Aboriginal communities, their language and way of life He obviously has a great respect for their knowledge of country, their dreaming spirits and sacred sites and bush skills He clearly also fears the effect of the white settlements on these communities with the problems of petrol sniffing and alcohol and the corruption inherent in land and mining rights He also writes great characters, both indigenous and the white miners, government officials and stockmen of the outback and has a good ear for vernacular language, much of which is very humorous. Diamond Dove is book one of the Emily Tempest series by Adrian Hyland Diamond Dove is the first book I have read of Adrian Hyland, and I was impressed with the way he portrayed his characters and how the characters intertwine with each other I enjoy Emily Tempest her down to earth behaviour and way she cares about the people around her Also, I was pleased that Emily was not in law enforcement or a private detective, however, was able to find who killed Lincoln in a way that all readers will enjoy reading Diamond Dove.Also, the readers of Diamond Dove will be surprised with the conclusion of the murder investigation Readers of Diamond Dove will learn about Aboriginal language and culture At times the narrative between characters in Diamond Dove is hilarious and other times sends the readers on a rollercoaster ride wondering what going to happen next I am very pleased that Diamond Dove won the Ned Kelly Award in 2007 for the best first crime fiction 2007 I recommend this book.