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The Soldier's Curse A fast paced, witty and gripping historical crime series from Tom Keneally and his eldest daughter Meg In the Port Macquarie penal settlement for second offenders, at the edge of the known world, gentleman convict Hugh Monsarrat hungers for freedom Originally transported for forging documents passing himself off as a lawyer, he is now the trusted clerk of the settlement s commandant His position has certain advantages, such as being able to spend time in the Government House kitchen, being supplied with outstanding cups of tea by housekeeper Hannah Mulrooney, who, despite being illiterate, is his most intelligent companion Not long after the commandant heads off in search of a rumoured river, his beautiful wife, Honora, falls ill with a sickness the doctor is unable to identify When Honora dies, it becomes clear she has been slowly poisoned Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney suspect the commandant s second in command, Captain Diamond, a cruel man who shares history with Honora Then Diamond has Mrs Mulrooney arrested for the murder Knowing his friend will hang if she is tried, Monsarrat knows he must find the real killer And so begins The Monsarrat Series, a fast paced, witty and gripping series from Tom Keneally and his eldest daughter, Meg

About the Author: Meg Keneally

Meg Keneally started her working life as a junior public affairs officer at the Australian Consulate General in New York, before moving to Dublin to work as a sub editor and freelance features writer On returning to Australia, she joined the Daily Telegraph as a general news reporter, covering everything from courts to crime to animals birthday parties at the zoo She then joined Radio 2UE as a talkback radio producer In 1997 Meg co founded a financial service public relations company, which she sold after having her first child Forthan ten years, Margaret has worked in corporate affairs for listed financial services companies, and doubles as a part time SCUBA diving instructor She lives in Sydney with her husband Craig and children Rory and Alex.

10 thoughts on “The Soldier's Curse

  1. Paromjit Paromjit says:

    This is superb historical fiction written by Thomas Keneally and his daughter, Meg It is set in 19th century Australia at Port Macquirie, New South Wales, a penal colony of convicts, soldiers and civil officers Hugh Llewellyn Monsarrat is convicted of impersonating a barrister in Exeter, a profession beyond his reach, despite his abilities

  2. PattyMacDotComma PattyMacDotComma says:

    3.5 On the platform was the hangman, like a burned tree in his executioner s black Port Macquarie, NSW is a popular beach holiday spot these days, but in 1825, it was a miserable penal colony, hemmed in by the ocean and the wilds of the hills, bush, and the Birpai people It would have been a rotten life for convicts, with the threat of the whip or t

  3. Brenda Brenda says:

    The Port Macquarie penal settlement in 1825 was a harsh environment led by Commandant Major Angus Shelborne, one of thecongenial of men who had run the colony But his second in command was a violent, cruel and sadistic man named Captain Diamond, and whenever the Major was absent from the settlement, Captain Diamond made the most of his position Convict Hugh

  4. Carolyn Carolyn says:

    This is a very fine historical murder mystery set in a 1920s convict settlement in Australia Meg and Thomas Keneally have carried out very thorough research to capture the feel and appearance of the settlement at Port Macquarie would have been like at that time Port Macquarie was where re offenders were sent those convicts who received their ticket of leave and then

  5. ☼♄Jülie  ☼♄Jülie  says:

    Excellent I really enjoyed this book and tossed between giving it 4 or 5 stars because I am probably biased in that Historical Fiction in particular Australian is my favourite genre to read, in the end I decided to give it the full 5 stars because I did thoroughly enjoy it This is my kind of book, I got so excited when I noticed it on the shelf in the bookstore and read the b

  6. Elaine Elaine says:

    I feel that I must disagree with the description in the blurb that this is fast paced and gripping I found it wasa compelling read with a slow build up to quite an interesting outcome Although I enjoyed reading it and liked the story it wasn t necessarily a page turner I did, however, enjoy the wonderful writing and description of penal Australia and especially having been to Port Mac

  7. Andrea Andrea says:

    The penal settlement of Port Macquarie in northern New South Wales is where the worst of the worst are sent, including second offenders This is where we are introduced to Hugh Monsarrat, formerly of London and Exeter, transported for fraud and forgery His fine penmanship and skill as a clerk have landed him a reasonably privileged place at Port Macquarie, working as clerk to the Commandant, Ma

  8. Deborah Ideiosepius Deborah Ideiosepius says:

    This is a book that I had been looking forward to for quite a while and it completely exceeded all the expectations I had for it Book one in the Monsarrat series, set in the 1820 s ish, The Soldiers Curse introduces us to Hugh Monsarrat, deported to Sydney for forging documents and passing himself off as a lawyer Following his release there he made an error of judgementt that landed him in Port Macquar

  9. Jeanette Lewis Jeanette Lewis says:

    As one would expect from the Keneally s this is a quality read The story takes place at Port Macquarie NSW 1825 The main character of Hugh Llewellyn Monsarrat is a convict clerk attached to Commandant Major Angus Shelborne Monsarrat is an intelligent man but whose past fraudulent and deceiving actions has seen him shipped to Australia as a convict in lieu of the hangman s noose so on this count he is lucky Beca

  10. Alex Cantone Alex Cantone says:

    Froggart and Daines looked unreliable, and Slattery blamed them for looking like that But Monsarrat knew it had been bred into them the powerful had proved to them that surface reliability got you nowhere in the end They were not characterised so much by sullenness, a quality often attributed to convicts, but by great wariness their eyes were foxy because they believed they needed to be foxes to negotiate the system.Hu

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