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The past is never dead: mysteries that challenge history

Sisters in Crime Australia

Friday, February 21, 2020 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (AEDT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
General Admission 1d 22h 41m A$20.00 A$1.79
Concession 1d 21h 41m A$15.00 A$1.59
Sisters In Crime and Writers Victoria Members 1d 21h 41m A$12.00 A$1.47
Youth (under 19) 1d 21h 41m A$10.00 A$1.39

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Sulari Gentill, Kirsten Alexander and Kirsty Manning will dissect their most recent historical mysteries – A Testament of Character, Riptide and The Jade Lily – with Sisters in Crime convenor Dr Kelly Gardiner and detail what light these books shed on concerns of the present and of earlier eras.

A Testament of Character (Pantera Press, March 2020) is the 10th in her Rowland Sinclair seriesset in the 1930s. This time, Rowly travels to Boston to bury his friend Daniel Cartwright and honour his last wishes. He is met with the outrage and anguish of the Cartwright family, who have been spurned in favour of James Meredith, a man they claim does not exist, but whom no one can find. They challenge Daniel's will, alleging that he was not of sound mind. Rowland and his troupe of friends – artists and gangsters, movie stars and tycoons – embark on a journey seeking answers to questions that surround Daniel's death and the mysterious disappearance of James Meredith.

Riptides (Bantam Australia, February 2020), is a historical thriller set in suburban Brisbane in the 1970s – and yes that now meets the historical novel criteria! It all begins simply – a rainy night, a dark road, an accident, and a brother and sister who flee the scene, hoping heavy rain will erase the fact they were there – but the ripple effects of that night shake the foundations of their family life and their future: the truth is like a riptide they can't escape and their terrible secret pulls them down deeper by the day.

The Jade Lily (Allen & Unwin, 2018), tells the little-known story of Jewish refugees who fled to Shanghai during World War II. 1 1939: Two young girls meet in Shanghai – the ‘Paris of the East’. Li and Jewish refugee Romy form a fierce friendship, but the deepening shadows of World War II fall over them as they slip between the glamorous French Concession district and the teeming streets of the Shanghai Ghetto. Soon the realities of war prove to be too much for these close friends as they are torn apart. 2016: Fleeing London with a broken heart, Alexandra returns to Australia to be with her grandparents, Romy and Wilhelm. Her grandfather is dying, and over the coming weeks Romy and Wilhelm begin to reveal family mysteries kept secret for more than half a century. After Wilhelm dies, Alexandra flies to Shanghai, determined to trace her grandparents’ mysterious past. As she peels back the layers of their hidden lives, she begins to question everything she knows about her family – and herself.

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The Rising Sun Hotel (upstairs – no lift)
cnr Raglan Street and Eastern Road, South Melbourne
Melways map 57 H2
Free on-street parking after 6 pm
Trams 1, 12 or 55 or St Kilda Road trams
Photographs are routinely taken at Sisters in Crime events – if you do not wish to be photographed, please tell the photographer

$20 non-members
$15 concession
$12 Sisters in Crime and Writers Victoria members
$10 Youth (under 19)
Tickets not sold prior to the event will be available at the door for $22 / $18 / $15 / $10
Dinner upstairs from 6.30pm (bookings not necessary)
Brothers in Law welcome

Sun Bookshop stall
Sisters in Crime members receive a 10% discount

Additional information
Carmel Shute
0412 569 356

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Rising Sun Hotel
2 Raglan Street
Upstairs - no lift
South Melbourne, VIC 3205

Friday, February 21, 2020 from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (AEDT)

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Sisters in Crime Australia

Sisters in Crime Australia is a 500+ member strong organisation promoting and supporting women crime writers across all genres. Sisters in Crime Australia currently have chapters in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaie, Perth and Brisbane. Sisters in Crime has no paid staff or funding – just keen volunteers. Sisters in Crime Australia hosts a busy yearly calendar of events including interview panels, debates, book launches, quiz nights and tours of places such as the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine and the Victoria Police Museum. Events are open to members of the public. Men or ‘brothers in law’ are welcome to attend events and join. Checkout our website and facebook to keep up with our current events.

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