FICTION

A Murder Unmentioned

Poisoned Pen. (Rowland Sinclair, Bk. 6). Feb. 2019. 372p. ISBN 9781464206979. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781464207006. MYS
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Rowland Sinclair is an eccentric young artist in the 1930s, living a bohemian lifestyle in his Sydney, Australia, mansion. Other artists and friends reside with him, including his most stalwart companions Clyde, Milton, and Edna. His respectable older brother Wil carries most of the responsibilities and wealth of the family, but Rowland is comfortable and exceedingly happy with the arrangement. Wil hires a landscaper to reimagine his estate grounds, and his escavations unearth the gun used to murder Henry Sinclair, their father, more than ten years earlier. The police decide to reopen the case and immediately start looking at Rowland, the devil-may-care black sheep of the family. Rowland has also made enemies of political figure Eric Campbell, who is determined to get the media involved in the Sinclair family's disgrace. Meanwhile, Clyde, Milton, Edna, and Rowland band together to the Yass estate, where the murder happened, in hopes of clearing Rowland's name—even if it means finding a killer.
VERDICT Gentill's sixth installment in the "Rowland Sinclair" series (after Gentlemen Formerly Dressed) is best categorized as a cozy or historical mystery, with a touch of detective fiction. Recommended for readers who enjoy similar authors such as Kerry Greenwood and Agatha Christie.

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