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  • Police procedural

    Furey’s War by T.W. Lawless and Kay Bell is a hundred-year-old man’s look back at his life in 1942, in Wangamba, Australia. Police Sergeant Jack Furey is one of three police officers keeping order in a small town in wartime. American troops are setting up a temporary camp and Australian soldiers are either going to war or returning on leave. Keeping the two groups separate proves to be an almost impossible undertaking. It seems that the only one who wants peace in Wangamba is himself. His only encouragement comes from his wife and young son who keep him grounded. When an Australian soldier on leave is murdered, Furey finds that solving this crime will be a difficult investigation. The town politicians are not always honest, the clergy is making his life miserable, the bickering between the two sides of the military is constant. There are more questions than there are answers when it comes to solving the murder. Furey’s War is a look at a small town police officer struggling to keep the peace in a place that does not seem to want peace. I enjoyed reading this mystery: the characters are multi-faceted and the plot is well-paced. Highly recommended. Thank you to Campanile Publishing, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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  • a most enjoyable read

    Australian husband and wife team, T W Lawless and Kay Bell have co-written Furey's War. Set in 1942 in North Queensland, Police Sargent Jack Furey has to keep law and order whilst American and Australian soldiers are based in the region. First a new born baby is found in a box on a doorstep, then a baby’s remains are discovered and a murder is committed. Jack investigates and applies his strict moral code causing angst and grief for his family. The story is told in flashback mode as Jack is in a nursing home and about to celebrate his hundredth birthday. An enjoyable historical fictional account of aussie life during the war and the loveable protagonist who seems a bit too woke for his times. Despite the saccharine ending and contrary centurion, this is a most enjoyable read, with a three-and-a-half-stars rating. With thanks to Campanile Publishing and the authors for a poof copy for review purposes.

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