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The Ink Stain

The Monsarrat Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Paul English
Series: The Monsarrat Series, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney are sent to Sydney to investigate corruption that may go right to the top - the office of the Governor of NSW.  

Henry Hallward, editor of the Sydney Chronicle, is a thorn in the side of the colonial administration. Hallward has been imprisoned several times for criminal libel and continues to edit his newspaper while incarcerated. This time, he’s in jail awaiting trial for suggesting that there have been some criminal financial dealings involving the CEO of the Australian Agricultural Company, a consortium of British landowners, some resident in the colony, some not, to whom the British government was giving a million acres of Australian land to develop. He has told friends that he has damaging information on someone close to the new Governor, which will shortly be revealed. First, though, he has to face court.  

As he is being taken from Sydney jail to the courthouse, a shot is heard from a nearby building, and he falls dead to the ground. Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney are sent to Sydney, officially to assist in the investigation, unofficially to discover what they can about the story Hallward was working on....

©2019 Tom & Meg Keneally (P)2019 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Meg
  • 03-21-19

Bring it on!!

Excited there will be another book in this series.
The two main characters have become my friends and I always wonder what they're up to when I'm not 'there'.🙂

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  • nelly dean
  • 05-20-19

Marvellous series riveting

Love these books truly are wonderful rollicking tales with real facts backing them up as future classics.

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  • Rodney Wetherell
  • 03-24-19

Detective story of much historical interest

This is the third Monserrat/Mrs Mulrooney book I have read, by Meg and Tom Keneally, and I have thoroughly enjoyed them all. This one shifts the action to the centre of NSW colonial life, Sydney, where we meet the appalling Colonel Duchamps and his sister Henrietta. The combination of Hugh Monserrat and Hannah Mulrooney is an effective and delightful one, though we get a bit much of Mrs Mulrooney's homespun wisdom - and her shortbread. The story is well-told as one would expect from the Keneallys, complete with cliff-hanging chapter endings, villains and sympathetic characters. I look forward to the next audio book featuring the combination - read I hope by the multi-accented Paul English.