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A Few Right Thinking Men: A Rowland Sinclair Mystery    by Sulari Gentill order for
Few Right Thinking Men
by Sulari Gentill
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Poisoned Pen, 2016 (2015)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

A Few Right Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill is the first in the Rowland Sinclair series. Rowly is a gentleman and talented artist who lives in Sydney, Australia in 1931. He is wealthy (family money) and houses three of his friends in his large mansion. His friends all have talents of their own, which Rowly encourages. One is a poet, another a painter, and the third a sculptress whom Rowly has painted in the nude.

The politics of the 1930s are in sad shape with Fascism and Communism battling for prominence. Then there are the smaller groups who wish to have their views known and followed. Rowland has little to do with Australia’s political problems, but when his Uncle Rowland (the elder) is murdered, beaten to death, he must discover who could have done such a terrible crime to such a kind and generous soul.

He infiltrates both the old and new guard and uncovers 'extraordinary and treasonous conspiracies', with consequences to himself as well as his three friends.

This mystery deals briefly with the struggles of veterans returning home after war. Rowly's middle brother has been killed in France and his older brother suffers from the trauma of war. I never knew anything about Australia's entrance into World War I or about her politics after the war. I found this rendition of the era fascinating. Author Sulari Gentill has won wide recognition for her work.

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