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A Few Right Thinking Men (Rowland Sinclair, #1) Rowland Sinclair Is An Artist And A Gentleman In Australia S S The Sinclair Name Is Respectable And Influential, Yet Rowland Has A Talent For ScandalEven With Thousands Of Unemployed Lining The Streets, Rowland S Sheltered World Is One Of Exorbitant Wealth, Culture And Impeccable Tailoring He Relies On The Sinclair Fortune To Indulge His Artistic Passions And Friends A Poet, A Painter And A Brazen SculptressMounting Tensions Fuelled By The Great Depression Take Australia To The Brink Of Revolution


10 thoughts on “A Few Right Thinking Men (Rowland Sinclair, #1)

  1. says:

    This was a very interesting introduction to a series which I think I am going to like very much Why only three stars then The three stars are for The characters, especially Rowland who has the makings of being a book hero He is charming, rich, honest, thoughtful and smart Whatcould you ask for His friends and family are all interesting characters as well The period setting 0f Australia during the Depression years We get to visit the city and the outback and see the vast differen This was a very interesting introduction to a series which I think I am going to like very much Why only three stars then The three stars are for The characters, especially Rowland who has the makings of being a book hero He is charming, rich, honest, thoughtful and smart Whatcould you ask for His friends and family are all interesting characters as well The period setting 0f Australia during the Depression years We get to visit the city and the outback and see the vast difference at that time between social classes That beautiful, perfectly appropriate cover The loss of two stars is due to the fact that the author placed her fictional story into a big chunk of historical fact, which would have been great except that it was political fact And I hate politics, current and past So sadly I found a big chunk of the book boring.The good thing is that I can look forward toof the charming Rowland and hopefully anyway less of the political stuff in the next book


  2. says:

    Rowland Sinclair Rowly to his friends was dining with his elderly uncle, Rowland Sinclair and as usual, enjoying the lively banter between the two of them But when Rowly was informed a day or two later by the police that his uncle had been murdered, he was shocked and saddened With the police seemingly doing nothing to find his killer s, Rowly vowed to find them himself With the country in the throes of tensions caused by the Depression, and agitators on both sides of Parliament firing th Rowland Sinclair Rowly to his friends was dining with his elderly uncle, Rowland Sinclair and as usual, enjoying the lively banter between the two of them But when Rowly was informed a day or two later by the police that his uncle had been murdered, he was shocked and saddened With the police seemingly doing nothing to find his killer s, Rowly vowed to find them himself With the country in the throes of tensions caused by the Depression, and agitators on both sides of Parliament firing things up, Rowly was setting himself up for trouble His straight laced and staid brother Wilfred, who had returned from the Great War, not entirely unaffected, was at his wit s end with his younger brother Wilfred had certain views and expected Rowly to follow his ideals But Rowly was on the bench he had no leanings either way For this artistic, peace loving gentleman, it seemed scandal was about to hit in a big way Rowly was prepared to take risks but would he take one too many A Few Right Thinking Men is the first in the Rowland Sinclair series by Aussie author Sulari Gentill, and is one I thoroughly enjoyed Mystery madeinteresting by it being set in Sydney in the 1930s when the Great War is over, and the Depression is in full swing The character of Rowland Sinclair is an excellent one a gentle man who has no hesitation in using his considerable wealth to help those less fortunate, especially his dearest friends, Edna, Milton and Clyde A new series for me to start, and I m looking forward to the next Highly recommended.With thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for my digital copy to read and review


  3. says:

    Life throughout the world was unsettled in the 1930s, with the Great Depression, mass unemployment and political unrest In Australia, depending on your own circumstances, you were a part of, or feared, Communism, Facsicm or the Old Guard conservatives who wished to maintain the status quo established pre World War One.The story of these unsettled times in New South Wales is told through Rowland Sinclair, wealthy young gentleman who has turned his back on his privileged upbringing and works as a Life throughout the world was unsettled in the 1930s, with the Great Depression, mass unemployment and political unrest In Australia, depending on your own circumstances, you were a part of, or feared, Communism, Facsicm or the Old Guard conservatives who wished to maintain the status quo established pre World War One.The story of these unsettled times in New South Wales is told through Rowland Sinclair, wealthy young gentleman who has turned his back on his privileged upbringing and works as an artist His comfortable home in one of Sydney s best suburbs is also home to several other artists who are down on their luck Well, they were until Rowland invited them in, anyway His older brother, Wilfred, who served in the war, is stongly aligned with the Old Guard, while friend and house mate Milton leans toward Communism Wilfred remonstrates with Rowland on his life style, demanding he live up to his family name and support the lifestyle men fought for, and for which his eldest brother Aubrey died When Rowland s uncle, also named Rowland and another who lives a scandalous life, is beaten to death in his home, young Rowland fumes at the lack of police progress in solving the killing He suspects that the Fascist New Guard is involved and he infiltrates their ranks, posing under the name of fellow artist Clyde, painting a portrait of the Facsict leader Eric Campbell for the Archibald His double identity lands him in trouble from both sides of the political spectrum, who either see him as a spy or of betraying his own kind.One of the problems of compressing a period of history into book length is that the issues can feel over tressed The distrust, the belief of each group that it alone is right, the violence towards those who think differently is unrelenting throughout the first half I don t say that this is a fault, or can be avoided, but it meant I had to take a breather and read something lighter before I could finish That probably saysabout this reader than about the book It is in fact an excellent rendition of the period, well written, well told, well constructed It works on the level of history as well as mystery Recommended.I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley for an honest review


  4. says:

    I was given this book as a gift I have no working knowledge of Australian history, so I felt a little intimidated, but that disappeared as soon as I read, Rowland wiped his hands on his waistcoat Not so many months ago, it had been a quality item of gentleman s attire Now, it was stained with paint and smelled of turpentine Rowland preferred it that way He looked again at the painting with which he had battled all day and which, in the end, had defeated him This is Rowland Sinclair, a you I was given this book as a gift I have no working knowledge of Australian history, so I felt a little intimidated, but that disappeared as soon as I read, Rowland wiped his hands on his waistcoat Not so many months ago, it had been a quality item of gentleman s attire Now, it was stained with paint and smelled of turpentine Rowland preferred it that way He looked again at the painting with which he had battled all day and which, in the end, had defeated him This is Rowland Sinclair, a young, compelling man possessing eyes of intense blue, incredibly generous and friendly, open minded, casual, a committed artist, who yearns for the love of the bohemian sculptress, Edna, but keeps his mouth shut about it He s thrown open his house to Edna and other artists who have fallen on hard times during the 30s Depression, for his family comes from wealth and status Rowland, the embarrassment of his right thinking brother, lives life as he wants to live it, rather than obeying the rules attached to the higher classes He doesn t realize until he s fallen deep into the pit how history will affect him personally, will drag him into the thick of things, although his only desire is to live life in peace and acceptance of others, whatever their beliefs.It all begins when his friend, Milton, drags him to a Communist meeting From there the reader is pulled into history with Rowland we delve into the New Guard, a fascist group run by the historical figure, Eric Campbell, who, along with his compatriots, want to turn Australia into a fascist state Then there s the Old Guard, the original group from which Campbell split, the group loyal to King and Country, Traditionalists all.Against the backdrop of this history, impeccably researched we flow along with Rowland and his friends as they try to get to the bottom of a brutal murder, and end up discoveringthan they ever dreamed of Their very lives fall into jeopardy as the politics of the times overtakes and surrounds them.One of the highlights for me was the wit, the humor, and the dialogue between these characters This is all masterful, and I was guffawing even in the midst of a grim reality that could have ultimately changed Australia from the lovable place we know albeit filled with the world s most poisonous snakes and spiders, not to mention crocs and jellyfish to a place of dictatorship Thank God that didn t happen Quotes You don t need to worry about my discretion, Wil, Rowland said angrily I m not about to tell anyone that my brother is raising some clandestine, tweed jacketed army because he thinks Stalin is heading south Ernest nodded solemnly Are you going to see the King Shall I give him your regards Don t be silly, Uncle Rowly, King George has his own guardswith big furry black hats Civil war Who would Milton clapped his hand on his forehead in realisation Bloody Catholics I knew the Tykes were planning somethingall that bloody Hail Marying Clyde, who was a Catholic of sorts, clipped the side of Milton s head as he got up to refill his glass.As far as the romance between Rowland and Ednawell, I ll let the reader discover that for him or herself A Few Right Thinking Men could have been a dark account, almost a documentary, one event leading into the next But the addition of Rowly, Wilfred, Ernest, Kate, Edna, Clyde and especially Milt I love him and their enduring friendship, the barely contained romance which is masterfully done, draws one in and makes this a story where the reader is completely invested in the lives, emotions, and outcomes of these people From the first page to the last, everything flows, woven perfectly, so that we see the big picture of Australian politics in the 30s along with the microcosm of Rowland s life, friendships and family.A Few Right Thinking Men merely introduces Rowland and his friends Rowland s adventures, I m happy to report, will continue on in future books


  5. says:

    As some of my review followers may be aware, I have begun to readcrime fiction over the last year or two Generally it is crime fiction written in the forties and fifties and occasionally the odd Agatha Christiefor setting than anything else and a break from the literary fiction I generally read.When I came across a review for a Sulari Gentill it wasn t for the first in the series I immediately took note Here was an Australian woman writer, I belong to the Australian Women Writ As some of my review followers may be aware, I have begun to readcrime fiction over the last year or two Generally it is crime fiction written in the forties and fifties and occasionally the odd Agatha Christiefor setting than anything else and a break from the literary fiction I generally read.When I came across a review for a Sulari Gentill it wasn t for the first in the series I immediately took note Here was an Australian woman writer, I belong to the Australian Women Writers Challenge the author of a crime fiction series set in Sydney in the 1930s Perfect.From the opening paragraph it was obvious that Gentill is an intelligent writer Immediately I was drawn to Rowland Sinclair and his friends and the beautiful Woodlands House I particularly enjoyed reading about Edna and would have likedof her and their tricky relationship It s obvious, too, that Gentill is amazing at combining characterisation and historical fact in one paragraph I don t know how she does it, but it is no mean feat The only other writer who I have come across who does it so well is Sadie Jone. See my review of Small Wars s an example smoothly covering Rowly s car, his social standing in England, the British attitude to Australians and Rowley s mood He climbed into his yellow Mercedes Benz, patting the bonnet affectionately as he did so He had brought the supercharged tourer back with him from England The car had once belonged to a Lord Lesley, with whom Rowland had played cards at Oxford The Sinclairs meant very little to English society There, they were looked down on as colonial upstarts of dubious breeding Lord Lesley had been no exception, and made no secret that playing poker with an Australian was akin to dining with savages The evenings were regularly peppered with barbed witticisms about convicts and bushrangers Rowland had found it grating but he was playing poker He kept his face closed Marvellous My only complaint probablyan observation that at 350 pages it does take a while for the mystery of Rowland s uncle s death to be solved On the way though we are spending time with some wonderful characters who I m sure I will be catching up with on a regular basis from now on


  6. says:

    The author has cleverly picked an interesting period of Australian history The 1930s The country is still recovering from WWI, is experiencing the great depression and there are patriots forming para militias to fight the scourge of Communism Amongst this setting Rowland Sinclair a man from a wealthy family and who lives well, but is also an artist and lives a life of Bohemian rhapsody He has adopted three Communist aligned close friends, a sculptress, a painter and a poet These three cha The author has cleverly picked an interesting period of Australian history The 1930s The country is still recovering from WWI, is experiencing the great depression and there are patriots forming para militias to fight the scourge of Communism Amongst this setting Rowland Sinclair a man from a wealthy family and who lives well, but is also an artist and lives a life of Bohemian rhapsody He has adopted three Communist aligned close friends, a sculptress, a painter and a poet These three characters make the book they have energy, loyalty and light heartedness.There is a murder which Sinclair tries to solve It s a rare ending where the bad guys seem to get way with things It s also a very Australian story.It s a book that was okay enough for me to try the next one in this series


  7. says:

    I wasn t really sure about A Few Right Thinking Men for the first 150 pages or so Not a whole lot happens except the characters are introduced and the scene set for what follows It is only with Rowly s friends turning up at his brother s house that the book sparks into life and then it s a thoroughly enjoyable romp all the way to near the end The strength of the story is its characterization, and its sense of place and history Rowly and his friends are very engaging, and the other main chara I wasn t really sure about A Few Right Thinking Men for the first 150 pages or so Not a whole lot happens except the characters are introduced and the scene set for what follows It is only with Rowly s friends turning up at his brother s house that the book sparks into life and then it s a thoroughly enjoyable romp all the way to near the end The strength of the story is its characterization, and its sense of place and history Rowly and his friends are very engaging, and the other main characters such as his brother, the police and the various political actors are nicely drawn Gentill weaves the story around a series of real events and actors, and the reader is dropped into Australia society in the 1930s, and in particular to the brief flirtations with communism and fascism The plot was relatively straightforward, the mystery element was a bit of damp squib, and the end just kind of drifted away as a bit of anti climax and setup for the next instalment Nevertheless, for a good chunk of the story I was captivated and I m looking forward to the next book in the series, A Decline in Prophets


  8. says:

    There s nothing quite like the bohemian life in 1930s Australia Throw in a wealthy gentleman artist, Rowland Sinclair, a mix match of creative types living in his palatial home, and the murder of a much loved uncle and you have the setting for Sulari Gentell s historical crime novel While A Few Right Thinking Men starts out with a murder, it soon devolves into an examination of the politics of the time Fascism, communism, The New Guard, the Old Guard, the landed gentry Yes, there s a lot i There s nothing quite like the bohemian life in 1930s Australia Throw in a wealthy gentleman artist, Rowland Sinclair, a mix match of creative types living in his palatial home, and the murder of a much loved uncle and you have the setting for Sulari Gentell s historical crime novel While A Few Right Thinking Men starts out with a murder, it soon devolves into an examination of the politics of the time Fascism, communism, The New Guard, the Old Guard, the landed gentry Yes, there s a lot in this work, from the nasty political murderer, to soap boxes, class distinction and De Groot s famous charge to cut the ribbon at the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge However I must admit that at times I was looking for a bitinvention and a little less sticking to historical fact Don t get me wrong this book certainly entertains and like all good works of historical fiction I learnt things about the era as well But I couldn t help but think that a bit less historical meat andinvention may have helped Gentill win the Commonwealth Writer s Prize that she was short listed for


  9. says:

    3.5 stars.Interesting and entertaining start to a series set in 1930s Sydney, Australia The main characters are engaging young members of the bohemian art set Rowland Sinclair is the one with money and a posh background he s also a rather good painter He shares the Sinclair family house with Edna, who works in sculpture, Milton, a poet and Clyde, who also paints Milton is also a fervent Communist Rowland s older brother Wilfred does not approve, at all, of the house guests.While the murder 3.5 stars.Interesting and entertaining start to a series set in 1930s Sydney, Australia The main characters are engaging young members of the bohemian art set Rowland Sinclair is the one with money and a posh background he s also a rather good painter He shares the Sinclair family house with Edna, who works in sculpture, Milton, a poet and Clyde, who also paints Milton is also a fervent Communist Rowland s older brother Wilfred does not approve, at all, of the house guests.While the murder of Rowland s elderly uncle is the mystery to be solved, it is the local politics that keeps the plot moving The roiling conflict between the Left the Communists and the Right the Fascist leaning New Guard is well presented, helped along by the newspaper clippings of the day that start each chapter.I am so glad Poison Pen Press has decided to bring this series to an American audience Lucky Australian readers have had several years to enjoy these books I am eagerly awaiting the next entry


  10. says:

    I enjoyed this book very much Especially I liked the atmosphere of the New South Wales in the early 30s and the extremely likable bunch of characters Rowley, Ed, Milt and Clyde are lovely misfits and I can t wait to readabout them What I loved most about this book were the characters and the dialogues The main character is a wealthy artist Rowland Sinclair, known as Rowley to his friends His friends are also artists, they are funny and charming For the most of time they are just drif I enjoyed this book very much Especially I liked the atmosphere of the New South Wales in the early 30s and the extremely likable bunch of characters Rowley, Ed, Milt and Clyde are lovely misfits and I can t wait to readabout them What I loved most about this book were the characters and the dialogues The main character is a wealthy artist Rowland Sinclair, known as Rowley to his friends His friends are also artists, they are funny and charming For the most of time they are just drifting through life, having fun, with no idea where they are heading Edna is a sculptress and also a model, who doesn t shy away from posing nude Milton is a poet and Clyde is a painter, often forced to paint portraits of hideous clients for remuneration When I started reading this book I didn t know much about the political scene in New South Wales before the Second World War Now, I know muchabout the political fractions, the Great Depression in Australia and who Jack Lang was What sthe information was given in such a way that it was easy to comprehend and it never got boring The novel was lovingly crafted and rich with historically accurate details about the life in Australia in the early 30s It was time full of political tensions and social unrest The Great Depression bought unemployment and poverty to many families It also caused rise of extremism on the right and the left side of the political scene The Communists and the Fascist were preparing for revolution and coup d tat Premier Jack Lang and his actions were very unpopular The enemies of state were lurking on every corner photo of the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridgephoto of Premier Jack Lang in his officeAs you can see from my comments this novel is so muchthan a murder mystery There is an ongoing murder investigation and it motivates many of the characters actions, but there is muchgoing on than simply solving the crime I am curious how the characters are going to evolve in the next book in the series and what other adventures they are going to face I received A Few Right Thinking Men from the publisher via NetGalley I would like to thank the author and the publisher for providing me with the advance reader copy of the book