The Monsarrat Series

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The Soldier's Curse Summary

A fast-paced, witty and gripping historical crime series from Tom Keneally and his eldest daughter, Meg.

In the Port Macquarie penal settlement for second offenders, at the edge of the known world, gentleman convict Hugh Monsarrat hungers for freedom. Originally transported for forging documents passing himself off as a lawyer, he is now the trusted clerk of the settlement's commandant.

His position has certain advantages, such as being able to spend time in the Government House kitchen, being supplied with outstanding cups of tea by housekeeper Hannah Mulrooney, who, despite being illiterate, is his most intelligent companion.

Not long after the commandant heads off in search of a rumoured river, his beautiful wife, Honora, falls ill with a sickness the doctor is unable to identify. When Honora dies, it becomes clear she has been slowly poisoned.

Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney suspect the commandant's second-in-command, Captain Diamond, a cruel man who shares history with Honora. Then Diamond has Mrs Mulrooney arrested for the murder. Knowing his friend will hang if she is tried, Monsarrat knows he must find the real killer. And so begins The Monsarrat Series.

©2016 Margaret Keneally and The Serpentine Publishing Company Pty Ltd (P)2016 Bolinda
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  • Book 1

    • The Soldier's Curse

    • By: Tom Keneally, Meg Keneally
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
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    A fast-paced, witty and gripping historical crime series from Tom Keneally and his eldest daughter, Meg. In the Port Macquarie penal settlement for second offenders, at the edge of the known world, gentleman convict Hugh Monsarrat hungers for freedom. Originally transported for forging documents passing himself off as a lawyer, he is now the trusted clerk of the settlement's commandant.

    Regular price: £34.99

  • Book 2

    • The Unmourned

    • The Monsarrat Series, 2
    • By: Tom Keneally, Meg Keneally
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Not all murder victims are mourned, but the perpetrator must always be punished.... For Robert Church, superintendent of the Parramatta Female Factory, the most enjoyable part of his job is access to young convict women. Inmate Grace O'Leary has made it her mission to protect the women from his nocturnal visits, and when Church is murdered with an awl thrust through his right eye, she becomes the chief suspect.

    Regular price: £34.99

    • The Unmourned

    • The Monsarrat Series, 2
    • By: Tom Keneally, Meg Keneally
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Not all murder victims are mourned, but the perpetrator must always be punished.... For Robert Church, superintendent of the Parramatta Female Factory, the most enjoyable part of his job is access to young convict women. Inmate Grace O'Leary has made it her mission to protect the women from his nocturnal visits, and when Church is murdered with an awl thrust through his right eye, she becomes the chief suspect.

    Regular price: £34.99

  • Book 3

    • The Power Game

    • The Monsarrat Series, Book 3
    • By: Meg Keneally, Tom Keneally
    • Narrated by: Paul English
    • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Being the skipper of the cutter that carries all supplies and communications between Tasmania and Maria Island is a powerful position - and a deadly one. Monsarrat and Mrs Mulrooney are sent to Maria Island in January of 1826, the very early days of the penal settlement there, to solve the murder of Harefield - the man who sailed the government cutter between mainland Tasmania and Maria Island, bringing all supplies and correspondence and directives - all of which he made sure to read.

    Regular price: £34.99