Tamam Shud and the Mystery of Why This is a Memoir

Book review: Tamam Shud, by Kerry Greenwood (Amazon / Book Depository) In December 1948, my dad told me, the body of a man was found at the bottom of the steps on Somerton Beach. He was clean, manicured, well-nourished and well-dressed and had no visible wounds. Someone had gone to the trouble of removing all... Continue Reading →

Dark, Darker, and Darkest: A Journalist Lights Up the Dark Web

Book review: The Darkest Web, by Eileen Ormsby (Amazon / Book Depository) In The Darkest Web, Australian lawyer and journalist Eileen Ormsby breaks down "the internet's evil twin" into three levels of badness: dark, darker, and darkest. I have spent the past five years exploring every corner of the dark web, one of the few who is... Continue Reading →

25 Years of a Mysterious Australian Cold Case

Book review: The Phillip Island Murder, by Vikki Petraitis and Paul Daley (Amazon / Book Depository / ebook available directly from Clan Destine Press) Listening through back episodes of the eerie and excellent Australian true crime podcast Casefile, I came across one that featured such a perplexing story: that of the 1986 murder of 23-year-old Beth... Continue Reading →

Drowning in the past

Book review: The Drowned Man, by Brendan James Murray (Amazon / Book Depository) A chance meeting in a fish and chip shop with a veteran sailor of the WWII battle cruiser HMAS Australia was the catalyst that eventually led to this extensively, even exhaustively, researched story. Brendan James Murray encounters an elderly man who proudly... Continue Reading →

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