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This Mortal Boy

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This Mortal Boy by Fiona Kidman

An utterly compelling recreation of the events that led to one of the last executions in New Zealand.

Albert Black, known as the ‘jukebox killer’, was only twenty when he was convicted of murdering another young man in a fight at a milk bar in Auckland on 26 July 1955. His crime fuelled growing moral panic about teenagers, and he was to hang less than five months later, the second-to-last person to be executed in New Zealand.

But what really happened? Was this a love crime, was it a sign of juvenile delinquency? Or was this dark episode in our recent history more about our society’s reaction to outsiders?

Black’s final words, as the hangman covered his head, were, ‘I wish you all a merry Christmas, gentlemen, and a prosperous New Year.’ This is his story.

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About the Author

Fiona Kidman is a leading contemporary novelist, short story writer and poet. Much of her fiction is focused on how outsiders navigate their way in narrowly conformist society. She has published a large and exciting range of fiction and poetry, and has worked as a librarian, producer and critic. Kidman has won numerous awards, and she has been the recipient of fellowships, grants and other significant honours, as well as being a consistent advocate for New Zealand writers and literature. She is the President of Honour for the New Zealand Book Council, and has been awarded an OBE and a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to literature.

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My Review

4 Stars

It is the 1950’s in New Zealand and the country is struggling after World War II. Society is changing and teenagers are wrapped up in the bodgie and widgie cultures. People are looking down on them and blaming parents for not properly raising their children.

During this time, immigrant Albert “Paddy” Black has moved to New Zealand. He is wrapped up in this culture and although quiet ends up stabbing Alan Jacques in the neck beside a jukebox, thus the name the Jukebox Killer sticks.

This is a fictionalized account of Paddy’s life, the things he experienced, and so much more. We follow along with the politicians and police as he is convicted and how his case lead to Paddy being the second to last person being executed in New Zealand.

I am from the States so I had no idea about Paddy and this murder. I admit that I had to look up what a bodgie and widgie was. But it was still a fascinating read since it seemed being an immigrant had more to do with the case than the facts. It was definitely a good read and one that I recommend checking out.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

I would like to thank MZPR for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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The Hive

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The Hive by Jane Holland

The Hive: a brand-new thriller for 2019 from Kindle #1 bestseller Jane Holland

“Addictive, horrifying and brilliant!” – 5 stars, Rachel Gilbey from Rachel’s Random Reads

Scarred by fire from infancy, with a persistent stammer, Charlotte has always been in the shadow of her glamorous theatrical parents. So it’s a shock when her mother commits suicide.

Left to care for her sick father in the dark maze of her childhood home, Charlotte begins to unravel. First, there’s the mysterious arrival of a box of dead bees. Then buzzing noises in the attic. People are watching her. Listening to her.

Everyone thinks she’s losing her mind. But an old photo suggests another, more sinister possibility …

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Author Bio

Jane Holland is a Gregory Award-winning poet and novelist. Her thriller GIRL NUMBER ONE hit #1 in the UK Kindle store in 2015, and again in 2018, catapulting her into a life of crime. She’s published dozens of novels with major publishing houses under various pseudonyms, including: Beth Good, Victoria Lamb, Elizabeth Moss, Hannah Coates, and JJ Holland, and also self-publishes.

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My Review

5 stars

Charlotte fell into a fire when she was a child has a disfigured face. She has essential shut herself away from the world with her parents and her boyfriend Alex. But when her mother commits suicide she learns things are a lot more difficult than she first thought.

Alex is a journalist and is working on a project about the Russian mafia so this is present in the front of Charlottes’ mind. Charlotte then starts hearing the buzzing of bees in the attic. When she received a box of dead bees she starts wondering if something really is happening or if she is just losing her mind.

I have to say that part of me felt for Charlotte when I first started reading the book. But then she was so frustrating that I would have liked to hit her. But when things started to get creepy I was engrossed in the story. As Charlotte would take a timid step forward I was eager to find out what was going on and on the edge of my seat at what was going to happen next.

This was an amazingly creepy read with great bee trivia sprinkled throughout. This is my second book from Jane Holland, the first being Forget Her Name. This book was just as creepy as the first. Jane Holland has definitely cemented her place on my keep shelves.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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I would like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to read and share this book.

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