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A Few Right Thinking Men

The Rowland Sinclair Mysteries, Book 1
Narrated by: Rupert Degas
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Rowland Sinclair is an artist and a gentleman.

In Australia's 1930s, the Sinclair name is respectable and influential, yet Rowland has a talent for scandal. He relies on the Sinclair fortune to indulge his artistic passions and friends: a poet, a painter and a brazen sculptress.

Mounting tensions fuelled by the Great Depression take Australia to the brink of revolution, but Rowland Sinclair is indifferent to the politics...until a brutal murder exposes an extraordinary and treasonous conspiracy.

©2011 Sulari Gentill (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Riverting Story with historical context

What did you like most about A Few Right Thinking Men?

I enjoyed to links to history and the underlying humor and charter development, the attention to subtle details and the great pace of the book, I normally like pretty action based novels and despite the time taken to develop the plot and characters the pace felt right and held my attention throughout the story - nicely written.

What other book might you compare A Few Right Thinking Men to, and why?

Tough one for me - possibly Tobruk by Peter FitzSimons meets Agatha Christie meets Rear Window (the movie by Alfred Hitchcock which I adore)

What about Rupert Degas’s performance did you like?

I always love Ruperts performances and seek out his narrations and on this occasion found him to be at his absolute best.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The book title would be fine.

Any additional comments?

Great writing and excellent narration - well done! Also being an Australian I especially enjoyed the humor and social observations.

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Best series ever

The series has everything. Wonderful characters, great mysteries entwined with historical facts and laced with humour. Rupert Degas is the best reader I have come across. I loved this series and can’t recommend it highly enough.

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  • KK
  • 17-05-2019

A great book and a great narrator

Had this series recommended to me as I liked Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher books. This book isn’t as ‘light’ a read as the Miss Fisher books but I loved it and I’m looking forward to working my way through the series. The central characters are quirky and very likeable, and the cast surrounding them are true to the time in their outlook and behaviour.

Sulari Gentill writes very well and clearly does a lot of research, the fictional characters and plot are interwoven with actual people and events, it’s very cleverly done and historically accurate.

Rupert Degas has done a great job - I think he has a real gift for accents. I fell into the story and nothing jarred me out of it, the voice of each character sounded so right.

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  • 27-10-2017

Good Listen

Sydney in the 30's. Rural NSW in the 30's.The characters enter stage with faults and foibles and discover a world 'gone mad' with Old and New Guards, (Conservatives and Nazi) rising to defend Australia from the Left Wing and Communists. There is talk of Civil War.

'put the cricket bat down Mick'.

With a favorite uncle dead and best friend almost left for dead and branded, something has to done.
Good story.


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  • Kathryn G.
  • 30-11-2016

Too much history, not enough story

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Cut back on some of the details of the political rallies, etc. The descriptions seemed to go on forever. I got to the point where I fast forwarded a few times.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I liked that fact that the chapters started with actual newspaper stories.