Wednesday, 20 April 2022

Book Review: Rising Dust by Fleur McDonald

Rising Dust
Fleur McDonald 
Detective Dave Burrows returns in another breathtaking tale of rural suspense
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publication date: 29th March 2022
Series: Detective Dave Burrows 

Genre: Crime
Pages: 376
RRP: $29.99 AUD 
Format read: Paperback
Source: Courtesy of the publisher
My review
I simply devour Fleur McDonald's Dave Burrows books and eagerly await each new novel.
Following on from Something to Hide, Dave's marriage to Mel is in tatters and he is battling lawyers to see his two daughters.
Dave is sent with, partner and mentor, Detective Bob Holden to investigate a possible case of stolen sheep north of Carnarvon. However when a body is uncovered on the beach, then a large drug haul is found buried nearby, the sheep investigation is temporarily on hold.
Rising Dust is another suspense filled story where the action never lets up. McDonald highlights the unpredictability of the weather and how the outback can quickly change from peaceful, restful and healing to wild and dangerous as a flash storm rips through the area causing flooding.
I loved the vivid descriptions of the landscape and how McDonald captures the flora and fauna of the area with discerning accuracy showcasing her knowledge of the outback.
I really enjoy the partnership of Bob and Dave. Bob uses his age and experience to mentor Dave and dampens down some of Dave's impulsiveness, showing Dave to use a steady head and calm his quick temper.

Rising Dust is a wonderful blend of police procedural, crime, suspense and character development. 

Fleur McDonald delivers Australian outback crime at it's breath-holding best.

My rating  5 / 5  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

About the author

Photo credit: Goodreads
Fleur McDonald has lived and worked on farms for much of her life. After growing up in the small town of Orroroo in South Australia, she went jillarooing, eventually co-owning an 8000 acre property in regional Western Australia.
Fleur likes to write about strong women overcoming adversity, drawing inspiration from her own experiences in rural Australia. She has two children, an energetic kelpie and a Jack Russell terrier.


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