Give the devil his due / Sulari Gentill.

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      Summary: "When Rowland Sinclair, an artist with leftist friends and a free-wheeling lifestyle, is invited to take his yellow Mercedes onto the Maroubra Speedway, renamed the Killer Track for the lives it has claimed, he agrees without caution or reserve. But then people start to die... The body of a journalist covering the race is found in a House of Horrors. An English blueblood with Blackshirt affiliations is killed on the racetrack. And Rowland Sinclair hurtles towards disaster with an artist, a poet, and brazen sculptress along for the ride..."-- Provided by publisher.
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      Originally published in 2015 by Pantera Press Pty Limited, Australia.
      Includes an excerpt from A murder unmentioned.
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Booklist Reviews 2019 December #1

Set in 1930s Australia, this seventh Rowland Sinclair mystery (after A Murder Unmentioned, 2019) takes the reader on one wild ride. Wealthy gentleman-artist Sinclair must avoid being "dashed to death" on the dangerous Maroubra Speedway when he agrees to race his yellow 1927 Mercedes S-Class in a charity event to aid the Red Cross. Meanwhile, he becomes involved in a police investigation when the body of a journalist is found in Magdalene's House of the Macabre, a case that leads him to a ruthless bookmakers operation. The charms of sculptor Edna Higgins, aka the Communist Siren, and the ever-ready fists of Sinclair's friend Clyde Watson Jones are put to work in a series of charades and kerfuffles—this lot ought to have an ambulance on standby wherever they go. Rich in period detail and including a stellar performance by a young Errol Flynn, competing against Sinclair in his silver Triumph, this is an ideal recommendation for fans of the flair and humor of Kerry Greenwood and the skillful plotting of Agatha Christie. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 November #1

Set in 1934 Sydney, Australia, Gentill's appealing seventh Rowland Sinclair mystery (after 2019's A Murder Unmentioned) opens with artist Rowland showing off his 1927 Mercedes, which he's going to drive in a charity race in aid of the Red Cross, to reporter Crispin White, who has come to interview him about the event at the Maroubra Speedway. White later turns up dead in Magdalene's House of the Macabre, a waxworks "specialising in ghouls and whatnot," which is rumored to host meetings of a witches' coven. Since Rowland's friend Milton Isaacs, self-defined poet and proud communist, was among the last to see the victim alive, Milton comes under scrutiny by the police. Occultists, artists, politicians, backstreet doctors, lowlifes, high rollers, and even a dashing young Errol Flynn cross paths in this cleverly plotted mystery, which will keep readers eagerly turning pages to see what happens next. The relationships of Gentill's well-developed characters continue to evolve as this fine historical series takes a darker tone with the rise of fascism in Europe. (Jan.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.