Good News, Bad News by Maggie Groff

Published: 1st March 2013 (print)/1st March 2013 (audio) Goodreads badge
Publisher:
 Pan Macmillan Australia/Bolinda Audio
Pages: 369 pages/7 discs
Narrator: Catherine Milte
Format: Audiobook
Genre: Mystery
★   ★   ★  – 3 Stars

Intrepid investigative journalist Scout Davis has given herself a holiday, but when Hermione Longfellow floats towards her in the supermarket, wanting to engage her services, she stops to listen.

Most people in Byron Bay are aware of the eccentric Anemone sisters. Always dressed in black, they rarely leave their home nestled in the hills – but Scout is sure that the drinking of chicken blood is just idle gossip. When Hermione asks Scout to track down sister Nemony’s AWOL husband, believed to have died at sea thirty years ago, but recently popped up again on the Great Barrier Reef, Scout, checking there is no eye of newt in Hermione’s shopping trolley, jumps at the chance.

Another source of intrigue falls close to home when Scout’s sister Harper despairs over her husband’s odd behaviour. And if that weren’t enough, Scout’s journalist boyfriend is finally coming home from Afghanistan. Trouble is, Scout thinks she may be falling in love with irresistible local cop Rafe – who coincidentally is also Toby’s best friend…

Catherine Milte was a much better narrator than Parker was in book one. Once you get past the vast difference – Scout becoming a very proper sounding woman with a tinge of British in her – you settle into the story and forget how she sounded originally. One of the challenges of audio books that reading doesn’t have I suppose but you get used to the narration fairly quickly.

I originally thought the case wasn’t going to be as interesting as the first one. How does one compete with a cult? But it actually was rather interesting. Scout investigates a man who was presumed dead over thirty years ago and seeks to prove he is alive and living up in Queensland. There are quirky new characters and the same familiar characters we grew fond of in book. Scout’s sister Harper adds her own drama and flair to the story once more, another reason why this was an interesting read.

There are quite a few surprises which I enjoyed. Groff drops them in all the right places to give a nice burst of unexpectedness as the story goes on. There are also many secrets to uncover; not only for the case but for her friends and family around her. The elusive and secretive GKI makes another appearance and fits a little better into the story, it feels a bit more natural that it is in there, less like it was tacked on as a side story.

One of the things I liked about this second book was that Groff doesn’t focus as much on Scout’s condition. Her diabetes takes a backseat as it should, and only is mentioned when it is actually necessary. I actually forgot she had the disease at times which was something I couldn’t do in book one. The lack of constant diabetes talk is swapped, however, with a description of what everyone is wearing. Again, whether the audio book made this stand more or if it’s just me I’m not sure, but it felt unnecessary a lot of the time or at least a tad clunky.

Scout’s relationship with Rafe continues and comes to a resolution of sorts. I can’t say I like them being together any more than I did the first time, but Groff provides a weak excuse and justification that almost works. I still think Scout is a bit selfish and feels almost guiltless about it.

Overall this series is fun and enjoyable with more things that I liked than didn’t. Scout is a great investigative journalist and her approach to her stories and her method of tracking information down is always delightful and filled with adventure.

You can purchase Good News, Bad News via the following

Print

Pan Macmillan Aus | QBD

Angus & Robertson

Audio

Booktopia | Angus & Robertson

Australian Women’s Writing Challenge 2017

aww2017-badgeThis is my second year participating in the AWW and I am really looking forward to the challenge, much more than I was last time. Last year I didn’t have a lot of confidence and started hoping to read at least 6 books by Aussie women, and when I met that goal I bumped it up. By the end of the year I ended up reading nearly 30 books which I was quite proud of considering I had a lot going on. I discovered so many wonderful female Aussie authors and I fell in love with their books and their words. I am looking forward to adding to the list of awesome women and hope I can spread some of that love around at the same time.

I am starting this year at my final goal from last year of reading 25 and reviewing 15. I would love it if I could bump that up, I admire all those who have goal’s in the 40s or even the 80s! But for now we’ll stick with the 25. Let’s not run before we read, as it were. I will post updates of my progress through the year and will include the badge on my reviews.

To find out more about the challenge and see if it’s something you would like to participate in, check out the website. The challenge runs from 1st January to 31st December so there is plenty of time to complete your goal, and you can sign up at any time during the year until the end of November.

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2017

Read 25 Review 50

Read: 0/25

Reviewed: 0/15

AWW 2016 Final Update

AWW16Let’s take a moment to thank Past Amy for actually kind of keeping on top of this before her world crumbled and the big bad men stole her internet, her free time, and made her work all the time.

With that done, I am rather proud of myself for participating in this finally. I loved it. I made an effort to read more Aussie women books this year even without this challenge, and through chance and circumstance I discovered some great books by Aussies this year so it’s great this challenge was here to share them with you all. While I haven’t been able to review as many as I planned due to having no internet in the house for two months, and having a lot of personal and work commitments, I have read more. I will be getting reviews up for them though eventually I just have run out of time. I have included a complete list of all books read below, review links included and I am certainly looking forward to doing this again next year, with total success!

AWW BOOKS Sep-Dec

Black by Fleur Ferris – Review

Mad Men, Bad Girls, and the Guerilla Knitters Institute by Maggie Groff

 The Eye of the Sheep by Sophie Laguna

Hate is Such a Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub

Breathing Underwater by Sophie Hardcastle

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2016 Total

Read: 28/25

Reviewed: 11/15

The Princess Companion by Melanie Cellier – Reviewed

Dead, Actually by Kaz Delaney – Reviewed

Almost Dead by Kaz Delaney – Reviewed

The Reluctant Jillaroo by Kaz Delaney – Reviewed

Yellow by Megan Jacobson – Reviewed

The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub – Reviewed

Frankie by Shivaunn Plozza – Reviewed

Risk by Fleur Ferris – Reviewed

Pieces of Sky by Trinity Doyle – Reviewed

Wish List by Belinda Williams – Reviewed

Darkest Place by Jaye Ford

The High Places by Fiona MacFarlane

The Stockmen by Rachael Treasure

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

The Farmer’s Wife by Rachael Treasure – Reviewed

Jillaroo by Rachael Treasure

The Boundless Sublime by Lilli Wilkinson

The Girl and the Ghost Grey Mare by Rachael Treasure

Elliane by Judy Nunn

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

The Rouseabout by Rachael Treasure

The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

The Princess Fugitive by Melanie Cellier

Black by Fleur Ferris – Reviewed

Mad Men, Bad Girls, and the Guerilla Knitters Institute by Maggie Groff

 The Eye of the Sheep by Sophie Laguna

Hate is Such a Strong Word by Sarah Ayoub

Breathing Underwater by Sophie Hardcastle

 

AWW 2016 Update

AWW 2016 Update 

AWW16My updates are few and far between this year, especially in the later half because of work and personal reasons but I’m slowly continuing my reading and my AWW challenge. With a few months to cover it looks like I have done quite well, reading a total of 11 books, upgrading my score to 23/20. I thought I may reach this mark, but with my blogging falling on the wayside (as expected looking at previous years) I was worried about making my target. Luckily those four months were rather productive and I can say I’ve read them at least. The next step is reviewing them.

AWW BOOKS May-Sep

The Stockmen by Rachael Treasure

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

The Farmer’s Wife by Rachael Treasure

Jillaroo by Rachael Treasure

The Boundless Sublime by Lilli Wilkinson

The Girl and the Ghost Grey Mare by Rachael Treasure

Elliane by Judy Nunn

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

The Rouseabout by Rachael Treasure

The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham

The Princess Fugitive by Melanie Cellier

AWW2016 TOTAL

Having reached the 20 read goal I’m going to bump it up to 25. A small increase but with a lot to review I’m limiting my increment again to allow a catch up. That and I’m not reading much at the moment so I’m safe for a while.

Read: 23/25

Reviewed: 10/15

AWW 2016 Update

AWW16My first update covered three months, this time I’ve got two months to deal with and magically I have a few books to look at. I realised yesterday that I actually had read a few Aussie ladies and that another update was needed. I thought when I was doing this I’d post a reminder without being able to add anything new so I’m quite pleased. In future I am aiming for a monthly recap which means I’d best get my reading into gear and have something to update about. But for now I have a wonderful bunch of books to add to my list.

There is still plenty of time if you wish to join the challenge, you can sign up at any time during the year until the end of November. Visit the AWW website for more information.

 

AWW BOOKS Mar-Apr

The Reluctant Jillaroo by Kaz Delaney – Reviewed

Yellow by Megan Jacobson – Reviewed

The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub – Reviewed

Frankie by Shivaunn Plozza – Reviewed

Risk by Fleur Ferris – Reviewed

Pieces of Sky by Trinity Doyle – Reviewed

Wish List by Belinda Williams – Reviewed

Darkest Place by Jaye Ford

The High Places by Fiona MacFarlane

 

AWW2016 TOTAL

I’ve had to update my goal limit because I’m doing better than I thought I was going to. I’m bumping it up to read 20, review 16. Small increments for safety for now.

Read: 12/20

Reviewed: 10/16

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