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Book Review: Pretty Dead Ordinary, by Portia Stanton-Noble

MYSTERY: Nearly two years after a serial killer let loose with havoc in Brumby Flat, intrigue, unexpressed desires and murder ride back into town.

Feature image credit: Austin Macauley Publishers

Pretty Dead Ordinary is the sequel to the author’s debut novel, The Big Dead Dry. Having not read the first novel, I’m coming into this book unfamiliar with the characters and storylines, but there is enough reference to past events from the first book and a recap of character descriptions that I can catch up and easily follow along. However, so readers can truly appreciate this book for what it is, I would recommend reading the first book in the series before starting on this one.

Two years after a murder in the small town of Brumby Flat, mysterious things are starting to happen again, but who is to blame? From murder mystery to a steamy romance novel, this book has it all. It is well paced and there is certainly a lot of excitement for a country town; it’s got the makings of a good television drama.

While there are quite a few characters, they are given good character descriptions so you can keep track of them for the most part. The only problem is two of the male characters have the same first name, but the author goes back and forth between calling one of the characters by his Christian name and his surname (which can also be used as a first name), so that did get a bit confusing.

Portia Stanton-Noble is new to the world of being a published author. Hailing from Melbourne, she moved to a country town in the mid-north region of South Australia with her son. Living in that area myself, I feel like the author has drawn inspiration for elements of this book from her own life and as a reader I enjoyed recognising local connections to major weather events and local tourism and industry.

Stanton-Noble is a fresh new author with an original storyline and proves that there is always more to small country towns than what meets the eye, and leaves the readers wanting more.

Reviewed by Karlie Naulty

This review is the opinion of the reviewer and not necessarily of Glam Adelaide.

Distributed by: Austin Macauley Publishers
Released: October 2022
RRP: Approx. $6.00 (eBook)

A wild and exciting journey through a small country town, to uncover the truth and catch a killer.
3.5

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