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Pretty Dead Ordinary is a continuation of the author’s debut novel, The Big Dead Dry. Having not read the first novel, I go into this book unfamiliar with the characters and plot, but there are enough references to past events from the first book and recaps of character descriptions that I can catch up and follow easily. However, in order for readers to really appreciate this book for what it is, I would recommend reading the first book in the series before starting this one.
Two years after the murder in the town of Brumby Flat, mysterious things start happening again, but who is to blame? From a murder mystery to a thrilling romance, this book has it all. It’s well-paced and certainly has a lot of excitement for a country town; it has the prerequisites for a good television drama.
Although there are quite a few characters, they are given good character descriptions so you can follow most of them. The only problem is that two male characters have the same name, but the author goes back and forth between calling one of the characters by his first name and his last name (which can also be used as a first name), so it’s a bit confusing.
Portia Stanton-Noble is new to the world of published author. Originally from Melbourne, she moved with her son to a rural town in the mid-north region of South Australia. Since I live in the area myself, I feel that the author drew inspiration for elements of this book from her own life, and as a reader I enjoyed recognizing the local connections to major weather events and local tourism and industry.
Stanton-Noble is a fresh new author with an original story and proves that there is always more to small country towns than meets the eye, leaving readers wanting more.
Reviewed by Karlie Naulty
This review is the opinion of the reviewer and not necessarily Glam Adelaide.
A wild and exciting journey through a small country town to uncover the truth and catch the killer.