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JR Carroll

JR Carroll was born and raised in Melbourne, where he started his career as a teacher before turning to writing. He is the author of 11 fiction novels. His most recent novel, 8 Hours to Die, was published in 2014. 

J.R Carroll reviews 'Kicking in Danger' by Alan Wearne

December 1997–January 1998, no. 197 01 December 1997
A kidnapping forms the centrepiece of Alan Wearne’s Kicking in Danger, an Australian Rules mystery bearing the imprimatur of such diverse luminaries as Ron Barassi and Peter Craven. The only other football mystery I know about is Death in the Back Pocket, which failed to kick a goal, but thankfully Wearne’s tilt is much more successful. He is better known for his epic verse novel The Nightmark ... (read more)

J.R. Carroll reviews 'Ruddy Gore' by Kerry Greenwood and 'Without Warning' by Peter Yeldham

May 1995, no. 170 01 May 1995
In her previous Phryne Fisher instalment, Blood and Circuses, Kerry Greenwood took advantage of her knowledge of circus and carnival life to weave an intriguing tale spotlighting a whole host of oddball types. Now in Ruddy Gore she uses her insider’s familiarity with the precious world of the theatre to similar effect. Greenwood always handles her material with a deft, almost disdainful assuranc ... (read more)