Review – Opal Country – Chris Hammer

Firstly I would like to thank Caitlin Raynor at Headline Publishing Group for sending me through a copy to review.

When I saw the possibility to receive a review copy I jumped at it, even though I have only read the third book in the Martin Scarsden series. But one book was certainly enough to get me interested in reading more novels written by Chris Hammer. This isn’t a go to genre for me, but as you will see I am very pleased that I have read it.

My Thoughts:

Homicide detective Ivan Lucic is sent to Finnigans Gap to investigate a miner’s death, which seems rather suspicious. He is assisted in the case by inexperienced young investigator Nell Buchanan.

I found the book really interesting as it gives information on opal mining which is not something that I am particularly familiar with. The book opens with information about the practice of ‘ratting’ which is basically stealing from other people’s mines.

Hammer has created a fictional town called Finnigans Gap as the setting for the book, which is based on the real town of Lightning Ridge. I liked the addition of the map at the beginning of the book as well.

As the book progresses the story line gets more complicated but really interesting as you discover who is involved in the plot. Ivan and Nell are nearly thrown into disarray a couple of times as they investigate the murder.

I believe that Hammer’s journalistic background adds to this story as the way he weaves descriptions of people, places and events is terrific.