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REVIEWS
HOBART MERCURY
August 21, 2010
"...best new Aussie entrant in the crime stakes since Peter Temple."
"Geoffrey McGeachin has written a feisty, beautifully researched thriller ... shot through with brilliant insights and great dialogue ... the best new Aussie entrant in the crime stakes since Peter Temple." (read full review)
Jonathan Dawson
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WEEKLY TIMES
August 9, 2010
"... a bottler of a book ... superbly crafted ... a terrific book in all respects."
"Authentic is a word that comes to mind with this very dyed-in-the-wool novel. McGeachin has an ear for Aussie lingo and he blends it seamlessly into a bottler of a book ... While the story is superbly crafted with tantalising hints dropped occasionally, when Berlin gets the clue that will break the case it comes at an entirely unexpected moment ... This is a book that is hard to fault ... A terrific book in all respects."
Christopher Bantick
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DAILY TELEGRAPH, Sydney
June 10, 2010
"intriguing detective fiction"
"McGeachin's reconstruction of post-war Australia has an air of authenticity as the background to this intriguing detective fiction ... there is a depth to the characters that is characteristic of the better modern detective fiction."
Troy Lennon
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THE ADVERTISER, ADELAIDE
July 17, 2010
"5 Stars ***** Recommended"
"... he's a complex character who has forgotten how to enjoy life, even when propositioned by a flirtatious photographer. But it's far more than a police procedural. Part lament, part tribute, it paints a picture of post-war Australia, a place of shattered families, beaten women and maimed men, whose anger lurks just beneath the surface.
Recommended, especially for anyone who thinks life today is tough."

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www.austcrimefiction.org
"Undoubtedly the great strength of THE DIGGERS REST HOTEL is the character study of Charlie Berlin ... a wonderfully flawed human being doing his duty, falling apart and picking himself back up again."
Karen Chisholm
See full review at:
http://www.austcrimefiction.org/node/5543

MARGOT KINBERG
"McGeachin is to be credited for making Berlin a realistic cop who is intuitive but hardly a 'superhero'. He makes mistakes, he sometimes draws the wrong conclusions and so on. But he pays attention and if I can put it this way, he acts like a cop."

http://margotkinberg.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/in-the-spotlight-geoffrey-mcgeachins-the-diggers-rest-hotel/

ROB KITCHEN
"A strong sense of place and historical and social contextualisation, wonderful characterisation, and interesting plot, told through engaging prose."
http://theviewfromthebluehouse.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/review-of-diggers-rest-hotel-by.html

LAUNCESTON EXAMINER
July 24, 2010
"... a great yarn with a distinct Aussie flavour."
Kristy Hulbert
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GOLD COAST BULLETIN
June 5, 2010
"Great characters, murder most foul, psychological insight and an intriguing setting. Charlie Berlin is a welcome new addition to the literary sleuth set."
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SUNSHINE COAST SUNDAY
July 25, 2010
"... McGeachin has done his research well and the book captures the customs and idioms of post-war country life. The mystery bowls along, but it is the accurate picture of small-town life in Victoria that makes this novel worth reading."
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READERS DIGEST ONLINE
"I liked Berlin, who is mixed-up enough to be interesting while being cool enough to handle any challenge. McGeachin's writing is crisp, the dialogue crackles with dry humour and the picture of Albury-Wodonga after the war is deftly drawn."