Fiction

Crime/Mystery

The first novel Inheritance Goodreads_icon_16x16inspired by the 1960's, a story of greed, murder, drugs and corruption.   

Nick Kenby comes to Sydney to claim his inheritance that is controlled by his Aunt but unwittingly becomes involved in the murder of his Aunt's maid. The police immediately suspect his Aunt, Mary Jamieson, who has been under their surveillance but she brings names Nick as having a motive to kill her. This brings him to the police attention and as Mary will do anything to ensure she retains control of his inheritance targets Nick as the maid's murderer. But another murder is committed that of her business partner and again she accuses Nick for both murders. Now Nick wants revenge for what his father and Aunt did to him and his mother. A fast-moving story of greed, deceit, and murder. Nick struggles with the violence, drugs, police corruption, and fights for his own survival.

Reviews:

Veronica ⭐️ rated it liked it

Just before Nick’s mother passed away she told him about his father and the inheritance he was entitled to. Nick travels to Sydney to face an Aunt he has never met and claim the inheritance of his father’s large international import business. Only things don’t seem to be as they should and when his Aunt’s maid is brutally murdered followed by the murder of his father’s business partner, Nick becomes a suspect. He has been thrown into a life surrounded by murder, drug rings and crooked cops and h Just before Nick’s mother passed away she told him about his father and the inheritance he was entitled to. Nick travels to Sydney to face an Aunt he has never met and claim the inheritance of his father’s large international import business. Only things don’t seem to be as they should and when his Aunt’s maid is brutally murdered followed by the murder of his father’s business partner, Nick becomes a suspect. He has been thrown into a life surrounded by murder, drug rings and crooked cops and he is concerned he may be next on this murderous rampage.
Inheritance, Australian author Angelo Mifsud’s debut novel, is set in 1960’s Sydney a time when murder, mayhem and tea drinking seem to go hand in hand.
Nick Kenby was an instantly likeable character and I enjoyed his evolution from quiet country boy to a confident man.
There were many facets to this mystery with twists and turns interspersed with murder, mayhem and a touch of romance all delivered with an Australian flavour and a hot cup of tea. Humour was added with the introduction of bumbling gangsters Lofty and Shorty. I enjoyed the friendship that developed between Nick, Rachel and Sergeant Ainsworth.
The story was mainly written in dialogue and short, sharp sentences and at times was a little confusing which broke the flow of the story. However, the mystery kept me enthralled throughout and the twists took me by surprise.
With thanks to the author for my copy to read and review.

I recently took the time to re-read two books by Angelo Mifsud, his debut novel "Inheritance" and the sequel "Deception". For someone like me who grew up in Sydney in the 60s, the setting is familiar and interesting. You don't need to know Sydney however, to enjoy these stories; the plots are inventive and clever, the pace never flags, and the author's attention to detail is top class.
A bonus is that the sequel is even better than the first book.
Go ahead, get hold of these two and give yourself
I recently took the time to re-read two books by Angelo Mifsud, his debut novel "Inheritance" and the sequel "Deception". For someone like me who grew up in Sydney in the 60s, the setting is familiar and interesting. You don't need to know Sydney however, to enjoy these stories; the plots are inventive and clever, the pace never flags, and the author's attention to detail is top class.
A bonus is that the sequel is even better than the first book.
Go ahead, get hold of these two and give yourself a treat.

Aug 09, 2016 Lisa Wydenbach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Fast paced and lots of surprises, I really enjoyed this book. The description of Sydney at the time was well done and interesting, it help set the scene for the whole book. You become attached to the characters especially Nick and Rachel. Looking forward to the next book to see what happens to the all of them. The ending was a big surprise and leaves you wanting for more. Great first novel. 

Paperback - Amazon Books, Harry Hartog Bookseller,  The Muse Canberra

eBook - Amazon Kindle.

Contact  Author for a signed copy.

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Inspector Ainsworth is certain that Mary Jamieson is the mastermind behind seven murders. But as he attempts to arrest her she disappears. She has changed her physical features and name to emerge as Susan Burchett, her real identity. Brazenly, she has stolen the business assets and transferred them to a secret Swiss bank account. Now with Nick Kenby’s inheritance she flees to Switzerland. but when she boards an international flight she meets Peter Sullivan, a man who has all the answers, but he is not what he seems.

With Inspector Ainsworth and, a newspaper journalist and photographer, chasing after her they follow her to Switzerland. Ainsworth has notified the Swiss police but a murder in Zurich exposes her to investigation by the police. The fear of capture she again changes her identity and disappears again. This sparks a search by Swiss police, Ainsworth, the newspaper journalist, and Sullivan. The search opens a Pandora's box and starts an international race to find Burchett with unexpected consequences…

Deceit, Intrigue and a mystery with a twist. Deception is the companion novel to the same author’s debut novel Inheritance. It brings the two novels to afinality.

Reviews:

Oct 05, 2016 Veronica  rated it liked it

Inspector Ainsworth chases Susan Burchett, a con artist and suspected murderer, from Australia to Zurich in this cosy murder mystery where the criminals always seem to stay just one step ahead o the law.

Deception is the second novel in the Inspector Ainsworth mystery series and although the main story moves away from the character of Nick Kenby it would still be beneficial to read “ Inheritance” to get the backstory.

Deception is a passive, plot driven story. Mifsud has included his usual colourful cast of characters imbued with good manners and generosity and I found even the criminals were hard to dislike.

Set in the 1960’s, real events around Sydney have been included to give a sense of time and place.

There are plenty of turns throughout and as the story nears its end the mystery ramps up and I became more and more intrigued. I think it will be hard for even seasoned mystery readers to guess the final twist.

I received and uncorrected proof copy from the author and I have chosen to write a review.

Apr 25, 2017 Colin Rodgers rated it it was amazing

I recently took the time to re-read two books by Angelo Mifsud, his debut novel "Inheritance" and the sequel "Deception". To someone like me , who grew up in Sydney in the 60s, the setting is familiar and interesting. You don't need to know Sydney however, to enjoy these stories; the plots are inventive and clever, the pace never flags, and the author's attention to detail is top class
A bonus is that the sequel is even better than the original.
Go ahead, get hold of these two and give yourself a
I recently took the time to re-read two books by Angelo Mifsud, his debut novel "Inheritance" and the sequel "Deception". To someone like me , who grew up in Sydney in the 60s, the setting is familiar and interesting. You don't need to know Sydney however, to enjoy these stories; the plots are inventive and clever, the pace never flags, and the author's attention to detail is top class
A bonus is that the sequel is even better than the original.
Go ahead, get hold of these two and give yourself a treat.

Available at:

Paperback: Amazon, Harry Hartog Bookseller, The Muse

eBook: Amazon Kindle

Contact  Author for a signed copy.

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Non-fiction 

Bonsai

Angelo's interest in bonsai encouraged him to provide the beginner and advanced bonsai enthusiasts a tool to access the techniques, methods and species in the art of bonsai.

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  An index of the Bonsai Focus Magazine (including formerly Bonsai Today (USA) and Bonsai Europe (UK) Magazines) was first published as Bonsai Focus Magazine in 2013. This index contains bonsai  information and keywords for issues from 1989 to 2015.

A must for Bonsai Clubs worldwide. Available as: 

PaperbackAmazon, Bonsai Focus Magazine

Contact  Author for a signed copy.

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An index of the International Bonsai Magazine was first published in 1979. This index contains bonsai  information and keywords for issues from 1979 to 2015.

A must for Bonsai Clubs worldwide. Available as: 

PaperbackAmazon,

Contact  Author for a signed copy.

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A vehicle record book for mileage, fuel and oil consumption, and  space to write of travels when touring the countryside.

PaperbackAmazon,

Contact  Author for a signed copy.

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