Diamond Dove

Diamond Dove Emily Tempest has been away from the outback for a long time uni travel dead end jobs finding trouble all over the world Now she s back at Moonlight Downs the community where she grew up half in t

  • Title: Diamond Dove
  • Author: Adrian Hyland
  • ISBN: 9781847241788
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Unknown Binding
  • Emily Tempest has been away from the outback for a long time uni, travel, dead end jobs finding trouble all over the world Now she s back at Moonlight Downs, the community where she grew up, half in the Aboriginal world, half in the white And true to form, there s trouble Within hours of her arrival an old friend is brutally murdered and mutilated and an old enemyEmily Tempest has been away from the outback for a long time uni, travel, dead end jobs finding trouble all over the world Now she s back at Moonlight Downs, the community where she grew up, half in the Aboriginal world, half in the white And true to form, there s trouble Within hours of her arrival an old friend is brutally murdered and mutilated and an old enemy is the only suspect until Emily starts asking questions.Take a nail biting mystery, an epic setting and a heroine with a talent for stirring things up Throw in an affectionate flogging of outback Australia s melanoma encrusted hide and Diamond Dove just might be the wittiest and most gripping debut of the year.

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    1. Emily Tempest, central character in this unique Australian novel, born to an Aboriginal mother who died when she was young and a white father, who then took her to live in an Aboriginal community in the central desert until he felt it was time for her to go to boarding school. After a few years spent trying various University courses and travelling the world Emily has returned to the people of her childhood in the place she loved so much. But after one of the elders is brutally killed, the commu [...]

    2. Diamond Dove is book one of the Emily Tempest series by Adrian Hyland. Diamond Dove is the first book I have read of Adrian Hyland, and I was impressed with the way he portrayed his characters and how the characters intertwine with each other. I enjoy Emily Tempest her down to earth behaviour and way she cares about the people around her. Also, I was pleased that Emily was not in law enforcement or a private detective, however, was able to find who killed Lincoln in a way that all readers will e [...]

    3. 4.5★sWhen Emily Tempest arrived back in her old community of Moonlight Downs after ten years away, she could see that not much had changed. But she still felt a sense of not belonging – she’d always felt pulled between the two worlds; Aboriginal and white. But when her childhood friend Hazel turned up again it didn’t take long before they were relaxing in each other’s company. But a few days later a dear friend was found murdered; mutilated in the nearby bush – the terror of the loca [...]

    4. I am thrilled to see a writer of Hyland’s gifts create a series with an Aboriginal heroine called Emily Tempest. Hyland’s use of language is so specific to the region that readers unschooled in the language of the Australian bush might not be able to comprehend. There is a glossary--for Aboriginal words and Australian slang—but still. For me, however, it is pure bliss.Strains of music can be heard throughout the book and one is tempted to read while listening to those artists mentioned to [...]

    5. It took me awhile to get into this book, partly because of the heavy, heavy dose of Aussie/Aboriginal words and partly because the writing veers back and forth too much. Emily Tempest is the daughter of a miner and an aboriginal mother. When her mother dies early in her life and her father loses himself in his grief, little Emily is left to wander on her own. Since the station they live on has an aboriginal camp on it, she wanders there and learns much about her heritage. When the original stati [...]

    6. This book is set where I live, in the Northern Territory, in the center desert country – the author is a white man who is writing from the point of view of an Indigenous Australian – and doing it very well. Adrian Hyland spent many years on communities in the Central Australian desert area – so has at least lived with the people whose culture he recreates so achingly well.Emily Tempest has a white father and an aboriginal mother. After her mother’s death her father took Emily to her moth [...]

    7. Emily Tempest, drawn back to Central Australia and to the place she grew up, Moonlight Downs, instantly feels at peace with the Warlpuju people. Here are her best friend Hazel and Hazel's father Lincoln Flinders, a much respected tribal elder. The Warlpuju have always been her mob and Moonlight Downs her Country. Emily was instantly accepted and included from childhood even though she is the daughter of a white man and a Wantiya women. She's done her fair share of walkabout since she left the Do [...]

    8. I liked this book about rural Australia and also liked the very gutsy protagonist. I will definitely read more in the series.

    9. Having recently read and thoroughly enjoyed Adrian Hyland's Gunshot Road (Emily Tempest #2), I thought it only right that I read the first Emily Tempest book, Diamond Dove - and I was not disappointed.Emily Tempest is the daughter of a white miner, Motor Jack and his deceased Aboriginal wife. Being of mixed race, Emily has a diverse grounding in both Aboriginal culture and white Australia. She attended boarding college in Adelaide, is well read, went to Uni for three unfinished degrees and has t [...]

    10. MOONLIGHT DOWNS. (2006). Adrian Hyland. ***.Hyland is an Australian author that I have recently come across. This book was his first, featuring his series character Emily Tempest. Emily is a mixed breed woman from central Australia, who has gone back to her roots after being out in the white man’s world for many years. She is not current with what has been going on with her people in her absence, and soon is present when one of the tribal chiefs is found murdered. The novel is almost wholly dr [...]

    11. Pretty excellent murder mystery set in the outback of North Australia. Something that I learned: that "mob" is the proper designation for a group of Aboriginal peoples associated with a specific area, in Australian Aboriginal English, which is different than "skin group" which is based on blood. And if you ever want to wander down a particular fascinating Internet wormhole, I would like to recommend investigating the various English dialects, and some true distinct languages, spoken in Australia [...]

    12. This beautiful mystery novel follows the journey of a young Aboriginal woman. Torn between 'blackfellers' and 'whitefellers', torn between the outback and the modern world. A great tale of Aboriginal lands and dreaming.

    13. One of the most amazing books that I've read. The pov is the mixed blood Aboriginal female investigator. The integration of culture, spirit world and landscape of central Australia is unique and compelling. Can't wait for the next - please let there be a next. Another home run from Soho Crime.

    14. Emily Tempest, drawn back to Central Australia and to the place she grew up, Moonlight Downs, instantly feels at peace with the Warlpuju people. Here are her best friend Hazel and Hazel's father Lincoln Flinders, a much respected tribal elder. The Warlpuju have always been her mob and Moonlight Downs her Country. Emily was instantly accepted and included from childhood even though she is the daughter of a white man and a Wantiya women. She's done her fair share of walkabout since she left the Do [...]

    15. I enjoyed this mystery set in Australia's Aboriginal country. I did have trouble with the lingo- there were a lot more colloquialisms than the small Aboriginal/Australian dictionaries provided. However, I was able to keep up well enough to be able to understand what was going on. Hyland's writing is very good and engaged my senses while I read. I will definitely be on the lookout for more.

    16. Unique in many ways. The writing was good, but also disjointed at the same time. I had trouble at first with the flow, and also the Australian/aboriginal colloquialisms. There were also a few irritants in the story itself. Overall, it was good enough to read the second in the Emily Tempest series.Btw - "Boil a Billy" is making tea. :)Ps. Don't read this if foul language bothers you.p

    17. A surprising read. I try to read one aboriginal Australian book each year. This book amplifies the differences in the value that white people and aboriginals place on land.

    18. I'm so glad that this author was recommended to me and I can't believe I haven't run across it before. Its not dissimilar in theme and tone to Philip Gywnnes The Build Up that I read a few months ago in that is a crime/mystery story with a strong female protagonist set in the unique Australian state of the Northen Territory. Emily Tempest is half white and half Aboriginal and spent the majority of her childhood in Midnight Downs - a black fella camp in the wilds of the territory. After an incide [...]

    19. I am thrilled to see a writer of Hyland’s gifts create a series with an Aboriginal heroine called Emily Tempest. Hyland’s use of language is so specific to the region that readers unschooled in the language of the Australian bush might not be able to comprehend. There is a glossary--for Aboriginal words and Australian slang—but still. For me, however, it is pure bliss.Strains of music can be heard throughout the book and one is tempted to listen while reading to those artists mentioned to [...]

    20. Set in the outback of Australia, this is the first in a series featuring Emily Tempest, the 26-year-old daughter of a whitefeller miner and an Aboriginal woman. Emily returns to the outback after several years meandering around, trying various university courses, and still not sure what to do with her life. Since her mother died young, she spent much of her time growing up in Moonlight Downs, the blackfeller settlement in the outback, but she doesn't feel totally a part of either the white or th [...]

    21. First Sentence: I parked my little white ute on the outskirts of the camp and sat there, looking out at the scatter of corrugated iron hovels.Emily Tempest has traveled Australia and the world, only to return to return to the community where she grew up; Moonlight Downs. Shortly after her return, the beloved leader of the community is brutally murdered. The obvious suspect is the half-crazed aboriginal, Blackie. But is the obvious suspect too obvious. It is not easy for an author to write cross- [...]

    22. The immediate comparison for a fan of American mystery fiction is to compare Hyland's writing to that of the late lamented Tony Hillerman, who wrote highly readable and well informed mystery novels set in and around the Navajo lands of the Southwest. Hyland is equally knowledgeable about the aboriginal people of Outback Australia, a part of the world he's lived in and where he's interacted with its native communities extensively.Hyland provides the bridge to this world in the form of one Emily T [...]

    23. Adrian Hyland will take you on a wonderful journey through the Austrailian Bush in this surprising murder-mystery with his terribly interesting character of Emily Tempest, and all of her friends and enemies alike.We first meet Emily, trying to find her place in the world, returning to her homeland of Australia, to her childhood memories and best friends, in Moonlight Downs - the (Aboriginal) community where she grew up.Shortly after she arrives however, the community leader, Lincoln, is brutally [...]

    24. I cannot remember where I saw this book reviewed (I have GOT to start writing this info down!), but it immediately intrigued me. It's set in Australia and not by someone writing from another location about a suspense set in Australia. Rather Adrian Hyland actually walks the walk. (I could have said 'walks the walkabout', but you'll see I thought better of it). It took a couple of chapters to get the flow of the lingo, but got into it and my enjoyment increased even more. There's more than the mu [...]

    25. I can't begin to describe how much I loved this book. Despite the fact that the author is a 55 year old white guy, the book is written from the perspective of a 26 year old indigenous woman. Here's a great quote from an interview with Adrian Hyland:"He says writing from the point of view of an indigenous woman is an imaginative leap like any other. ''I don't think I'm doing anything writers haven't always done - imagining characters, loving them, trying to breathe life into them,'' Hyland says. [...]

    26. Have you ever wanted to travel to Australia? Well, pick up this book and you are on your way! But, not just any part! This book takes place in Central Australia and many of the characters are Indigenous people. The main character, Emily Tempest, has ties to the white community as well as to the Indigenous folks. She is a force to be reckoned with!! The mystery part of the book is well thought out. The real charm to the book, however, is the setting and the language used. There is a small glossar [...]

    27. I selected this book simply because it was listed as a murder mystery set in the Outback. As such, I thought I'd take a chance on it. It proved to be a worthwhile investment of time and money. The characters were likable, and they felt Australian without it feeling like the author “forced” it upon the characters to fit them into the environment. Similarly, the book belonged in the Outback; it would not have been the same book if the characters and plot were transported to some other locale. [...]

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