TWO HUSBANDS FOUR TRIALS

In January 1889,Louisa Collins,a 41-year-old mother of ten children,became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales.Both of Louisa’s husbands died suddenly.The Crown was convinced that Louisa poisoned them with arsenic and, to the horror of many in the legal community,put her on trial an extraordinary FOUR tIMES in order to get a conviction.Louisa protested her innocence until the end.

Much of the evidence against Louisa was circumstantial.Some of the most important testimony was given by her only daughter,May,who was just 10-years-old when asked to take the stand.The historical context is also important: Louisa Collins was hanged at a time when women were in no sense equal under the law except when it came to the gallows.Women could not vote or stand for parliament or sit on juries.There were no female politicians and no women judges.Against this background,a small group of women rose up to try to save Louisa’s life,arguing that a legal system comprised only of men male judges,all-male jury,male prosecutor,governor and Premier could not with any integrity hang a woman.the tenacity of these women would not save Louisa but it would ultimately carry women from their homes all the way to Parliament House.Less than 15 years after Louisa was hanged.Australian women would become some of the first in the world to get the vote. they would take seats in State parliament,and in Canberra they would become doctors,lawyers,judges,premiers even the Prime Minister.

AUTHOR: CAROLINE OVERINGTON

TITLE: LAST WOMAN HANGED

GENRE:True Crime  Story,History & Crime

From the Author,CAROLINE OVERINGTON : My hope is that Last Woman Hanged will be read not only as a true crime story but as a letter of profound thanks to that generation of women who fought so hard for the rights we still enjoy today.’

THE TARGET

Once a key operative in secret Israeli-intelligence missions,Gabriel Allon is on the run from his past, assuming a quiet life as a meticulous restorer of priceless works of art.But now he is being called back into the game.The agent with whom he is teamed hides behind her own beautiful mask-as a French fashion model.Their target: a cunning terrorist on one last killing spree,a Palestinian zealot named Tariq who played a dark part in Gabriel’s past.What begins as a manhunt turns into a globe-spanning duel fueled by political intrigue and deep personal passions.In a world where secrecy and duplicity are absolute,revenge is a luxury no man can afford-and the greatest masterpiece of all.

AUTHOR: DANIEL SILVER 

TITLE: THE KILL ARTIST 

CARRIE UNDERWOOD – JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL

She was driving last Friday on her way to Cincinnati
On a snow white Christmas Eve
Going home to see her Mama and her Daddy
With the baby in the backseat

Fifty miles to go and she was running low
On faith and gasoline
It’d been a long hard year

She had a lot on her mind and she didn’t pay attention
She was going way too fast
Before she knew it she was spinning
On a thin black sheet of glass

She saw both their lives flash before her eyes
She didn’t even have time to cry
She was so scared
She threw her hands up in the air

Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own

I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I’m on
Jesus,take the wheel

It was still getting colder when she made it to the shoulder
And the car came to a stop
She cried when she saw that baby in the backseat
Sleeping like a rock

And for the first time in a long time
She bowed her head to pray
She said I’m sorry for the way
I’ve been living my life

I know I’ve got to change
So from now on tonight

Jesus, take the wheel
Take it from my hands
Cause I can’t do this on my own

I’m letting go
So give me one more chance
To save me from this road I’m on

Oh Jesus,take the wheel
Oh,I’m letting go

So give me one more chance
Save me from this road I’m on 
From this road I’m on
Jesus,take the wheel
Oh,take it,take it from me
oh,oh,oh wooh

SHE IS AN  INSPIRATION JUST LIKE HER SONG.

TORTURE AND MURDER

Only one person knows where Julia Sayre is: her killer.Four years ago,the young mother of two disappeared,a story that soon became a personal mission for Irene Kelly.But the search for Julia proved fruitless.Now on death row for unimaginable acts of torture and murder,inmate Nick Parrish is plea-bargaining for a life sentence,promising to lead investigators and Irene into the dark isolation of the Sierra Nevadas,where they will discover what really happened to Julia Sayre.But Parrish has other terrifying secrets and plans,and now his deadly focus is on a new potential victim Irene Kelly.
AUTHOR: JAN BURKE 
TITLE: BONES 
 

ACCIDENTAL DROWNING

Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he’s sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man’s uncle,the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough.The death has been ruled an accidental drowning,and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise.But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St.James,the trio’s digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets,lies,and motives.Deborah’s investigation of the prime suspect Bernard’s prodigal son Nicholas,a recovering drug addict leads her to Nicholas’s wife,a woman with whom she feels a kinship,a woman as fiercely protective as she is beautiful.Lynley and Simon delve for information from the rest of the family,including the victim’s bitter ex-wife and the man he left her for,and Bernard himself.As the investigation escalates,the Fairclough family’s veneer cracks,with deception and self-delusion threatening to destroy everyone from the Fairclough patriarch to Tim,the troubled son Ian left behind.

AUTHOR: ELIZABETH GEORGE 

TITLE: BELIEVING THE LIE 

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THE UNANSWERED QUESTION AND THE DEATH OF OTHERS

Death Benefit By Robin Cook

Pia Grazdani is an exceptional yet aloof medical student working closely with Columbia University Medical Center’s premier scientist on cutting edge research that could revolutionize healthcare by creating replacement organs for critically ill  patients.Through her work with the brilliant molecular geneticist Dr. Tobias Rothman,Pia knows she will be given the chance to fulfill her ambition to participate in medical discoveries that can help millions while bringing her a measure of personal peace that might once and for all push aside memories of her difficult and abusive childhood.          

 But when tragedy strikes in the lab,Pia,with the help of infatuated classmate George Wilson,must investigate an unforeseen calamity in the hospital’s supposedly secure biosafety lab.Meanwhile,two ex-Wall Street whiz-kids think they have found another loadstone in the nation’s multi trillion-dollar life insurance industry.They race to find ways to control actuarial data and securitize the policies of the aged and infirm to make another killing.As Pia and George dig deeper into the events at the lab,one question remains unanswered:Is someone attempting to manipulate private insurance information to allow investors to benefit from the deaths of others?

AUTHOR: ROBIN COOK

TITLE: DEATH BENEFIT

THE SECRET OF HIS IDENTITY

A child is killed after falling from the Humber Bridge.Despite fleeing the scene,two young brothers are found guilty and sent to prison.Upon their release they are granted one privilege only,their anonymity.Probation officer Cate Austin is responsible for Humber Boy B’s reintegration into society.But the general public’s anger is steadily growing,and those around her are wondering if the secret of his identity is one he actually deserves to keep.Cate’s loyalty is challenged when she begins to discover the truth of the crime.She must ask herself if a child is capable of premeditated murder.Or is there a greater evil at play?

AUTHOR: RUTH DUGDALL 

TITLE: HUMBER BOY B

EVERYTHING I BELIEVED

They told her she killed her son. She served her time. But what if they lied?

I have no memory of what happened but I was told I killed my son.And you believe what your loved ones,your doctor and the police tell you,don’t you? My name is Emma Cartwright. Three years ago I was Susan Webster,and I murdered my twelve-week-old son Dylan.I was sent to Oakdale Psychiatric Institute for my crime,and four weeks ago I was released early on parole with a new identity,address and a chance to rebuild my tattered life.This morning,I received an envelope addressed to Susan Webster.Inside it was a photograph of a toddler called Dylan.Now I am questioning everything I believe because if I have no memory of the event,how can I truly believe he’s dead?

If there was the smallest chance your son was alive,what would you do to get him back?

AUTHOR: JENNY BLACKHURST

TITLE: HOW I LOST YOU 

THE HIDDEN GUNMAN

He’s Watching.A gunman is stalking the wards of a local hospital.He’s unidentified and dangerous, and has to be located. Urgently.Police Firearms Officer Aden McCarthy is tasked with tracking him down. Still troubled by the shooting of a schoolboy,Aden is determined to make amends by finding the gunman before it’s too late.She’s Waiting.To psychologist Imogen,hospital should be a place of healing and safety both for her,and her young niece who’s been recently admitted.She’s heard about the gunman,but he has little to do with her.Or has he? As time ticks down,no one knows who the gunman’s next target will be.But he’s there.Hiding in plain sight.Far closer than anyone thinks…
AUTHOR: EMMA KAVANAGH
TITLE: HIDDEN