2020 Reviews · Australian · Better Reading Preview · crime · historical fiction · mystery · new release

Better Reading Preview: Death Leaves the Station by Alexander Thorpe

Title: Death Leaves the Station

Author: Alexander Thorpe

Published: September 29th 2020

Publisher: Fremantle Press

Pages: 192

Genres: Fiction, Historical, Crime, Mystery

RRP: $27.99

Rating: 3.5 stars

A nameless friar turns up at Halfwell Station at the same time that Ana, the adopted daughter of the station owners, discovers a body in the desert during her midnight walk. But when Ana returns to look for it, the body is gone.

Death Leaves the Station brings the cosy country-house intrigue of crime fiction’s golden age to the Australian wheatbelt, and was written for fans of classic mystery and crime fiction.


Death Leaves the Station is the first short form novel by Alexander Thorpe, released by Fremantle Press. A historical mystery based tale, Death Leaves the Station sees author Alexander Thorpe successfully turn back the clock, immersing his audience in the 1927, Australia. In this bite sized mystery, the reader is confronted with a missing corpse, an eighteen year old woman determined to locate the missing body, a friar, an offbeat detective and a tracker. This is an eclectic cast, but Thorpe brings to life this unusual group through his solid characterisation. A bush based sojourn ensues, as the group resolve to locate the body that made a strange disappearing act. It is a journey that brings shocks, twists, turns, red herrings and more. The overwhelming sense of isolation that comes from this stark wheatbelt based locale works to heighten the atmosphere of this bush based crime tale. Thorpe ensures that his readership are able to play an active role in solving this perplexing case, thanks to the old fashioned detective work of Sergeant Arnold Parkes and his unlikely search party. Death Leaves the Station was a little too short in length for my reading preferences, but it is still a worthy debut.

Death Leaves the Station by Alexander Thorpe is published on 29th September 2020 by Fremantle Press. Details on how to purchase the book can be found here.

*Thanks is extended to Better Reading/Fremantle Press for providing a free copy of this book for review purposes.

2 thoughts on “Better Reading Preview: Death Leaves the Station by Alexander Thorpe

  1. Great review, Amanda. Sounds like a book I might enjoy and 200 pages is still a fair size, well compared to the 60 page novellas I’ve read, lol.

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    1. Thanks Sue, I’m sure you are not surprised to hear that I struggled to read this one due to the short length and keep to the Better Reading Preview word limit of 200 words on my review! I’m glad it sparked your interest though!


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