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It's 1967, the summer of love, and in swinging Melbourne Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin has been hauled out of exile in the Fraud Squad to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl, the daughter of a powerful and politically connected property developer. As Berlin's inquiries uncover more missing girls he gets an uneasy feeling he may be dealing with the city's first serial killer.

Berlin's investigation leads him through inner-city discothèques, hip photographic studios, the emerging drug culture, and into the seedy back streets of St Kilda. The investigation also brings up ghosts of Berlin's past as a bomber pilot and POW in Europe and disturbing memories of the casual murder of a young woman he witnessed on a snow-covered road in Poland in the war's dying days.

As in war, some victories come at a terrible cost and Berlin will have to face an awful truth and endure an unimaginable loss before his investigation is over.

St Kilda Blues is Geoffrey McGeachin's seventh book and third in the Charlie Berlin series. The first Berlin novel, The Diggers Rest Hotel, won the 2011 Australian Crime Writers Association's Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction with the follow up book, Blackwattle Creek, also winning the Ned Kelly Award for Best Fiction in 2013.

©2014 Geoffrey McGeachin (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Phillip
  • 10/08/2014

Another great Charlie Berlin story

Would you listen to St Kilda Blues again? Why?

Yes - good story, good plot and well narrated

What did you like best about this story?

Living in Melbourne recognise the sites in the story and the way it was a few decades ago

Which scene was your favorite?

When they catch the murderer and how that all came together

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22/04/2016

novel and a half

Added to a fine Aussie police procedural is a story of an immigrant orphan, the emotional recovery of a shot down bomber pilot, a talented woman breaking yet another glass ceiling, the advice of a charming yet mysterious uncle spy, the ups and downs of parenthood, an intercontinental tour of 1960s airliners and the piecing together of war crimes. This novel is a brilliant favorite, I find myself rereading over and over.

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  • Gary LA
  • 13/08/2015

Huge disappointment

Ugh, this was supposed to be a thriller. It was a decent thriller for quite awhile with some gruesome aspects. Then it turned into an unrealistic "soft" story with too many 1960s stereotype characters and impossible coincidences. It seemed like the book would never end and then it did with a thud.

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  • Tracey
  • 16/06/2014

the blues

Would you listen to St Kilda Blues again? Why?

yes well read and gets you wondering with a bit of suspense

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

yes waiting to see where the boy is going with his nasty streak

What does David Tredinnick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

he again has the storyteller bringing the story to life the charactors seem real

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

not just keeped me listening

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  • Lorene Stilwell
  • 25/09/2016

Aussie WWII PSTD wrapped in place and mystery

Would you consider the audio edition of St Kilda Blues to be better than the print version?

I like hearing the local accents and rhythms. And as I very seldom have time to actually sit down and read a book this was a great experience - a window into another time and place I wouldn't have got if it weren't on audible.

What did you like best about this story?

It was very well written. I liked that the author stuck to Charlie's point of view without apologizing or catering to modern sensibilities. He let the Character unfold slowly through the story rather than do an upfront exposition so there were two mysteries - the main plot and who exactly is Charlie Berlin.

Which character – as performed by David Tredinnick – was your favorite?

Charlie of course but I also loved his beautiful and talented wife.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the moment when he tried to comprehend what happened to his daughter and all his initial reactions in trying to grapple with it was heart-rending. A less brave writer would have stopped to story at the devastating revelation but McGeachin risked sleep-walking us then the slow numb afterwards. it was so visceral and so real to the experience of loss.

Any additional comments?

I would like to try more of this series.