Sarah Barrie’s Devil’s Lair was my first of her books and probably will not be my last.
Even after Callie is acquitted of murdering her husband people still shun her husband’s dream and refuse to come back to their Bed and Breakfast. So Callie decides to move to a cottage near an old mansion in Tasmania where she finds solace in the beauty of the Tasmanian landscape and friendly locals, in particular Connor and his siblings at nearby Calico Lodge.
Unknown to Callie the old mansion has a chequered past associated with witchcraft and murder.
However, it I the nocturnal events in Callie’s cottage which lead Callie to question her reasons for moving to Tasmania and eventually she begins to doubt her own sanity.
I listened to Devil’s Lair as a background novel while working on my computer which is not the best way to read any novel as some important parts of the story may be missed through lack of concentration. However, all the concentrating under the sun would not have prepared me for the twists and turns towards the end. As with most novels set in, or about, Australia I did enjoy Devil’s Lair. Perhaps in book format it may have been four star material however I felt three and a half stars was enough. As Goodreads does not cater for half stars Devil’s Lair can only be rated a solid three star read.
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Visitors to our garden…
I’m not sure if this snake was dead
before or after Candi commenced her barking.
At approximately 20 centimetres it would
have been venomous.
Our resident Blue Tongue lizard lives
under the eastern verandah,
when in residence.
At the moment it may be residing with the next door neighbour.
Wattle Bird near the clohes line…
On the line gave it a better view.
It has been a good year for honeyeaters this year,
or maybe they are also following…
…COVID rules and moving too far to feed.
Unfortunately our resident
Spur Wing Plovers
did not remain long…
…after a nest was destroyed by either
our cat or one of the dogs, last spring
I have included a few things to do
in and around Geelong
just in case borders are closed suddenly.
Visit the Otway Rainforest near Geelong
Lekhubu Island and its ancient Baobab trees
on the edge of the Kalahari Desert.
Sunrise at Botswana’s Lekhubu Island
Rise early to enjoy sunrise at Geelong
Go on an African Safari
Enjoy an a Down Under sunset near Geelong
Cruise into Glacier Bay and view Alaska’s
Explore the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Centre
From Fairbanks take a Chenna River Cruise
Fly from Fairbanks to Coldfoot…
…coach to small community…