Author presents thrilling new tale at Hurstville Library

History thrillers: author and academic Carol Baxter.

AWARD-winning author and University of New England lecturer Carol Baxter will be a special guest speaker at Hurstville Library on Thursday, June 26, at 7pm.

Sometimes called the history detective, Ms Baxter pursues thieves, murderers, adulterers and philanderers through Australia’s colourful history and writes about them in such a way that reviewers and readers describe them as thrillers.

Ms Baxter’s new book, The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable: A Tale of Passion, Poison and Pursuit, tells the story of Quaker John Tawell, who was convicted of forgery and transported to Sydney, where he opened Australia’s first retail pharmacy and made a fortune.

He got himself into trouble when he returned home to England after 15 years and was captured with the help of the recently invented electric telegraph.

Meticulously researched, the book is bound to appeal to audiences who have an affinity with Australian history.

The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable is Ms Baxter’s fourth novel.

She will sign copies of her book at the free event.

Bookings: 9330 6142.

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