St Kilda Blues (Charlie Berlin, #3) by Geoffrey McGeachin

St Kilda Blues (Charlie Berlin, #3)

A serial killer's work goes unnoticed until Detective Berlin is on the case in this third spine-tingling Charlie Berlin novel.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 ...

Details St Kilda Blues (Charlie Berlin, #3)

TitleSt Kilda Blues (Charlie Berlin, #3)
Release DateMay 23rd, 2014
PublisherPenguin Books Australia
GenreMystery, Crime, Cultural, Australia

Reviews St Kilda Blues (Charlie Berlin, #3)

  • Phrynne
    I liked this book and really enjoyed many parts of it, but it also irritated me in several ways. Although I enjoy historical information in a story there was actually too much in this one. Eventually I wanted to grab the author and say okay we know it's the swinging sixties - let's move on! Also having read the previous two books in the series I was bored by repetitive stories about Rebecca and about the war. And finally the whole last section fe...
  • Marianne
    St Kilda Blues is the third Charlie Berlin Mystery by Australian author, Geoffrey McGeachin. Ten years have passed since the events at Blackwattle Creek, and Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin has been relegated to a back desk in the Fraud Squad after stepping on the wrong toes regarding three missing girls. But, six months later, fifteen-year-old Gudrun Scheiner goes missing, and her father, Gerhardt, a self-made construction magnate, has the ear...
  • Jenny
    St Kilda Blues is book three in the Charlie Berlin series by Geoffrey McGeachin. When wealthy property developer's daughter Gudrun Scheiner went, missing Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin came out of exile and back into the investigation of the missing girls. However, during the investigation Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin found more then he expects. Also, the case bought up memories for Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin that he wanted to forg...
  • ☼♄Jülie 
    St. Kilda Blues by Geoffrey McGeachinI have just finished reading this 3rd book in the Charlie Berlin series, and what a great read it was!I have read all three books in this series now and can say without reservation that I will be waiting with much anticipation for his next book in this series...if in fact there will be another, I certainly hope so.In this third book of the Charlie Berlin series we are taken on yet another very well constructed...
  • Brenda
    4.5★sDetective Sergeant Charlie Berlin had been refused assistance in working on the suspicion that the three missing girls were somehow linked – in fact he had been shunted across to the Fraud Squad where he’d been cooling his heels for the past few months. Until one day an old friend in the force, Bob Roberts arrived to ask his assistance. It seemed another young girl had gone missing – but this one was the daughter of a powerful man wi...
  • David
    I had previously read, and thoroughly enjoyed Digger's Rest Hotel, and I was thrilled to find the high quality of the series has been maintained in Geoffrey McGeachin's latest release, St Kilda Blues - the 3rd instalment of the Charlie Berlin police procedural series. Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin was cooling his heels, underutilised, underappreciated and undervalued in the Fraud Squad when asked to run a covert parallel investigation into th...
  • MaryG2E
    4★sSt Kilda Blues is the third book in the series featuring police detective Charlie Berlin. All the books are set in Melbourne or regional Victoria in the post-World War 2 era, beginning in the late 1940s. This third instalment takes us through to 1967, at a time of social change in Australian society. I'm old enough to remember many of the events he describes in this volume, and its authenticity feels real to me.While Charlie is a skilled and...
  • John
    This book was a great surprise - a very good surprise. It is possibly the best Australian police crime thriller I have read and is at the top of my list of police crime thrillers worldwide. The reason is pretty simple - this book doesn't include any of the over the top unbelievable rubbish that so many thriller authors use to attract their audience. It is written in clear and mostly simple prose, with great characterisation, solid police work, go...
  • Karen
    ST KILDA BLUES is the third Charlie Berlin novel from dual Ned Kelly Award winning author Geoffrey McGeachin. Starting out just after WWII, this series is as much a character study of Charlie Berlin and the after affects of war, as it is a police procedural. It's the great strength of these 3 books, and why they are increasingly earning the attention and commendation that they deserve.McGeachin doesn't make things easy for his central character t...
  • Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling
    My View:This is my first foray into the work of Geoffrey McGeachin and now have dipped my toes into the work of this 5 star crime writer I am ready to plunge in and read his other works!This narrative has superb settings; the late 60’s early 70’s vibe and voice is authentic with meaningful references to the popular culture and social movements of the era. Scarily frightening is the almost low key, matter of fact presentation of life post war ...
  • Alex
    This is a brilliant series from Geoffrey McGeachin. St Kilda Blues is set in 1967, ten years after the predecessor in the series, Black Wattle Creek.This time, Charlie Berlin is ordered to help investigate a series of teenage girls disappearing around the club scene in 60s St Kilda. He is leading an investigation officially led by a senior police task force at the behest of Victoria's real life corrupt State Premier, Henry Bolte. This story has a...
  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    In St Kilda Blues, by award winning author Geoffrey McGeachin, ex-World War II bomber pilot and POW, Victorian police detective Charlie Berlin, is unceremoniously yanked from exile in the fraud squad to run a covert investigation into the disappearance of a teenage girl. Under pressure from shadowy top brass and the girl's well connected father, Charlie, along with his one time protege Bob Roberts, finds himself on the trail of a serial killer.Th...
  • Barbara Rohde
    If you omit the first 10% and the last 10% of the book, you have quite an interesting read and mystery. I enjoyed the setting of St Kilda in Melbourne as well as the time period in the late 60s. I was a teenager then and the language is spot on. But overall I think this book suffers from some structural problems. The interweaving of two stories works quite well until it ends and becomes part of the main story. Actually that isn't strictly true be...
  • Margaret
    After a brilliant start, it ended up being only a 3 star read. This is because there were too many story threads, at least 4, which made for too complex and confusing a read. A pity, because the writing really is excellent.
  • Penne Moschetti
    What made this book so readable was that it was set in a time and place so relevant to me. The language and the characters were well fleshed out in a crime genre type. When I read a book so quickly I know I have enjoyed it very much.
  • Jessica (Read book. Repeat)
    You can find this review and all of my others over at www.readbookrepeat.wordpress.comActual rating of 2.5 stars1967 in Melbourne, Australia. Detective Charlie Berlin has been approached by Bob Roberts, he's on a case, and it's one that needs Berlin's expertise. The daughter of a powerful businessman has gone missing, and she's not the first. Berlin needs to find this girl before she ends up like the rest, dead. His investigation takes him throug...
  • Josh
    Melbourne, Australia circa 1967 is rocked with the multiple disappearances of young women. Detective Charlie Berlin is tasked to find one of these in a parallel investigation covertly running alongside the public police hunt. The missing teenager is the daughter of a prominent local identity with important political connections. To aid Berlin’s quest to track down the missing teen is the dapper detective with questionable allegiances Bob Robert...
  • Heidi
    I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this audiobook and was sad when it finished. Getting into my car for the daily commute was like a journey in a time capsule to the 1960's, with a suspenseful thriller thrown into the mix. I loved the historical elements of Charlie's wartime reflections and found myself totally engrossed in all aspects of the storyline. I will definitely read the other books in the series and hope that this one won't be the las...
  • Derelict Space Sheep
    Though the investigation itself is commonplace, McGeachin immerses his protagonist in the details of history, presenting a time capsule of Australian—in particular, Melburnian—culture in the late 1960s. Stolid ex-WWII bomber pilot Charlie Berlin shows mettle worthy of the character study.
  • Marg D'arcy
    loved recognising the places
  • Mary
    I read this book some months ago and forgot to review it but I remember very well how much I enjoyed it. This is the third Charlie Berlin book and an excellent series. Charlie has survived WWII service, POW camp and the PTSD. He is married and his children are young adults. He is an excellent detective but not necessarily good at toeing the line which has lead to him languishing in Fraud. Then he is approached by a former protegee who asks him to...
  • Dead John Williams
    The last one in the series and I'm sorry there's not more.Having read so much mediocre drivel under the guise of "literature", I no longer care what so called genre a book is. All I care about is the quality of the reading experience. If you look down on a book because it is popular or so called "low brow" then you are a shallow muppet indeed.Sure, this is a crime novel but you will not find tighter writing in many other books, get over yourself ...
  • Nicola
    Another excellent outing with Charlie Berlin, McGeachin's troubled protagonist from The Digger's Rest Hotel and Black Wattle Creek. Again, McGeachin brings us a world that contains no anachronisms, no political correctness that wasn't extant in the time or place, and some perceptions about humanity and character that ring true. Highly recommend along with the other two Berlin books. I hope McGeachin writes more - even if that means setting them i...
  • Sandi
    The swinging sixties have come to Australia and police detective Charlie Berlin has his hands full trying to find a missing girl. I always enjoy this historical series, each book has been set ten years apart and the author does a great job with the atmosphere of the times and the characters. Listened to the audio version which was narrated by David Tredinnick who is always reliably good.
  • Edward
    This novel is so much more than a mystery. Like the other Charlie Berlin novels, the novel is a period piece. This novel took place in Melbourne, Australia in the late 1960's and it captures many aspects of changes taking place in society. I also really enjoy the characters in this series. I hope the author keeps writing Charlie Berlin books.
  • Ann Tonks
    Best Australian crime fiction I've read for a while. Well written characterisation with great backgrounds to the leads. Although I didn't live in Melbourne in the 1960s, I do know and loved the description of the places and cars and cafes. For a while I worried about where we were given too much information about the perpetrator but in the end, I let that worry go and just enjoyed a good read.
  • Clive Parkin
    Sometimes closer to 2 stars, others nearer 4. For the former, too much of the time addressing women’s clothing (or lack there of) and body observations. The latter, some good descriptive and action moments. An odd structure to the book, with the “main” action concluded nearly 100 pages out from the end, the final coda elements worked well enough.
  • Zuzu Burford
    The period is well researched having lived in St Kilda in the mid 60's I was taken back to a time when hippies, free love, and drugs, were the order of the day. The perpetrator was obvious and no supprise only this was compensated with the excellent back story regarding the main characters.
  • Monica L
    This was book one for me. I really liked the series. It was dark, but not too dark. Looking forward to reading more in this series. Gotta organize so I can read in order. So happy to add another Blue book to my collection!
  • Bruce Arnup
    A detailed and visually descriptive telling of Melbourne in the 1960’s with suspense and lively prose Will read another McGeachen