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Dead bodies, secrets, madcap villagers, subterfuge and heroics are just some of the goings on that take place amongst the stacks in the library.

With The Woman in the Library author Sulari Gentill set to join a Vision Australia Library In Conversation event, Hear This host Frances Keyland recently dived into the books about libraries in our catalogue.

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You’ll never look at a library in the same way again!


The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill.

Hannah Tigone, bestselling Australian crime author, is crafting a new novel that begins in the Boston Public Library: four strangers; Winifred, Cain, Marigold and Whit are sitting at the same table when a bloodcurdling scream breaks the silence. A woman has been murdered. They are all suspects, and, as it turns out, each character has their own secrets and motivations - and one of them is a murderer.

As part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, Sulari will be a guest the Vision Australia Kooyong office, Friday September 9. This is a free event but bookings are essential. Registration for the In Conversation event is available via the Vision Australia website

The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie

It’s seven in the morning and the respectable Bantry family wake to find the body of a young woman in their library. She is wearing an evening dress and heavy makeup, which is now smeared across her cheeks. But who is she? How did she get there? The iconic Miss Marple is invited to investigate and baits a clever trap to catch a ruthless killer.

Feel good

The Telephone Box Library by Rachael Lucas

Lucy packs up her bags to a tiny Cotswolds cottage with a relaxing sabbatical from her teaching job. The villagers have other ideas, and she finds herself caught up in the campaign to turn the dilapidated telephone box at the heart of the village into a volunteer-run library. Books. Wine. Secrets. You'll find them all at The Telephone Box Library, an uplifting story about fresh starts and new beginnings.


Ink and Bone – The Great Library #1 by Rachel Cain

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library of Alexandria governs the flow of knowledge to the masses. Personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden and punishable by death. Jess Brightwell, is sent into the Great Library as a spy for his book smuggling family.

Historical fiction

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

Based on the true Second World War story of the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris, this is an unforgettable novel of romance, friendship, family and of heroism found in the quietest of places.


The Scent of Almonds and other stories by Camilla Lackberg

A snowstorm traps a family in a hotel on a tiny island - and then a body is discovered in the library.

Hear This is the Vision Australia Library radio program and podcast. Each week host, Frances Keyland chats about books in the collection, and all the news and events taking place in the library. There’s a number of ways you can tune in. Visit the Vision Australia Radio website or contact the library via phone on 1300 654 656 or email  [email protected] to have the program delivered to your device of choice.