Reviews for “Chill of Blame.”

Fortuitous Tide

Reminder: Free short story – see below ‘A Pearl for Your Enjoyment.’

When one receives a review like this it really does make the sun shine brighter.

Chill of Blame – Review

Elizabeth Rimmington’s latest novel ‘Chill of Blame’ has caught the spirit of rural Australia in World War I convincingly. The two contrasting settings depict the home front and the war front. Basically, it is the story of a family coping with anxiety and depression at home while their young men face the demands of desert warfare. There is tragedy and joy and long years of just keeping going.

I found the description of the Light Horse Brigade’s activities from basic training, travelling to Egypt and fighting in Palestine engrossing. The detailed descriptions of army life and the famous charge at Beersheba blended history into the novel seamlessly. The wonderful waler horses became characters as the trooper and his mount bonded as one.

Station life on a cattle property in North Queensland rang true.  I did struggle at first with a mother’s obsession but more than a century ago depressive illness, including post-natal depression, were little understood. Congratulations to Rimmington for focusing on the effects on both the sufferer and those trying to support her.

The characters in ‘Chill of Blame’ show so many different kinds of strengths and the reader will empathise with them right up to a satisfying conclusion.

Review by Margaret Bevege Ph D, author and historian.

Keep smiling, Keep reading, Keep writing.

Current Weather and Tides

I presented Chill of Blame to our local bookshop last week. The local paper carried a pleasing report. Tomorrow, I talk to members of the local RSL – given its Australian Light Horse content and the dedication to the memory of the Australian Light Horse.

An indelible smile has been on my face since receiving this second Review.

Review for “Chill of Blame”.

Chill of Blame is another captivating novel by the author and one that once started, kept my attention to the end. I thoroughly enjoyed the book so much so, that I purchased one as a birthday gift.
I knew nothing about the Australian Light Horse but Elizabeth’s descriptive writing made me feel that I was there with the brothers on their travels both in North Queensland, Egypt, and Palestine and with the family left behind.   Emotional, disturbing, sad, happy, thought-provoking are all words that come to mind and I would recommend this read to anyone.
Keep writing Elizabeth, as you write from the heart and it shows.
Doris Cogle, Scotland.

Elizabeth Rimmington

A Pearl for Your Enjoyment

An excerpt from the novel, “Chill of Blame”.

 Whipped up by southern winds the desert sands swirled around the legs of the animals; it filled every space with its fine grains. The troopers pulled their hats tight on their heads and knotted neckerchiefs over their mouths and noses. With eyes squinted almost shut, they strained to peer through the hazy dust clouds as they followed Major Forbes the short distance north from Ismailia to the other side of Kantara.

None of the four witnesses forgot the incident of Lieutenant Burke’s cruelty to the horse in the early hours of the morning. It remained with them all day as they ate their morning rations of hot tea and army biscuits, while they rode on the wing of the mob of horses, and during the questionable pleasure of consuming their evening ration of bully beef, onion and more army biscuits.

During the day the four spoke intermittently of fitting rewards for such cruelty. It was Billy who came up with the most daring and dangerous plan.

His three friends hesitated before they agreed to assist.

“You do know we’ll be set up before a firing squad for this, Billy.” Martin grinned his warning.

Look out for the novel Chill of Blame 2024