The Diggers Rest Hotel by Geoffrey McGeachin

The Diggers Rest Hotel

By Geoffrey McGeachin

  • Release Date: 2010-05-31
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4
From 177 Ratings
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In 1947, two years after witnessing the death of a young Jewish woman in Poland, Charlie Berlin has rejoined the police force a different man. Sent to investigate a spate of robberies in rural Victoria, he soon discovers that World War II has changed even the most ordinary of places and people.

An ex-bomber pilot and former POW, Berlin is struggling to fit back in: grappling with post-traumatic stress disorder, the ghosts of his dead crew and his futile attempts to numb the pain.

When Berlin travels to Albury-Wodonga to track down the gang behind the robberies, he suspects he's a problem cop being set up to fail. Taking a room at the Diggers Rest Hotel in Wodonga, he sets about solving a case that no one else can – with the help of feisty, ambitious journalist Rebecca Green and rookie constable Rob Roberts, the only cop in town he can trust.

Then the decapitated body of a young girl turns up in a back alley, and Berlin's investigations lead him ever further through layers of small-town fears, secrets and despair.

The first Charlie Berlin mystery takes us into a world of secret alliances and loyalties – and a society dealing with the effects of a war that changed men forever.

The next Charlie Berlin novel, St Kilda Blues, is coming in 2014.


  • Good Australiana Book

    By Chezmoss
    Enjoyed the book, light reading, like the "Local" Australiana influence..perfect for holiday reading.
  • A genuine page turner

    By LifeInBinary
    Very accomplished for a first novel and a great read. Enjoyed it thoroughly.
  • What a wonderful surprise!

    By Zxorgan
    An exciting, riveting roller coaster ride that transports you to an era and makes you believe you exist in it: smell the place, see the colours, feel the happiness, the fun, the pride, the grief, the rage, the pain, the sadness, the tears... A well-researched, well-written book, great copy editing and proofreading. No annoying and distracting errors, and instead, a clever use of funny and interesting Australian idioms, some of which are sadly disappearing from use. WHAT A GEM!
  • Thoroughly Enjoyable!

    By ET's wife
    Just finished reading Geoffrey McGeachin's, The Diggers Rest Hotel. What an amazing book that I would highly recommend! Loved everything about it, the story itself, the characters, attention to detail, it was all masterfully interwoven. I especially loved the references to brands of everyday products of the time that brought back fond memories...found myself saying, 'oh my God, I remember that!' My congratulations to this very talented author.
  • The Diggers Rest Hotel

    By kfa1950
    Great story, had trouble putting the ipad down after starting to read it.
  • The Diggers Rest Hotel

    By Tobesmeister
    A thoroughly enjoyable read......
  • As Aussie as Vegemite

    By Bignina
    What a nostalgic look back at life in country Australia just after the war with a hero ruined by the horrors of a POW Camp. I'm buying the next book.
  • Great read

    By honkitonksy
    Can't possibly do anything but enjoy such good writing as this! Leaves you wanting more!
  • Review - The Diggers Rest Hotel

    By Hennahennahenna
    This was an enjoyable read from the historical point of view and the plot. As a resident of Albury-Wodonga, much of the the geography is true giving the story extra credibility. It was too scripted when describing the football match and scoring. The characters were developed quite well and in the case of the Berlin and Rebecca's romance - charmingly. The balance between worn-torn Berlin and the prejudices of being a Jew and a feminist allowed the reader to enjoy their relationship and its development. Little was followed up to finish the story but maybe that is for the sequel? The author is able to develop the detective skills of Berlin in that classic way where it appears that Berlin knows the answers but will not reveal them. He slowly ties them together as the incidents arise. There is good interplay between the Characters, particularly with Roberts. Subtle and clever writing brought out the personalities of other characters. One problem with reading the story was when it was difficult to ascertain which character was speaking during certain dialogues. Overall, an enjoyable read.
  • The Diggers Rest Hotel

    By Carmy96
    A good read. True to its era with multi-layered mysteries to keep readers on their toes.