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About the book About the book

A Rowland Sinclair Mystery

Shanghai in 1935 is a 20th century Babylon, an expatriate playground where fortunes are made and lost, where East and West collide, and the stakes include life itself.

Into this, Rowland Sinclair arrives from Sydney to represent his brother at international wool negotiations. Rowland is under strict instructions to commit to nothing … but a brutal murder makes that impossible.

As suspicion falls on him, Rowland enters a desperate bid to find answers in a city as glamorous as it is dangerous, where tai-pans and tycoons rule, and politics and vice are entwined with commerce.

Once again, the only people Rowland can truly trust are an artist, a poet and a free-spirited sculptress.

All the Tears in China
Publication: 21 January 2019
Category: Crime
Format: Trade Paperback ($29.99)
ISBN: 9781925700053
Format: Ebook ($8.99)
ISBN: 9781925700473


Praise for the series

‘A sparkling crime series … Evelyn Waugh meets Agatha Christie.’—The Age

‘Glossy, original and appealingly Australian.’—The Australian Women’s Weekly

‘The writing is witty and assured, confidently claiming the historical territory.’—Sydney Morning Herald

‘It takes a talented writer to imbue history with colour and vivacity. It is all the more impressive when the author creates a compelling narrative.’—Australian Book Review

‘Containing an intriguing mystery, a unique sense of humour and a range of historical characters, this is a highly recommended read for lovers of Australian fiction.’—Canberra Times


About the author About the author

Sulari Gentill is the award-winning author of the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries—book two of which won the Davitt Award for Best Crime Fiction—and literary thriller Crossing the Lines, which won the Ned Kelly Award for Best Crime Novel this year.

Born in Sri Lanka, Sulari learned to speak English in Zambia, grew up in Brisbane and now lives in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales with her historian husband and two children where she grows French black truffles and writes.

‘The thing I love most about writing an ongoing crime series like the Rowland Sinclair Mysteries is the opportunity and the time to really get to know Rowland himself. It’s almost like a natural friendship, deepening over time, and organic,’ says Sulari.

‘He surprises me often, and though he lives in the 1930s, there are so many social and political parallels with today that we seem to be facing the same fight. With each book I learn something more about Rowland, his life and his passions, the values or people he is willing to stand up for.  And while each mystery is a complete and discrete episode, each book is also an individual tile in the mosaic of his life, and writing it is like an adventure with old and true friends.

‘Rowland seems to be gaining a following of truly dedicated readers both in Australia and internationally. I love hearing from them, talking about Rowland with them. They remind me that a book is not a journey you take alone.’


Sales and marketing campaign

  • Advertising on SBS On Demand
  • Podcast advertising
  • Paid Facebook and Instagram campaigns serving over 500,000 impressions in February
  • Touring Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide in March

To schedule an event with Sulari at your bookstore or library email Anabel Pandiella.


Sample chapter

Start reading All the Tears in China here.


Reading copy giveaway

For your chance to receive an advance reading copy of All the Tears in China email with ‘All the Tears in China B+P Giveaway’ in the subject line. The first 10 people to respond will receive a copy.




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