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Stuart Rattle and Michael O Neill were the perfect couple Country boys from working class backgrounds, they were bon vivants and lovers, the envy of all their gay friends until tragedy struck Stuart Rattle was at the peak of his design career, feted and entertained by hosts whose invitations were gold A Rattle interior was his ticket into this exclusive lifestyle Michael O Neill, his loyal and loving partner, employee, dog s body and whipping boy, was always three steps behind, never in the limelight In the words of Paul Bangay, the international garden designer and Stuart s former partner, Michael really had to fit into Stuart s way of life Stuart had a definite style and lifestyle, and Michael took on that persona It worked for sixteen years, until the fateful morning when Michael violently killed Stuart as he lay in bed He tucked him neatly back in and brought him cups of tea, takeaway curries and glasses of wine, trying to convince himself he hadn t committed this terrible deed They even watched TV together Five days later, Michael tried to preserve his much loved partner s dignity by setting fire to their apartment How did it all go wrong Smoke Mirrors is the tragic life and death story behind the headlines


10 thoughts on “Smoke and Mirrors: A Tragedy of Love and Murder

  1. Bri Bri says:

    Another great book by Robin Bowles.I wish Bowles would could write aboutAustralian true crimes as I have thoroughly enjoyed all of her books.


  2. Lou Lou says:

    A well written and sympathetic exploration of a truly tragic story I read this over quite a long period of time, leaving it aside on and off simply because I found it so very sad It provides an interesting and detailed picture of the somewhat rarified circles Rattles and O Neill moved in, but the portrait of their relationship remains as smokey as the title suggests Yet somehow, with hindsight, Bowles does bring an awful inevitability to the tale I m not sure that true crime is the genre for A well written and sympathetic exploration of a truly tragic story I read this over quite a long period of time, leaving it aside on and off simply because I found it so very sad It provides an interesting and detailed picture of the somewhat rarified circles Rattles and O Neill moved in, but the portrait of their relationship remains as smokey as the title suggests Yet somehow, with hindsight, Bowles does bring an awful inevitability to the tale I m not sure that true crime is the genre for me it s just too real


  3. Tracey O& Tracey O& says:

    Fascinating story but terrible writing Clear bias from the author which the facts she refers to do not support A lot of the legal stuff is incorrect or misrepresented which was frustrating to read


  4. Troy Williams Troy Williams says:

    Read this book within 2 days Very interesting read Smoke and Mirrors is an apt title for this book It certainly appeared on the surface, and in public, that Stuart and Michael were the perfect couple But, as in many relationships, only the 2 people really know what is going on behind closed doors and bedrooms A fascinating, and unashamedly at times, salacious read that had me thoroughly engaged My only criticism would be that the book tends to shine a favourable, or even sympathetic, lig Read this book within 2 days Very interesting read Smoke and Mirrors is an apt title for this book It certainly appeared on the surface, and in public, that Stuart and Michael were the perfect couple But, as in many relationships, only the 2 people really know what is going on behind closed doors and bedrooms A fascinating, and unashamedly at times, salacious read that had me thoroughly engaged My only criticism would be that the book tends to shine a favourable, or even sympathetic, light on Michael which I don t believe is warranted


  5. Anne Hayes Anne Hayes says:

    Another nice piece of research from the author and an intriguing story There may have been underlying factors in this tragic case The truth is unlikely to ever be known.


  6. Deb Bodinnar Deb Bodinnar says:

    I found this book very interesting as I hadn t heard all that much about this crime I have enjoyed reading many of Robin s books and this one is definitely one of the best.