Latest Reviews

Always present, always watching. The Tall Man comes for your daughters. What to do when you have given yourself over to the Tall Man, and then you have a daughter of your own? You disappear.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
RETRIBUTION is an elegantly written novel that convincingly takes the reader to a place of both great beauty and deep ugliness.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Completing the AustCrimeFiction trifecta, my turn to read this excellent debut novel.
Posted by Karen
Fans of MADE TO KILL will already know all about Ray Electromatic, Ada and his line of work.
Posted by Karen
It has been another great year for Australian crime debuts and Derval McTiernan’s The Rùin continues this run. Much like Adrian McKinty, McTiernan sets her first Cormac Reilly novel in the old country, aka Ireland. But her take, while still procedural, is more contemporary and less overtly political.
Posted by Robert Goodman
DIG TWO GRAVES relies heavily on a descriptive, languid writing style, full of portents and observations, internal musings and a lot of that angst, longing and regret. This will be a novel that works incredibly well for fans of that style.
Posted by Karen
Author Michalia Arathimos has Greek-New Zealand heritage which is strongly reflected in her novel AUKATI. Set in New Zealand, this is a crime novel based around the scourge that is fracking.
Posted by Karen
Australian Rural Crime novels are the new big thing, and Scrublands is the one that everyone is talking about.
Posted by Karen

Recommendations

Cop-turned novelist, Nathan Blackwell (true identity hidden due to covert police operations) has written a debut novel, THE SOUND OF HER VOICE, which is intense, unsparing, realistic, brutal and will stay with the reader for a long time.
If you're a fan of any of Stuart MacBride's books - the Logan McRae series, the Ash Henderson series, his Christmas series (I kid you not), or his standalones then you will have hot footed it to the bookshop for this one already. If for some reason you missed it, then off you go.
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR reinforces the notion that despite being constantly surrounded by people, you can often feel alone. Deep suburbia provides such a huge source of material and is finally in drama fiction being recognized for that richness.
Where are the women here? They support, they assist – and they prosecute. Accused of raping a young woman in an elevator at Parliament, James is suddenly no longer bullet proof. His wife is no longer by his side. His government may no longer be so benevolent. Those he crossed in the past will no longer be silent.
It has been a very long time since Anna has been able to put foot outside her own door. But this does not mean that she does not observe life outside.
The good news is I'm so far behind with this review, that the second book in the series is out now. Which means you've got a series on your hands!
Leaping with confidence straight out of the gates, DEAD LEMONS has a cracking opening chapter that will stay with you for quite some time. You just can’t go past a man hanging over a cliff, hanging upside down in his wheelchair, thinking such dire and witty thoughts.
Author David Lagercrantz confidently continues his commissioned task of continuing the Millennium series, two novels in after the death of fellow Swedish author Stieg Larsson.

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Grattan Street's Colonial Fiction project is an outstanding idea, with 4 titles now available (Grattan Street for more)
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Well worth listening to, especially if you love a lilting Scottish accent.
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Having just posted a media announcement on the 2018 Ngaio Marsh longlist - a few personal comments.
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Two authors who returned to crime writing after more than a decade away have today been named among an eclectic longlist for the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel.
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The people that were with us in the trenches of childhood have the best understanding of what it was that made us our present selves. For two little girls who lose their adored father, what happens next is horrific and alters forever the course of what might have otherwise been happy lives. Or not.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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The Parrish life appears to Amber to have absolutely every box ticked. It just doesn’t seem fair for one beautiful couple to have it all.
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Sam Grist has his intense blue eyes trained on his lecturer Kate. All that needs to happen now is for Kate to fall in with his meticulous plans. If Kate rebels or does not appreciate Sam’s efforts, there will be serious consequences for everyone in Kate’s life.
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It must be quite an experience for an author to start out on the long cycle of writing a book about crime and corruption in the financial system, and then, just as you complete the manuscript, have real life intercede in apropos fashion.
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Set in Mexico, among the worst of the worst behaviour of the cartels, and to be frank, men, a union activist makes a stand. Tim Baker has created wonderful characters in Pilar and Fuentes.
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2nd in the Lewis Trilogy, I've pretty much started this one straight after the first, The Blackhouse.
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You’ve all heard the urban legend about baby monitors being able to pick up sounds from nearby houses, right? Well, its all true kids! Can you imagine? But what if the neighbours don’t have a baby in residence and yours is the only one in the street?
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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Event - Launch of Liz Porter's latest true crime book - Crime Scene Asia.
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Started this one last night, it's due for publication sometime soon and so far it's really engaging.
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Was it murder, or was it suicide? Two sudden deaths, and a whole lot of questions for those left behind to mourn.
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Latest from the audio pile.
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Started this one over the weekend and didn't get nearly enough reading time to finish it, which has turned out to be a bit annoying as it's very good.
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Technically this is a was reading, as it's been bubbling along in the background as a just a couple of chapters book, until it got to the point where sleep was lost finishing it.
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As you can possibly tell, the weather's gone a bit cooler. So there is more time for reading.
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This is the third book now in the Agatha Christie Book Club series.
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I'm dangerously close to od'ing on these.
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Another from the currently reading pile.
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Listening to this on audio for a change - first book in the DCI Daley series, that I confess to having randomly chosen from a list of audio books.
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One from the weekend's pile
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Author Karen Hamilton has done a bang up of making us like Juliette, despite her dangerous intentions and willingness to do what needs to be done. You will want to like this woman, but you will be frightened of her, and you will never ever want to be on her bad side.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR reinforces the notion that despite being constantly surrounded by people, you can often feel alone. Deep suburbia provides such a huge source of material and is finally in drama fiction being recognized for that richness.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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Where are the women here? They support, they assist – and they prosecute. Accused of raping a young woman in an elevator at Parliament, James is suddenly no longer bullet proof. His wife is no longer by his side. His government may no longer be so benevolent. Those he crossed in the past will no longer be silent.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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The latest from the NZ pile.
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Particularly intriguing one from recent day's reading.
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Another from the New Zealand pile read over the weekend.
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Another from the weekend's New Zealand piles.
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Another from the weekend's pile of New Zealand fiction, the second in the Raymond Electromatic trilogy.
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One from a weekend's reading catch up on the New Zealand / Ngaio Marsh piles.
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I turn to these books partly for the plot, but mostly for the unapologetically grumpy Montalbano, the food porn, and the locations.
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Another from the New Zealand piles.
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Easter reading pile number whatever I'm up to now.
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Starting off with this one over the Easter long weekend.
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From the current reading pile.
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Another from this year's very varied New Zealand stacks.
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