All Reviews

Was it murder, or was it suicide? Two sudden deaths, and a whole lot of questions for those left behind to mourn.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
I'm dangerously close to od'ing on these.
Posted by Karen
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
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
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
I turn to these books partly for the plot, but mostly for the unapologetically grumpy Montalbano, the food porn, and the locations.
Posted by Karen
An accessible dip into the world of fan fiction, these 16 illustrated short stories are not just for lovers of Sherlock Holmes. Full Review at Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
Engaged to be married to a wonderful woman, Finn has worked hard and built up enough cash reserves to be able to work from home, support his dog and live the quiet life in an English village. Life for Finn is extremely good. How quickly things can change.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Four caravans, four families inside waking up to a horrifying new reality. They, their cars and caravans, even their pets, are no longer where they were located when everyone went to bed the night before.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Shortlisted for the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards, this is the story of a very impressive man.
Posted by Karen
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!
Posted by Karen
In 2016, Thomas Mullen delivered one of the crime novels of the year with Darktown. ... Lightning Men picks up a couple of years after the events of Darktown.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Tara and David are typical “Hollywooders” in that appearances are everything. What looks flashy and successful from the outside is all actually a bit of a façade.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Savages – The Wedding is the first book in French author Sabri Louatah’s Saint-Etienne Quartet. Originally written in 2011, the subject matter is if anything more relevant now than it was then, given the terrorist attacks in France over the last few years.
Posted by Robert Goodman
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, the debut novel by Stuart Turton has so many influences it is hard to know where to begin.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Readers get what is promised on the cover – well written, smart and engaging action.
Posted by Robert Goodman
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.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
A Legacy of Spies builds heavily on leCarré’s world and it would help to be familiar with all of the side stories and back stories of the characters, developed over the earlier Smiley books.
Posted by Robert Goodman
A new Pufferfish novel will always be a thing of joy - whiteboard lists or no whiteboard lists.
Posted by Karen
Sometimes you just have to get ready.
Posted by Karen
Bluebird Bluebird is top notch crime fiction.
Posted by Robert Goodman
I will catch up with all these mini-reviews, mentions, the backlist from hell. I will....
Posted by Karen
Jack Heath is well known for plenty of books for children and young adults but, clearly, some elements were missing. These included, among other things – violence, blood, drugs and serial killers. And so we get Hangman, which has lashings of all of these elements and is a cracking read full of well crafted twists and turns.
Posted by Robert Goodman
As one American family enjoys their break at their Scottish holiday home, a terrible sickness is released when blood is spilt on ancient magical land.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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.
Posted by Andrea Thompson

Too Easy continues an absolutely terrific series that falls on the noirish side of comic farce. Full Review at:  Newtown Review of Books

Posted by Karen
Nice combination of societies full of mildly potty types (pun intended) and a nicely dotty murder.
Posted by Karen
Perhaps don't do what I'm doing and binge listen to these.
Posted by Karen
Adam Roberts never does the same thing twice. While he has written novels with a crime element it is safe to say that The Real-Town Murders is something completely different again.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Places in the Darkness is a great read, period and recommended for crime readers, scifi aficionados or just anyone who likes a good book.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Gothic horror is back in vogue and it does not get much more gothic than Laura Purcell’s debut The Silent Companions.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Planning a wedding to his newly immortal partner Julie, Ramses the Great has much to regret and much to look forward to. Now living life as Reginald Ramsay, Egyptologist, Ramses has kept his secrets to a chosen few and has found fresh hope in the modern age of the early 19th century.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Dang. We all really wanted to love this book after the monster science hug that THE MARTIAN unexpectedly gave us a few years back. The geek science is still there to be enjoyed - detailed and highly credible, and you never have cause to doubt the intelligence and passion of author Andy Weir here in his field of interest.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
I've spent a silly amount of time driving recently, and these really work as a background to the endless kilometres.
Posted by Karen
I confess to having been a mad fan of Dave Warner's music. It makes me very happy that the stories he tells in his books are longer in form, but still so clearly about life as it happens in Australia.
Posted by Karen
Chris Whitaker's debut novel TALL OAKS garnered a lot of positive publicity and a CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger award.
Posted by Karen
The Lone Child focuses on character development, imbued with sadness, longing, regret and loss. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
You have to admire any author who doesn't just create a profoundly unlikeable protagonist but then grants them full permission to be as ordinary a human being as they can possibly be.
Posted by Karen
A terrific thriller, FROM THE SHADOWS, is fast-paced and populated by extremely interesting characters embroiled in a clever story plot that twists, turns and sneaks around more than enough to keep the reader guessing until the end.
Posted by Karen
I forgot NOTHING BAD HAPPENS HERE was a debut novel as you'd never know it from reading it.
Posted by Karen
It's probably not going to come as any surprise to find that DON'T LET GO jumped up the reading queue as quickly as possible, because every novel from Michel Bussi I've read now has been clever, different and intriguing.
Posted by Karen
... not a straightforward history, romance or crime fiction novel, but a mash-up, and one this reader found extremely engaging.
Posted by Karen
The re-examining of the murder of Charles Buhrman brings Josie and her family to the fresh attention of a voracious new content hungry generation who are keen for the thrill and less interested in the damage that was done to the two young children in the house at the time of the murder.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
The disappearance of Melody Chapa ten years ago was one of those cases that gripped the public. Though Melody’s body was never recovered, her parents are in prison serving time for her murder and the case remained in the public eye thanks to occasional ‘sightings’ and sporadic media attention.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
It is unclear why Burnet feels the need to play the meta-narrative games with his crime fiction except maybe to find an excuse to write novels in this style. And he does it well, crafting a crime novel that is more about the effects of a crime and its investigation and resolution than a crime itself.
Posted by Robert Goodman
ALL OUR SECRETS is strongly voiced, has a great sense of place and character all round, and an excellent plot. It's an absolute gem.
Posted by Karen
A policewoman's story of discrimination, bullying and harassment.
Posted by Karen
A slow moving novel about loss; both its enormity and of how shocking it is to the grieving that life simply must go on, regardless of what has been unexpectedly and horrifically taken from them.
Posted by Karen
The Student is fast-paced, dry as dust, gritty Australian regional noir. Full Review at Newtown Review of Books.
Posted by Karen