All Reviews

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
A family drama / saga styled novel, with crime overtones, DAYS ARE LIKE GRASS is beautifully written. Moving, descriptive, populated by fully realised characters there is much in this novel that is thought-provoking, and profoundly affecting.
Posted by Karen
HARD LABOUR's an interesting undertaking of an unusual crime and background, introducing an unusual sort of protagonist.
Posted by Karen
THE SQUAD is very interesting reading indeed.
Posted by Karen
An escapist thriller for your summer holiday, LIE TO ME will keep you guessing and wondering just who it is you are supposed to feel for – the missing, or the one that remained?
Posted by Andrea Thompson
THE LAST TIME WE SPOKE will leave readers thinking about consequences long after the novel has come to an end.
Posted by Karen
"Now he must choose between exoneration and condemnation, justice and vengeance." Readers are all too often left wondering which one he gets to choose, and which one he deserves.
Posted by Karen
Right on the money as he always is, Stephen King - with his co-writer son Owen King - addresses here a premise that is ridiculously and soberingly topical. What is it that could bring down society in such a dramatically short space of time? The withdrawing of the women.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
The bright shiny lives of Louise’s friends, ex colleagues and acquaintances are cyber surreal to her and the friends that were once vitally important in the school years have now become just posts on her phone screen. The ‘friend request’ received from a dead school mate rocks Louise straight back to those school days of fake friends, neuroses and crushing peer pressure.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Each of the books in the Rowland Sinclair series is about as good as historical Australian Crime Fiction is ever going to get.
Posted by Karen
Extremely readable, fascinating and very cleverly done, THE TWENTIETH MAN is unfortunately a bit of a rarity in Australian fiction - an historical political thriller covering our recent past.
Posted by Karen
Robert Harris has long had a fascination with the events surrounding Neville Chamberlain’s trip to Munich in 1938 to negotiate with Hitler. That meeting, which ended with Chamberlain famously returning to Britain waving a piece of paper and declaring “Peace in our time”, has long been seen as the epitome of the appeasement policy that presaged World War II.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Other reader's mileage will vary dramatically.
Posted by Karen
The second in Dorothy Johnston's Sea-Change series, THE SWAN ISLAND CONNECTION sees local senior constable Chris Blackie and his deputy Anthea Merritt developing their working relationship into something with more understanding, trust and respect for each other.
Posted by Karen
When Kathy Jackson was revealed as the whistle-blower on million-dollar fraud in the Health Services Union it's hard to believe she couldn't have foreseen her own fate.
Posted by Karen
If the universe wants to be particularly nice to us, it will make sure that A DARK SO DEADLY is the start of a new series from Stuart MacBride.
Posted by Karen
Paul Strom is quite the guy and supremely confident that he is the master of his own destiny. The man who other men want to be, and the man who women want to be with. As it turns out, not so much.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Police Scotland has created a “dumping ground” for those officers who don’t quite fit; the ill, those who have faced disciplinary action, those who refuse to play by the rules.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
A debut novel set in a small Australian town, The Dark Lake is a police procedural with a hefty dose of romantic tension. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books

Posted by Karen
Good murder mysteries for young adults are hard to find and City of Saints and Thieves is, if nothing else, a great murder mystery.
Posted by Robert Goodman
City of Crows is an unpredictable book, and yet each twist and turn is completely understandable in the context of its characters.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Caleb Zelic is a man between worlds. Caleb’s wife has left him, his small business is struggling with only Caleb to run it and frequent nightmares are leaving the investigator exhausted and traumatized. Caleb’s former business partner is on the run after her many betrayals and the death of Caleb’s friend Gary is a horror re-lived every time he takes pause. There is much on this man’s plate.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
The highs of Rachel’s work in journalism brought her excitement, fulfilment and an outgoing husband to boot. She could not see how that could ever change. Until one wartime assignment took Rachel’s confidence, her career and the life of a young girl.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
A drama told from four family member's viewpoints, Lexi Landsman's THE PERFECT COUPLE is an interesting title choice for a book that's about anything but the perfect couple.
Posted by Karen
There's absolutely no doubt that author Matthew Thompson intended MAYHEM to be a fast paced, gonzo styled expose of Australian outlaw Christopher Binse.
Posted by Karen
Nicely done, BAY OF MARTYRS is a very entertaining outing in what seems likely to be an ongoing series from UK based author Tony Black and local Matt Neal.
Posted by Karen
LET THE DEAD SPEAK is the 7th novel in the Maeve Kerrigan series.
Posted by Karen
SHE BE DAMNED should leave you looking forward to the next instalment with pleasurable anticipation.
Posted by Karen
I will admit to being mightily intrigued by this biography mostly because of the reputation of the subject.
Posted by Karen
Everything I've been fortunate enough to read by Sabine Durrant has left me with heaps of questions, and a lot of thinking to be done.
Posted by Karen
Quirky, fun, engaging and hugely entertaining, JINX, PACHYDERM and Catherine Kint are a really good combo - here's hoping there's more intended in the series.
Posted by Karen
Her is, overall, an effective and moving historical novel.
Posted by Robert Goodman
A sensationalised combination of fact, speculation, assumption and extremely over the top fictionalisation, MRS KELLY by Grantlee Kieza is a grand undertaking that seems to be telegraphing a lot more than it actually delivers.
Posted by Karen
It may now be the mid-20th century but progress in the remote Irish community seems to have stalled somewhere around a hundred years earlier; there’s no electricity, phones, shops or amenities on this unforgiving little island. The stalwart remaining residents of St Brigids are dwindling in numbers and have been resolutely advised by mainland authorities that the end is near. The entire population of St Brigids to be relocated.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Eleanor is a pragmatic working mother of two who sees the sense in buying a rundown Victorian to move her young family into. There is plenty of room in their new home for all of their things and it is certainly in a desirable location. Odd how they managed to snag such a good deal though.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Three Days and a Life is a masterful psychological study and a compulsive, page turning thriller.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Emma Viskic explores difference, and its consequences, in this sequel to Resurrection Bay. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
Rural Australia is both developing and narrowing. The selling out of Australia to foreign interests has resulted in multitudes of country towns closing down and officially ceasing to exist. Centralizing the displaced has become the solution to the increasing shortage of food and resources. Generational land ownership comes to a forced end, and for the residents of the bush communities, the country of their birth is becoming unrecognizable.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Miranda Rader once was known as Randi the problem teen. Rejected by her family after a brush with the law, Randi’s life seemed to then be heading down all the wrong roads. Fortunately, the time spent in youth detention becomes the making of her.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
It is quite possible to fall in the love with someone who has not yet been born. It is also quite possible that you would be willing to die for them.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Finn Bell made quite an impact on the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards with two shortlistings - his first novel DEAD LEMONS in Best First Novel, and PANCAKE MONEY in Best Crime Novel.
Posted by Karen
Coming not long after Steve Uhlmann and Peter Lewis’ Marmalade Files and hot on the heels of Tony Jones’ The Twentieth Man, Michael Brissenden, another ABC journalist, has penned a thriller.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Prepare the hot cocoa and grab all of the house cats as this is one of those books you are going to need to rug up for to absorb in a quiet space.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
A few years ago, Adam Christopher had a fantastic idea based on a dare from a long dead author.
Posted by Robert Goodman
THE DIRECTION OF OUR FEAR is such an interesting idea - multiple characters living separate lives, getting on with their day to day existences, moving through place and time without knowing each other, or even being aware that there will come that intersecting point ...
Posted by Karen
PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB comes with a wonderfully evocative sense of place and people, delivered with an affectionate comic touch.
Posted by Karen
THE LAST TRAIN is a really good novel for fans of crime fiction in general, and Asian crime in particular.
Posted by Karen