All Reviews

Looks like this might be the first novel in an ongoing series which frankly is excellent news. Eva Destruction can only get better with age, wisdom and a litre or ten more of dodgy wine with her mates.
Posted by Karen
In a short author interview at the end of Ragdoll, Daniel Cole explains how he put the novel together. He wanted something that was less po-faced that the run of the mill British television crime drama but something not as cheesy as American television crime drama like Castle.
Posted by Robert Goodman
It is its own form of hybrid robot, noir crime, space opera, corporate skulduggery story and when it works or when it doesn’t work it does so on its own terms.
Posted by Robert Goodman
You do want to Lily to succeed, as her clumsy and inept forays into investigating the murder of her neighbour are almost charming.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
FULL BORE, as is with the other works by this author, does leave you feeling a little bit melancholic about our shared Australian past but reassures us that life goes on and that there will always be much more to experience.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Dennis Lehane takes a swerve away from his long running Kenzie and Genaro series (which includes Gone, Baby Gone) and his recent prohibition and gangsters trilogy to deliver a psychological thriller of sorts.
Posted by Robert Goodman
DEAD AGAIN is a different kettle of fish - it's a brave undertaking, taking a raw, real life scenario and fictionalising it.
Posted by Karen
Vik and Stubø are a great pairing ..., and re-reading PUNISHMENT was an opportunity to remind myself of what a great series this is.
Posted by Karen
A very clever and absorbing book, THE GIRL BEFORE is a psychological thriller that delivers.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Read without guilt! A SIMPLE FAVOUR scoots along at a breakneck space and is anything but predictable.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Compulsive, entertaining and tense reading from an author to watch.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
...but if you stick with it you are given plenty of glimpses of who Otto Berliner is and where he's likely to be heading.
Posted by Karen
Part history lesson, part social exploration, the Sean Duffy series from Irish-Australian writer Adrian McKinty is required crime fiction reading. Reviewed at: Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
Police at the Station… continues to be the best of crime fiction. McKinty uses the genre to effectively open a window into a time and place, using the mystery and Duffy’s travails to further illuminate the history that he is so effectively conveying.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Bill Hosking is well known in legal circles, probably less outside of them, but his many years of experience, and sheer number of cases that he appeared in - mostly as defence counsel, is a telling testimony about this man's standing, and understanding, of the law.
Posted by Karen
...this is extremely entertaining and engaging crime fiction - with a great central character to boot.
Posted by Karen
Read for this month's face to face bookclub, another book that divided opinion which is always a good thing.
Posted by Karen
If ever there was a book that shows that the Best Swedish Crime Novel award needs to be closely followed, QUICKSAND is it.
Posted by Karen
Debut author Anna Snoekstra has taken on one of the more difficult challenges in writing fiction - creating an engaging, morally ambiguous central character, who sometimes borders on unlikeable. Reviewed at Reviewing the Evidence
Posted by Karen
The world seems to be full of highly trained, disaffected, black ops, renegade loners who are trying to do good deeds while being hunted down by their government.
Posted by Robert Goodman
... compelling and frequently discomforting reading.
Posted by Karen
The fact that this subject is handled in this manner, within a plot that's multi-levelled, that involves the members of the self-help trial group, and the facilitators equally is cleverly done, and it's seamlessly delivered.
Posted by Karen
Author Tony Cavanaugh has had a long and illustrious career in film and tv and thus brings that excellent crafting of place and character to his crime novels. All of his creations are wholly convincing and though sketched with typical Australian economy, they are entirely recognizable in their landscape.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Everything in YOU wrong-foots the reader, creating a challenging reading experience of very intimate personal time with rather unpleasant people, wrapped up in obsession, fuelled by the manipulation of technology to control.
Posted by Karen
It's been a while since finishing a debut book made me mildly miffed I'd have to wait a while for the second in the series.
Posted by Karen
Lot of sitting around waiting recently - so an ebook, and something set in Asia for a change.
Posted by Karen
THE GREAT SWINDLE is a fascinating book. It's not universally uplifting and it's not overbearingly depressing. It is, however, unerringly clever.
Posted by Karen
Sanders shows a keen ability to capture the American vernacular, speech patterns and settings and proves he is able to play in the same weapon-filled sandpit as some of his more famous American counterparts.
Posted by Karen
Candice Fox announced herself as an Australian crime writer to watch with her Ned Kelly Award winning debut Hades, followed up a year later by its award winning sequel Eden.
Posted by Robert Goodman
If two Ned Kelly Awards and one short-listing hasn't given you a big enough hint already, CRIMSON LAKE should absolutely confirm that Candice Fox is an Australian writer of immense ability.
Posted by Karen
Sanders shows a keen ability to capture the American vernacular, speech patterns and settings and proves he is able to play in the same weapon-filled sandpit as some of his more famous American counterparts.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Garry Disher has two successful major crime series out – very different from each other, both of the highest possible standard. Full Review At Newtown Review of Books

Posted by Karen
... this is a series for fans of crime fiction. It's introspective, considered, thoughtful, insightful and brilliant.
Posted by Karen
Anyone taking bets on a third featuring these characters would probably shorten the odds at a rapid rate of knots after reading this.
Posted by Karen
In The Girl From Venice, Cruz Smith effectively captures a point in time.
Posted by Robert Goodman
BLOOD WEDDING is a great novel to take with you on your next long journey or to indulge in over one or two sittings. The time will fly!
Posted by Andrea Thompson
This is a book that feels like it wants to tear the blinkers off and really make you think about the manner in which society tends to treat victims in particular.
Posted by Karen
It's taken a long while to write this review, simply because this has been a collection of writing that I've wanted to go back to frequently in order to get my head around much of it.
Posted by Karen
The key aspect of this structure is that Kill the Next One keeps readers guessing and despite becoming a little frustrating at times, it is very hard to put down.
Posted by Robert Goodman
The Girl Before ticks all of the Girl book boxes in spades. It has two unreliable female narrators, a supporting cast of abusive and potentially violent men and plenty of domestic thrills.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Australian readers are likely to still know Melina Marchetta for her breakout young adult novel Looking for Alibrandi (1992). Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is crime genre novel. But while it relies on some of the genre conventions it also manages to subvert some of them, particularly with its focus on some teen protagonists.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Ignore all the book comparisons as it doesn’t do this clever little mystery justice; it is all about the journey here and the big reveal is not the tantalizing part of the read. THE LAST ACT OF HATTIE HOFFMAN is a very satisfying read and deservedly one of the buzz books of the summer.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
As the teen struggles to deal with both the mental and physical trauma, Jenny’s parents make the decision to allow medics try a new drug on their daughter that will serve to delete the immediate painful memories of the attack.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
OLD SCORES is a great entry in what, overall, is a tremendous series that reminds us again how keen the eye and how sharp the observation of really good crime writers like David Whish-Wilson is.
Posted by Karen
Cliff Hardy is back in the forty-second and now final book in this much loved, admired series.
Posted by Karen
There is no denying Peter Corris’ status as the godfather of modern Australian crime. Corris took the American private investigator corner of the crime genre and made it uniquely Australian. Still going now after 33 years, gumshoe and Sydney icon Cliff Hardy is back in action for the forty-second time in Win, Lose or Draw.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Darkest Place is Australian thriller writer Jaye Ford’s fifth book of stand-alones involving women under threat who are definitely not victims. Review at Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
... nobody could ever accuse THE BLACK TONGUE of being expected reading.
Posted by Karen
What you can expect is clever writing and plotting, great characters, pitch perfect dialogue, some stand out scene setting, laughter, action, pathos, friendship, a bit of romance and a heap of enjoyable madness.
Posted by Karen
A DONATION OF MURDER is book number five in this excellent historical series from WA based author Felicity Young.
Posted by Karen