All Reviews

A lot of fun to read, PROHIBITED ZONE was one of those books that this reader just could not put down.
Posted by Karen
There's so much potential in this novel that you really cannot help but hope it's either the beginning of a good new Australian series, or at least the heralding of yet more crime fiction from John Dale.
Posted by Karen
It's nearly impossible to "review" a book like THE STING simply because the subject matter is so horrific.
Posted by Karen
MURDER IN MT MARTHA is a fictional story, inspired by an unsolved 1953 real-life murder in the Mornington Peninsula suburb of Mt Martha.
Posted by Karen
Set within the hipster world of inner Melbourne lane-ways, cafes and bright young things, JINX is the debut crime fiction novel from local musician and writer Hugh McGinlay.
Posted by Karen
A Dying Breed is an intelligent thriller set in present day Afghanistan.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Much like its titular magazine, The Travelers is a whirlwind journey that takes readers to some of the world’s most desirable places.
Posted by Robert Goodman
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, written in the mid 1880s, was a world-wide publishing phenomenon. The story of its publication deserves a book like Blockbuster!. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books.

Posted by Karen
THE JADED KIWI, a debut thriller shows promise, delivered as it is, with a slightly tongue in cheek, very New Zealander sort of sense of humour, style and language.
Posted by Karen
A solid entry point to a new world, WHO'S AFRAID won't having you checking the shadows as you read - this book is not that graphic or terrifying - but it will have you cheering for Tommi as she stoically decides that her life is to be only onwards and upwards from here.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Excellent insight into how the Catholic Church were aided and abetted by others in power to cover up the appalling crimes of the likes of John Day.
Posted by Karen
The balance between plot and characters is spot on, the action unrelenting and the battle between good and bad believable and highly entertaining.
Posted by Karen
In a particularly poignant touch, all round good guy and saver of the world Alex Morgan shows an unsurprising side in RANGER with his care and concern for a returned vet who needs help.
Posted by Karen
Thank goodness the earlier books in this series are now available, because understanding Hanne Wilhelmsen requires back story.
Posted by Karen
There is so much to like about the Café La Femme series (of which THE BLACKMAIL BLEND is #1.5).
Posted by Karen
Highly recommended if you like your noir on the darkest of dark sides.
Posted by Karen
The pairing of Spencer and Blair fits well, is unforced and seems to be preparing the basis for a good investigative team.
Posted by Karen
COMFORT ZONE is the debut novel from Ex Federal Minister for Finance and long-time Labor true believer Lindsay Tanner.
Posted by Karen
Buist has delivered a well constructed mystery around Natalie King that manages to keep twisting through to the last couple of pages.
Posted by Robert Goodman
The circumstances that gave rise to the 2011 riots have not all gone away and Ten Days is, if nothing else, a timely reminder of the fragility of the social contract that underpins our day to day existence.
Posted by Robert Goodman
In The Trap Melanie Raabe has delivered an effective page turner. She uses some familiar thriller elements but has used her setup to mould those elements into something original. Overall this is an impressive debut.
Posted by Robert Goodman
.... absolutely no doubt that whatever is going to happen to Belltree, he's not going to go down without a bloody good fight.
Posted by Karen
SIX FOUR is one of those books that demands considerable commitment from readers.
Posted by Karen
True Crime writing seems, to this outside observer, to be a minefield of complications.
Posted by Karen
Needless to say, the re-emergence of the Anna Southwood books is particularly pleasing.
Posted by Karen
Where Dettman really succeeds is in her characters and her descriptions of life in Melbourne, particularly from the point of view of a woman with a hearing impairment.
Posted by Robert Goodman
In the manner of all good slow burner, tightly controlled psychological suspense novels, ALL THESE PERFECT STRANGERS is beautifully crafted.
Posted by Karen
SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN was originally released in 2014, and has now been followed by NO OTHER DARKNESS (2015) and TASTES LIKE FEAR (2016). Nothing like a new series to get your teeth into.
Posted by Karen
This is a highly ambitious, stylish debut novel that hints at even better things to come.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Fast paced, heaps of action, a lot of lurking baddies, a flawed hero and comparisons with the work of Tom Clancy and Matthew Reilly are going to be coming in droves.
Posted by Karen
Fans of Peter May will gleefully add COFFIN ROAD to their collection and new readers would be pleased with this almost closed room mystery that needs very few literary props to satisfy.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
In the end, though, this is a by-the-numbers American legal thriller. Enough, at least, to satisfy lovers of this genre.
Posted by Robert Goodman
There's often something very unexpected, often something utterly incomprehensible, but there's always something intriguing and moving.
Posted by Karen
The Method is a page turning thriller that subverts the dominant genre paradigm of the well armed, special forces bloke taking on the bad guys.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Out in March 2016 - honestly worth queuing for - or at least pre-ordering from the link
Posted by Karen
City of the Lost is an effective, engaging stand alone crime novel based on an intriguing premise.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Crime fiction with a vampire as the central protagonist, set on the island of Malta. If this sounds like your ... err cuppa ... give it a try.
Posted by Karen
Classic Cliff Hardy - stripped down, hardboiled, quintessentially Australian-noir ticking all the required boxes - pace, twists, turns, sex, violence and pitch-perfect dialogue.
Posted by Karen
Definitely humorous and on the lighter side, DASTARDLY DEEDS is the latest offering in a series that is cosy in styling, with a touch of risqué.
Posted by Karen
Of course, now it makes perfect sense that a society arriving on fleets of ships, initially supported by ships full of cargo, and later by exporting via those same docking points would end up with a congregation of illicit interests and activity within those very docks.
Posted by Karen
Candice Fox is on the verge of scoring a rare hat-trick at this year’s Ned Kelly awards with the release of the third book in her Frank Bennett and Eden Archer series. Full review at Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
The fourth book in the series sees probation officer Cate Austin out of the familiar ground of career, single parenthood and England in a new life in Luxembourg.
Posted by Karen
Much like Thomas Harris, with a little bit of Edgar Allen Poe thrown in, Jonathan Moore has produced an effective hybrid of crime and horror. The Poison Artist is overall a compulsively creepy thriller.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Could be one for those interested in historical fiction, with a particularly female perspective.
Posted by Karen
The Hanne Wilhelmsen series from Norwegian author Anne Holt is fabulous, even if it is being translated out of sequence.
Posted by Karen
The first in a new series of books set in India, THE KOLKATA CONUNDRUM is lyrical and amusing writing, steeped in a sense of place and culture that will leave readers craving more.
Posted by Karen
Let Me Die in His Footsteps is not a crime novel in the traditional sense but it has crime and a deep mystery at its core and plenty of crime to go round.
Posted by Robert Goodman
If you've not read the earlier books then there's no reason why you couldn't start with NATIONS DIVIDED, but you'll then probably want to go back to the start anyway.
Posted by Karen
Set in Dunedin, New Zealand, local writer Jane Woodham obviously loves the place that she lives in.
Posted by Karen