All Reviews

The book of the TV show, ELEMENTARY: THE GHOST LINE is based around the characters of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Joan Watson.
Posted by Karen
It's a character study, wrapped up in a police procedural, with a very strong sense of place, and, one would hope, a long-term future as a series.
Posted by Karen
The Dry is a strong debut. A classic crime novel in a classic Australian setting, with strong characters dealing with universal issues.
Posted by Robert Goodman
... having seen the early publicity for BLACK SAILS, DISCO INFERNO I was expecting it to be good. It exceeded good by a very big measure.
Posted by Karen
Read for our f2f bookclub, every book by Jo Nesbø reminds you to read the rest of the series.
Posted by Karen
One for fans of high-threat action, who would appreciate a strong female central character, don't mind a hefty dose of romance and that spot of paranormal into the bargain.
Posted by Karen
The novella THE MISTAKE is short, sharp, packed with a punch crime fiction set in Iceland, written by ex-pat New Zealander Grant Nicol.
Posted by Karen
FRONT PAGE NEWS is the debut novel from former Australian journalist Katie Rowney.
Posted by Karen
MADE TO KILL comes straight from the "well I wasn't expecting that pile", and even better, it looks like the opening salvo in a trilogy that will be well worth following.
Posted by Karen
THE LEGEND OF WINSTONE BLACKHAT is not a "traditional" crime novel in the same way that many early psychological thrillers were not regarded as traditional crime novels...
Posted by Karen
The Legend of Winstone Blackhat, is an outstanding achievement by a writer at her peak
Posted by Deb Wood
Built around the worlds of art fraud, forensic accounting, law and the European Mafia DEATH OF A FRIEND is the debut novel of Australian author Desmond L Kelly.
Posted by Karen
For those who like more action and less smooching in their romantic suspense reads, DARKNESS is a fast paced novel of danger and love in the snow. Plus you will pick up a thing or two about what to put in your survival pack next time you head out camping.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
THE DEATH RAY DEBACLE is fiction built around unexpected facts from the period leading up to World War II. New Zealand inventor Victor Penny ran a bus company by day and at night he worked on producing a death ray.
Posted by Karen
Best selling author Nora Roberts excels in churning out the whip fast reads, and THE OBSESSION is another book where the dialogue is snappy, we have a savvy and feisty heroine, and the love interest is uber masculine and good with his hands.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
... readers will be able to distract themselves with the sumptuous descriptions of wine and food along the way ...
Posted by Karen
Even the name of this novel gives the hint that this is a mash up of two genres. Modern day police procedural meets Victorian-style ghost story on the streets of (where else?) London.
Posted by Robert Goodman
John Q is an intriguing new addition to the crime scene and is likely to return, six shooters and all.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Another debut Australian novel where the blurb will provide a good indication of the style of storytelling.
Posted by Karen
An open homage to the noir stylings of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, with a decidedly Australian sense of humour, HARRY'S WORLD is the story of PI Harry Kenmare, told in a series of episodes.
Posted by Karen
Once again, Cavanagh has managed to combine the tension of a series of 24 with the legal manoeuvrings and questionable lawyers out of a John Grisham novel and the suave con-artist styling of Ocean’s Eleven.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Extremely engaging, requiring the reader to really pay attention, one of the best things about THE FALLING DETECTIVE was the way it made this reader really regret missing the first book in the series.
Posted by Karen
Set in Australia, but with a decidedly American feel to it, LETHAL IN LOVE is a serialised novel in six parts. Fascinating idea and one that I've always wondered why somebody hasn't done.
Posted by Karen
If you've read the blurb for CLINCH and formed some conclusions about style, and outcome in your mind, then it's likely you got close in some things and miles away in others.
Posted by Karen
THE BLOOD ON MY HANDS is a very personal story, told by Shannon O'Leary, recounting a childhood that truly could be said was hellish.
Posted by Karen
The first thing to understand about Hideo Yokoyama’s epic police procedural Six Four is that it is not a crime novel in the traditional sense.
Posted by Robert Goodman
The Le Fanu series from Brian Stoddart is one of those extremely elegant combinations of mystery fiction and historical lesson that also provides huge entertainment for readers.
Posted by Karen
What a little gem AMPLIFY turned out to be. A debut novel from journalist Mark Hollands, introducing musical impresario Billy Lime and his world of sex, drugs and rock and roll.
Posted by Karen
A quick review of the blurb to this book will give potential readers a very good feeling for the style of the novel overall.
Posted by Karen
Facts wrapped up in fictional expansion, THE AMAZING MRS LIVESEY tells quite a tale of the life and times of Miss Ethel Swindells (aka lots and lots of other names)
Posted by Karen
It's an interesting idea for a debut novel - the knowing swapping of identities and the consequences from there.
Posted by Karen
Set in Melbourne, Jasper Wolf's debut crime fiction novel has a serial killer targeting policewomen who all have very similar physical characteristics.
Posted by Karen
THE SECRET CHORD is a story of an ancient King in ancient times thus it absolutely demanded a magisterial narrator.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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