All Reviews

Great idea, execution needs a little more emotion and colour.
Posted by Karen
Putting the genre mash element aside, Made to Kill is overall just a lot of fun.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Pufferfish is one of my all time favourite Australian Crime Fiction identities. He's taciturn, reticent and often recalcitrant. He's frequently obtuse, often slightly grumpy, addicted to strong espresso and liquorice all-sorts and finally, he's back.
Posted by Karen
It feels like such a relief to have a woman in Cabin 10, and not a girl, that you'd almost be forgiven for cutting THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 a lot of slack.
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 Andrea Thompson
This clever thriller should be a huge hit and spark much discussion.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
One for the fans and anyone else who wants to be entertained for a short and happy while
Posted by Andrea Thompson
LA Larkin’s Devour features investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe’s world of big stories, hair’s-breadth escapes from danger and fearless reporting on the worst of human excesses. Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
Ann Turner’s Out of the Ice uses the point of view of environmentalist Laura Alvarado to reveal both the wonder and the threats within this amazing landscape: Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
There's something very nice about having a series to look forward to, especially now with the opportunity, finally, to go back to the start.
Posted by Karen
The second novel in the Constable Sammi Willis series, THE TWISTED KNOT, has Sammi returning to work after a close shave with death in the first novel (which you don't have to have read to get this one, but it wouldn't hurt).
Posted by Karen
Overall, Vigil is a great start to a fascinating new series for both urban fantasy and crime fans with a refreshing Australian voice, setting and style.
Posted by Robert Goodman
It's dark, it's classic noir, it's very Australian and it's about as pitch perfect as you can get.
Posted by Karen
For reasons that escape me, Paul Cleave doesn't seem to have the profile, or the world-wide awareness that he absolutely and utterly deserves.
Posted by Karen
Cousin's is a fun sort of PI and there's a trilogy of books planned in the Tasmanian Investigation Agency series for those that really like their PI's hard-boiled, sarcastic and just a bit dodgy.
Posted by Karen
The setting for this book is almost guaranteed to send you straight to Google to look up the location...
Posted by Karen
With Black Teeth, Zane Lovitt has delivered a classic, dark Australian crime thriller.
Posted by Robert Goodman
... something about Eloise and her situation might not be what it seems, and that's mesmerising. Which made STARLIGHT PENINSULA the most difficult book to put down for quite a while.
Posted by Karen
THE SILENT INHERITANCE strides with purpose for the bulk of the novel as the field narrows and possibilities are discarded.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Even though BOOM AND BUST is not as hard-boiled as could be expected from the blurb, it was entertaining reading.
Posted by Karen
The Girl in Green is not only a page turner, it is an important novel that tries to convey not only the drivers of the headlines but also the situation that remains when the news cycle moves on.
Posted by Robert Goodman
The third book in the Audrey Murders series, THE MURDER TRAIL is set in a very picturesque location in the far north of New Zealand.
Posted by Karen
The second Jeff Bradley novel from New Zealand author, Thomas Ryan, certainly made me really want to shunt my as yet unread copy of the first (The Field of Blackbirds) up in priority.
Posted by Karen
Inspired by the true events surrounding an unsolved murder, Dark Fires Shall Burn is set in Sydney’s Newtown in the aftermath of World War II. - Full review at Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
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