All Reviews

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
The Darkest Secret opens with a promising prologue. An email regarding the hunt for a missing three-year-old girl followed by a number of witness statements relating to a weekend away in 2004 when the girl went missing.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Does it sound like there is a lot going on in this novel? There is.
Posted by Andrea Thompson

The mafia is a fertile subject matter for a political thriller.

Posted by Robert Goodman
RAIN DOGS is another strong entrant in a series that hasn't hit a bung note.
Posted by Karen

Rain Dogs has everything readers have come to expect from this series – an engaging mystery to drive the plot, an underlying historical issue to be investigated and as always, Duffy’s tragi-comic observations of Ireland in the 1980s.

Posted by Robert Goodman

The strength of this series really is the all-roundedness of it.

Posted by Karen

It's a series this reader would be interested in following - especially if the central character turns out to be a tricky bloke to deal with - have a bit of a weakness for those prickly, difficult types.

Posted by Karen

Eden Archer, Australia’s answer to Dexter Morgan, and her damaged partner Frank Bennett are back at work in Fall, investigating a series of murders of women joggers.

Posted by Robert Goodman

While there are plenty of twists and a little bait and switch, the plot strands come together in much the way thriller readers would expect. It is down to May’s skill as a writer that Coffin Road is an engaging, if not particularly original thriller.

Posted by Robert Goodman

A paranormal crime thriller with a blokey sensibility, Skin Deep is set in a Brisbane still dealing with the after-effects of many years of Joh rule.

Posted by Karen

Peter Corris’s Cliff Hardy series is the gift that keeps on giving for fans of no-frills, Australian-noir detective fiction.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Jonathan Kellerman is taking a break from his long running Alex Delaware series (thirty books and counting) to focus on a new type of psychologist.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Read by our f2f bookclub, this turned into a fascinating discussion.

Posted by Karen

Before WA based author Felicity Young commenced her extremely good Dr Dody McCleland series, she published a series of police procedural novels including this one with the central character of Sergeant Cam Fraser.

Posted by Karen