All Reviews

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
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