All Reviews

Sometimes the world is very kind to a dedicated fan of Australian Crime fiction, particularly when two new books from authors that we've not heard from for a very long time arrive. Peter Doyle and Dave Warner each played their part, many years ago, in engaging an interest in our own stories and voices.

Posted by Karen

Nelson DeMille has been pumping out high intensity thrillers for years. In the last few years, these thrillers have centred around action man and wise-cracking maverick John Corey.

Posted by Robert Goodman

A debut that shows promise in terms of the sense of place, and the best and worst of life in small towns, PIECES OF A LIE is one for for readers comfortable with a romantic tension device, and happy if their baddies are barking mad into the bargain.

Posted by Karen

Many with a passing interest in the news might remember aspects about the case of the murder of Allison Baden-Clay. Unfortunately she is yet another woman, killed by their domestic partner, for reasons which are impossible to justify.

Posted by Karen

Set in Yemen, THE ABRUPT PHYSICS OF DYING is an eco-thriller from an author who writes about the issues explored with authority and a vivid sense of place.

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If the underlying agenda doesn't interest you, this might be a book that reader's with a preference for that sort of jolly hockey sticks, slightly exaggerated absurdist humour.

Posted by Karen

Wonderfully evocative and beautifully delivered, NEST was utterly mesmerising.

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A shattering, emotional rollercoaster of a book, just as the blurb puts it, WRATH is all about a mistake that we could all make, and the redemption that some of us deserve.

Posted by Karen

WHAT SHE LEFT has created a record in these parts as one of the most picked up and put down, unable to continue books that this reader has struggled with for quite some time.

Posted by Karen

Number 5 in the Rainbow series, and THE CASE OF THE COCK ROBIN KILLER might be blue about lots of things, but it won't make you blue to read it.

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AFTER THE CRASH opens with private eye Credule Grand-Duc preparing to take his own life after spending nearly eighteen years failing to discover the truth behind the miracle of the baby who survived a plane crash.

Posted by Karen

This unpredictable legal thriller is no courtroom drama and brims with action. Full review at Newtown Review of Books.

Posted by Karen

If the quotes appeal, then one for your reading list.

Posted by Karen

This series has proven to be enormously entertaining, and THE GRAND CRU HEIST, a very short novel, is up there with the rest of the series. Not just because, I hasten to clarify, it's impossible to read them without a glass of something (slightly more local) in your hand.

Posted by Karen

BLACK WIDOW is a fascinating book to read, it's beautifully constructed, making history come alive, allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions on many of the aspects of the story of Louisa Collins.

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Another romantic suspense novel, THE HERB GARDENER combines a rural setting, a new love, and a dead young worker.

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Now I just need to make sure that THE HUNTER's not the last of Tony Park's books that wind their way up Mt TBR.

Posted by Karen

If romantic suspense is your thing - then STORM CLOUDS should be on the reading list.

Posted by Karen

World Gone By is another brilliant, layered crime novel from Lehane, one of the world’s premier crime writers.

Posted by Robert Goodman

ONLY THE BRAVE is the third in a strong series, although it is one that this reader would recommend you start from the beginning.

Posted by Karen

The book explores the impact that this life has on those people: why they became cops, why they continue to be cops, and the ties that bind them together. It is a story that explores the twisted byways of love and loyalty, regret and the price of vengeance.

Posted by Robert Goodman

There's no question that anybody is going to get away with anything in THE DROWNED BOY, but the why remains the focus, and all the more heart-rendering as a result.

Posted by Karen

Every Word is, in the end, a great crime thriller for teenagers.

Posted by Robert Goodman

One for anyone, but particularly the Spooks crowd, to enjoy.

Posted by Robert Goodman

... another fun, escapist outing with Jack Emery in charge of saving the day, ably assisted, for a change, by some women with brains, bravery and chutzpah to spare.

Posted by Karen

The Killing of Bobbi Lomax is a solid procedural with some bigger fish to fry.

Posted by Robert Goodman

This is definitely a series for fans of political action thrillers regardless of what order you read them in.

Posted by Karen

An assured debut, THE FOUNDATION, is a really tightly plotted conspiracy novel that feels uncomfortably like it could very well be based on real-life.

Posted by Karen

Candice Fox's first book, Hades won the Ned Kelly Australian Crime Fiction Award for best first novel. It was a deserving win. Fox's visceral take on the serial killer procedural was a slick reworking of familiar crime elements into something both compulsive and disturbing.

Posted by Robert Goodman

A collaborative effort, SOMETHING IS ROTTEN is the first book from New Zealand based pairing of Swedish-born novelist Linda Olsson and award-winning playwright Thomas Sainsbury writing as Adam Safaris.

Posted by Karen

June Wright is one of the early writers who forged a way for the current vibrant Australian crime fiction scene. Reviewed at http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au/

Posted by Karen

DROWNED VANILLA, and it's predecessor A TRIFLE DEAD are really great examples of daft, funny, cosy, silly, culinary crime. They are deftly written, pitched for their target market perfectly.

Posted by Karen

It's hard to know if there's a new "thing" in crime fiction, or it's just something that this reader has suddenly noticed - but there seems to have been a number of books recently that have used dementia as a core theme. Which might make for uncomfortable reading for those of us of a "certain age" with an increasing tendency to forget too many things.

Posted by Karen

Commencing a blurb with a question implies that somewhere along the line the book will provide an answer.

Posted by Karen

Tell The Truth is once again a solid procedural from Katherine Howell. While the tension builds well to the final twists and confrontations there are no real surprises.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Everyone is looking for the next big thing - the publishing sensation that captures the zeitgeist and gets everyone talking.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Overall, Already Dead is an absolute page turner that generates real tension. It is an accomplished thriller from an Australian author who is getting better with every book.

Posted by Robert Goodman

A really good psychological thriller, ALREADY DEAD is also fast paced, with a strong plot and engaging characters, although if you spend a lot of time in idling traffic you'll probably find yourself locking your doors after reading.

Posted by Karen

A debut novel, HIGH BEAM is set in Hobart, Tasmania featuring DI John Mahoney.

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The third in the Peter Clancy series, BLURLINE takes Clancy to swinging London and the middle of the "red-top" newspaper world.

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Lethal Sky is, overall, a well written and engaging thriller. Barron has plenty of techno-exposition but it never overwhelms the plot which drives forward relentlessly. Barron shows in this book that he can wield the clichès effectively and hold his own with the best in this genre.

Posted by Robert Goodman

In her Rowland Sinclair novels, Sulari Gentill has used crime fiction to explore the rise of fascism in Australia and across the world in the early 1930s.

Posted by Robert Goodman

The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish aspires to be a humorous, slightly anachronistic romp through 1930s Sydney. Unfortunately it fails to entertain.

Posted by Robert Goodman

But it is overall an effective and engaging crime novel, that handles its issues compassionately, builds tension well and has a fascinating, flawed protagonist. It will be interesting to see what Anne Buist (and Natalie King) do next.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Nobody could be more startled than me when declaring that A TIME OF SECRETS was a most enjoyable book to read. Startled because ostensibly it looks, feels, smells like a romance. With an historical bent, and some mystery within.

Posted by Karen

This is history that really worked for this reader. A COMPULSION TO KILL is engaging, shocking and sobering but never uninteresting.

Posted by Karen

Nominated as a young adult novel, COOPER BARTHOLOMEW IS DEAD is one that's readable for that age group and those of us for whom "young" is but a vague memory.

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If you've not read the earlier Ihaka books then you really need to address that as a matter of some urgency.

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A bit of a surprise package, IN THE DYING DAYS is an engaging tale of an ex-cop, private investigator plying his trade on the means streets of ... Canberra.

Posted by Karen

NO TIME TO LOSE is Matt Baak's debut novel, set in the high-tech, high octane world of bank robberies in the current day. Which are considerably less about fronting the bank waving a gun around, and more the very high-tech way in which time locks, centralised security, and automatic systems have to be circumvented.

Posted by Karen