All Reviews

The law is anything but good guys versus bad guys in Rudd’s world and, for the reader, that’s all for the better.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Set in New Zealand, written by an Australian author, POISON BAY by Belinda Pollard is one of those novels that you just can’t help but wonder what tourism authorities reaction would be...

Posted by Karen

Reading a series in order, I’ve decided, is too normal. Or at least that’s the best excuse I can come up with for starting the Hermes Diaktoros series at book number three - THE DOCTOR OF THESSALY.

Posted by Karen

Post Mortem is supposed to be the start of a series. If London is going to focus that series around Sarah Collins then she has a lot more work to do. If she continues to focus in on police culture, and the messiness of real life, then this promises to be a series to watch.

Posted by Robert Goodman

... an interesting character study and premise, that would work well if you’re happy to head any disbelief off at the pass and bury it in a deep hole.

Posted by Karen

After the 2010 success of the rebooted Wyatt series, Garry Disher brings his master thief back for another outing. Set in the bright holiday glitz of Noosa, Disher delivers the usual range of criminals, sociopaths and underworld figures in another page-turner full of twists, turns and reverses.

Posted by Robert Goodman

The assured narrative, the way that the cast of characters become so real in such short sharp chapters, the sense that you’re being given an opportunity to understand that great question of crime fiction - why, in such detail, all combine to create something extremely satisfying in UNRAVELLING OLIVER.

Posted by Karen

There’s not a lot of crime fiction around, unfortunately, for readers who prefer a heist / non-death scenario, but SHWEDAGON is one that delivers exactly that.

Posted by Karen

Charming, and even comical at points, THE UNEXPECTED INHERITANCE OF INSPECTOR CHOPRA turns out to be the start of a very big new adventure for Ashwin Chopra, his wife and that lovely little elephant.

Posted by Karen

Probably my favourite of the Witches books in the Discworld series.

Posted by Karen

Ash Island ends with a bang but with plenty of narrative balls still in the air.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Less of a review, more some quick comments.

Posted by Karen

All of the ingredients, while expected, are exactly what thriller readers come for. And Lynds handles them well. Ryder and Blake have starred before, but no familiarity of the previous books is required to enjoy this volume. There is nothing startlingly original here but for readers looking for a solid action thriller The Assassins will fit the bill.

Posted by Robert Goodman

A deftly handled plot, strong characters and a sly, dry humour make this an outstanding debut crime novel. - Review at Newtown Review of Books

Posted by Karen

The second novel from Irish born, Australian resident Chris Flynn, THE GLASS KINGDOM is one of those books that you're either going to get, or be horribly confused by. Review in full at Reviewing the Evidence

Posted by Karen

EUROPA BLUES is the first of Arne Dahl's books I've been fortunate enough to read and it definitely won't be the last. A combination of a slightly eccentric, dedicated and very determined investigation group full of strong individuals, who work as a team; and a confrontational and some very pointed crimes and their backgrounds, perpetrated for very believable reasons made this novel a stand-out read.

Posted by Karen

Puzzle upon puzzle THE TOKYO ZODIAC MURDERS is intricate and utterly fascinating, as an example of Honkaku and the culture from which it sprang, as well as providing sufficient puzzles to be solved to keep a reader happily occupied (and slightly confused) right to the last page.

Posted by Karen

Wonderfully evocative, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SIGNORA GIULIA imparts much information about the society in which it is set in a short, but beautifully balanced novel.

Posted by Karen

Anthony Horowitz is the fourth author to be asked to write a James Bond novel. Horowitz is well qualified for the job. He is the creator of the popular James Bond-for-kids Alex Rider series and also behind the long running Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War TV series.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Having been lucky enough to read a couple of the books in this series now it's one that's well worth pursuing.

Posted by Karen

After a few attempts, managed to finish BIG LITTLE LIES over the weekend. There's a reason this has been a bit of a chore explained within

Posted by Karen

David Lagercrantz came to the attention of the estate of the late Stieg Larsson for his ghost-written autobiography of soccer player Zlatan Abrahimović. Lagercrantz was tapped on the shoulder to adopt Larsson’s style and approach and continue the globally popular Millennium series featuring everybody’s favourite punk hacker tough girl Lisbeth Salander and crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist.

Posted by Robert Goodman

I'd not be surprised to find that THE LONEY is one of those books that some readers absolutely love.

Posted by Karen

Suzanne Falkiner has used a combination of the facts of the case, and both the victim and perpetrator's life and fleshed that out with non-fiction elements, expanding on the facts to create a logical, and believable narrative.

Posted by Karen

The American is definitely not the last we will be seeing of Leone Scarmacio and most readers will be hanging on to see what happens next.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Happily surprised by the ending of COME TO HARM, pleasing surprised by how enjoyable this book was, not so surprised that the rest of the standalones from this author are now on the To Be Read list.

Posted by Karen

In great timing, Reviewing the Evidence have just published my review of the winner of the 2015 Ned Kelly for Best First Crime Fiction.

Posted by Karen

Any readers looking for something different - LEONA: THE DIE IS CAST could be just the ticket. There's so much here in the writing, and the styling that is very brave of this author.

Posted by Karen

Pleasantville is crime writing as it should be – engaging, compulsive and surprising but never losing sight of deeper social and human drivers that sit behind the action.

Posted by Robert Goodman

This is the latest in a series of intelligent, well-researched and engagingly written crime-fiction novels set admid the suffragette battles of early 1900s England.

Posted by Karen

Overall, however, Please Don’t Leave Me Here is an incredibly assured debut.

Posted by Robert Goodman

A TIME TO RUN's a debut novel and it's hard to tell if there's a series in the making - around Postlewaite, Willis or both of them somehow, but given the writing style of this author, and her expertise in the field, it will be interesting to see where this goes.

Posted by Karen

The English moors are a great place to stage a thriller. Bleak landscapes, mud, fog and rain, or wind and painfully bright sunlight, brutal histories, all collide on the moors and have in literature for many years.

Posted by Robert Goodman

... another compulsive and surprisingly poignant thriller and will be a welcome return for the many Joe O’Loughlin fans.

Posted by Robert Goodman

AUSTRALIA'S MOST MURDEROUS PRISON is a fascinating book, written in a very readable style.

Posted by Karen

Read for our face to face bookclub meeting yesterday, lovers of this book will be pleased to know I was very much in the minority...

Posted by Karen

A promising debut DOUBLE MADNESS has got a lot going for it.

Posted by Karen

Great crime fiction for those that find the constant concentration on murder a bit wearing, both these books are not just entertaining, they are educational into the bargain.

Posted by Karen

Clever, evocative, funny with that wonderful sense of place and character that stays away from feeling like a film script, and sticks firmly within a police procedural framework. This is exactly the sort of novel that Darian Richards deserves. Let's hope there's a lot more to come.

Posted by Karen

What makes this series one that's particularly appealing are the characters.

Posted by Karen

Music and popular culture provide the backdrop to this long-awaited new Billy Glasheen novel

Posted by Karen

Everything winds together nicely here, using plenty of action and pace, and just enough real-life reflections as well as "what if" scenarios to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, and, as is less often the case in thrillers, wondering about the greyness of right and wrong.

Posted by Karen

It’s a gutsy move to put the first sentence of your novel on the front cover. Even more so when the text is given more prominence than the name of the book itself. But it is a great ‘what’s in the box?’ first sentence

Posted by Robert Goodman

Even if you didn't know that author Ian Simpson regards John Mortimer as one of his inspirations, there's something slightly similar in their writing styles, although there's no Rumpole character in MURDER IN COURT THREE.

Posted by Karen

The second novel in the DI Helen Grace series POP GOES THE WEASEL returns to Grace's life in the aftermath of her sister's death, and that of a much loved colleague in the first book EENY MEENY.

Posted by Karen

Cleverly constructed, and particularly for this non-enthusiast for the paranormal, unexpectedly believable, DOUBLE EXPOSURE is written with considerable aplomb and style.

Posted by Karen

Writers who take the decision to build their novels around characters who are less than sympathetic, veering towards frustrating, appear to be making one of the braver literary decisions you can come across.

Posted by Karen

Originally published under the title AN ACT OF REPARATION, DEAD GUILTY uses the complex subject of domestic abuse as a vehicle to explore the ongoing abuse and exploitation of women in very vulnerable situations.

Posted by Karen

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