All Reviews

A Thriller, LOOK CLOSER, is set in London against the backdrop of British Politics, but the scenario could be played out in any similar democracy.

Posted by Karen

Cliff Hardy is the original Sydney detective, a true stalwart of Australian crime and always delivers a great read.

Posted by Robert Goodman

There are plenty of points in The Defence that require the reader to suspend their disbelief. And one of the central twists is fairly obvious from the outset. But the narrative is written with such verve, and Eddie is such a likeable rogue/hero, that it is easy to just go with the flow and enjoy.

Posted by Robert Goodman

The first book, THE HOLIDAY MURDERS marked a change in series, but not style, for author Robert Gott. Much of this author's crime fiction writing has concentrated on historical time periods, in particular around the second world war.

Posted by Karen

This is the end – for now – of the Ella Marconi series by Australian thriller writer Katherine Howell.

Posted by Karen

The strength of this series is not in the individual books however but the series as a whole. As crime fiction for Young Adults, these books are about a lot of things - teenage attraction, love, friendship, boundary stretching and family angst.

Posted by Karen

But it comes back to Morgan really, and there's always been a strong sense of validity about him. He's an all action hero with a human side, and that angle is what's particularly appealing about AVENGER.

Posted by Karen

Worth a look and not just for those of us who grew up in the bush, remember those bands, remember The Truth, and have a feel for what it's like to be from small town 1980's and be desperate to be anywhere else.

Posted by Karen

GUN CONTROL's another gem of a book in this series and when it comes to your lone wolf PI, there's nobody quite like Cliff Hardy.

Posted by Karen

Definitely a series to catch up on and then follow.

Posted by Karen

The opening lines of each viewpoint in ENTROPY by Philadelphia based author Robert Raker are the clearest indicator this reader has come across in a long time of whether or not a book is going to work for you.

Posted by Karen

Highly recommended read for anybody who thinks that those in "power" are to be blindly trusted, believed and never scrutinised.

Posted by Karen

In the end, this is a great book to read on a plane, or in an airport lounge, at least as a way of avoiding meeting any sociopaths.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Jigsaw Man is the fourth in Elena Forbes’ Mark Tartaglia series. For those who have been following the trials and tribulations of Tartaglia and his team this might be a welcome catch-up with familiar characters.

Posted by Robert Goodman

It's hard to pick whether Left Luggage is the start of a series featuring John Lawrence, and if so, how you'd get him back into other dangerous situations, although you can see how it would be an attraction for an author. Not quite a super-hero type, he's prepared to put himself on the line if required, he's brave, strong and capable.

Posted by Karen

Perfect for any teenager's in your life, a good read for those of us older (in some cases way way older) than that, the "EVERY" series is a wonderful entry in the Australian Crime Fiction canon.

Posted by Karen

It looks very much like FOLLOW THE LEADER is heading off into series territory and it shows considerable promise in that. Certainly enough to put the first book firmly on my reading list. Nothing like being prepared when book 3 surfaces.

Posted by Karen

World War Two has become a happy hunting ground for Australian crime writers. Authors like Geoff McGeachin and Peter Twhoig both bagged Ned Kelly Awards for crime novels set in the period.

Posted by Robert Goodman

SWEET ONE reminds that an observer's eye can be acute. When that eye is combined with sympathy, respect and love, then the stories told are strong, and in a language that's accessible, gripping, moving, emotional, provocative and forceful.

Posted by Karen

Fans of noir stylings, of pointed, sharp and unexpected storytelling that pulls no punches, holds no bars and gets right up in your face really should be doing themselves a favour and reading this.

Posted by Karen

A perfectly formed piece of glorious over the topness featuring Logan McRae, DCI Steel and the recent Scottish independence referendum.

Posted by Karen

For those who like their science fiction with a crime twist or those who like their crime with a sci-fi bent

Posted by Robert Goodman

Needless to say this is definitely on the lighter than air side of crime fiction.

Posted by Karen

An unusual book in many ways, KING OF THE ROAD is well worth reading, even if the subject matter is a no go zone for you.

Posted by Karen

While there are overt and subtle call-backs to previous books, Gun Street Girl can easily be read as a stand alone crime novel. But this is a fascinating and evolving series and a hinted fifth instalment can only be a good thing.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Contradictions, inconsistencies and the personal and professional are part of what Hall explores with great precision in this novel. There's much in all of these characters that is required to add up to the whole.

Posted by Karen

Asylum City is a novel with a social conscience and it is always clear where Shohad’s sympathies lie. However, it is also an engaging procedural that effectively carries the reader through its social agenda.

Posted by Robert Goodman

GUN STREET GIRL is the fourth book to feature Irish cop Sean Duffy. The Duffy series, has been winning plaudits, praise and awards in all corners of the world and hugely deserved they have all been

Posted by Karen

THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND is the second novel from London based author Colette McBeth, her first being PRECIOUS THING. Both in the form of psychological thriller, part of the increasingly common "domestic noir" category, they are however standalone books.

Posted by Karen

This gloriously retro private eye series is purely for fun.

Posted by Karen

The 4th Theodore Tate novel, FIVE MINUTES ALONE, and Paul Cleave continues pulling together connections from many of his previous novels - this series and the Christchurch Carver books.

Posted by Karen

The underlying theme of the trilogy is a series of questions about identity and concealment. Who is each person really? What disguise is each person using? What does it mean to be family? ...

Posted by Karen

A thriller that features surfing and a special operative anti-terrorism order, based on Eastern mysticism, is not exactly "expected territory" even with the best will in the world.

Posted by Karen

The Zig Zag Girl is Elly Griffiths' first foray away from her established crime milieu and characters.

Posted by Robert Goodman

The Job is the third book in this series but not having read the first two instalments is no impediment to picking this one up.

Posted by Robert Goodman

A most unexpected novel, wonderfully original, clever, compassionate and revealing, ELIZABETH IS MISSING was an absolute privilege to read.

Posted by Karen

Thrillers involving bad marriages are coming thick and fast, both to the bookshelf and the screen.

Posted by Robert Goodman

The PC Peter Grant series, of which Foxglove Summer is the fifth instalment, could be described as Harry Potter for grown ups. But it is more than this - part supernatural, part police procedural and part observational humour - at times the series is more Terry Pratchett than JK Rowling.

Posted by Robert Goodman

A New Zealand born, Australian and Northern Ireland dwelling, now Iceland based author has written a book set in his adopted city of Reykjavík, with a central female character whose life is turned upside down in a very short space of time, that really works.

Posted by Karen

Is it a bad thing, that at the end of book one, it was hard to suppress a certain sense of disappointment that there's only going to be 2 more?

Posted by Karen

Crucifixion Creek marks an exciting shift in direction for Maitland into truly Australian crime fiction.

Posted by Robert Goodman

There's so much in this series that, for this reader, is a highlight, and THE MISSING AND THE DEAD is right up there with the best of the lot of them.

Posted by Karen

As always from Jo Nesbo, dark, introspective, thoughtful and fascinating.

Posted by Karen

The 4th book in the Max Cámara series, which means if, like this reader, you've missed the first three, there's something to look forward to.

Posted by Karen

Translated from the original German, UNTIL THE DEBT IS PAID is a combination police procedural and energiser bunny styled action thriller which starts out running when Detective Jan Tommen wakes up beside his beloved girlfriend one morning to find himself as the chief suspect in a vicious murder.

Posted by Karen

Right from the commencement of HADES, the first Archer / Bennett book by Candice Fox, it was obvious that this was a series to be watched.

Posted by Karen

BENT leaves you considering the possible outcomes had the amount of effort, and the level of organisation that has been put into the crime side of the "policing" environments, had gone to actual crime solving.

Posted by Karen

When the blurb says "In Northern Ireland's darkest corner" it means it. It's winter, it's wet, dark, cold and black. A landscape full of old houses, swamps and fast running streams, there's an overwhelming sense of dark, deep, close-held, life-long, simmering secrets in the world that Inspector Celcius Daly now lives.

Posted by Karen

Quite a few crime fiction books use the life and crimes of a Gangster type as their central premise, with a sideline of the impact that has on family and friends. BAD BLOOD looks at this scenario with the affected firmly at the centre of the action.

Posted by Karen

The resolution is an interesting surprise which manages to throw more light on the politics of the time and the end implies that there may well be more Shardlake to come, which is by no means a bad thing.

Posted by Robert Goodman