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Inspired by the true events surrounding an unsolved murder, Dark Fires Shall Burn is set in Sydney’s Newtown in the aftermath of World War II. - Full review at Newtown Review of Books
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The book of the TV show, ELEMENTARY: THE GHOST LINE is based around the characters of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Joan Watson.
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It's a character study, wrapped up in a police procedural, with a very strong sense of place, and, one would hope, a long-term future as a series.
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The Dry is a strong debut. A classic crime novel in a classic Australian setting, with strong characters dealing with universal issues.
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... having seen the early publicity for BLACK SAILS, DISCO INFERNO I was expecting it to be good. It exceeded good by a very big measure.
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Read for our f2f bookclub, every book by Jo Nesbø reminds you to read the rest of the series.
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One for fans of high-threat action, who would appreciate a strong female central character, don't mind a hefty dose of romance and that spot of paranormal into the bargain.
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The novella THE MISTAKE is short, sharp, packed with a punch crime fiction set in Iceland, written by ex-pat New Zealander Grant Nicol.
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Inspired by the true events surrounding an unsolved murder, Dark Fires Shall Burn is set in Sydney’s Newtown in the aftermath of World War II. - Full review at Newtown Review of Books
The Dry is a strong debut. A classic crime novel in a classic Australian setting, with strong characters dealing with universal issues.
... having seen the early publicity for BLACK SAILS, DISCO INFERNO I was expecting it to be good. It exceeded good by a very big measure.
THE LEGEND OF WINSTONE BLACKHAT is not a "traditional" crime novel in the same way that many early psychological thrillers were not regarded as traditional crime novels...

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.... absolutely no doubt that whatever is going to happen to Belltree, he's not going to go down without a bloody good fight.
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Loved the opening of this - too much hollandaise is indeed a crime, hangover or no hangover.
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SIX FOUR is one of those books that demands considerable commitment from readers.
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Lot's of things I should have been doing over the weekend, but I started this book and got nothing done.
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Grant Nicol is originally from New Zealand but his fiction is set in Iceland, where he now lives. This is a bit more of a novella.
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True Crime writing seems, to this outside observer, to be a minefield of complications.
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Needless to say, the re-emergence of the Anna Southwood books is particularly pleasing.
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Wanted something that's guaranteed to be a bit of fun - so this seemed perfect - being from a very good cosy series.
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This year I've really made an attempt to keep up with debut Australian crime novels - although a few, as with this one, have dodged my faulty radar. Catching up now needless to say.
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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.
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In the manner of all good slow burner, tightly controlled psychological suspense novels, ALL THESE PERFECT STRANGERS is beautifully crafted.
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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.
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This is a highly ambitious, stylish debut novel that hints at even better things to come.
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Having been a huge fan of other forensic investigations of early Australian Crime Writers done by Lucy Sussex, I've been looking forward to this one immensely. Will be reviewed at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com.au
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February, in which lots of books were read and reviewed, but it would have been more if it wasn't for the scorching heat.
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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.
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Used to think I'd be able to keep up with the local crime writing output. Didn't realise I was quite that delusional.
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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.
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Sometimes you just have to dig your heels in, and rearrange the stacks of books waiting to be read.
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In the end, though, this is a by-the-numbers American legal thriller. Enough, at least, to satisfy lovers of this genre.
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There's often something very unexpected, often something utterly incomprehensible, but there's always something intriguing and moving.
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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.
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Out in March 2016 - honestly worth queuing for - or at least pre-ordering from the link
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City of the Lost is an effective, engaging stand alone crime novel based on an intriguing premise.
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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.
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Dear reader, you may know of my love of Japanese crime fiction.
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Look I can't explain why I'm reading it either.
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Classic Cliff Hardy - stripped down, hardboiled, quintessentially Australian-noir ticking all the required boxes - pace, twists, turns, sex, violence and pitch-perfect dialogue.
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This one has had me a little intrigued and a little uncomfortable as it's edged it's way to the top of the queue. Part romance, part detective story, investigating the perils and exhilaration of young love...
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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.
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