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There's something very nice about having a series to look forward to, especially now with the opportunity, finally, to go back to the start.
Posted by Karen
The second novel in the Constable Sammi Willis series, THE TWISTED KNOT, has Sammi returning to work after a close shave with death in the first novel (which you don't have to have read to get this one, but it wouldn't hurt).
Posted by Karen
Overall, Vigil is a great start to a fascinating new series for both urban fantasy and crime fans with a refreshing Australian voice, setting and style.
Posted by Robert Goodman
It's dark, it's classic noir, it's very Australian and it's about as pitch perfect as you can get.
Posted by Karen
For reasons that escape me, Paul Cleave doesn't seem to have the profile, or the world-wide awareness that he absolutely and utterly deserves.
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Cousin's is a fun sort of PI and there's a trilogy of books planned in the Tasmanian Investigation Agency series for those that really like their PI's hard-boiled, sarcastic and just a bit dodgy.
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The setting for this book is almost guaranteed to send you straight to Google to look up the location...
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With Black Teeth, Zane Lovitt has delivered a classic, dark Australian crime thriller.
Posted by Robert Goodman

Recommendations

It's dark, it's classic noir, it's very Australian and it's about as pitch perfect as you can get.
For reasons that escape me, Paul Cleave doesn't seem to have the profile, or the world-wide awareness that he absolutely and utterly deserves.
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
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.
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...
THE SECRET CHORD is a story of an ancient King in ancient times thus it absolutely demanded a magisterial narrator.

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Buist has delivered a well constructed mystery around Natalie King that manages to keep twisting through to the last couple of pages.
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I've been doing some very determined juggling recently as this is a book I've been very keen to read - particularly as the 2nd in the series is now also out. Wonderful sense of place.
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With a true story behind it, The Death Ray Debacle is set in New Zealand in the 1930's.
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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.
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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.
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The final from the Easter reading pile.
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Figured while I was doing a little "outside the box" reading then something cross genre would fit the bill.
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Been wanting to read this since it came out.
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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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