Latest Reviews

The Student is fast-paced, dry as dust, gritty Australian regional noir. Full Review at Newtown Review of Books.
Posted by Karen
A family drama / saga styled novel, with crime overtones, DAYS ARE LIKE GRASS is beautifully written. Moving, descriptive, populated by fully realised characters there is much in this novel that is thought-provoking, and profoundly affecting.
Posted by Karen
HARD LABOUR's an interesting undertaking of an unusual crime and background, introducing an unusual sort of protagonist.
Posted by Karen
THE SQUAD is very interesting reading indeed.
Posted by Karen
An escapist thriller for your summer holiday, LIE TO ME will keep you guessing and wondering just who it is you are supposed to feel for – the missing, or the one that remained?
Posted by Andrea Thompson
THE LAST TIME WE SPOKE will leave readers thinking about consequences long after the novel has come to an end.
Posted by Karen
"Now he must choose between exoneration and condemnation, justice and vengeance." Readers are all too often left wondering which one he gets to choose, and which one he deserves.
Posted by Karen
Right on the money as he always is, Stephen King - with his co-writer son Owen King - addresses here a premise that is ridiculously and soberingly topical. What is it that could bring down society in such a dramatically short space of time? The withdrawing of the women.
Posted by Andrea Thompson

Recommendations

THE LAST TIME WE SPOKE will leave readers thinking about consequences long after the novel has come to an end.
"Now he must choose between exoneration and condemnation, justice and vengeance." Readers are all too often left wondering which one he gets to choose, and which one he deserves.
The bright shiny lives of Louise’s friends, ex colleagues and acquaintances are cyber surreal to her and the friends that were once vitally important in the school years have now become just posts on her phone screen. The ‘friend request’ received from a dead school mate rocks Louise straight back to those school days of fake friends, neuroses and crushing peer pressure.
If the universe wants to be particularly nice to us, it will make sure that A DARK SO DEADLY is the start of a new series from Stuart MacBride.
Paul Strom is quite the guy and supremely confident that he is the master of his own destiny. The man who other men want to be, and the man who women want to be with. As it turns out, not so much.
Police Scotland has created a “dumping ground” for those officers who don’t quite fit; the ill, those who have faced disciplinary action, those who refuse to play by the rules.
Rural Australia is both developing and narrowing. The selling out of Australia to foreign interests has resulted in multitudes of country towns closing down and officially ceasing to exist. Centralizing the displaced has become the solution to the increasing shortage of food and resources. Generational land ownership comes to a forced end, and for the residents of the bush communities, the country of their birth is becoming unrecognizable.
It is quite possible to fall in the love with someone who has not yet been born. It is also quite possible that you would be willing to die for them.

Latest Postings

Book Review
Police at the Station… continues to be the best of crime fiction. McKinty uses the genre to effectively open a window into a time and place, using the mystery and Duffy’s travails to further illuminate the history that he is so effectively conveying.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Book Review
Bill Hosking is well known in legal circles, probably less outside of them, but his many years of experience, and sheer number of cases that he appeared in - mostly as defence counsel, is a telling testimony about this man's standing, and understanding, of the law.
Posted by Karen
Blog entry
Picked this one up on the weekend - so far rather engaging read.
Posted by Karen
Blog entry
All the submissions to the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards have just been announced.
Posted by Karen
Blog entry
Started this one on Sunday night - first in the Ngaire Blakes series.
Posted by Karen
Blog entry
From the weekend's reading list.
Posted by Karen
Blog entry
The second novel out of New Zealand I've been able to read that explores the after-affects of crime. Let's hope this is not just a glitch in the continuum as both of these novels now have been thought-provoking and challenging.
Posted by Karen
Book Review
...this is extremely entertaining and engaging crime fiction - with a great central character to boot.
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Book Review
Read for this month's face to face bookclub, another book that divided opinion which is always a good thing.
Posted by Karen
Book Review
If ever there was a book that shows that the Best Swedish Crime Novel award needs to be closely followed, QUICKSAND is it.
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Blog entry
Slipping this one in as a bit of a change of pace from fiction.
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Blog entry
Long weekend reading part 3.
Posted by Karen
Blog entry
Part 2 of the long weekend's reading.
Posted by Karen
Blog entry
Long weekend reading part 1
Posted by Karen
Book Review
Debut author Anna Snoekstra has taken on one of the more difficult challenges in writing fiction - creating an engaging, morally ambiguous central character, who sometimes borders on unlikeable. Reviewed at Reviewing the Evidence
Posted by Karen
Book Review
The world seems to be full of highly trained, disaffected, black ops, renegade loners who are trying to do good deeds while being hunted down by their government.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Book Review
... compelling and frequently discomforting reading.
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Blog entry
Debut Aussie Crime Novel The Dark Lake attracts enormous buzz
Posted by Karen
Blog entry
Another from the Ngaio Marsh piles - this time a police procedural styled book set in Auckland.
Posted by Karen
Blog entry
This is more of a novella - entered in the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards.
Posted by Karen
Blog entry
Picked this one up recently - billed as comic farce.
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen