Set in Dunedin, New Zealand, local writer Jane Woodham obviously loves the place that she lives in.
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The Hanne Wilhelmsen series from Norwegian author Anne Holt is fabulous, even if it is being translated out of sequence.
Does it sound like there is a lot going on in this novel? There is.
Rain Dogs has everything readers have come to expect from this series – an engaging mystery to drive the plot, an underlying historical issue to be investigated and as always, Duffy’s tragi-comic observations of Ireland in the 1980s.
INSIDE THE BLACK HORSE is a stonkingly good debut.
Candice Fox's first book, Hades won the Ned Kelly Australian Crime Fiction Award for best first novel. It was a deserving win. Fox's visceral take on the serial killer procedural was a slick reworking of familiar crime elements into something both compulsive and disturbing.
A collaborative effort, SOMETHING IS ROTTEN is the first book from New Zealand based pairing of Swedish-born novelist Linda Olsson and award-winning playwright Thomas Sainsbury writing as Adam Safaris.
It's hard to know if there's a new "thing" in crime fiction, or it's just something that this reader has suddenly noticed - but there seems to have been a number of books recently that have used dementia as a core theme. Which might make for uncomfortable reading for those of us of a "certain age" with an increasing tendency to forget too many things.
A really good psychological thriller, ALREADY DEAD is also fast paced, with a strong plot and engaging characters, although if you spend a lot of time in idling traffic you'll probably find yourself locking your doors after reading.
Interesting timing for the subject matter of this book, with domestic violence and intimate partner violence receiving much warranted and belated attention (although what seems like depressing little in the way of practical resolution). Which probably reflects a lot of what this reader felt about DISHONOUR.
Lethal Sky is, overall, a well written and engaging thriller. Barron has plenty of techno-exposition but it never overwhelms the plot which drives forward relentlessly. Barron shows in this book that he can wield the clichès effectively and hold his own with the best in this genre.
But it is overall an effective and engaging crime novel, that handles its issues compassionately, builds tension well and has a fascinating, flawed protagonist. It will be interesting to see what Anne Buist (and Natalie King) do next.
The third book in the Peter Clancy series sees him in London, working for one of the "red-top" gossip newspapers and getting his love life all out of control. Not sure why these books aren't getting more attention - it's a great series.
Nobody could be more startled than me when declaring that A TIME OF SECRETS was a most enjoyable book to read. Startled because ostensibly it looks, feels, smells like a romance. With an historical bent, and some mystery within.