Recent Reviews

Australia
Review by: Karen
You'd be almost tempted to get people to read CHASING THE ACE if only as a warning about the sorts of scams and tricks being perpetrated in the real world. Doesn't hurt that it's an entertaining read along the way.
USA
Review by: Karen
A very assured debut, THE BONE CHURCH is a really good thriller. It is also a character study, an exploration of the human psyche, with a touch of history and a strong sense of place as well.
USA
Review by: Karen
The second book in the Nadia Tesla series, THE BOY WHO STOLE FROM THE DEAD starts out in Alaska with a sports journalist Lauren Ross in pursuit of the story of a mysterious young hockey player who seems to have appeared out of nowhere. He's certainly noticeable now though, having been charged with the death of a man in New York City.
Australia
Review by: Karen
A really enjoyable debut, A MADRAS MIASMA finishes with what feels like the lead in to book two. Hope that's true.
Australia
Review by: Karen
Not your traditional crime novel, ONE BOY MISSING is engaging, moving and sometimes discomforting. Love it when something like this comes along and breaks a few rules.
Australia
Review by: Karen
Reading the first book in this series - THE MARMALADE FILES - was a laugh out loud experience, what with scheming Foreign Ministers, dumped Prime Ministers scheming revenge and ... well you name scheming in recent Federal Politics and there will be a version of that in these books.
Australia
Review by: Karen
This is book that would work for Science Fiction fans, and definitely worked for this crime fiction fan. It will be interesting to see where McCabe takes this series next.
Australia
Review by: Karen
When you don't read blurbs, or avoid coverage of a book that you know you're going to read eventually, some things can come as a considerable surprise. Things like THE PECULIAR CASE OF THE ELECTRIC CONSTABLE being a true story.
Australia
Review by: Karen
One of Australia’s great storytellers: Michael Robotham’s crime fiction and the tantalising premise of his new novel. Full review / overview at Newtown Review of Books
Australia
Review by: Robert Goodman
There is nothing sophisticated here – the good guys are good and the bad guys are bad, there is a mismatched buddy cop element and Hotchikiss’ romantic interest is stunningly beautiful – but if you like that sort of thing, and particularly if you love Grand Prix, QUICK is a lot of fun.
United Kingdom
Review by: Robert Goodman
IF I SHOULD DIE is a confident and well-written debut. On the surface this is a Bill-like police procedural, walking the mean streets of Greenwich. But the heart of IF I SHOULD DIE is Trainee Investigator Joe Stark and an absorbing exploration of loyalty, duty and honour.
United Kingdom
Review by: Karen
...there was a lot to like about BANGKOK COWBOY, and a lot to look forward to in the next Mason and Dixie outing. Hopefully soon.
New Zealand
Review by: Karen
Obviously one of the most commented on aspects of THE LUMINARIES is the size. Clocking in at 830+ pages this is not a book for fans of thrillers, or fast reads, not just because of its sheer size, but because of the dense nature of the writing and the story.
New Zealand
Review by: Karen
There is a fabulous sense of place and character in this book. Conway is quintessentially Scottish and an old newspaper man. His time in the wilderness in PR seems like a bad dream every time he looks back, even though his return to the Tribune has him marked down on the pecking order and wondering about his future.
United Kingdom
Review by: Karen
Set in Amsterdam, AFTER THE SILENCE is a debut police procedural introducing, amongst a big cast of characters, Inspector Jaap Rykel. If you were looking for a single word to describe everyone in this book it would have to be damaged.
New Zealand
Review by: Karen
The missing person expert angle is an elegant way of getting Rowe into all sorts of situations, and the style with it's lighter touch, and slightly wacky female protoganist is increasingly common in the mystery world. Which means that fans of this sort of book have lots to choose from, particularly with a more local flavour.
New Zealand
Review by: Karen
When JOE VICTIM first arrived that question of how on earth a follow-up could be achieved resounded. By the end of this book, of course he could do it. What made me ever think otherwise? Not only is JOE VICTIM a strong follow-up, it's a great story in its own right.
New Zealand
Review by: Karen
If you've not read any of the earlier books, ONLY THE DEAD would still work. It is definitely the book where this series starts to make it's mark. Although you do have to feel a bit sorry for tourist authorities in these sorts of locations. There's enough realism here to make you wonder what they're not telling you about "the City of Sails".
United Kingdom, Philippines
Review by: Robert Goodman
The Forever Watch is first and foremost a fabulous piece of world building. Ramirez manages to successfully juggle a number of science fiction standards and produce something startlingly original.
Australia
Review by: Karen
Never preachy, often funny, and cleverly balancing investigation, personal and teenage challenges, EVERY BREATH is an elegant novel.

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Currently Reading- The 7th Woman, Frédérique Molay
Have been lucky enough to read a few of the books from Le French Book - French crime fiction translated and they have all been different and really interesting - so looking forward to this police procedural styled story.
Currently Reading - Deadly Obsession, Karen M Davis
Second in the Lexie Rogers series from ex-cop Karen Davis.
Currently Reading - Chasing the Ace, Nicholas J Johnson
Having first come across the author when he was known as "The Honest Conman" talking on ABC Regional Radio - I'm going to take a guess at the idea he might know what he's talking about here.
Currently Reading - The Bone Church, Victoria Dougherty
And Sunday evening saw this book started.
Currently Reading - One Boy Missing, Stephen Orr
Still catching up with some excellent local books - it's so exciting to think that no matter HOW many good books I read, there are more piling up.
2014 Ned Kelly Award Winners
Belfast born, Australian resident, Adrian McKinty has won the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for crime fiction for his novel IN THE MORNING I’LL BE GONE, newcomer Candice Fox won the Best First Fiction for her horror/thriller HADES, documentary maker and journalist John Safran won the best True Crime Award for MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI and the Sandra Harvey Award goes to Emma Viskic for WEB DESIGN
Currently Reading - A Madras Miasma, Brian Stoddart
1920's India, written by an author with a most interesting background (and a love of cricket?)
Currently Reading - Bangkok Cowboy, Ron McMillan
Spent the weekend in exotic places - firstly with the great characters in the first Mason & Dixie thriller set in Bangkok.
Currently Reading - Skinjob, Bruce McCabe
Yes, I'm reading a crime fiction / science fiction cross genre novel. It happens.
Currently Reading - After the Silence, Jake Woodhouse
New series, set in Amsterdam featuring, allegedly, the Dutch version of Rebus.
Currently Reading - Lee, The Crime Factory
Something Andrew Nette mentioned in Bendigo a few weekends ago reminded me that I had this book on my tablet, and I'd started to read it and then got distracted. So now I'm very pleased to be revisiting some of the earlier stories, and finishing off the few I'd missed.
Currently Reading - Surrender, Donna Malane
The first in the Diane Rowe series, read second of course.
Currently Reading - Life or Death, Michael Robotham
I'd intended on doing a lot of work around the farm this weekend. Didn't. Read this instead (if you're noticing this Michael - read EVERY word :) )
Currently Reading - The Peculiar Case of the Electric Constable, Carol Baxter
The electrifying story of a criminal Quaker, a poisoned mistress, and the dawn of the information age in Victorian England.
2014 Ned Kelly Awards
2014 Ned Kelly Shortlist was announced by ACWA tonight at the Bendigo Writers Festival
Currently Reading - OxCrimes, introduced by Ian Rankin
A project for Oxfam, OxCrimes is a collection of short stories from some of the very best crime fiction writers.
Currently Reading & Cometh the Mini Series - The Mandarin Code, Steve Lewis & Chris Uhlmann
Follow up to The Marmalade Files, this book comes with some very good news.
Celebrating the 2014 Ngaio Marsh Awards with a giveaway for readers / supporters
The Ngaio Marsh Award are running a competition where readers around the world can go into the draw to win a personally signed copy of the eventual NM Award-winning novel. There are no geographic limits on the prize.
Shortlist for the 2014 Ngaio Marsh Awards announced
FOUR OUTSTANDING novels have been announced as the finalists for the 2014 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, which will be presented on 30 August following The Great New Zealand Crime Debate event at the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival.
Currently Reading - Only the Dead, Ben Sanders
So far I've read the second and now this - the third Sean Devereaux novel from NZ author Ben Sanders.
Currently Reading - Marble Bar, Robert Schofield
I will admit to having been looking forward to this book immensely. So no pressure...
Currently Reading - The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton
Not going to pretend that the sheer size of this is not making it a rather daunting undertaking.
Currently Reading - Joe Victim, Paul Cleave
The Cleaner absolutely blew me away, and Joe Victim is a follow up to that book. Sounds good to me :)
Currently Reading - Where the Dead Men Go, Liam McIlvanney
Honestly, it does not matter how many books you read in the world, there always seems to be more that you should have read. Somehow I missed the first in this series so have some catching up to do.
Currently Reading - Cross Fingers, Paddy Richardson
I've been very remiss with Paddy Richardson's books - I have quite a few of them in the shaky Mt TBR which obviously needs a darn good re-prioritising.
Currently Reading - My Brother's Keeper, Donna Malane
It's been cold in these parts - so a good weekend for some reading.
Currently Reading - Fractured, Dawn Barker
Spent last night chasing bulls, ducks and geese around in circles in the dark and the rain - so it was a relief to get back inside, in front of the fire and read something that is actually much better than the blurb indicates.
Currently Reading - RUN TO ME, Diane Hester
Debut thriller from Australian based, New York born former violinist Diane Hester who now lives in Port Lincoln. Quite a bio :)