Recent Reviews

Australia
Review by: Karen
DROWNED VANILLA, and it's predecessor A TRIFLE DEAD are really great examples of daft, funny, cosy, silly, culinary crime. They are deftly written, pitched for their target market perfectly.
Australia
Review by: Karen
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.
Australia
Review by: Karen
Commencing a blurb with a question implies that somewhere along the line the book will provide an answer.
Australia
Review by: Robert Goodman
Tell The Truth is once again a solid procedural from Katherine Howell. While the tension builds well to the final twists and confrontations there are no real surprises.
United Kingdom
Review by: Robert Goodman
Everyone is looking for the next big thing - the publishing sensation that captures the zeitgeist and gets everyone talking.
Australia
Review by: Robert Goodman
Overall, Already Dead is an absolute page turner that generates real tension. It is an accomplished thriller from an Australian author who is getting better with every book.
Australia
Review by: Karen
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.
Australia
Review by: Karen
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.
Australia
Review by: Karen
A debut novel, HIGH BEAM is set in Hobart, Tasmania featuring DI John Mahoney.
Australia
Review by: Karen
The third in the Peter Clancy series, BLURLINE takes Clancy to swinging London and the middle of the "red-top" newspaper world.
Australia
Review by: Robert Goodman
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.
Australia
Review by: Robert Goodman
In her Rowland Sinclair novels, Sulari Gentill has used crime fiction to explore the rise of fascism in Australia and across the world in the early 1930s.
Australia
Review by: Robert Goodman
The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish aspires to be a humorous, slightly anachronistic romp through 1930s Sydney. Unfortunately it fails to entertain.
Australia
Review by: Robert Goodman
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.
Australia
Review by: Karen
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.
Australia
Review by: Karen
This is history that really worked for this reader. A COMPULSION TO KILL is engaging, shocking and sobering but never uninteresting.
Australia
Review by: Karen
Nominated as a young adult novel, COOPER BARTHOLOMEW IS DEAD is one that's readable for that age group and those of us for whom "young" is but a vague memory.
New Zealand
Review by: Karen
If you've not read the earlier Ihaka books then you really need to address that as a matter of some urgency.
Australia
Review by: Karen
A bit of a surprise package, IN THE DYING DAYS is an engaging tale of an ex-cop, private investigator plying his trade on the means streets of ... Canberra.
Australia
Review by: Karen
NO TIME TO LOSE is Matt Baak's debut novel, set in the high-tech, high octane world of bank robberies in the current day. Which are considerably less about fronting the bank waving a gun around, and more the very high-tech way in which time locks, centralised security, and automatic systems have to be circumvented.
Australia
Review by: Robert Goodman
There is often no better way to spice up a bit of historical fiction by adding a murder mystery. The historical detective story has taken crime and history lovers to plenty of times and places through ancient Rome, Tudor Britain and, in the more recent past, Ireland during the Troubles.
Australia
Review by: Karen
When they say "write what you know" Anne Buist seems to have taken that advice very much to heart
Australia
Review by: Karen
With so many excellent elements including a great sense of place, time and social context, BAD SEED clearly indicates that this is a series that just keeps getting better.
Australia
Review by: Karen
TRINITY is probably a book for fans of paranormal / magic and romance with a bit of intrigue, rather than crime fiction fans alone.
Australia
Review by: Karen
GRAVEYARD OF THE ATLANTIC is the second in the Mitchell Parker thriller series, so reading them backwards (as I am) is clearing up some unknowns, and creating a few more.
Australia
Review by: Robert Goodman
The Exit is another strong, complex and disturbing book by Fitzgerald.
Australia
Review by: Robert Goodman
The Emmanuel Cooper series has been impressive from its outset.
Australia
Review by: Karen
The author of COLD DECEPTION has had many years experience in the Criminal Justice system, and that knowledge shines through in this debut crime fiction offering.
United Kingdom
Review by: Karen
Two books in and the Zigic and Ferreira is a new much anticipated, favourite series.
New Zealand
Review by: Karen
Every now and again you come across an author who writes fabulous books, and yet, sadly seems to stay too far below the radar.
New Zealand
Review by: Karen
Set in Wellington New Zealand, Jennifer Mortimer's book TRILEMMA brings her main character - Linnet Mere to a new city in search of lost family connections and love.
United Kingdom
Review by: Robert Goodman
It is a tough gig trying to follow up your own hugely successful debut novel. SJ Watson’s Before I Go To Sleep, the domestic thriller about a woman with short term memory loss was a world-wide bestseller and was turned into a movie starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth.
Australia
Review by: Karen
The second of the Jennifer Shot series I've read, SHOT THROUGH THE HEART is Australian crime fiction of the humorous, slightly dippy female protagonist kind.
Australia
Review by: Karen
Think of these as good, fun, spare moment fillers and you've got it in one.
New Zealand
Review by: Karen
... definitely a novel that would be worth consideration by readers of noir or crime fiction in general who like to support a new author, trying their hand at a well established format.
Australia
Review by: Robert Goodman
Deadly Obsession is the second outing for junior detective Lexie Rogers, and is another solid procedural with a heavy dash of romance from former policewoman Karen Davis.
Australia
Review by: Craig Sisterson
I was very intrigued by the idea behind Brisbane journalist Belinda Pollard's debut novel - a 'who's the unknown killer in the group' adventure thriller set in one of New Zealand's most ruggedly gorgeous national parks
New Zealand
Review by: Karen
Based on the true story of the trial of two men in 1871, THE PETTICOAT MEN places real-life characters into a fictional scenario to create an extremely entertaining, and very readable story.
Australia
Review by: Karen
This series is good, old-fashioned, crime / mystery fiction in the best sense of the style. There's a light touch to the humour, a genuine puzzle to be solved with sufficient red herrings to keep a reader's attention.
Australia
Review by: Robert Goodman
Peter Carey returns to Australia for his latest novel. Picking up on the zeitgeist of hacktivism and information freedom, Carey seeks to examine how cyber-activism is born.
New Zealand
Review by: Karen
Combining history with mystery and a hefty dose of romance, A HISTORY OF CRIME was both a fascinating and slightly frustrating read.
Australia
Review by: Karen
The blurb on the back of AMNESIA reads exactly like that of a really good thriller. A threat that unleashes something frightening in the world, and the battle to find the perpetrator.
United Kingdom
Review by: Karen
Leaning towards hard-boiled in styling and subject matter, Dolan has created a team of investigator's and a scenario for them to work in that really feels like it's got legs. Certainly hope so.
Ireland
Review by: Karen
Brutal, funny, dark, difficult, discomforting and a hell of a ride, THE GLORIOUS HERESIES (and you just know this has to be said) was utterly glorious.
Australia
Review by: Karen
A Thriller, LOOK CLOSER, is set in London against the backdrop of British Politics, but the scenario could be played out in any similar democracy.
Australia
Review by: Robert Goodman
Cliff Hardy is the original Sydney detective, a true stalwart of Australian crime and always delivers a great read.
Ireland
Review by: Robert Goodman
There are plenty of points in The Defence that require the reader to suspend their disbelief. And one of the central twists is fairly obvious from the outset. But the narrative is written with such verve, and Eddie is such a likeable rogue/hero, that it is easy to just go with the flow and enjoy.
Australia
Review by: Karen
The first book, THE HOLIDAY MURDERS marked a change in series, but not style, for author Robert Gott. Much of this author's crime fiction writing has concentrated on historical time periods, in particular around the second world war.
Australia
Review by: Karen
This is the end – for now – of the Ella Marconi series by Australian thriller writer Katherine Howell.
Australia
Review by: Karen
The strength of this series is not in the individual books however but the series as a whole. As crime fiction for Young Adults, these books are about a lot of things - teenage attraction, love, friendship, boundary stretching and family angst.

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Currently Reading - The Foundation, Steve P. Vincent
There are a lot of books I should be reading right now, but this one shouted loudest.
Currently Reading - Something is Rotten, Adam Sarafis
Started this on the weekend, new book from the collaboration of Linda Olsson and Thomas Sainsbury.
Currently Reading - The Glass Kingdom, Chris Flynn
Another one from the weekend's reading.
Currently Reading - The Exit, Helen Fitzgerald
It looks like in order to get a reasonable number of books read, you also need to have a very busy weekend. It felt a bit like Spencer Street Station here this weekend.
Currently Reading - Drowned Vanilla, Livia Day
Look I know I shouldn't like these books - they should be the sort of thing I run a mile from. And yet....
Currently Reading - DUCK SEASON DEATH, June Wright
The latest re-released June Wright book - for review at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com.au
Currently Reading - ALREADY DEAD, Jaye Ford
Another book from the weekend's reading pile.
Currently Reading - Can You Keep a Secret? Caroline Overington
First of the weekend's reading - a thriller set in and around Manhattan, with a slightly different take on "domestic noir".
Currently Reading - High Beam, sj brown
Head down catching up with some of the books I've had here for too long and contributing to my quest for the Neddies 2015 Best First Crime entries.
Currently Reading - Blurline, T.W. Lawless
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.
Currently Reading - So Bad a Death, June Wright
To be reviewed over at Newtown Review of books - this is the second of the re-released Maggie Byrnes series.
Currently Reading - Dishonour, Gabrielle Lord
Dishonour takes on some very current day issues, so this should be an interesting read.
Keeping up with the 2015 Ned Kelly Submissions - Best First Crime
This year I've promised myself a red hot go at reading the entire submissions list for all 3 of the Ned Kelly Categories. Now onto Best First where I'm relieved to note a slightly better performance so far, with potential to improve.
Currently Reading - A Time of Secrets, Deborah Burrows
It's probably the cover - which makes me sigh with how shallow that sounds - but I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. Set in Melbourne in World War II thus far it's beating expectations hands down.
Keeping up with the 2015 Ned Kelly Submissions - True Crime
This year I've promised myself a red hot go at reading the entire submissions list for all 3 of the Ned Kelly Categories. Starting with the True Crime listing.
Currently Reading - A Compulsion to Kill, Robert Cox
A book I've been trying to juggle to the top of the list for a while - this is historical true crime, written in the style of a great yarn.
Currently Reading - No Time to Lose, Matt Baak
Debut book - high tech bank robbery!
Currently Reading - Cooper Bartholomew is Dead, Rebecca James
Started reading this over the weekend. Very engaging young adult novel that tackles an interesting combination of more current day problems for the younger crowd, along with much that has always been the same.
Currently Reading - Medea's Curse, Anne Buist
'Tart noir has a new champion' Angela Savage is one of the quotes on the cover of this book. Tart noir is one of my very favourite things.
Currently Reading - In The Dying Days, Ken Cameron
Second book from the weekend's reading - historical set in the timeframe and place of the Dismissal.
Currently Reading - Tell No Tales, Eva Dolan
Weekend reading - very very good weekend reading.
Currently Reading - Cold Deception, D.B. Tait
The final of the Easter reading pile, Cold Deception is a debut crime novel from an Australian erotica and romance writer.
Currently Reading - Trinity, Sophie Masson
Don't ask me to explain this but heading off to Russia over Easter felt like the thing to do....
Currently Reading - Graveyard of the Atlantic, Helen Goltz
Second in the series, second I've read - even though I'm working my way backwards because that's what I do (sometimes).
Currently Reading - Bad Seed, Alan Carter
It jumped out at me, it literally jumped out at me ....
Currently Reading - Parasite, Dorothy Cormack
Catching up on weekend's reading as usual
Currently Reading, Shot Through the Heart, Patricia Kristensen
The third in the Jennifer Shot series, Shot Through the Heart is set in Tasmania.
Currently Reading - There Should Be More Dancing, Rosalie Ham
Bookclub book - this year's resolution is to read the book club books! (and not just show up and drink wine).
Currently Reading - Trilemma, Jennifer Mortimer
The second book from a weekend's reading - started this on Sunday after being momentarily distracted by Sherlock on the TV.
Currently Reading - Databyte, Cat Connor
My over the weekend reading.
Currently Reading - The Pallampur Predicament, Brian Stoddart
The second in the Le Fanu series, set in pre-Independence India.
Currently Reading - Fallout, Paul Thomas
Very nice way to spend a weekend - in the company of one of my favourite Policemen around.
Currently Reading - Long Way Home, Eva Dolan
Sometimes I get to sneak in a book or two from the other hemisphere :)
Currently Reading - Swimming in the Dark, Paddy Richardson
Such a fabulous author of thrillers, I always end up kicking myself when I let these books linger too long.
The Case of the Bullets at the Ballet, C.S. Boag
This was a re-read over the long weekend and a perfect way to fill in an afternoon in the sun.
Amnesia, Peter Carey
A thriller from Australian writer Peter Carey, somebody who is more known for their "literary" output than their genre work.
Drowning City, Ben Atkins
Over the long weekend some serious reading took place, starting with this debut from NZ author Ben Atkins.
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
Sometimes you just need to read something with a title like "The Glorious Heresies".
Currently Reading - Avenger, Chris Allen
The third in the Intrepid / Alex Morgan series these thrillers are part James Bond (Daniel Craig's version), part crime fiction, part real life action hero.
Currently Reading - The Petticoat Men, Barbara Ewing
Inspired by a true story, set in Victorian London, this book is about a scandalous accusation and the subsequent trial.
Currently Reading - Every Move, Ellie Marney
Right - there's stuff in the fridge that's probably edible. Work it out people, I'm reading.
Currently Reading - Homecountry, T.W. Lawless
Final book on my ebook to be read list for this week - the first book in the Peter Clancy series.
Currently Reading - The Fourth Reich, Helen Goltz
The third Mitchell Parker book from Helen Goltz, this is my first look at this series.
Currently Reading - The Port Fairy Murders, Robert Gott
There's nothing like another weekend where it's hot enough to melt bitumen to ensure some reading gets done. This books follows on from The Holiday Murders.
Currently Reading - A History of Crime: The Southern Double-Cross, Dinah Holman
Historical New Zealand Crime fiction - with the central thread being corruption, land grabs and bad behaviour over money. Seems like some things never change...
Currently Reading - Entropy, Robert Raker
A debut book using an unusual device - the story from the perspective of 4 people involved in a series of child abduction and murders.
Currently Reading - Follow the Leader, Mel Sherratt
Did I mention it was a good weekend for getting some reading done? Didn't quite finish this one, but certainly got started on the 2nd book in this series.
Currently Reading - Gun Control, Peter Corris
Sit down everyone as this is the 40TH CLIFF HARDY NOVEL.
Currently Reading - Every Word, Ellie Marney
There's nothing like a third book in the series being released to make me sit down and catch up with the second. Sigh. My bad.
Currently Reading - Sweet One, Peter Docker
I've been trying to get to this book in the stacks forever, and I can't tell you how pleased I was to get a quiet weekend.
Currently Reading - LOOK CLOSER, Rachel Amphlett
There are days when the trick of putting the book in one browser window and "work" in the other so you can flick backwards and forwards is very tempting.
Currently Reading - The Agatha Christie Book Club, C.A. Larmer
Something from the much lighter side, set in Sydney in the world of a book club (seemed appropriate as our own version kicked off for this year on Sunday).
Currently Reading - The 45% Hangover, Stuart MacBride
Given the 45% reference I've definitely decided to mention that this short story is from Scotland (and not just the UK :) )
Currently Reading - King of the Road, Nigel Bartlett
I'm juggling a few books at the moment and currently this is the one that I can't put down. As opposed to the next one I'll mention that I can't put down. (Whoever invented having to work when there are books is a meanie).
Currently Reading - Tell the Truth, Katherine Howell
The final (for now) in the Ella Marconi series is the perfect bittersweet read for a particularly bittersweet time in life.
Currently Reading - Riding in Cars with Girls, Evangeline Jennings
Loved the short story collection "Cars and Girls" so was very pleased to receive a copy of Riding in Cars with Girls. Could only be made better with Alpacas and chocolate worked in there somewhere ... although I'm still waiting for a ute story ;)
Currently Reading: Land of Shadows, Rachel Howzell Hall
Going with a something that's been on Mt TBR for too long as my second long weekend book.
Currently Reading - The Life I Left Behind, Colette McBeth
New to me author of psychological thriller, The Life I Left Behind.
Currently Reading - GUN STREET GIRL, Adrian McKinty
There is little better in the reading world than finding out that the end of the Trilogy, was just the third book in the series.
Currently Reading - The Bodyguard, Leena Lehtolainen
A new to me Scandi-Author, this is the first in a new trilogy featuring bodyguard Hilja Ilveskero