Recent Reviews

Australia
Review by: Karen
Worth a look and not just for those of us who grew up in the bush, remember those bands, remember The Truth, and have a feel for what it's like to be from small town 1980's and be desperate to be anywhere else.
Australia
Review by: Karen
GUN CONTROL's another gem of a book in this series and when it comes to your lone wolf PI, there's nobody quite like Cliff Hardy.
Australia
Review by: Karen
Definitely a series to catch up on and then follow.
USA
Review by: Karen
The opening lines of each viewpoint in ENTROPY by Philadelphia based author Robert Raker are the clearest indicator this reader has come across in a long time of whether or not a book is going to work for you.
Australia
Review by: Karen
Highly recommended read for anybody who thinks that those in "power" are to be blindly trusted, believed and never scrutinised.
USA
Review by: Robert Goodman
In the end, this is a great book to read on a plane, or in an airport lounge, at least as a way of avoiding meeting any sociopaths.
United Kingdom
Review by: Robert Goodman
Jigsaw Man is the fourth in Elena Forbes’ Mark Tartaglia series. For those who have been following the trials and tribulations of Tartaglia and his team this might be a welcome catch-up with familiar characters.
Australia
Review by: Karen
It's hard to pick whether Left Luggage is the start of a series featuring John Lawrence, and if so, how you'd get him back into other dangerous situations, although you can see how it would be an attraction for an author. Not quite a super-hero type, he's prepared to put himself on the line if required, he's brave, strong and capable.
Australia
Review by: Karen
Perfect for any teenager's in your life, a good read for those of us older (in some cases way way older) than that, the "EVERY" series is a wonderful entry in the Australian Crime Fiction canon.
United Kingdom
Review by: Karen
It looks very much like FOLLOW THE LEADER is heading off into series territory and it shows considerable promise in that. Certainly enough to put the first book firmly on my reading list. Nothing like being prepared when book 3 surfaces.
Australia
Review by: Robert Goodman
World War Two has become a happy hunting ground for Australian crime writers. Authors like Geoff McGeachin and Peter Twhoig both bagged Ned Kelly Awards for crime novels set in the period.
Australia
Review by: Karen
SWEET ONE reminds that an observer's eye can be acute. When that eye is combined with sympathy, respect and love, then the stories told are strong, and in a language that's accessible, gripping, moving, emotional, provocative and forceful.
United Kingdom
Review by: Karen
Fans of noir stylings, of pointed, sharp and unexpected storytelling that pulls no punches, holds no bars and gets right up in your face really should be doing themselves a favour and reading this.
Scotland, United Kingdom
Review by: Karen
A perfectly formed piece of glorious over the topness featuring Logan McRae, DCI Steel and the recent Scottish independence referendum.
USA
Review by: Robert Goodman
For those who like their science fiction with a crime twist or those who like their crime with a sci-fi bent
Australia
Review by: Karen
Needless to say this is definitely on the lighter than air side of crime fiction.
Australia
Review by: Karen
An unusual book in many ways, KING OF THE ROAD is well worth reading, even if the subject matter is a no go zone for you.
Australia
Review by: Robert Goodman
While there are overt and subtle call-backs to previous books, Gun Street Girl can easily be read as a stand alone crime novel. But this is a fascinating and evolving series and a hinted fifth instalment can only be a good thing.
USA
Review by: Karen
Contradictions, inconsistencies and the personal and professional are part of what Hall explores with great precision in this novel. There's much in all of these characters that is required to add up to the whole.
Israel
Review by: Robert Goodman
Asylum City is a novel with a social conscience and it is always clear where Shohad’s sympathies lie. However, it is also an engaging procedural that effectively carries the reader through its social agenda.
Australia
Review by: Karen
GUN STREET GIRL is the fourth book to feature Irish cop Sean Duffy. The Duffy series, has been winning plaudits, praise and awards in all corners of the world and hugely deserved they have all been
United Kingdom
Review by: Karen
THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND is the second novel from London based author Colette McBeth, her first being PRECIOUS THING. Both in the form of psychological thriller, part of the increasingly common "domestic noir" category, they are however standalone books.
Australia
Review by: Karen
This gloriously retro private eye series is purely for fun.
New Zealand
Review by: Karen
The 4th Theodore Tate novel, FIVE MINUTES ALONE, and Paul Cleave continues pulling together connections from many of his previous novels - this series and the Christchurch Carver books.
Finland
Review by: Karen
The underlying theme of the trilogy is a series of questions about identity and concealment. Who is each person really? What disguise is each person using? What does it mean to be family? ...
Australia
Review by: Karen
A thriller that features surfing and a special operative anti-terrorism order, based on Eastern mysticism, is not exactly "expected territory" even with the best will in the world.
United Kingdom
Review by: Robert Goodman
The Zig Zag Girl is Elly Griffiths' first foray away from her established crime milieu and characters.
USA
Review by: Robert Goodman
The Job is the third book in this series but not having read the first two instalments is no impediment to picking this one up.
United Kingdom
Review by: Karen
A most unexpected novel, wonderfully original, clever, compassionate and revealing, ELIZABETH IS MISSING was an absolute privilege to read.
United Kingdom
Review by: Robert Goodman
Thrillers involving bad marriages are coming thick and fast, both to the bookshelf and the screen.
United Kingdom
Review by: Robert Goodman
The PC Peter Grant series, of which Foxglove Summer is the fifth instalment, could be described as Harry Potter for grown ups. But it is more than this - part supernatural, part police procedural and part observational humour - at times the series is more Terry Pratchett than JK Rowling.
Iceland, New Zealand
Review by: Karen
A New Zealand born, Australian and Northern Ireland dwelling, now Iceland based author has written a book set in his adopted city of Reykjavík, with a central female character whose life is turned upside down in a very short space of time, that really works.
Australia
Review by: Karen
Is it a bad thing, that at the end of book one, it was hard to suppress a certain sense of disappointment that there's only going to be 2 more?
Australia
Review by: Robert Goodman
Crucifixion Creek marks an exciting shift in direction for Maitland into truly Australian crime fiction.
United Kingdom, Scotland
Review by: Karen
There's so much in this series that, for this reader, is a highlight, and THE MISSING AND THE DEAD is right up there with the best of the lot of them.
Norway
Review by: Karen
As always from Jo Nesbo, dark, introspective, thoughtful and fascinating.
Spain, United Kingdom
Review by: Karen
The 4th book in the Max Cámara series, which means if, like this reader, you've missed the first three, there's something to look forward to.
Germany
Review by: Karen
Translated from the original German, UNTIL THE DEBT IS PAID is a combination police procedural and energiser bunny styled action thriller which starts out running when Detective Jan Tommen wakes up beside his beloved girlfriend one morning to find himself as the chief suspect in a vicious murder.
Australia
Review by: Karen
Right from the commencement of HADES, the first Archer / Bennett book by Candice Fox, it was obvious that this was a series to be watched.
Australia
Review by: Karen
BENT leaves you considering the possible outcomes had the amount of effort, and the level of organisation that has been put into the crime side of the "policing" environments, had gone to actual crime solving.
Ireland
Review by: Karen
When the blurb says "In Northern Ireland's darkest corner" it means it. It's winter, it's wet, dark, cold and black. A landscape full of old houses, swamps and fast running streams, there's an overwhelming sense of dark, deep, close-held, life-long, simmering secrets in the world that Inspector Celcius Daly now lives.
United Kingdom
Review by: Karen
Quite a few crime fiction books use the life and crimes of a Gangster type as their central premise, with a sideline of the impact that has on family and friends. BAD BLOOD looks at this scenario with the affected firmly at the centre of the action.
United Kingdom
Review by: Robert Goodman
The resolution is an interesting surprise which manages to throw more light on the politics of the time and the end implies that there may well be more Shardlake to come, which is by no means a bad thing.
United Kingdom, Italy
Review by: Robert Goodman
The Dark is Valentina Gaimbanco's follow up to her debut novel The Gift of Darkness. The events of the new novel follow hard on the heels of the first and in some ways, this sequel fills in much of the backstory of key characters from her debut.
Australia
Review by: Karen
A very detailed, academic analysis of the issue of Indigenous incarceration, ARRESTING INCARCERATION: PATHWAYS OUT OF INDIGENOUS IMPRISONMENT is sobering, difficult, and confronting reading.
Thailand
Review by: Karen
Iwasaki Shiro is a hard-working, Japanese family man. With a controlling wife, disrespectful children, and a murder fantasy. Most of what Shiro does is somehow never quite right.
Germany
Review by: Karen
From the blurb, you can probably work out that this isn't a noir styled book. A lot of the attraction comes from the eccentricity of both Gerhard Self, and the style of storytelling, which is often slightly arch and funny.
USA
Review by: Karen
PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG is built on a particularly challenging premise - that the central character in this book, Gretchen Müller, is a protégé of Adolf Hilter.
Italy
Review by: Karen
As always, the real problem with this series is that it's impossible to read any of them and not be hungry. And somewhat disappointed that your fridge doesn't reveal the sorts of delicacies that Montalbano's does.
Australia
Review by: Karen
Steamy is right – and not just the weather. THE MORUTAU AFFAIR was not what I was expecting.

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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
Currently Reading - Five Minutes Alone, Paul Cleave
For some reason getting hold of the latest Paul Cleave books here has become a bit of a marathon - but once they arrive - straight to the top of the pile.
Over Christmas / New Year Reading
Went into work shutdown over Christmas / New Year to a) charge very spent batteries and b) stand and sniff the skyline for signs of smoke. It's going to be a long, hot, very trying summer in large parts of Southern Australia - so here's hoping we all get through the next few months.
Currently Reading - The Missing & The Dead, Stuart MacBride
Can't tell you how pleased I was when this arrived. There was dancing.
Currently Reading - Crucifixion Creek, Barry Maitland
Robert Goodman has also just finished reading this - so looking forward to comparing review - I'll post both of them together.
The Most Memorable Books: 2014
With the provisio that because 2014 isn't finished - this list could be added to.
Currently Reading - Crucifixion Creek, Barry Maitland
New series, based in Sydney, from Barry Maitland.
Currently Reading - Blood Med, Jason Webster
The fourth in the series, but a first for me.
Currently Reading - Left Luggage, Andrew Christie
Reading this for review at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com.au
Currently Reading - Until the Debt is Paid, Alexander Hartung
Indulging my love of translated crime fiction - this one from Germany.
Currently Reading - EDEN, Candice Fox
Loved HADES, loved EDEN. I think there's a pattern emerging here.
Currently Reading - Disappeared, Anthony Quinn
If somebody could tell me why I'm so disorganised and let things like this linger on Mt TBR for too long I'd appreciate it.
Currently Reading - BENT: Australia's Crooked Cops, James Morton and Susanna Lobez
Interesting look at the level and timeframe of corruption in Australia's police forces.
Currently Reading - BAD BLOOD, Casey Kelleher
Catching up on the over the weekend reading (it was hot and mostly the only thing we could do was fire patrols so a LOT of reading was done).
Currently Reading - The Son, Jo Nesbo
A standalone novel from Jo Nesbo, THE SON is a story about the escape of a young man in jail for crimes he did not commit.
Currently Reading - Prisoner of Light and Fog, Anne Blankman
Normally I pay not a jot of attention - but this is a particularly beautiful cover don't you think.
Currently Reading - Salaryman Unbound, Ezra Kyrill Erker
Set in Japan, this thriller came highly rated. I just wish I could remember who told me about it as I'd like to thank them.
Currently Reading - Self's Punishment, Bernhard Schlink
This weekend I thought I'd dip back into Mt TBR and randomly pick something that's been lurking there for quite a while.
Currently Reading - The Morutau Affair, Vernon H Baker
This seems to have been lurking in the shelves for a while. I really should tidy up more frequently.
Currently Reading - The Wings of the Sphinx, Andrea Camilleri
A favourite series that I'm out of order and all over the place with - but sick of waiting until I get it sorted. I'm now reading whichever one comes to hand from Mt TBR.
Currently Reading - Casebook, Mona Simpson
Another from the long weekend break.
Currently Reading - CHALLENGE, Paul Daley
Number 1 read from the long weekend we granted ourselves. A thriller, set in Canberra. Very realistic (and that's even allowing for a bit of wish fulfilment hereabouts).
Currently Reading - Dirty Secrets: Our ASIO Files, Meredith Burgmann
Not crime, unless you regard some of the things that ASIO got up to as criminal, as opposed to ridiculous....
Currently Reading - Forbidden Fruit, Ilsa Evans
Now we've planted plenty of trees on the final resting place of beloved animals / chooks etc - but this is a different slant. As you'd expect from a Nell Forrest book.
Currently Reading - MISTRESS by Matthew Benns
I've got a lot staked on the final line of the blurb: "And it explains the one lie that binds them all – sex." Otherwise it's feeling a lot like a tawdry gossip at the moment.
Currently Reading - The Bomb Makers, Marcus Case
Holiday reading thriller which was badly overdue, and a pleasure to finally get to.
Currently Reading - Broken Monsters, Lauren Beukes
Book 2 of the over the holiday's reading - not one for fans of cozies....
Currently Reading - The Sun is God, Adrian McKinty
I've had a week off work and did a spot of reading catchup - so now I'm doing a spot of posting catchup, which will be followed by a spot of reviewing catchup. But the best thing was a chance to read this departure from the expected from Adrian McKinty.
Currently Reading - A Murder Unmentioned, Sulari Gentill
Been hoarding this one a little bit - as the published date is the 1st November and it doesn't seem fair to get everyone excited too far out :)
Currently Reading - Happy Days, Graham Hurley
Sometimes you can only put off the inevitable for so long.
Currently Reading - Kill Zone, Harry Ledowsky
With hindsight possibly not a good choice right after a non-fiction book about the "war on terror"... a thriller set right in the middle of that territory :)
Currently Reading - In the Company of Cowards, Michael (Dan) Mori
If ever there was a book that you'd want to be fiction, if there could have been a reason for even less respect for the Howard Government and the purposeful devaluation of the political process... well.
Currently Reading - Claustrophobia, Tracy Ryan
A new book out of WA - there's something in the water over there.
Currently Reading - Once Upon a Time in Melbourne, Liam Houlihan
Should have got a lot of things done over the weekend. Couldn't put this down instead.
Currently Reading - Cars & Girls by Evangeline Jennings, Tee Tyson, Madeline Harvey and Zoe Spencer
4 novellas in one, with (not surprisingly) Cars and Girls as the central themes, although sex and violence also get a big outing.
Currently Reading - Quick, Steve Worland
Right, so I'm a rev-head and a massive fan of the yearly Mount Panorama race. So the opening sequence of QUICK not only appealed, it works. It describes the action on one of those mad opening laps like you were there.
Currently Reading - The Children's Pond, Tina Shaw
Another New Zealander writing crime fiction - this time set in Turangi, featuring the beautiful Tongariro River and fly fishing. Honestly!