All Reviews

Can you imagine? Another potential horror of the modern age. It IS possible for your house to be sold to another party without your knowledge. If there is a way to defraud and steal, there will always be an enterprising criminal out there willing to take it to the next level.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
If you're a fan of any of Stuart MacBride's books - the Logan McRae series, the Ash Henderson series, his Christmas series (I kid you not), or his standalones then you will have hot footed it to the bookshop for this one already. If for some reason you missed it, then off you go.
Posted by Karen
Setting in this novel is obviously a major factor, and post earthquake Christchurch looms large.
Posted by Karen
One day the blackbirds begin to fall. Naturally, this is something of a spectacle and attention is drawn to the small Pennsylvanian town of Mount Oanoke. With this new focus comes the media and a visiting journalist inadvertently witnesses an encounter that is later viewed as something quite sinister.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
THE THREE DEATHS OF MAGDALENE LYNTON is the first in a new series from New Zealand author Katherine Hayton, followed by THE SECOND STAGE OF GRIEF and THE ONLY SECRET SHE KEEPS.
Posted by Karen
Grattan Street's Colonial Fiction project is an outstanding idea, with 4 titles now available (Grattan Street for more)
Posted by Karen
Well worth listening to, especially if you love a lilting Scottish accent.
Posted by Karen
The people that were with us in the trenches of childhood have the best understanding of what it was that made us our present selves. For two little girls who lose their adored father, what happens next is horrific and alters forever the course of what might have otherwise been happy lives. Or not.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
The Parrish life appears to Amber to have absolutely every box ticked. It just doesn’t seem fair for one beautiful couple to have it all.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Sam Grist has his intense blue eyes trained on his lecturer Kate. All that needs to happen now is for Kate to fall in with his meticulous plans. If Kate rebels or does not appreciate Sam’s efforts, there will be serious consequences for everyone in Kate’s life.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
It must be quite an experience for an author to start out on the long cycle of writing a book about crime and corruption in the financial system, and then, just as you complete the manuscript, have real life intercede in apropos fashion.
Posted by Karen
You’ve all heard the urban legend about baby monitors being able to pick up sounds from nearby houses, right? Well, its all true kids! Can you imagine? But what if the neighbours don’t have a baby in residence and yours is the only one in the street?
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Was it murder, or was it suicide? Two sudden deaths, and a whole lot of questions for those left behind to mourn.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
I'm dangerously close to od'ing on these.
Posted by Karen
Author Karen Hamilton has done a bang up of making us like Juliette, despite her dangerous intentions and willingness to do what needs to be done. You will want to like this woman, but you will be frightened of her, and you will never ever want to be on her bad side.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR reinforces the notion that despite being constantly surrounded by people, you can often feel alone. Deep suburbia provides such a huge source of material and is finally in drama fiction being recognized for that richness.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Where are the women here? They support, they assist – and they prosecute. Accused of raping a young woman in an elevator at Parliament, James is suddenly no longer bullet proof. His wife is no longer by his side. His government may no longer be so benevolent. Those he crossed in the past will no longer be silent.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
I turn to these books partly for the plot, but mostly for the unapologetically grumpy Montalbano, the food porn, and the locations.
Posted by Karen
An accessible dip into the world of fan fiction, these 16 illustrated short stories are not just for lovers of Sherlock Holmes. Full Review at Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
Engaged to be married to a wonderful woman, Finn has worked hard and built up enough cash reserves to be able to work from home, support his dog and live the quiet life in an English village. Life for Finn is extremely good. How quickly things can change.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Four caravans, four families inside waking up to a horrifying new reality. They, their cars and caravans, even their pets, are no longer where they were located when everyone went to bed the night before.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
It has been a very long time since Anna has been able to put foot outside her own door. But this does not mean that she does not observe life outside.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Shortlisted for the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards, this is the story of a very impressive man.
Posted by Karen
The good news is I'm so far behind with this review, that the second book in the series is out now. Which means you've got a series on your hands!
Posted by Karen
In 2016, Thomas Mullen delivered one of the crime novels of the year with Darktown. ... Lightning Men picks up a couple of years after the events of Darktown.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Tara and David are typical “Hollywooders” in that appearances are everything. What looks flashy and successful from the outside is all actually a bit of a façade.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Savages – The Wedding is the first book in French author Sabri Louatah’s Saint-Etienne Quartet. Originally written in 2011, the subject matter is if anything more relevant now than it was then, given the terrorist attacks in France over the last few years.
Posted by Robert Goodman
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, the debut novel by Stuart Turton has so many influences it is hard to know where to begin.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Readers get what is promised on the cover – well written, smart and engaging action.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Leaping with confidence straight out of the gates, DEAD LEMONS has a cracking opening chapter that will stay with you for quite some time. You just can’t go past a man hanging over a cliff, hanging upside down in his wheelchair, thinking such dire and witty thoughts.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
A Legacy of Spies builds heavily on leCarré’s world and it would help to be familiar with all of the side stories and back stories of the characters, developed over the earlier Smiley books.
Posted by Robert Goodman
A new Pufferfish novel will always be a thing of joy - whiteboard lists or no whiteboard lists.
Posted by Karen
Sometimes you just have to get ready.
Posted by Karen
Bluebird Bluebird is top notch crime fiction.
Posted by Robert Goodman
I will catch up with all these mini-reviews, mentions, the backlist from hell. I will....
Posted by Karen
Jack Heath is well known for plenty of books for children and young adults but, clearly, some elements were missing. These included, among other things – violence, blood, drugs and serial killers. And so we get Hangman, which has lashings of all of these elements and is a cracking read full of well crafted twists and turns.
Posted by Robert Goodman
As one American family enjoys their break at their Scottish holiday home, a terrible sickness is released when blood is spilt on ancient magical land.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Author David Lagercrantz confidently continues his commissioned task of continuing the Millennium series, two novels in after the death of fellow Swedish author Stieg Larsson.
Posted by Andrea Thompson

Too Easy continues an absolutely terrific series that falls on the noirish side of comic farce. Full Review at:  Newtown Review of Books

Posted by Karen
Nice combination of societies full of mildly potty types (pun intended) and a nicely dotty murder.
Posted by Karen
Perhaps don't do what I'm doing and binge listen to these.
Posted by Karen
Adam Roberts never does the same thing twice. While he has written novels with a crime element it is safe to say that The Real-Town Murders is something completely different again.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Places in the Darkness is a great read, period and recommended for crime readers, scifi aficionados or just anyone who likes a good book.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Gothic horror is back in vogue and it does not get much more gothic than Laura Purcell’s debut The Silent Companions.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Planning a wedding to his newly immortal partner Julie, Ramses the Great has much to regret and much to look forward to. Now living life as Reginald Ramsay, Egyptologist, Ramses has kept his secrets to a chosen few and has found fresh hope in the modern age of the early 19th century.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Dang. We all really wanted to love this book after the monster science hug that THE MARTIAN unexpectedly gave us a few years back. The geek science is still there to be enjoyed - detailed and highly credible, and you never have cause to doubt the intelligence and passion of author Andy Weir here in his field of interest.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
I've spent a silly amount of time driving recently, and these really work as a background to the endless kilometres.
Posted by Karen
I confess to having been a mad fan of Dave Warner's music. It makes me very happy that the stories he tells in his books are longer in form, but still so clearly about life as it happens in Australia.
Posted by Karen
Chris Whitaker's debut novel TALL OAKS garnered a lot of positive publicity and a CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger award.
Posted by Karen
The Lone Child focuses on character development, imbued with sadness, longing, regret and loss. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen