All Reviews

It's taken a long while to write this review, simply because this has been a collection of writing that I've wanted to go back to frequently in order to get my head around much of it.
Posted by Karen
The key aspect of this structure is that Kill the Next One keeps readers guessing and despite becoming a little frustrating at times, it is very hard to put down.
Posted by Robert Goodman
The Girl Before ticks all of the Girl book boxes in spades. It has two unreliable female narrators, a supporting cast of abusive and potentially violent men and plenty of domestic thrills.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Australian readers are likely to still know Melina Marchetta for her breakout young adult novel Looking for Alibrandi (1992). Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is crime genre novel. But while it relies on some of the genre conventions it also manages to subvert some of them, particularly with its focus on some teen protagonists.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Ignore all the book comparisons as it doesn’t do this clever little mystery justice; it is all about the journey here and the big reveal is not the tantalizing part of the read. THE LAST ACT OF HATTIE HOFFMAN is a very satisfying read and deservedly one of the buzz books of the summer.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
As the teen struggles to deal with both the mental and physical trauma, Jenny’s parents make the decision to allow medics try a new drug on their daughter that will serve to delete the immediate painful memories of the attack.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
OLD SCORES is a great entry in what, overall, is a tremendous series that reminds us again how keen the eye and how sharp the observation of really good crime writers like David Whish-Wilson is.
Posted by Karen
Cliff Hardy is back in the forty-second and now final book in this much loved, admired series.
Posted by Karen
There is no denying Peter Corris’ status as the godfather of modern Australian crime. Corris took the American private investigator corner of the crime genre and made it uniquely Australian. Still going now after 33 years, gumshoe and Sydney icon Cliff Hardy is back in action for the forty-second time in Win, Lose or Draw.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Darkest Place is Australian thriller writer Jaye Ford’s fifth book of stand-alones involving women under threat who are definitely not victims. Review at Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
... nobody could ever accuse THE BLACK TONGUE of being expected reading.
Posted by Karen
What you can expect is clever writing and plotting, great characters, pitch perfect dialogue, some stand out scene setting, laughter, action, pathos, friendship, a bit of romance and a heap of enjoyable madness.
Posted by Karen
A DONATION OF MURDER is book number five in this excellent historical series from WA based author Felicity Young.
Posted by Karen
There's a slightly obvious reason for being attracted to this novel, way outside my normal reading preferences.
Posted by Karen
SCARED TO DEATH is the first in a new series from Australian based author Rachel Amphlett. It's a switch from the earlier espionage styled Dan Taylor novels, to a police procedural featuring Detective Kay Hunter.
Posted by Karen
Read this series. All of it.
Posted by Karen
You'll nip through this novel in one or two sittings; it is not dragged down by the minutiae of a police investigation (though there is a detective still working the case) and the speed and ease in which young people live their responsibility-free lives is conveyed well.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
You know you are in safe hands with Janet Evanovich.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
The two biggest challenges with writing historical fiction need to be overcome from the get-go. It is necessary to engage the reader from that first chapter so that they are not constantly running off to fact check. So the first challenge is adhering (or appearing) to the constraints of historical accuracy
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Zoe's fragile mother Maria has done her best to carve out a new life for herself and Zoe with her dynamic new husband after the horrors of the past.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Bill Beverly has taken out 2016 Golden Dagger Awards for both best crime fiction and best debut for Dodgers. This is the type of crime novel that is steeped in the criminal world.
Posted by Robert Goodman
The Whistler is John Grisham’s twenty-ninth legal thriller and once again shows that the formula which he practically invented in his early books – a combination of social commentary, legal shenanigans and fairly low key action that occasionally generates real thrills – is still working.
Posted by Robert Goodman
If you take absolutely nothing else from author Felicity Young's Cam Fraser series, then it should serve as a reminder of how important volunteer fire services are in rural communities Australia-wide.
Posted by Karen
Emotion, reaction, damage and recovery are at the core of B Michael Radburn’s dark thrillers. Full review at: Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
Sometimes a book just simply drops out of nowhere straight into the best of the year list with minimal fanfare. TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL is undoubtedly going to remain one of the best things I've read this year for a whole lot of reasons.
Posted by Karen
For a series that initially was only going to run for a couple of books, the Leone Scarmacio series seems to have developed legs. The Hit is the third in the series and leaves plenty of balls in the air for future instalments. Which is welcome as this is a series that has improved with each outing.
Posted by Robert Goodman
This is a very polished work from a debut author.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
THE FIREMAN for sure has that post apocalyptic wonder (who will survive, how will they survive?) and does a good job of conveying the fear and confusion in one pocket of the world as it all goes to hell.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Signal Loss is another strong entry in this series which brings both its characters and its concerns bang up to date.
Posted by Robert Goodman
People who love the golden age of detective fiction, who, as Susan puts it, like to curl up with a cosy mystery when it is raining outside knowing that everything will be explained at the end, or who spend their Friday nights in Midsomer (a place which gets named checked far too many times in this novel) will love Magpie Murders.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Even if you've only had a very fleeting interest in the goings on of one of Australia's most (in)famous cops, then ROGER ROGERSON is going to be an extremely intriguing read.
Posted by Karen
Styled as a thriller from the legal world, CYANIDE GAMES introduces Peter Tanner - criminal defence barrister, widower, father. Very much one of the good guys, one of those that takes on a hell of a lot and seems to pull results together despite the odds.
Posted by Karen
James Patterson has been working with a number of crime writers recently, producing these co-authored books, so it's hard not to read each one playing a sort of "who wrote what" game in your head.
Posted by Karen
Sometimes you just can't shake the idea that an author really doesn't like their characters much. Flaws and troubles aplenty are one thing - but weighing everybody down in a story with just about every possible problem known is another kettle of fish altogether.
Posted by Karen
KILLING LOVE is one of the most profoundly personal stories that you're going to come across in True Crime reading.
Posted by Karen
NOTHING SHORT OF DYING is the debut release from author Erik Storey, which arrived with considerable fanfare. It's flagged as something that will have Lee Child's Reacher watching over his shoulder which clearly flags this is action packed, with a lone hero up against it from all sides central character.
Posted by Karen
... as the pieces fall into place it is clear that Maitland has had tight control on his overarching plot from the beginning of this series so that Slaughter Park is both a compulsive and satisfying conclusion.
Posted by Robert Goodman
In an age of throwaway domestic thrillers with the word “Girl” in the title, Dead in the Water shows the breadth of the Australian crime fiction scene.
Posted by Robert Goodman
'Watch out Jo Nesbo!' is printed in a bright red circle on the front of I'M TRAVELLING ALONE. It seemed like a rather brave claim to be making before starting this book, and bordering on rash having now finished it.
Posted by Karen
It is a sometimes violent, sometimes dangerous, sometimes poetic and insightful debut Australian novel.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Written by an author who has spent some time in Pentridge as a worker / teacher this is one of those books that's really fascinating when it's getting into the nitty gritty of life behind bars ...
Posted by Karen
The follow up to a fascinating book Australia's Most Murderous Prison, AUSTRALIA'S TOUGHEST PRISONS: INMATES tells the story of a number of people in prison - for a change not all of the usual role-call of participants that show up in these sorts of books.
Posted by Karen
The historical context not only highlights how attitudes have changed since the 1940s but how the attitudes of those times are still not far from the surface.
Posted by Robert Goodman
There's room in Australian crime fiction for two lone-wolf anti-hero types, and Wyatt's got some serious competition now.
Posted by Karen
While Underground Airlines shares much of its messaging with recent books and films about slavery it also joins a list of provocative alternate histories such as Fatherland and The Yiddish Policeman’s Union which use crime fiction tropes to explore and expose their worlds.
Posted by Robert Goodman
BLOOD WEDDING is gripping and very cleverly constructed.
Posted by Karen
Needing something that would be reliably good recently, TRACES OF RED was just the thing as Paddy Richardson is a particularly talented writer of psychological thrillers.
Posted by Karen
BAD BLOOD is accessible crime / thriller / paranormal / action packed day to day life style storytelling.
Posted by Karen
Michel Bussi is a renowned crime fiction writer and winner of many awards in his native France, BLACK WATER LILIES being the second of his books translated into English.
Posted by Karen
As much as I'd love to say that if you're a new reader to this series than just get on with it, it's one that you really have to read in order.
Posted by Karen