All Reviews

In the manner of all good slow burner, tightly controlled psychological suspense novels, ALL THESE PERFECT STRANGERS is beautifully crafted.
Posted by Karen
SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN was originally released in 2014, and has now been followed by NO OTHER DARKNESS (2015) and TASTES LIKE FEAR (2016). Nothing like a new series to get your teeth into.
Posted by Karen
This is a highly ambitious, stylish debut novel that hints at even better things to come.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Fast paced, heaps of action, a lot of lurking baddies, a flawed hero and comparisons with the work of Tom Clancy and Matthew Reilly are going to be coming in droves.
Posted by Karen
Fans of Peter May will gleefully add COFFIN ROAD to their collection and new readers would be pleased with this almost closed room mystery that needs very few literary props to satisfy.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
In the end, though, this is a by-the-numbers American legal thriller. Enough, at least, to satisfy lovers of this genre.
Posted by Robert Goodman
There's often something very unexpected, often something utterly incomprehensible, but there's always something intriguing and moving.
Posted by Karen
The Method is a page turning thriller that subverts the dominant genre paradigm of the well armed, special forces bloke taking on the bad guys.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Out in March 2016 - honestly worth queuing for - or at least pre-ordering from the link
Posted by Karen
City of the Lost is an effective, engaging stand alone crime novel based on an intriguing premise.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Crime fiction with a vampire as the central protagonist, set on the island of Malta. If this sounds like your ... err cuppa ... give it a try.
Posted by Karen
Classic Cliff Hardy - stripped down, hardboiled, quintessentially Australian-noir ticking all the required boxes - pace, twists, turns, sex, violence and pitch-perfect dialogue.
Posted by Karen
Definitely humorous and on the lighter side, DASTARDLY DEEDS is the latest offering in a series that is cosy in styling, with a touch of risqué.
Posted by Karen
Of course, now it makes perfect sense that a society arriving on fleets of ships, initially supported by ships full of cargo, and later by exporting via those same docking points would end up with a congregation of illicit interests and activity within those very docks.
Posted by Karen
Candice Fox is on the verge of scoring a rare hat-trick at this year’s Ned Kelly awards with the release of the third book in her Frank Bennett and Eden Archer series. Full review at Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
The fourth book in the series sees probation officer Cate Austin out of the familiar ground of career, single parenthood and England in a new life in Luxembourg.
Posted by Karen
Much like Thomas Harris, with a little bit of Edgar Allen Poe thrown in, Jonathan Moore has produced an effective hybrid of crime and horror. The Poison Artist is overall a compulsively creepy thriller.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Could be one for those interested in historical fiction, with a particularly female perspective.
Posted by Karen
The Hanne Wilhelmsen series from Norwegian author Anne Holt is fabulous, even if it is being translated out of sequence.
Posted by Karen
The first in a new series of books set in India, THE KOLKATA CONUNDRUM is lyrical and amusing writing, steeped in a sense of place and culture that will leave readers craving more.
Posted by Karen
Let Me Die in His Footsteps is not a crime novel in the traditional sense but it has crime and a deep mystery at its core and plenty of crime to go round.
Posted by Robert Goodman
If you've not read the earlier books then there's no reason why you couldn't start with NATIONS DIVIDED, but you'll then probably want to go back to the start anyway.
Posted by Karen
Set in Dunedin, New Zealand, local writer Jane Woodham obviously loves the place that she lives in.
Posted by Karen
The Darkest Secret opens with a promising prologue. An email regarding the hunt for a missing three-year-old girl followed by a number of witness statements relating to a weekend away in 2004 when the girl went missing.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Does it sound like there is a lot going on in this novel? There is.
Posted by Andrea Thompson

The mafia is a fertile subject matter for a political thriller.

Posted by Robert Goodman
RAIN DOGS is another strong entrant in a series that hasn't hit a bung note.
Posted by Karen

Rain Dogs has everything readers have come to expect from this series – an engaging mystery to drive the plot, an underlying historical issue to be investigated and as always, Duffy’s tragi-comic observations of Ireland in the 1980s.

Posted by Robert Goodman

The strength of this series really is the all-roundedness of it.

Posted by Karen

It's a series this reader would be interested in following - especially if the central character turns out to be a tricky bloke to deal with - have a bit of a weakness for those prickly, difficult types.

Posted by Karen

Eden Archer, Australia’s answer to Dexter Morgan, and her damaged partner Frank Bennett are back at work in Fall, investigating a series of murders of women joggers.

Posted by Robert Goodman

While there are plenty of twists and a little bait and switch, the plot strands come together in much the way thriller readers would expect. It is down to May’s skill as a writer that Coffin Road is an engaging, if not particularly original thriller.

Posted by Robert Goodman

A paranormal crime thriller with a blokey sensibility, Skin Deep is set in a Brisbane still dealing with the after-effects of many years of Joh rule.

Posted by Karen

Peter Corris’s Cliff Hardy series is the gift that keeps on giving for fans of no-frills, Australian-noir detective fiction.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Jonathan Kellerman is taking a break from his long running Alex Delaware series (thirty books and counting) to focus on a new type of psychologist.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Read by our f2f bookclub, this turned into a fascinating discussion.

Posted by Karen

Before WA based author Felicity Young commenced her extremely good Dr Dody McCleland series, she published a series of police procedural novels including this one with the central character of Sergeant Cam Fraser.

Posted by Karen

Reviewed for Reviewing the Evidence

Posted by Karen

Set mostly in the Western suburbs of Melbourne, JM Green’s Good Money introduces Stella Hardy. A social worker by vocation, Hardy is the sort of laksa-loving, inner-city woman who fits into the role of accidental detective with considerable aplomb. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books

Posted by Karen

Told in three parts, Please Don’t Leave Me Here by Melbourne writer Tania Chandler begins with the story of Brigitte – mother of twins and married to policeman Sam
– a normal wife and mother, with a secret. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books

Posted by Karen

Short, sharp and to the point, FOUR DAYS delivers deepest and darkest noir in the unlikely setting of 1980’s Brisbane and Cairns. In the Sunshine State corruption is rife and nowhere more so than in the police force and the licensing department in particular.

Posted by Karen

BLUE WICKED is the second book by Scottish author Alan Jones I’ve read. Each of them have come with warnings about strong language and use of the Glasgow dialect which is more of an attraction than deterrent for this reader.

Posted by Karen

This is a book that absolutely lives up to its name - there is a lot of blood in American Blood.

Posted by Robert Goodman

...good to see the improvements in DEAD WOOD, and nice to see another series coming out of such a beautiful location.

Posted by Karen

Picking up the 2nd Cormoran Strike novel, THE SILKWORM, in preparation for reviewing of the 3rd for Reviewing the Evidence, I was reminded how much I really enjoyed the first book.

Posted by Karen

The Author of DEADLY DIPLOMACY has a background as a diplomat working for many years in Embassies and High Commissions in Australia, Brussels, the Caribbean, China, East Berlin, Indonesia, Mauritius and Switzerland.

Posted by Karen

Something went wrong in the reading universe a while ago and I missed that this had been sitting in the unread list, when I picked up and enjoyed the second in the series - A SONG FOR THE DYING.

Posted by Karen

INSIDE THE BLACK HORSE is a stonkingly good debut.

Posted by Karen