All Reviews

... another compulsive and surprisingly poignant thriller and will be a welcome return for the many Joe O’Loughlin fans.

Posted by Robert Goodman

AUSTRALIA'S MOST MURDEROUS PRISON is a fascinating book, written in a very readable style.

Posted by Karen

Read for our face to face bookclub meeting yesterday, lovers of this book will be pleased to know I was very much in the minority...

Posted by Karen

A promising debut DOUBLE MADNESS has got a lot going for it.

Posted by Karen

Great crime fiction for those that find the constant concentration on murder a bit wearing, both these books are not just entertaining, they are educational into the bargain.

Posted by Karen

Clever, evocative, funny with that wonderful sense of place and character that stays away from feeling like a film script, and sticks firmly within a police procedural framework. This is exactly the sort of novel that Darian Richards deserves. Let's hope there's a lot more to come.

Posted by Karen

What makes this series one that's particularly appealing are the characters.

Posted by Karen

Music and popular culture provide the backdrop to this long-awaited new Billy Glasheen novel

Posted by Karen

Everything winds together nicely here, using plenty of action and pace, and just enough real-life reflections as well as "what if" scenarios to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, and, as is less often the case in thrillers, wondering about the greyness of right and wrong.

Posted by Karen

It’s a gutsy move to put the first sentence of your novel on the front cover. Even more so when the text is given more prominence than the name of the book itself. But it is a great ‘what’s in the box?’ first sentence

Posted by Robert Goodman

Even if you didn't know that author Ian Simpson regards John Mortimer as one of his inspirations, there's something slightly similar in their writing styles, although there's no Rumpole character in MURDER IN COURT THREE.

Posted by Karen

The second novel in the DI Helen Grace series POP GOES THE WEASEL returns to Grace's life in the aftermath of her sister's death, and that of a much loved colleague in the first book EENY MEENY.

Posted by Karen

Cleverly constructed, and particularly for this non-enthusiast for the paranormal, unexpectedly believable, DOUBLE EXPOSURE is written with considerable aplomb and style.

Posted by Karen

Writers who take the decision to build their novels around characters who are less than sympathetic, veering towards frustrating, appear to be making one of the braver literary decisions you can come across.

Posted by Karen

Originally published under the title AN ACT OF REPARATION, DEAD GUILTY uses the complex subject of domestic abuse as a vehicle to explore the ongoing abuse and exploitation of women in very vulnerable situations.

Posted by Karen

Sometimes the world is very kind to a dedicated fan of Australian Crime fiction, particularly when two new books from authors that we've not heard from for a very long time arrive. Peter Doyle and Dave Warner each played their part, many years ago, in engaging an interest in our own stories and voices.

Posted by Karen

Nelson DeMille has been pumping out high intensity thrillers for years. In the last few years, these thrillers have centred around action man and wise-cracking maverick John Corey.

Posted by Robert Goodman

A debut that shows promise in terms of the sense of place, and the best and worst of life in small towns, PIECES OF A LIE is one for for readers comfortable with a romantic tension device, and happy if their baddies are barking mad into the bargain.

Posted by Karen

Many with a passing interest in the news might remember aspects about the case of the murder of Allison Baden-Clay. Unfortunately she is yet another woman, killed by their domestic partner, for reasons which are impossible to justify.

Posted by Karen

Set in Yemen, THE ABRUPT PHYSICS OF DYING is an eco-thriller from an author who writes about the issues explored with authority and a vivid sense of place.

Posted by Karen

If the underlying agenda doesn't interest you, this might be a book that reader's with a preference for that sort of jolly hockey sticks, slightly exaggerated absurdist humour.

Posted by Karen

Wonderfully evocative and beautifully delivered, NEST was utterly mesmerising.

Posted by Karen

A shattering, emotional rollercoaster of a book, just as the blurb puts it, WRATH is all about a mistake that we could all make, and the redemption that some of us deserve.

Posted by Karen

WHAT SHE LEFT has created a record in these parts as one of the most picked up and put down, unable to continue books that this reader has struggled with for quite some time.

Posted by Karen

Number 5 in the Rainbow series, and THE CASE OF THE COCK ROBIN KILLER might be blue about lots of things, but it won't make you blue to read it.

Posted by Karen

AFTER THE CRASH opens with private eye Credule Grand-Duc preparing to take his own life after spending nearly eighteen years failing to discover the truth behind the miracle of the baby who survived a plane crash.

Posted by Karen

This unpredictable legal thriller is no courtroom drama and brims with action. Full review at Newtown Review of Books.

Posted by Karen

If the quotes appeal, then one for your reading list.

Posted by Karen

This series has proven to be enormously entertaining, and THE GRAND CRU HEIST, a very short novel, is up there with the rest of the series. Not just because, I hasten to clarify, it's impossible to read them without a glass of something (slightly more local) in your hand.

Posted by Karen

BLACK WIDOW is a fascinating book to read, it's beautifully constructed, making history come alive, allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions on many of the aspects of the story of Louisa Collins.

Posted by Karen

Another romantic suspense novel, THE HERB GARDENER combines a rural setting, a new love, and a dead young worker.

Posted by Karen

Now I just need to make sure that THE HUNTER's not the last of Tony Park's books that wind their way up Mt TBR.

Posted by Karen

If romantic suspense is your thing - then STORM CLOUDS should be on the reading list.

Posted by Karen

World Gone By is another brilliant, layered crime novel from Lehane, one of the world’s premier crime writers.

Posted by Robert Goodman

ONLY THE BRAVE is the third in a strong series, although it is one that this reader would recommend you start from the beginning.

Posted by Karen

The book explores the impact that this life has on those people: why they became cops, why they continue to be cops, and the ties that bind them together. It is a story that explores the twisted byways of love and loyalty, regret and the price of vengeance.

Posted by Robert Goodman

There's no question that anybody is going to get away with anything in THE DROWNED BOY, but the why remains the focus, and all the more heart-rendering as a result.

Posted by Karen

Every Word is, in the end, a great crime thriller for teenagers.

Posted by Robert Goodman

One for anyone, but particularly the Spooks crowd, to enjoy.

Posted by Robert Goodman

... another fun, escapist outing with Jack Emery in charge of saving the day, ably assisted, for a change, by some women with brains, bravery and chutzpah to spare.

Posted by Karen

The Killing of Bobbi Lomax is a solid procedural with some bigger fish to fry.

Posted by Robert Goodman

This is definitely a series for fans of political action thrillers regardless of what order you read them in.

Posted by Karen

An assured debut, THE FOUNDATION, is a really tightly plotted conspiracy novel that feels uncomfortably like it could very well be based on real-life.

Posted by Karen

Candice Fox's first book, Hades won the Ned Kelly Australian Crime Fiction Award for best first novel. It was a deserving win. Fox's visceral take on the serial killer procedural was a slick reworking of familiar crime elements into something both compulsive and disturbing.

Posted by Robert Goodman

A collaborative effort, SOMETHING IS ROTTEN is the first book from New Zealand based pairing of Swedish-born novelist Linda Olsson and award-winning playwright Thomas Sainsbury writing as Adam Safaris.

Posted by Karen

June Wright is one of the early writers who forged a way for the current vibrant Australian crime fiction scene. Reviewed at http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au/

Posted 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.

Posted 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.

Posted by Karen

Commencing a blurb with a question implies that somewhere along the line the book will provide an answer.

Posted by Karen

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.

Posted by Robert Goodman