All Reviews

The strength of RIVER OF SALT is definitely in the idea of a stranger in a strange land, back in the days when communications weren't instant, and people could reinvent themselves to some extent. It's exploring just how far you can go with that idea, and how much of the old you will never go away.
Posted by Karen
When you are next thinking of accessing a portal to another dimension, perhaps you should consider the shower block?
Posted by Andrea Thompson
David Whish-Wilson is best known for his historical crime fiction set in Perth and surrounds, but The Coves takes us to 1849 San Francisco, gold fever and the Australian gangs who controlled the part of it known as Sydney-town. Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
The Rowland Sinclair series is an interesting one. It's gentle and funny in places. It's characters are vivid, it's sense of place and time light and breezy, yet peppered with reminders of where the world was heading.
Posted by Karen
Peter Temple's 2nd novel and my latest summer favourite.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
Holly Throsby's excellent 2nd novel.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
I've been trying to think of somebody else that could write books about abalone fishing quotas, cricket, asylum seekers and now early white Australian settlement, convicts, rum runners and shipwrecks and make them all equally compelling, memorable, and ... crime fiction.
Posted by Karen
Absolutely no doubt about it - Pankhurst and what she does for a living are fascinating stories.
Posted by Karen
The second in the Cass Diamond series MISSING PIECES is set in far North Queensland, with Cass Diamond investigating connected cold case disappearances.
Posted by Karen
It's been a while since the last Brock & Kolla outing (THE RAVEN'S EYE in 2013 to be precise) and this reader has missed them. They are one of the great, solid, reliable, enduring duo's of crime fiction and it's good to see THE PROMISED LAND indicating there is some fuel left in their combined tanks.
Posted by Karen
Crime Scene Asia is an accounting of a series of cases within various locations in Asia, where forensic evidence was a large part of the court proceedings in particular.
Posted by Karen
The sub-heading says it all "Powerful and Disturbing Stories of Murdered Sex Workers".
Posted by Karen
Post 9-11 it's hard to think that there hasn't been speculation about the next shock and awe campaign. I bet nobody thought there'd be an Australian, rough and tumble ex-commercial pilot come spy at the centre of it all.
Posted by Karen
WAITING FOR ELIJAH is a respectful and meticulously put together account of the enormity of a single loss.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
The murderous adventures of Maud, an 88 year lady living in Gothenburg, Sweden
Posted by Gordon Duncan
The winner of the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for best Scottish crime book.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
The second Jack Parlabane novel.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
5th in the Discworld series - listened to during the year.
Posted by Karen
4th in the Discworld series - listened to during the year.
Posted by Karen
Opening with a breathtaking first-person account of the car accident that killed Matthew Cave's wife and unborn daughter, THE GIRL WITHOUT SKIN isn't as straight-forward an undertaking for fans of Nordic Noir as it might seem.
Posted by Karen
Based around an event that followers of the Underbelly wars in Melbourne will likely recognise, this tale is the second outing for Detective Sergeant Rory James, based in part around the Bendigo region.
Posted by Karen
It is thirty years from now and we have colonised the moon.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
Third in the Dan Forrester series, we're into classic thriller mode now with this series.
Posted by Karen
...populated by more than enough sub-plots and intrigue to keep a reader on their toes.
Posted by Karen
Australian readers will probably remember C.J. Carver as Caroline Carver - writer of a series of Australian set books years ago.
Posted by Karen
This was without a doubt, one of the most intriguing books I've encountered this year and it reminded me, yet again, that Antti Tuomainen is a writer who deserves (and now has) a much higher position on the must read list.
Posted by Karen
Another one of those quintessentially Scottish sounding audible books - perfect for listening to over an extended period of time.
Posted by Karen
It's a mark of Robotham's skill that he's inserted THE SECRET SHE KEEPS into a crowded domestic noir scene, littered with unreliable narrators, dysfunctional families and tension because of poor judgements, and created an extremely readable, quite chilling, page turning entrant.
Posted by Karen
3rd in the Discworld series - listened to during the year.
Posted by Karen
2nd in the Discworld series - listened to during the year.
Posted by Karen
Another series I've restarted in audio format.
Posted by Karen
A real act of terrorism in Sydney in the 1980s inspired Ashley Kalagian Blunt to write My Name is Revenge (a finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award). Full review at Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
These people are real, this situation is real and in THE LOST MAN Harper has created another astounding work that perfectly evokes a complicated, heart-breaking, all-too-believable family tragedy.
Posted by Karen
... delivered in the classic pared down, matter of fact manner that's part of expectations that a reader is well within their rights to have when picking up the latest Wyatt novel.
Posted by Karen
This was a career criminal who seemed often to be inviting capture, whilst being equally clever – or charmed - at avoiding it.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
The author's bio mentions that S.D. Rowell is interested in the interplay between culture, morality and truth, explored in THE ECHO OF OTHERS. Can't disagree with any of that, THE ECHO OF OTHERS is an outstanding debut novel.
Posted by Karen
After listening to the first two books in the Lewis Trilogy pretty much one after the other, I've done it at all the wrong time of the year.
Posted by Karen
An excellent wartime thriller by Kate Atkinson.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
The best thriller you've never heard of, does such a thing exist? Kolymsky Heights may just be that book.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
Educational and informative true crime writing at it's best.
Posted by Karen
There's something very satisfying about the emergence of a new crime series set in Australia - this time 1960's Perth.
Posted by Karen
If you're a fan of fast paced, fun thrillers and haven't clued into the Jeff Bradley Thrillers from New Zealand based author Thomas Ryan yet then you are in for a treat.
Posted by Karen
One reader's darkly comic domestic noir is another reader's vegan sausage.
Posted by Karen
Into everyone's life a Cass Tuplin should blunder, yoyo's in hand, sorting it out once and for all on her mind.
Posted by Karen
It's been way too long for such an impressive book to garner a mention hereabouts.
Posted by Karen
Listening to this in the car was both a joy and a threat to life and limb.
Posted by Karen
... an effective playout of tension and unpredictability in the plot and THE GIRL IN KELLERS WAY is worthwhile pursuing - for fans of domestic noir and psychological thrillers.
Posted by Karen
This second book in the Ted Conkaffey series clearly demonstrates why Candice Fox has won two Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing. Full Review: Newtown Review of Books

Posted by Karen
Sometimes you start reading a series book about a favourite character, and really start to wonder if the author is annoyed with them, subconsciously punishing them for being too popular, or just enjoying applying the thumb screws for a change.
Posted by Karen
Find out where it all began for George Smiley.
Posted by Gordon Duncan