All Reviews

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
Everything in TWO DAYS indicates that DRAINLAND is going to be a hell of a read...
Posted by Karen
It's a question that has preyed on a lot of people's minds over the years - why do women fall for the worst possible men?
Posted by Karen
In a leadup event to the 2016 Bendigo Writers Festival, Gideon Haigh came to Dunolly for a discussion with Rosemary Sorensen about CERTAIN ADMISSIONS.
Posted by Karen
It's great to see something as topical as genetic modification of food crops set in somewhere that's not normally known as a big threat / big risk location.
Posted by Karen
Caleb Carr is probably best known for his historical crime fiction debut The Alienist. That book, and its sequel, Angel of Darkness, set around turn of the century New York City and, later upstate New York, explored the early days of criminal psychology.
Posted by Robert Goodman
For a cricket obsessed reader, fond of the assertion that test cricket is a metaphor for life, THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET made me wonder about that just for a moment.
Posted by Karen
There is a very good reason for all the buzz around about The Dry, another great debut thriller from an Australian writer. Review at Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
An astounding debut novel, this was a most unusual, and very rewarding read.
Posted by Karen
DEAD MEN DON'T ORDER FLAKE obviously comes from the entertaining side of crime fiction.
Posted by Karen
Look for the sly sense of humour in these books (which frequently tipped over into outright laughter for this reader), and past the bombastic outer shell of William Power, because THE SERPENT'S STING is a worthy addition to a series of novels that must come highly recommended.
Posted by Karen
MIMA is a profoundly personal recounting of the death of a friend.
Posted by Karen
L.A. Larkin’s third thriller takes readers back to Antarctica, the setting of her last novel Thirst, but with a new cast of characters and a new global threat.
Posted by Robert Goodman
... enjoyable for what it is and thriller fans will be kept happy as the pages turn.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Great idea, execution needs a little more emotion and colour.
Posted by Karen
Putting the genre mash element aside, Made to Kill is overall just a lot of fun.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Pufferfish is one of my all time favourite Australian Crime Fiction identities. He's taciturn, reticent and often recalcitrant. He's frequently obtuse, often slightly grumpy, addicted to strong espresso and liquorice all-sorts and finally, he's back.
Posted by Karen
It feels like such a relief to have a woman in Cabin 10, and not a girl, that you'd almost be forgiven for cutting THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 a lot of slack.
Posted by Karen
A slow moving novel about loss; both its enormity and of how shocking it is to the grieving that life simply must go on, regardless of what has been unexpectedly and horrifically taken from them.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
This clever thriller should be a huge hit and spark much discussion.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
One for the fans and anyone else who wants to be entertained for a short and happy while
Posted by Andrea Thompson
LA Larkin’s Devour features investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe’s world of big stories, hair’s-breadth escapes from danger and fearless reporting on the worst of human excesses. Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
Ann Turner’s Out of the Ice uses the point of view of environmentalist Laura Alvarado to reveal both the wonder and the threats within this amazing landscape: Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
There's something very nice about having a series to look forward to, especially now with the opportunity, finally, to go back to the start.
Posted by Karen
The second novel in the Constable Sammi Willis series, THE TWISTED KNOT, has Sammi returning to work after a close shave with death in the first novel (which you don't have to have read to get this one, but it wouldn't hurt).
Posted by Karen
Overall, Vigil is a great start to a fascinating new series for both urban fantasy and crime fans with a refreshing Australian voice, setting and style.
Posted by Robert Goodman
It's dark, it's classic noir, it's very Australian and it's about as pitch perfect as you can get.
Posted by Karen
For reasons that escape me, Paul Cleave doesn't seem to have the profile, or the world-wide awareness that he absolutely and utterly deserves.
Posted by Karen
Cousin's is a fun sort of PI and there's a trilogy of books planned in the Tasmanian Investigation Agency series for those that really like their PI's hard-boiled, sarcastic and just a bit dodgy.
Posted by Karen
The setting for this book is almost guaranteed to send you straight to Google to look up the location...
Posted by Karen
With Black Teeth, Zane Lovitt has delivered a classic, dark Australian crime thriller.
Posted by Robert Goodman
... something about Eloise and her situation might not be what it seems, and that's mesmerising. Which made STARLIGHT PENINSULA the most difficult book to put down for quite a while.
Posted by Karen
THE SILENT INHERITANCE strides with purpose for the bulk of the novel as the field narrows and possibilities are discarded.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Even though BOOM AND BUST is not as hard-boiled as could be expected from the blurb, it was entertaining reading.
Posted by Karen
The Girl in Green is not only a page turner, it is an important novel that tries to convey not only the drivers of the headlines but also the situation that remains when the news cycle moves on.
Posted by Robert Goodman
The third book in the Audrey Murders series, THE MURDER TRAIL is set in a very picturesque location in the far north of New Zealand.
Posted by Karen
The second Jeff Bradley novel from New Zealand author, Thomas Ryan, certainly made me really want to shunt my as yet unread copy of the first (The Field of Blackbirds) up in priority.
Posted by Karen
Inspired by the true events surrounding an unsolved murder, Dark Fires Shall Burn is set in Sydney’s Newtown in the aftermath of World War II. - Full review at Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
The book of the TV show, ELEMENTARY: THE GHOST LINE is based around the characters of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Joan Watson.
Posted by Karen
It's a character study, wrapped up in a police procedural, with a very strong sense of place, and, one would hope, a long-term future as a series.
Posted by Karen
The Dry is a strong debut. A classic crime novel in a classic Australian setting, with strong characters dealing with universal issues.
Posted by Robert Goodman
... having seen the early publicity for BLACK SAILS, DISCO INFERNO I was expecting it to be good. It exceeded good by a very big measure.
Posted by Karen
Read for our f2f bookclub, every book by Jo Nesbø reminds you to read the rest of the series.
Posted by Karen
One for fans of high-threat action, who would appreciate a strong female central character, don't mind a hefty dose of romance and that spot of paranormal into the bargain.
Posted by Karen
The novella THE MISTAKE is short, sharp, packed with a punch crime fiction set in Iceland, written by ex-pat New Zealander Grant Nicol.
Posted by Karen
FRONT PAGE NEWS is the debut novel from former Australian journalist Katie Rowney.
Posted by Karen
MADE TO KILL comes straight from the "well I wasn't expecting that pile", and even better, it looks like the opening salvo in a trilogy that will be well worth following.
Posted by Karen
THE LEGEND OF WINSTONE BLACKHAT is not a "traditional" crime novel in the same way that many early psychological thrillers were not regarded as traditional crime novels...
Posted by Karen