All Reviews

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

Thanks to Netgalley I happened upon this book and liked it so much that the it has became a series I’m making sure I catch up with from the start.

Posted by Karen

For anyone who likes a well-told thriller this is perfect summer reading fare.

Posted by Robert Goodman

... the idea of victims under extreme threat, and the knowledge that safety is in the hands of somebody who has no idea they are in that position is an interesting aspect to explore. BREATHE AND RELEASE has a go at that exploration in a unique manner and tone.

Posted by Karen

Career of Evil is the third novel to star Iraq veteran Cormoran Strike and his plucky offsider cum secretary Robin Ellacott.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Beautifully written, SNOWBLIND comes with great characters; a wonderful sense of place; a cleverly constructed plot; and that introspective, claustrophobic feeling that often appeals to fans of Icelandic and Scandinavian crime fiction.

Posted by Karen

Fans of big, larger-than-life political thrillers where the threat is enormous, the conspiracy deep seated, and the need for a hero overwhelming could do worse than get on board with the Dan Taylor series.

Posted by Karen

The 8th in the Wyatt series, the resurgence of the best unrepentant, unapologetic and very demanding professional crook in Australian Crime Fiction is something to be very pleased about.

Posted by Karen

Cosy mysteries are so far from my comfort zone we could be classified as sworn enemies.

Posted by Karen

Beautifully translated with nary a bump to be detected in the language, VERTIGO is complicated, clever and another of those wonderful, one sitting reading experiences.

Posted by Karen

"I am the star of screaming tabloid headlines and campfire ghost stories. I am one of the four Black-Eyed Susans. The lucky one."

Posted by Andrea Thompson

Laid back as the residents of Euganean Hills environment may be, nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to blow-in, and investigative journalist, Riccardo Ranieri who has tense, nervous and put-upon down pat.

Posted by Karen

Denise Mina is one of those authors that you can always trust to spin a good yarn, and once in a while an absolute ripper. BLOOD, SALT, WATER is somewhere on this reader’s scale between really good and ripper.

Posted by Karen

Corporate corruption and enough enthusiastic sexual conquest pursuit to make Sydney Sheldon or Harold Robbins envious.

Posted by Karen

As close to a single sitting read as can be achieved around here, it’s not until after finishing that I realised that what we have in DARK AS MY HEART is about as perfect a combination of character, place and plot as I’ve read in a long time.

Posted by Karen

Set in early settlement Western Australia, ON TRACK FOR MURDER, is an interesting look at the period, taking the main viewpoint as that of a young woman, recently arrived from England, carer for her younger, disabled brother; seeking reunion with their father, and their stepmother.

Posted by Karen

Overall, Good Money is an assured and engaging debut. A novel and writer who deserved to be discovered, and plenty of potential for a unique new Australian crime voice.

Posted by Robert Goodman

The law is anything but good guys versus bad guys in Rudd’s world and, for the reader, that’s all for the better.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Set in New Zealand, written by an Australian author, POISON BAY by Belinda Pollard is one of those novels that you just can’t help but wonder what tourism authorities reaction would be...

Posted by Karen

Reading a series in order, I’ve decided, is too normal. Or at least that’s the best excuse I can come up with for starting the Hermes Diaktoros series at book number three - THE DOCTOR OF THESSALY.

Posted by Karen

Post Mortem is supposed to be the start of a series. If London is going to focus that series around Sarah Collins then she has a lot more work to do. If she continues to focus in on police culture, and the messiness of real life, then this promises to be a series to watch.

Posted by Robert Goodman

... an interesting character study and premise, that would work well if you’re happy to head any disbelief off at the pass and bury it in a deep hole.

Posted by Karen

After the 2010 success of the rebooted Wyatt series, Garry Disher brings his master thief back for another outing. Set in the bright holiday glitz of Noosa, Disher delivers the usual range of criminals, sociopaths and underworld figures in another page-turner full of twists, turns and reverses.

Posted by Robert Goodman

The assured narrative, the way that the cast of characters become so real in such short sharp chapters, the sense that you’re being given an opportunity to understand that great question of crime fiction - why, in such detail, all combine to create something extremely satisfying in UNRAVELLING OLIVER.

Posted by Karen

There’s not a lot of crime fiction around, unfortunately, for readers who prefer a heist / non-death scenario, but SHWEDAGON is one that delivers exactly that.

Posted by Karen

Charming, and even comical at points, THE UNEXPECTED INHERITANCE OF INSPECTOR CHOPRA turns out to be the start of a very big new adventure for Ashwin Chopra, his wife and that lovely little elephant.

Posted by Karen

Probably my favourite of the Witches books in the Discworld series.

Posted by Karen

Ash Island ends with a bang but with plenty of narrative balls still in the air.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Less of a review, more some quick comments.

Posted by Karen