All Reviews

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

All of the ingredients, while expected, are exactly what thriller readers come for. And Lynds handles them well. Ryder and Blake have starred before, but no familiarity of the previous books is required to enjoy this volume. There is nothing startlingly original here but for readers looking for a solid action thriller The Assassins will fit the bill.

Posted by Robert Goodman

A deftly handled plot, strong characters and a sly, dry humour make this an outstanding debut crime novel. - Review at Newtown Review of Books

Posted by Karen

The second novel from Irish born, Australian resident Chris Flynn, THE GLASS KINGDOM is one of those books that you're either going to get, or be horribly confused by. Review in full at Reviewing the Evidence

Posted by Karen

EUROPA BLUES is the first of Arne Dahl's books I've been fortunate enough to read and it definitely won't be the last. A combination of a slightly eccentric, dedicated and very determined investigation group full of strong individuals, who work as a team; and a confrontational and some very pointed crimes and their backgrounds, perpetrated for very believable reasons made this novel a stand-out read.

Posted by Karen

Puzzle upon puzzle THE TOKYO ZODIAC MURDERS is intricate and utterly fascinating, as an example of Honkaku and the culture from which it sprang, as well as providing sufficient puzzles to be solved to keep a reader happily occupied (and slightly confused) right to the last page.

Posted by Karen

Wonderfully evocative, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF SIGNORA GIULIA imparts much information about the society in which it is set in a short, but beautifully balanced novel.

Posted by Karen

Anthony Horowitz is the fourth author to be asked to write a James Bond novel. Horowitz is well qualified for the job. He is the creator of the popular James Bond-for-kids Alex Rider series and also behind the long running Midsomer Murders and Foyle’s War TV series.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Having been lucky enough to read a couple of the books in this series now it's one that's well worth pursuing.

Posted by Karen

After a few attempts, managed to finish BIG LITTLE LIES over the weekend. There's a reason this has been a bit of a chore explained within

Posted by Karen

David Lagercrantz came to the attention of the estate of the late Stieg Larsson for his ghost-written autobiography of soccer player Zlatan Abrahimović. Lagercrantz was tapped on the shoulder to adopt Larsson’s style and approach and continue the globally popular Millennium series featuring everybody’s favourite punk hacker tough girl Lisbeth Salander and crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist.

Posted by Robert Goodman

I'd not be surprised to find that THE LONEY is one of those books that some readers absolutely love.

Posted by Karen

Suzanne Falkiner has used a combination of the facts of the case, and both the victim and perpetrator's life and fleshed that out with non-fiction elements, expanding on the facts to create a logical, and believable narrative.

Posted by Karen

The American is definitely not the last we will be seeing of Leone Scarmacio and most readers will be hanging on to see what happens next.

Posted by Robert Goodman

Happily surprised by the ending of COME TO HARM, pleasing surprised by how enjoyable this book was, not so surprised that the rest of the standalones from this author are now on the To Be Read list.

Posted by Karen

In great timing, Reviewing the Evidence have just published my review of the winner of the 2015 Ned Kelly for Best First Crime Fiction.

Posted by Karen

Any readers looking for something different - LEONA: THE DIE IS CAST could be just the ticket. There's so much here in the writing, and the styling that is very brave of this author.

Posted by Karen

Pleasantville is crime writing as it should be – engaging, compulsive and surprising but never losing sight of deeper social and human drivers that sit behind the action.

Posted by Robert Goodman

This is the latest in a series of intelligent, well-researched and engagingly written crime-fiction novels set admid the suffragette battles of early 1900s England.

Posted by Karen

Overall, however, Please Don’t Leave Me Here is an incredibly assured debut.

Posted by Robert Goodman

A TIME TO RUN's a debut novel and it's hard to tell if there's a series in the making - around Postlewaite, Willis or both of them somehow, but given the writing style of this author, and her expertise in the field, it will be interesting to see where this goes.

Posted by Karen

The English moors are a great place to stage a thriller. Bleak landscapes, mud, fog and rain, or wind and painfully bright sunlight, brutal histories, all collide on the moors and have in literature for many years.

Posted by Robert Goodman