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  • TAKEN By Dinuka McKenzie (Harper Collins, February 2023)
    In my view, Dinuka McKenzie’s The Torrent was the outstanding Australian crime debut novel of 2022, and now she has followed it up with the equally good Taken (Harper Collins, February 2023). Detective Sergeant Kate Miles is back from maternity leave in the small northern New South Wales town of […]
  • AUSSIE CRIME 2023: Recent Australian Crime Novels To Read This Australia Day!
    2022 was another stellar year for Australian crime fiction. Once again the overall quality of the books greatly impressed, especially given that some of my favourite authors, such as Kyle Perry, Michael Brissenden, Gabriel Bergmoser and Sarah Bailey, did not produce books in 2022. I did not read every Australian […]
  • FEBRUARY FELONIES: NEW CRIME BOOKS TO READ IN FEBRUARY 2023
    For crime and thriller readers 2023 has already gotten off to an enjoyable start with the release of some very good books in January. Fans of Australian crime fiction have been particularly well served with a new Zoe Mayer detective novel by Simon Rowell, Wild Card, and a very gritty […]
  • JANUARY 2023 READING: PETER MAY, JO CALLAGHAN AND LOUISE CANDLISH
    My early January 2023 reading has been dominated by three very different British crime novels by two veterans of the genre and a promising new author. Leading them off is the latest novel by popular British author Peter May. Set in 2051, A Winter Grave, (Riverrun, 19 January 2023), is […]
  • FORGOTTEN THRILLERS: CZECHMATE By David Brierley (1984)
    In recent discussions with the doyen of classic British spy novels and thrillers, Mike Ripley, I discovered that David Brierley, at the esteemed age of 87, has returned to writing spy thrillers. His latest book, Dead Man Telling Tales, has recently been released in the United Kingdom and is the […]
  • NEW AUSSIE CRIME – JANUARY 2023
    2023 has started in spectacular fashion for Australian crime fiction with a string of impressive new releases, including a very strong debut novel by John Byrnes. Dinuka McKenzie, Matthew Spencer, Shelly Burr and Hayley Scrivenor set a high standard for debut Australian crime novels in 2022, and now John Byrnes […]
  • CANBERRA WEEKLY 5 JANUARY 2023: SUMMER CRIME READING BY JEFFREY DEAVER, REBECCA HEATH AND PIP DRYSDALE
    This week in the Canberra Weekly I reviewed three new crime and thriller titles suitable for summertime reading in Australia. First up is Rebecca Heath’s debut adult crime novel The Summer Party, (Head of Zeus, 10 January 2023). Ideally titled for Australian summer holiday reading, The Summer Party is set on the South Australian […]
  • CRIME NOVELS THAT I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO READING IN 2023
    2023 has already gotten off to a great start with two impressive early Australian releases by John Byrnes (Headland) and Simon Rowell (Wild Card), and it promises to be another bumper year for crime and thriller readers, with a plethora of good looking titles by established and new authors scheduled […]
  • THE BEST OF THE 2022 BEST CRIME FICTION LISTS!
    Each year George Easter from Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine does a mammoth job in collating various best mystery, crime fiction and thriller lists from around the world and seeing what they tell us about the year’s best books. In 2022 he found 84 ‘best lists’. There is a strong American […]
  • TRASHY TUESDAY: FAVOURITE PAPERBACK COVER FINDS FROM 2022
    After the COVID imposed restrictions of the previous two years, it was very nice to get and about in 2022 and do some vintage paperback hunting in the wild, rather than over the internet. I did not discover any particularly rare books, but I did find some very nice covers, […]

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