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  • HOLIDAY READING: MIKE RIPLEY, AVA GLASS, MAX TOMLINSON and DEANNA RAYBOURN
    During my recent holiday I took advantage of the long flights and some quiet time to catch up on a number of books I have been meaning to read for some time and to re-read some old classics. Probably the pick of the overdue reads were Henry Porter’s A Spy’s […]
  • FORECAST FRIDAY: THE BEST NEW CRIME RELEASES OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2022
    With just over three months to Christmas, the annual flood of new thriller and crime books is picking up momentum, with some great titles scheduled for release in the next few months. I have looked over the forthcoming releases, picked out twelve of the most promising ones across the spectrum […]
  • HOLIDAY BOOK HAUL!
    It is nice to come back from 6 weeks of holidays to find a pile of books waiting for you! Although some 50 review books is probably a bit too much! Especially as I also got an additional batch electronically, and the books have continued to come in at a […]
  • EXILES By Jane Harper (Macmillan, 20 September 2022)
    Jane Harper was not the first Australian author to write outback crime novels, but she was certainly instrumental in establishing it as one of the most popular forms of crime writing in the world today. Jane’s The Dry was an outstanding success, that has been helped in recent years by […]
  • CANBERRA WEEKLY 25 AUGUST 2022
    In last week’s Canberra Weekly, I recommended three books for Dad for Father’s Day. First up was surfer Tim Baker’s moving account of his battle with prostate cancer, Patting The Shark (Ebury). An honest and frank memoir that also pays homage to the joys and healing of surfing, it is […]
  • THE SUSPECT (2004) By Michael Robotham
    The television adaptation of Michael Robotham’s first novel The Suspect is finally about to hit the screens in the United Kingdom early next week. Starring Aiden Turner it is sure to be another hit for Michael, who has also enjoyed screen success with the English adaption of his novel, The […]
  • THE YEAR’S BEST SO FAR: A DOZEN CRIME NOVELS AND THRILLERS THAT HAVE CAUGHT MY ATTENTION IN 2022
    I am about to head off on a seven week trip, so I thought I would reflect on some of the books that have caught my attention so far this year. Just over half the way through the year and we have already seen some terrific releases from new and […]
  • CANBERRA WEEKLY 4 AUGUST 2022: ART CRIME
    This week in the Canberra Weekly I reviewed three books about the dark side of the art world. Lisa Barr’s Woman On Fire (Welbeck, 5 July 2022) is a highly entertaining read that mixes suspense, family drama, thriller elements, history and romance into an enjoyable concoction. It moves along at […]
  • NEW AUSTRALIAN CRIME FICTION AUGUST 2022
    This recent batch of Australian crime fiction covers a wide range of themes and locations, from poaching in Zimbabwe to corruption in Mumbai to stolen art in Sydney and murder in Melbourne in 1923. Sydney author Tony Park is one of my favourite thriller writers and his African based novels […]
  • CONCEPT CRIME: NEW BOOKS BY MEGAN GOLDIN AND CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD
    Early August sees the release of two clever, concept crime novels by Megan Goldin and Catherine Ryan Howard. Megan Goldin’s Stay Awake (Penguin, 16 August 2022) has that sort of clever opening hook that is guaranteed to draw you in and keep you reading. “Liv Reese wakes up in the […]

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