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  • CANBERRA WEEKLY 12 MAY 2022: DERVLA McTIERNAN, SHELLEY BURR AND CASIE HAMER
    Last week in the Canberra Weekly I reviewed three new novels by Australian female authors. First up was the long awaited new novel by popular author Dervla McTiernan, The Murder Rule (Harper Collins). Taking a break from her Irish police detective DS Cormac Reilly, Dervla heads to America with an […]
  • FORECAST FRIDAY: STAY AWAKE by Megan Goldin (Penguin)
    Liv Reese wakes up in the back of a taxi, confused and disoriented. When she arrives at her brownstone home in Brooklyn she finds strangers living in the house she shares with her friend Amy. No one knows Amy and no one knows Liv. When she is cast back onto […]
  • THE MURDER RULE By Dervla McTiernan (Harper Collins)
    Dervla McTiernan’s first three award winning novels about Irish police detective DS Cormac Reilly marked her out as a leading writer of international crime fiction who can be relied upon to produce a highly entertaining story. Now with her fourth novel, The Murder Rule (Harper Collins, 4 May 2022), Dervla takes a […]
  • COLD CASES AND MISSING CHILDREN: WAKE by Shelley Burr and THE HIDING PLACE by Simon Lelic
    Cold cases and missing children are the common themes of these two forthcoming releases. The Hiding Place (Penguin, 5 May 2022) is a good follow-up to Simon Lelic’s last novel, The Search Party, which introduced the detective pairing of DI Robin Fleet and DS Nikki Collins. Assigned to cold cases […]
  • TRASHY TUESDAY: MORE LARRY KENT SPANISH COVERS
    The Larry Kent digests (Cleveland) went through several revamps over their nearly thirty year run from 1954 to 1983. As I have highlighted in earlier articles, https://murdermayhemandlongdogs.com/trashy-tuesday-larry-kent-covers/, the early distinctive covers were mainly done by Walter Stackpole, however, by the mid 1960s these had largely given way to less classy, more […]
  • CANBERRA WEEKLY 14 APRIL 2022: THRILLS FOR EASTER
    This week in the Canberra Weekly I reviewed three thrilling reads for the Easter long weekend. First up is the most original and enjoyable crime novel I have read so far this year, Benjamin Stevenson’s Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone (Michael Joseph). A witty and very modern take […]
  • THREE ASSASSINS by Kotaro Isaka (Harvill Secker)
    The English translation of Kotaro Isaka’s Bullet Train proved to be a surprise hit last year, no doubt helped along by the news of the forthcoming Brad Pitt movie based on the book. Bullet Train was a high paced, quirky read about five assassins competing for a suitcase full of […]
  • AUSSIE CRIME WAVE: NEW AUSTRALIAN CRIME NOVELS I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO READING IN MID 2022
    I recently highlighted Michael Robotham’s Lying Beside You (Hachette, 29 June 2022) as a book I was looking forward to reading: https://murdermayhemandlongdogs.com/forecast-friday-lying-beside-you-by-michael-robotham/ Lying Beside You, however, is only the tip of the iceberg of some very good Australian crime novels scheduled for release before the second half of the year. […]
  • CANBERRA WEEKLY 7 APRIL 2022: APRIL READING
    This week in the Canberra Weekly I reviewed three new books to get your April reading off to a good start. Fiona McCallum is a popular Australian author of family dramas and novels of self discovery. Her latest, Her Time To Shine (HQ), follows on from her last book, Trick […]
  • FORECAST FRIDAY: LYING BESIDE YOU By Michael Robotham
    You know it is a good day when the Advanced Reader Copy of Michael Robotham’s new book, Lying Beside You (Hachette, 29 June 2022), turns up! Michael is one of my favourite authors and everyone of his books are treat to read. Even though it is not due out until […]

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