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Posted by on 18 May, 2022 in Australian Crime Fiction, Canberra Weekly, Courtroom Thriller, Crime, Outback Crime, Thriller | 0 comments


Canberra Weekly, 12 May 2022

Last week in the Canberra Weekly I reviewed three new novels by Australian female authors.

The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan (Harper Colins, May 2022)

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 exciting legal thriller.

In the Canberra Weekly I said:

“Dervla McTiernan’s first three novels about Irish police detective DS Cormac Reilly marked her out as an outstanding author of crime fiction. Now with The Murder Rule, she moves from Ireland to America with a compelling legal thriller. It follows law student Hannah Rokeby who is determined to join the University of Virginia’s Innocence Project, which is dedicated to helping wrongly convicted criminals. Their biggest current case is that of Michael Dandridge, but unlike the rest of her colleagues, Hannah does not want to save Dandridge, she wants to destroy him. This is a cleverly plotted and thoroughly enjoyable thriller.  Recommended.”

I also did a longer review a couple of weeks back:

Wake by Shelley Burr (Hachette, May 2022)

Next up is a very good outback crime novel by Canberra author Shelley Burr, Wake (Hachette).

Set in a well described remote setting, it is one of my favourite Australian debuts so far this year, along with Dinuka McKenzie’s The Torrent.

In the Canberra Weekly I said:

“Canberra author Shelley Burr makes a spectacular entry into Australia’s crime writing ranks with her debut novel Wake. Nineteen years ago young Evelyn McCreery went missing from the bedroom she shared with her twin sister, Mina, on the family’s outback property. Despite a large reward, Evelyn was never found.  Private investigator Lane Holland has some personal insights into the case and with Mina’s reluctant help he revisits the disappearance in hope of getting the reward money and putting some old ghosts to rest.

A well written and absorbing cold case crime story with a strong sense of place and a good set of characters.”

I also did a longer review a few weeks back:


The Truth About Faking It by Cassie Hamer (HQ, May 2022)

Lighter reading was provided by Cassie Hamer’s enjoyable The Truth About Faking It (HQ, May 2022).

In the Canberra Weekly I said:

“Providing a lighter take on death, is Cassie Hamer’s novel about three generations of women trying to keep their seemingly perfect lives in place. When Ellen Trainor’s estranged husband gets killed in a boating accident in Thailand, she is not too upset. Regrettably her daughter and granddaughter take it more seriously and decide to dig deeper into the suspicious death.  Unfortunately their busy professional lives will not go away and with increasing chaos the three move towards the truth and the unravelling of the lies they have each been spinning. An engaging novel that casts an insightful eye on modern day life. well written and absorbing cold case crime story with a strong sense of place and a good set of characters.’

So, all up some very good reading, especially now as the nights as getting colder (at least here in Canberra!).

Thanks to the Canberra Weekly and the publishers for the books.

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