Crime Scenes review

The following review appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age on Sat 14 May 2016 under the heading, Crime Scenes review: A collection of gems from criminally good writers.
Crime Scenes



Crime Scenes is a rich and varied volume of short Australian crime fiction. It opens with Amanda O’Callaghan’s The Turn, a sharp little tale narrated by a former “angel of death” killer, now a cabbie intent on tying up loose ends. Peter Corris’ Three-Pan Creek Gift offers a hard-boiled snippet of his most famous creation, Cliff Hardy, acting as bodyguard for a sprinter, the favourite in a country footrace. (Is his charge actually under threat, or has Cliff been unwittingly drawn into a scam?) With The Teardrop Tattoos, Angela Savage follows a female ex-con out for revenge when a local mother reports her pit bull to the council, while Carmel Bird’s The Good Butler invokes the final fantasies of a terminal cancer patient. Judiciously compiled by Zane Lovitt, this collection is full of compressed gems from notable authors.


About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar won the 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She is a winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award and has thrice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards. Her third novel, The Dying Beach, was also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award. Angela teaches writing and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.
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8 Responses to Crime Scenes review

  1. hellovic says:

    I have got read the book yet, but will (just started the book you recommended Ange) but great to see the review and good things said about ‘notable writers’

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  2. Lovely review, Angela! I’m so very happy for you and the other contributors. So nice to get some well-deserved attention and praise.


  3. Olgamary Savage says:

    Just found it in the SMH. Congrats. Will ask the library to get it in. How did today go? Talk soon Good night D G Mutti

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  4. Thanks Mum. Would love the Moruya Library to stock this collection. Lots of ‘rural noir’ bound to appeal to local readers 😉

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  5. kathyd says:

    Congratulations for the inclusion in the review. Maybe it will encourage more libraries to order the book. Hope so.

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