Category Archives: Reviews & Interviews

Review: Gunshine State

I’ve been keen to post a review of Andrew Nette’s latest novel, Gunshine State, on this blog. But seeing as how Andrew is not only a great crime writer but also my life partner, I could hardly be the one … Continue reading

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Review: The Rules of Backyard Cricket

It’s been a while since I’ve read a crime novel, let alone reviewed one. But I can’t let Jock Serong’s new book, The Rules of Backyard Cricket, go through to the keeper without singing its praises. The Rules of Backyard … Continue reading

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Top Australian crime reads 2015

It’s that time of year for ‘best of’ lists. Usually a ‘top five’ or ‘top ten’ proposition, I’ve decided to go with my top six Australian crime reads for 2015, seeing as how it makes for a neat collage. First, … Continue reading

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Crime, Place and Politics

I met author Rowena Holloway during my recent visit to Adelaide for CrimeFest and was delighted when she subsequently invited me to be interviewed for her wonderful series, Writer’s Block: Author Interviews. With Rowena’s permission, the first part of our … Continue reading

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Review: Razorhurst

It’s a long time since reading a novel has made me gasp out loud, but it happened with Justine Larbalestier’s Razorhurst, a gripping, bloody, at times heartbreaking novel, set in Sydney’s inner east in 1932. The term ‘Razorhurst’, as Larbalestier … Continue reading

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Interview with crime writer Anna Jaquiery

My recent review of Anna Jacquiery’s new novel Death in the Rainy Season inspired fellow blogger and Asia-phile PJ (Philip) Coggan to read it and, subsequently, to interview Anna by email for his blog. It’s my great pleasure to reproduce … Continue reading

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Review: Death in the Rainy Season

For a number of reasons, the most significant being the need to focus my reading and writing time on my PhD while also making a living, I made it a rule not to do any unpaid reviewing this year. But … Continue reading

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