Tag Archives: Australian crime fiction

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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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. ED., ZANE LOVITT SPINELESS WONDERS, $27.99 Crime Scenes is … 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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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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Review: The Unbroken Line

Alex Hammond’s cracking 2013 debut Blood Witness was shortlisted for a Ned Kelly Award for Best First Book. The Unbroken Line more than delivers on the promise of the first, a taut and intelligent thriller that poses big questions about … Continue reading

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Review: A Morbid Habit

A Morbid Habit is the third novel in Annie Hauxwell’s Catherine Berlin series and to my mind, it’s her best yet. Set mostly in Russia, A Morbid Habit is as bleak and dark as a Moscow winter. The plot is satisfyingly complex, the suspense … Continue reading

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Awesome Authors: Ellie Marney

It’s my pleasure to welcome to this blog YA crime writer Ellie Marney. Ellie’s debut novel, Every Breath, garnered terrific reviews when it was released in 2013, and will be published in Canada and the US later this year. The … Continue reading

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Review: Beams Falling

Beams Falling by PM Newton is a powerful book that explores trauma and its legacy in the guise of a police procedural. The central character is Detective Nhu ‘Ned’ Kelly, the child of an Anglo-Australian veteran and his Vietnamese wife who were killed in front … Continue reading

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Send lawyers, cats and bicycles

It’s my great pleasure to be interviewing authors Alex Hammond, Nick Place and Peter Cotton about their exciting crime fiction debuts in A Night of Crime and Mystery in Fitzroy on 30 July 2013. It will be familiar territory for … Continue reading

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