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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