Tag Archives: Australian Women Writers

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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Top 10 Crime Reads 2014

I was asked recently by the team at Radio National Books and Arts Daily to do a wrap-up of my Top 5 favourite crime reads for 2014. I’m sure I’m not the only author or reader for whom this is … Continue reading

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Review: Let Her Go

Dawn Barker’s novel Let Her Go is a psychological thriller about surrogacy and its consequences, set in contemporary Western Australia. Surrogacy is a hot topic, given the recent case of the WA couple who paid a Thai surrogate to have … Continue reading

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Review: What Came Before

“My name is David James Forrester. I’m a solicitor. Tonight, at 6.10, I killed my wife. This is my statement.” So opens Anna George’s debut novel, What Came Before. The story is narrated alternatively by David, Elle — his wife … Continue reading

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More on Death in July

Death in July: Festival of women’s crime writing Christina Bulbrook This article first appeared in Lip, 1 July 2014 Women’s crime writing has come a long way, but it hasn’t been smooth sailing. Like walking in high heels, there have … Continue reading

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Festival: Death in July

Next weekend I head to Ballarat for Death in July: A Festival of Women’s Crime Writing. A collaboration between Sisters in Crime Australia and Ballarat Writers Inc, Death in July is a celebration of Australian women’s crime writing designed to get the blood pumping despite … 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: Through the Cracks

I make no secret of being a big fan of Australian writer Honey Brown’s work and her new novel, Through the Cracks, may well be her best. The novel’s opening jolts the reader like a slap in the face, occurring at the moment … 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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