Tag Archives: crime fiction

Australian Women Writers Challenge 2014 wrap-up

It’s appropriate that Amanda Curtin has reminded me to write a wrap up of my Australian Women Writers Challenge reading for 2014, seeing as how her stunning novel Elemental (2013, UWA Publishing) was the first book I read and reviewed … Continue reading

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Author blog hop

It’s my pleasure today to participate in the Meet My Character blog hop tour at the invitation of my Text Publishing stablemate Anne Buist. Anne is a shocking overachiever. Chair of Women’s Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, she … Continue reading

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Review: The Skeleton Road

The Skeleton Road, the latest standalone novel from Scottish crime writer Val McDermid, combines compelling characters and a cracking pace with an intriguing story that both entertains and enlightens. The story opens with a skeleton being found in the top … Continue reading

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Surrogacy & The Night Ferry: Life imitating crime fiction

Last week, as I read Michael Robotham’s dark and gripping thriller The Night Ferry, another scandal came to light that made me wonder whether crime writers can ever hope keep pace with reality when it comes to the murky world of … Continue reading

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Strange Territory

Guest author on the blog today is David Honeybone, founder of the original Crime Factory magazine, with a terrific write up on the Melbourne Writers Festival panel ‘Strange Territory’. As Melbourne wins most livable city award again (how we laughed) … Continue reading

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Meet the Main Character Blog Tour

I’ve been invited by crime fiction writer and über blogger Margot Kinberg to participate in the Meet the Main Character Blog Tour. (Fans of crime fiction would be mad not to follow Margot’s blog Confessions of a Mystery Novelist to marvel at and share … Continue reading

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Review: Life or Death

Michael Robotham’s new novel, Life or Death, opens with a letter addressed to the reader, introducing the book as ‘a story that I’ve nurtured and turned over in my mind for more than twenty years — ever since I read a … 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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Awesome Authors: Timothy Hallinan

Today I welcome to the blog Philip Coggan, himself a writer with a passion for Southeast Asia, and Tim Hallinan, whose “Poke” Rafferty series of crime novels is set in Thailand. I’ve just read his stunning novel Queen of Patpong and I can’t … 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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