Crime reviews

Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Mejia’s first book, The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman, was a wonderful study of a small town dealing with large problems. In Leave No Trace, the trouble is much more personal. The city of Duluth is rock…

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Loose Units by Paul F. Verhoeven

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Decades after a youthful Paul Verhoeven inadvertently sees a crime scene photo that he’s never been able to shake, he sits down with his ex-cop father John to find out why. Why he couldn’t shake it, …

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Trace: Who Killed Maria James? by Rachael Brown

Reviewed by Anna Rotar

At number 736 High Street Thornbury on 17 June 1980, Maria James was stabbed sixty-eight times in a frenzied attack at the back of the bookshop she owned and lived in. Fast forward thirty-eight years…

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Retribution by Richard Anderson

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

For those resolutely suburban readers, like me, the allure of rural crime is relentless: all those long, dark roads, the expansive farmland where anything can hide, and a certain type of character wh…

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The Nowhere Child by Christian White

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

One rainy Melbourne evening, photography teacher Kim Leamy is approached in the cafeteria by a man who has news that will knock Kim right out of her orbit: he believes that she is not Kim Leamy, but …

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Into the Night by Sarah Bailey

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

After the events of Sarah Bailey’s debut The Dark Lake left Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock unable to be the partner, mother and human that everyone in the regional town of Smithson needed her to …

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Live and Let Fry by Sue Williams

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Honestly, how I’m expected to go past a title with a pun like this is beyond me. In the third book starring small-town fish-and-chip-shop-owner-and-also-detective-but-not-officially Cass Tuplin (the …

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All the Beautiful Lies by Peter Swanson

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

In the seaside town of Kennewick, Maine, the body of a bookseller is found at the bottom of the cliffs he loved to walk along. His son, Harry, makes his way from the college graduation he will now mi…

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Get in your horse-drawn carriage and bunker down in your crumbling countryside home for this one, readers – you’re going to need all the time you can get for reading and contemplating your way throug…

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The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan

Reviewed by Bronte Coates

If you’re on the hunt for a crime story that’s going to consume every other thought in your head, wring you out like a wet towel, and then deposit you back in the real world with your nerves fried to…

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