Crime reviews

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Reviewed by Nina Kenwood

Jane Harper’s The Dry was the book of 2016. An Australian debut that grabbed everyone’s attention, it won awards, hit the top of bestseller lists, and captured a Hollywood movie deal in the process. …

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A Dangerous Language by Sulari Gentill

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

About halfway through this book, I had to put it down – for something trivial like sleep, or dinner, or spending time with my family – and saw a review on the cover comparing Gentill to Evelyn Waugh.…

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Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Call your spouse, tell them you have an important work meeting. Slip on a pair of green contact lenses, slide on a black wig, and get in an unassuming taxi. Find the bar you need – the note is writte…

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And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Since Emma Viskic’s debut novel Resurrection Bay took out two of Australia’s biggest crime awards – the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and a slew of Davitt Awards – readers have been waiting …

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The Scandal by Fredrik Backman

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

In a small, nearly-forgotten Swedish town in the forest, hockey is the reason the sun rises. After years of financial despair, of closed businesses and schools, and kids who want nothing more than to…

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Wimmera by Mark Brandi

Reviewed by Deborah Crabtree

Set in small-town Australia in the 1980s, Wimmera is the story of two boyhood friends, Fab and Ben, presented in three parts. Part one is told in schoolboy Ben’s voice: long, hot days of camping, yab…

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Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

On the Californian coastline, a glorious new hotel awaits its opening. Manderley Resort will be the most sophisticated of places to stay, thanks to highly detailed planning: from the opulent surround…

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The Cleaner by Elisabeth Herrmann

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Espionage novels are like a long swim in stormy weather – by turns comforting, slightly terrifying, and a thorough workout. It is, of course, absolute heaven to sit there on your couch with a glass o…

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A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

On a summer’s day in 1939, Lily Shepherd boards the cruise liner Orontes, gaining assisted passage to escape her bleak English life for the shores of Australia. She leaves behind a family stricken on…

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All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

From the moment Nicolette Farrell hears her brother’s message – that they need to sell the family home – she knows she has to go back to her hometown of Cooley Ridge and deal with the other thing she…

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