Crime reviews

The Nancys by R.W.R. McDonald

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Eleven-year-old Tippy Chan lives in the poky New Zealand town of Riverstone with her mother, her best friends, a suitably acerbic teen neighbour, and too many memories of her father. This is all very…

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Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Harper Lee – author of the slightly well known To Kill a Mockingbird *– was by Truman Capote’s side when he wrote the brilliant work of fictionalised nonfiction, and arguably the first ‘true crime’ t

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Eight Lives by Susan Hurley

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

When a young Vietnamese-Australian doctor makes a medical breakthrough, inventing a drug that could essentially help broken immune systems fix themselves, everything seems as golden as the name besto…

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The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan

Reviewed by Elke Power

Regular Readings Monthly readers will no doubt remember how obsessed we were by Irish born, Perth-based Dervla McTiernan’s debut crime novel. After turning the final page of The Rúin in early 2018, s…

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Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Jamie Brandt has just about had enough of her two girls – in the same way any parent who loves their kids can also tire of them after a long week – when she leaves them in the car outside Kmart to pi…

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Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare

Reviewed by Hilary Simmons

Novels with fragmented narratives are not for everyone – but with the rise of psychological thrillers such as Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, they’re becoming increasingly popular. Fragmented st…

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The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

Jane Harper won so many awards for her debut novel, The Dry, that I could use my entire word count just listing them. But if I did that, I wouldn’t have the chance to tell you to go and read this, he…

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The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

There are few in the crime world quite as capable at both solving mysteries and baking an excellent sourdough as Corinna Chapman: baker extraordinaire, sometime detective, and general lady-about-town…

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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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