Crime reviews

Kingdom of the Strong by Tony Cavanaugh

Darian Richards is a lost man. A man he has hunted for years has vanished again, presumably overseas. His lover is gone. The Noosa River, the one bank of water that affords him peace, is not doing it…

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The Hand That Feeds You by A.J. Rich

I’m never sure about the idea of two authors collaborating to write – surely, there would just be constant fighting about where to put commas? – but from the first few pages of this book I was immedi…

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The Unbroken Line by Alex Hammond

Defence lawyer Will Harris has barely recovered from being hospitalised after going rogue in his first book, Blood Witness, when he and his lover Eva are attacked and threatened by strangers who tell…

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Before it Breaks by Dave Warner

DI Daniel Clement lives in a patchy so-called apartment on top of a supply store by the wharf, trying to piece his life back together after abandoning his excellent career in crime-prone Perth to bec…

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The Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango

Claus Moreany’s publishing house is on the verge of going under when his distractingly beautiful employee Betty discovers unknown author Henry Hayden’s manuscript in a pile. Frank Ellis becomes a run…

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The Invisible Man from Salem by Christoffer Carlsson

Similar in tone to last year’s hit The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (both books were written by authors young enough to fill this reviewer with some jealousy), The Invisible Man from Salem ha…

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If She Did It by Jessica Treadway

Hanna and Joe Schutt are unsure about their awkward daughter Dawn’s first love, the handsome yet unnerving Rud, but are pleased to see their daughter happy – until the night they are viciously beaten…

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Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekbäck

Swedish Lapland, June 1717 (note, this reader virtually never reads things set in the past): Finns Maija and Paavo take their children Frederika and Dorotea to Sweden, away from the fear that has bea…

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The Girl Who Wasn’t There by Ferdinand von Schirach

Okay, let’s face it: I’m making The Girl Who Wasn’t There my book of the month so that some of you will read it and then we can talk about it. I’d also recommend you read Schirach’s first book, Crime

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Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz

You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes himself to know that Arthur Conan Doyle grew to dislike his creation - it’s written there in his stories for all to see. But in case your observational skills are…

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