Crime reviews

The Never List by Koethi Zan

Nineteen years ago, best friends Sarah and Jennifer were in a car accident that killed Jennifer’s mother. The two girls, bound together, made a list of things to never do that would keep them safe. S…

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The Dying Beach by Angela Savage

Australian-born private investigator Jayne Keeney now lives in Thailand and is enjoying a holiday in Krabi, along with her business partner and lover, Rajiv. The country continues to seduce her with …

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A Bitter Taste by Annie Hauxwell

In crime fiction, the downtrodden are frequently used as asides – bribed for information or killed off with little remorse. Annie Hauxwell’s A Bitter Taste takes us into their world, one that not eve…

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No Safe Place by Jenny Spence

Elly Cartwright writes software manuals for Soft Serve. On returning home one evening after having a meeting with Carlos, the company’s brilliant and reclusive programmer, her Brunswick neighbour is …

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Dark Horse by Honey Brown

Don’t be led astray by her sweet name – Honey Brown can write a mean psychological thriller. Last year, I adored her highly original After the Darkness, and this year Dark Horse has come along to kee…

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A Delicate Truth by John le Carré

For more than five decades, John le Carré has been the revered master of the British spy novel, and his latest work, A Delicate Truth, is no exception. While the edginess of earlier classics, such as…

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Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant

The popularity of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl has brought about a revival of interesting crime writing of a particular vein. To say more would be to give too much away here, but what a delicious reviva…

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Good News, Bad News by Maggie Groff

Sometimes a book comes along that is exactly the right read at the right time. Good News, Bad News, and the perky heroine contained inside its pages, were a balm for me this month. After too many cri…

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I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty

Northern Ireland, 1983: the unfortunate home of the Troubles and the fortunate home of Catholic Detective Inspector Sean Duffy. Smart, funny, tough and sad, he’s not impartial to a bit of poetry, or …

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The Midnight Promise by Zane Lovitt

Private investigator and Melbournite John Dorn is down and out, surrounded by crooks and his own slowly disintegrating world. But John is determined, quietly honest, and smart enough to stand back an…

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