Crime reviews

North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo

Most of the crime books I love have characters I feel invested in; this, Elisabeth Elo’s first book, I adored for the writing. Pirio Kasparov, head of her mother’s perfume company, isn’t easy to love…

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Gentlemen Formerly Dressed by Sulari Gentill

It’s 1933 and the well-bred but occasionally low-brow Rowland Sinclair has just escaped torture in Germany, fled Paris, and is waiting in England for passage home to Australia. However, he and his fa…

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Cross and Burn by Val McDermid

Detective Chief Inspector Carol Jordan’s Major Incident Team is in tatters: the people she counted as her closest associates – both professionally and publicly – are in new jobs, or unemployed, or in…

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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

I’m reluctant to admit that this flew under my radar when it was quietly released earlier in the year, but since the news that The Cuckoo’s Calling, with its underwhelming cover, is actually disguisi…

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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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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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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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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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