Reviewed by E B Heath Oh, what a brilliant thought experiment! Speculative fiction at its best! Readers will be thinking about this premise long after reading the last page. So, so, clever Sweeney-Baird! The above accolades were inspired by Christina Sweeney-Baird’s novel, The End of Men. The novel takes place in 2025; it features a
Reviewed by Rod McLary In November 1921, Edward Prince of Wales [later to briefly reign as King Edward VIII] visited parts of India including Bombay where this story is set. Before the visit, in July 1921, the Indian National Congress [INC] decided to boycott the visit as part of the Non-Cooperation Movement. The INC was
Reviewed by Gerard Healy Violent, barbaric but sometimes boring…Sydney’s Long Bay Gaol is no place for the faint-hearted. But it is where we find the main protagonist of James Phelps’ story, 19-year-old ex-soldier Riley Jax. He has been convicted of a murder he has no memory of and is struggling to survive in the concrete
Reviewed by Rod McLary The opening line to this debut novel by T.J. Newman is almost guaranteed to grab the attention of the reader: ‘When the shoe dropped into her lap the foot was still in it’ . Fortunately, as it turns out, the hero of Falling is having a nightmare. The word ‘hero’ –
Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve As an avid devotee of crime and thriller novels from Edgar Allan Poe, Conan Doyle to the P.D. James and Ruth Rendells of today, I am astonished to discover a new author writing in the genre who has written more than a dozen novels prior to The Heights. These are acclaimed,
Reviewed by Ian Lipke Over many years I have followed John Grisham through the medium of his novels. Books like A Time to Kill, The Firm, The Last Juror and The Runaway Jury together with so many others have kept me entertained for hours on end. There has never been any doubt that Grisham can
Reviewed by Rod McLary The genre of crime writing is a rather crowded one. There are of course the giants of the genre – Lee Child, David Baldacci, Ian Rankin – and then in Australia we have Jane Harper, Peter Corris and Garry Disher – just to name a very few. But there is always
Reviewed by Ian Lipke Adam Hamdy would have learned from his work with studios and production companies that, to capture the attention of readers, you must hit them hard in the opening scene or episode. It’s that piece of wisdom attributed to US President Theodore Roosevelt: ‘If you’ve got ‘em by the balls, their hearts
Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve In the vanishing setting of the independent bookshop, Sincerely, Ethel Malley would catch the browser’s eye. Not just for the infamous name, Malley, but for the cover itself. Against a black background, there is a rigidly seated figure, dressed in a frumpy frock, strong, manly hands resting loosely in her lap.
Reviewed by Ian Lipke Something horrible has happened to David Baldacci’s writing since his work of the early 2010s. I have volumes going back to 2019 on my shelves and I’ve given away many editions before then. In previous critiques I have praised the quality of this author’s command of language but levelled criticism at
Reviewed by Rod McLary Kathy Reichs has now written twenty novels featuring Temperance Brennan – more informally called Tempe. In common with her creator, Tempe is a forensic anthropologist and a good part of the novels centres on scientific matters. Tempe works with the Laboratoire de Sciences Judiciaires et de Médicine Légale in Montreal or,
Reviewed by Ian Lipke Hard Case books have been designed to be short, and promote tales that do not hold back. No pretty metaphors appear to lighten the mood. If the story is about horror, then blood and nastiness is what one expects. If it is a crime story, a murder or two and large
Reviewed by Rod McLary There are now more than twenty Phryne Fisher novels all of which centre on Miss Fisher – ‘a most elegant and irrepressible sleuth’. However, this most recent publication is a collection of short stories featuring Miss Fisher who solves without too much difficulty a range of mysteries including lost children, lost
Reviewed by Ian Lipke A simple tale deliberately made complex. The plot is presented in two parts: the first part is said to have occurred in 1994 with the horrific murders of four people in the seaside town of Orphea. Two young policemen Jesse Rosenberg and Derek Scott were able to solve the case and
Reviewed by Ian Lipke If your taste is for action stories, this book is for you. It has a hero with all the martial arts skills that fifteen years of service among his country’s elite service people can teach him. Following a helicopter crash that killed his mates, our hero Vincent seeks the quiet life.