Crime/Mystery

Crime/Mystery

The Silence in Her Eyes by Armando Lucas Correa

Reviewed by Rod McLary Leah is twenty-eight and for the past twenty years – since a childhood accident at age eight – she has suffered from akinestopsia.  This is a rare condition affecting the brain and consequently sufferers are unable to detect motion even though they can see perfectly well.  Moving objects appear much as

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The Beacon by P. A. Thomas

Reviewed by Rod McLary The Beacon is the debut novel of P. A. Thomas and what a debut it is.  Set in Byron Bay with a cast of colourful – and some not-so-colourful – characters, it is an exciting read from beginning to end. Jack Harris – son of Malcolm Harris the all-powerful owner of

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The Dinner Party by Rebecca Heath

Reviewed by Rod McLary Parents at a dinner party, their children left at home alone: what could go wrong?  Well, almost everything. One evening in December 1979, four couples in a brand-new suburb gather together for their weekly dinner party.  Those who have children are comfortable with leaving them at home as the neighbourhood is

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The Leftover Woman by Jean Kwok

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Jean Kwok is an award-winning, New York Times and international bestselling Chinese American author. She immigrated from Hong Kong to Brooklyn when she was very young and worked in a Chinatown clothing factory for much of her childhood while living in very impoverished conditions. Because of this, she is well positioned

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The Professor by Lauren Nossett

Reviewed by Rod McLary Readers familiar with the author’s first novel – The Resemblance ­– will immediately recognise Marlitt Kaplan who was the protagonist in that novel.  Marlitt appears in the author’s latest book although she is no longer a police officer with the Athens PD.  At the end of the first book, Marlitt was

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Paradise by Patricia Wolf

Reviewed by Rod McLary There are many crime novel series – some now classics of the genre – in which there is a continuing protagonist and the reader can enjoy reading about his or her exploits from one book to the next.  The protagonist may be a detective like Commander Adam Dalgleish, a forensic pathologist

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Kill Your Husbands by Jack Heath

Reviewed by Rod McLary Jack Heath is the author of the Hangman series of crime thrillers featuring Timothy Blake – a protagonist with a very unusual secret which is progressively disclosed through the four books.  Each of these books is a tense and exciting thriller.  Now the author has begun a new series with each

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Resurrection Walk by Michael Connelly

Reviewed by Ian Lipke This crime story is the latest issue by well-known crime writer, Michael Connelly. He has called the story Resurrection Walk and has succeeded in confusing at least this reader since little attempt is made to explain the origins of the title. The story is clear enough. Connelly writes a number of

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The Drowning by Bryan Brown

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke In 2021, Bryan Brown, a well-known Australian actor, published a book of short stories, Sweet Jimmy, which was also available as an audio book narrated by Brown. His first novel, The Drowning, is to be published in the latter part of 2023. As an actor he has performed in over eighty

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The Secret Hours by Mick Herron

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve Mick Herron has become synonymous with brilliant depictions of British bureaucracy at its most farcical, politicians egregiously self-interested and the ever looming presence of MI5, sometimes wielding its sway over ministers or turning its destructive eye on its own operatives. The world he has created is dark, cynical, and alarming at

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West Heart Kill by Dann McDorman

Reviewed by Rod McLary From the title of the front page through to the last word on the last page, this is a novel which bends the genre of crime novels in all directions without once losing its momentum or coherence.  Even the title itself – West Heart Kill – is a mystery.  What exactly

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Stop Them Dead by Peter James

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve Peter James is enormously successful. His crime fiction has been translated into 37 languages and together have sold over 21,000,000 copies. This most recent novel, featuring detective Roy Grace stationed in the county of Sussex, is an example of how he continues to attract a worldwide legion of admirers. It begins

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The Rescue by Andy McNab

Reviewed by Norrie Sanders There is something gripping about a true story that is hard to match in fiction. Knowing that the events took place and that real people experienced them, brings an edge to the narrative. The more so for The Rescue because it is recent history and many of the central figures are

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Past Lying by Val McDermid

Reviewed by Rod McLary After two books in a new series featuring journalist Allie Burns [1979 and 1989 ], Val McDermid has returned to a favourite protagonist Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie head of the Historical Cases Unit of Police Scotland.  DCI Pirie has been the primary character in six previous books.  The author has

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The Seven by Chris Hammer

Reviewed by Rod McLary Chris Hammer is one of Australia’s finest crime writers.  His first novel Scrublands won the prestigious UK Crime Writers Association John Creasy Award for a debut novel in 2019; and was shortlisted for other awards in Australia and the United States.  This book The Seven is the third in a series

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