Crime/Mystery

Crime/Mystery

Damned Murder? by Burt Surmon

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve The vineyards and townships of South Australia’s Clare Valley are the delightful backdrop to this light-hearted romp with a dash of a possible murder mystery. It offers vicarious pleasures of gourmet meals, tantalising wine tastings, even pottery making and glass blowing. The characters are all ageing, nudging their sixties, but are

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Sweet Jimmy by Bryan Brown

Reviewed by Ian Lipke One of the best-known film stars that Australia has produced is Bryan Brown. Star of Breaker Morant and A Town Like Alice in the 1980s and involvement in a string of hits since then, Brown is a very experienced performer, having appeared in over eighty films and worked in something like

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The Final Cut by Robert Jeffreys

Reviewed by Rod McLary There are persistent tropes in the crime genre – a grizzled and sometimes cynical older detective with a tense relationship with his superiors, a young enthusiastic new detective, fractured family relationships due to the hours and the nature of police work, and a crime which defies regular detective work – and

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The Devil’s Advocate by Steve Cavanagh

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Steve Cavanagh writes with the assurance of an author fully comfortable in the crime-courtroom genre. His style is relaxed and the tone consistent with a man simply going about his business. His characters commit the most appalling of crimes under the protective umbrella of the criminal justice system. The District Attorney

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Cave Diver by Jake Avila

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve In today’s world, opportunities for adventure are few.  Travel restrictions prevent any experience beyond the routine. The hero in Jake Avila’s book, Cave Diver, however, lives on thrills and adrenaline that grip to the very last (over 400!) page.  The weeks in which the action occurs are crammed with incidents that

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1979 by Val McDermid

Reviewed by Rod McLary Val McDermid is arguably one of the giants in the crime genre.  Any doubters of that claim need only to consider her many awards – most notably the CWA Gold Dagger, the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger and the Grand Prix des Romans D’Aventure.  Perhaps best known for the Wire in the

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Catch Us the Foxes by Nicola West

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Catch Us the Foxes by Nicola West is a twisty psychological thriller set in the small coastal community of Kiama, south of Sydney. At the end of the book, the author apologises to this town and its residents (past, present and future) as the town does play a major part in

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People Like Them by Samira Sedira

Reviewed by Rod McLary In the Author’s Note at the end of this intriguing and insightful novel, Samira Sedira says ‘[literature] dwells in darkness and tries to bring forth light’ [174].  The author has done exactly that in People Like Them – a novel inspired by a mass homicide in 2003 in France, in which

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Just Murdered by Katherine Kovacic

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Those readers who are fans of the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries on TV will enjoy this book as it carries on the adventures of Miss Fisher as she helps the police solve the crime. In this book, the main character is not Phryne Fisher as she has not been heard from

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Billy Summers by Stephen King

Reviewed by Ian Lipke In this remarkable book, we find that several stories are each amalgamated seamlessly into the main or primary tale. Billy Summers is a returned soldier from the war in Afghanistan where he served as a sniper. He gives the impression that he is a little mentally deficient, but makes clear to

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The Inheritance by Gabriel Bergmoser

Reviewed by Rod McLary When Gabriel Bergmoser’s previous novel The Hunted was reviewed in July 2020, and in these pages, the reviewer concluded his review by saying ‘I await impatiently the freshness of his new book’.  And now, here is the author’s new book The Inheritance continuing the story of Maggie as she hides out

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The Last Guests by J. P. Pomare

Reviewed by Rod McLary J. P. Pomare has now written four novels – each a psychological thriller – and while different from each other in critical ways, they also have elements in common. Not the least of which are the protagonists’ subterfuge and obfuscations, and their blurring of the line between truth and fiction. The

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The Perfect Family by Robyn Harding

Reviewed by Rod McLary Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karenina famously said ‘All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.’ The family in The Perfect Family – Thomas and Viv Adler and their children Eli and Tarryn – are one very unhappy family.  Confirming Tolstoy’s observation, the Adlers’ unhappiness is

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The Disappearing Act by Catherine Steadman

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Catherine Steadman’s book has been touted as a psychological thriller of a very scary persuasion. When I began reading, I discovered that I was just plain bored. The story seemed to have no direction, the heroine appeared to me insipid, and a great lot of nothing was supposed to capture and

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The Missing Girl by Kerry McGinnis

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Kerry McGinnis’s early life has given her a wonderful understanding of people. When her father was left with five young children after the death of his wife, they went bush giving Kerry many experiences that she could draw on for her writing. When asked about the process used when writing a

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