Crime/Mystery

Crime/Mystery

The Wrong Woman by J. P. Pomare

Reviewed by Rod McLary J P Pomare has had – and continues to have – an interesting writing career.  His first novel – Call Me Evie – was published in 2018 and was awarded the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel.  Three more books followed and now The Wrong Woman has now been published. 

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The Accomplice by Steve Cavanagh

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Steve Cavanagh’s The Accomplice is a smorgasbord of crime fiction in which leading characters are killed primarily for effect and in which the reader can be taught the intricacies of conducting a criminal trial. There is little laying out of preliminary events. The author introduces his story with an American female

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The Pride by Tony Park

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Given Tony Park’s interest in the animals and people of Africa, one could be pardoned for believing that this will be a story that is centred on lions. After all, they do live in a pride. The comment on the cover, “A lioness will kill to protect her own”, reinforces the

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Hidden Pictures by Jason Rekulak

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve A writer’s debut novel is always an interesting, even exciting, prospect.  Jason Rekulak’s Hidden Pictures has been well received, praised by the very successful Stephen King. Besides this intriguing title, it has a recovering drug addict, Mallory, nanny to a charming, bright four-year-old boy, Teddy. The background is luxury suburban, not

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Conviction by Frank Chalmers

Reviewed by Rod McLary Many older readers would readily recall the 1970s and 1980s in Queensland.  Corruption seemed to be everywhere despite university students – and others – marching and protesting.  Who can forget the sight of a police officer striking a young protester on the head during a street march in Brisbane?  Who can

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The Murder Rule by Dervla McTiernan

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve The Murder Rule, which follows Dervla McTiernan’s previous three crime novels, is likely to enthrall her many fans.  This novel is different however from The Ruin, The Scholar and The Good Turn in that it is set in Virginia, U.S.A. and winds its way convincingly through a background of American law.

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Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Blake Crouch is not only a novelist but a screenwriter as well. His books reveal a distinctively visual effect. He raises the question: what would be the effect on the human body if man were capable of accessing the next stage in human evolution? In the book under discussion, he proposes

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Lying Beside You by Michael Robotham

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Readers can always rely on a fast-paced, intelligently-written and interesting thriller when Michael Robotham posts a new book. Following on When She Was Good and When You Are Mine comes his latest publication Lying Beside You, a thriller involving the kidnapping of young women. The advertising on the covers does its

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A Spoonful of Murder by J. M. Hall

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Milk, two sugars and a dead body… A Spoonful of Murder is the first novel by primary school deputy head, J. M. Hall. He had previously written plays for theatre and radio across the UK. His full-time job, no doubt, gave him many models on whom to base his three retired

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The 6:20 Man by David Baldacci

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Travis Devine is identified in David Baldacci’s latest thriller as The 6:20 Man for the simple reason that each morning he catches the 6:20 train to work. The service is a popular one, not least for men who are treated each morning to the sight of a beautiful young woman in

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The Bay by Allie Reynolds

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve “Wild places attract wild people” – a mantra which sits perfectly with the six characters of The Bay. Zenna, who learned to love surfing in Cornwall, flies out to Sydney to be with her friend, Mikki, who is due to marry easy-going Australian, Jack. He meets her and drives her to

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The Murders at Fleat House by Lucinda Riley

Reviewed by Gail McDonald The author, Lucinda Riley, authored this book in 2006 but it was not published until after her death in 2021, by her son Harry Whittaker. Lucinda wrote the successful series of books called the Seven Sisters based on the story of adopted sisters inspired by the mythology of famous star clusters.

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Sparring Partners by John Grisham

Reviewed by Ian Lipke If there is any writer who knows how to show the warts on the legal profession, it would be John Grisham. A household word in conveying yarns about clever legal practitioners, Grisham has, of recent years, told stories called A Time for Mercy, The Reckoning and Sooley. Each of these placed

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Black River by Matthew Spencer

Reviewed by Gerard Healy This is a great crime novel by Matthew Spencer set in contemporary Sydney. While already investigating two separate brutal murders of young women around the Gladesville area, police are informed that another young woman’s body has been found in the grounds of an elite private boarding school. While there are some

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The Murders at Fleat House by Lucinda Riley

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Having read so many detective stories that had their origin in the USA, I was not keen to comment on this one. What gained my interest was the report of the author’s tragic ending and the gumption her children had displayed in seeing the book through to publication. The fact that

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