Crime/Mystery

Crime/Mystery

Treasure State by C. J. Box

Reviewed by Ian Lipke The C.J. Box series of books consists of rambling episodes disguised as books in series. The only things they have in common are characters who appear time and time again. The best known of these is Cassie Dewell, a private investigator. The first book is Back of Beyond featuring Cody Hoyt.

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Bleeding Heart Yard by Elly Griffiths

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve The mountains of mystery and thriller books continues to grow at a steady pace, with new titles constantly appearing. Authors’ determination to write a book that is different, even outstanding, must present a tough challenge. Often, there is the disillusioned detective, with a partner who can be a means of underlining

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The Ink Black Heart by Robert Galbraith

Reviewed by Ian Lipke If you’ve taken the trouble to order Robert Galbraith’s latest novel The Ink Black Heart, keep up the exercises, as you’ll need to be fully fit to cope with this 1000-page blockbuster. The novel is written by J.K. Rowling under a pseudonym. This is a long tale that has its strengths

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My Darling Daughter by JP Delaney

Reviewed by Rod McLary As he did with his previous novel Playing Nice, JP Delaney confronts the intricacies of the child welfare laws.  This time though, through telling the story of Anna, he deconstructs adoption law in England and adopted children’s right of access to their birth parents’ history through what is called a ‘Later

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Desperation in Death by J. D. Robb

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke According to the Media Release, Nora Roberts published her first novel using the pseudonym J. D. Robb in 1995. Since then, the In Death series of books has sold over sixty-six million copies. Each new novel in this series usually reaches the number one best seller charts the world over. I

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Exiles by Jane Harper

Reviewed by Rod McLary Where does one start with a review of a Jane Harper book?  Each of her previous novels has been hugely successful – both critically and commercially.  Each has been plotted meticulously and suspensefully with engaging characters [largely] and denouements which often catch the reader unawares.  Jane Harper’s latest novel Exiles is

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Act of Oblivion by Robert Harris

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Robert Harris’s new book has at its centre The Indemnity and Oblivion Act 1660, an Act of the English Parliament.  It was a general pardon for everyone who had committed crimes during the English Civil War and subsequent Commonwealth period, apart from certain serious crimes that were identified, and people named

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The Invisible by Peter Papathanasiou

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Burnt-out from policework, Detective Sergeant George Manolis flies from Australia to Greece for a holiday. Recently divorced and mourning the death of his father, who emigrated from the turbulent Prespes region which straddles the borders of Greece, Albania and North Macedonia, Manolis hopes to reconnect with his roots and heritage. However,

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The Blame Game by Sandie Jones

Reviewed by Gail McDonald Sandie Jones, the author of The Blame Game, is a freelance journalist and has contributed to the Sunday Times, Daily Mail, Women’s Weekly and Hello magazine. She is also the author of many other novels such as: The Half Sister, The First Mistake, The Other Woman and The Guilt Trip. This

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The Liars by Petronella McGovern

Reviewed by Rod McLary The title of this book – brief as it may be – immediately flags what it is about: lies, untruths, evasions and secrets.  Set in the small seaside town of Kinton Bay somewhere near Newcastle NSW, the novel explores and exposes many of these lies and the truth is rather confronting.

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Armored by Mark Greaney

Reviewed by Gerard Healy This is an action story on steroids by Mark Greaney. He’s the American writer whose book The Gray Man has recently been made into a Netflix movie starring Ryan Gosling. Armored starts in Beirut where we meet our all-American hero Josh Duffy, an ex-Army sergeant now working as a mercenary employed

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1989 by Val McDermid

Reviewed by Rod McLary 1989 is the second book in Val McDermid’s new series of crime thrillers – the first was 1979 – which centres on Allie Burns.  However, ten years after the first in the series, the world has moved on and taken Allie with it.  She is no longer an investigative journalist with

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The Unbelieved by Vikki Petraitis

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve The Unbelieved may be her first fiction book, but Vikki Petraitis has written a crime novel that has all the hallmarks of a writer most accomplished in the genre. The plot is cleverly shaped, with a web involving fraud, murder and violence.  The setting is a small town, Deception Bay, where

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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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