Category Archives: Australia

Cold Justice by Katherine Howell

Cold Justice by Katherine Howell UK publisher Pan Macmillan, July 2011. First published in Australia, 2010 (Pan Macmillan). Review posted at Petrona, June 2011.

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The Build Up by Phillip Gwynne

In the oppressive heat of Darwin, capital of Australia’s Northern Territory, you can’t even swim in the sea to cool off because of the giant jellyfish. Detective Dusty (Frances) Buchanan is a tough, smart, 30-something female cop who is single … Continue reading

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Kittyhawk Down by Garry Disher

Kittyhawk Down, the second in the Hal Challis/Ellen Destry series of police procedurals set in the  fictional Old Peninsula district in southern Victoria, Australia, is even better than the first, Dragon Man, and that’s saying something. The characters have gelled and the … Continue reading

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Black Ice by Leah Giarratano

Black Ice by Leah GiarratanoBantam, 2009. The third installment of this searing Australian series finds DS Jill Jackson working undercover, using the name Krystal Peters, in the slums of Sydney. She’s identifying plenty of low-life drug dealers, to the pleasure … Continue reading

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Let the Dead Lie by Malla Nunn

Let the Dead Lie by Malla NunnPan Macmillan, 2010.  The year 1953 finds Emmanuel Cooper in Durban, no longer a policeman after the Morton’s fork he faced in A Beautiful Place to Die, working in the shipyards with other ex-army men … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Place to Die, by Malla Nunn

A Beautiful Place to Die This impressive debut novel is set in South Africa in 1952, in the immediate aftermath of the election which resulted in the Boer government and specifically the Immorality Act, by which the “white”, coloured” and … Continue reading

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The Dragon Man by Garry Disher

The Dragon Man (Hal Challis Novel) (Hal Challis Mystery 1) The Dragon Man is first in a series of five, soon to be six, novels about Detective Inspector Hal Challis and his Sergeant, Ellen Destry. It’s one of my favourite … Continue reading

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Hit by Tara Moss

  Hit HIT is an introduction for a UK readership to Makedde Vanderwall, ex-model turned PI, based in Sydney, Australia. Makedde (known as Mak) is an independent, attractive person, but boy has she had some awful experiences in her past … Continue reading

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Vodka Doesn’t Freeze, by Leah Giarratano

Vodka Doesn't Freeze (Detective Jill Jackson Mysteries) Vodka Doesn’t Freeze by Leah Giarratano (Bantam) A novel bought to me by the slow boat from Australia, sent on its way by the generous Bernadette Inoz (;-) ), whose blog Reactions to Reading is essential for … Continue reading

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Gunshot Road, by Adrian Hyland

This is simply a marvellous book. It is a crime story, and an exciting one, but more importantly the book is a poem, full of emotion and insight. Every sentence is beautiful, as the author depicts a harsh yet rich … Continue reading

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