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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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The Marx Sisters, by Barry Maitland

The Marx Sisters (Brock & Kolla Mystery) Kerrie of Mysteries in Paradise, then Bernadette of Reactions to Reading, encouraged me to try reading a novel by Barry Maitland.  He’s written a series about two police detectives, Brock and Kolla, so I decided … Continue reading

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A Certain Malice, by Felicity Young

A Certain Malice Sergeant Cam Fraser and his teenage daughter Ruby have moved from Sydney to start a new life in Western Australia after a disaster devastated their family. Cam is in charge of a small-town police station consisting of … Continue reading

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Blood Sunset, by Jarad Henry

Blood Sunset Detective Rubens McCauley (great name!) is at the end of his night shift, having recently returned to work after being injured and suspended (a story told in the author’s debut novel Head Shot, which I haven’t read), when a … Continue reading

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Truth, by Peter Temple

  Truth TRUTH is such a rich book that it’s hard to know where to start a review. On one level, it’s a police procedural set in Melbourne, as the new head of homicide, Inspector Stephen Villani, investigates two crimes. … Continue reading

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The Darkest Hour, by Katherine Howell

  The Darkest Hour The Darkest Hour by Katherine Howell is her second novel, telling two connected, interweaving stories with a cracking pace and confidence. I enjoyed it tremendously, despite not being sure about it at first. The book opens with … Continue reading

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