Book Reviews - Sisters in Crime Members

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Gentlemen Formerly Dressed by Sulari Gentill

This is the fifth book in the Rowland Sinclair series, eagerly awaited by me and yet again a book I found difficult to put down.  I have followed Roland Sinclair and his friends, Edna, the sculptress, Milton, the poet and Clyde, another artist, since the beginning, but I must stress that it is not necessary to go back to the beginning as each book is very self-contained. 
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Murder with Mendelsshon by Kerry Greenwood

Now that flapper sleuth Miss Fisher is well advanced in her second series on ABC television, it’s salutary to ponder how her parallel career in crime fiction is travelling. This is not the first time an established crime writer has had to negotiate the gap between the needs of an episodic television series and what the readers like best.
 
P.D. James once happily...

The Dying Beach by Angela Savage

The politics of race and place are up front and centre in Angela Savage’s third crime novel to feature Australian private investigator, Jayne Keeney.  Picking up where the Bangkok-based Jayne’s previous case left her, on the precarious cusp of a relationship with an Indian information technology and business graduate five years her junior, The Dying Beach discovers...

Thirst by L.A. larkin

Thirst  is L.A . Larkin's second book, and like her first, The Genesis Flaw, it is a thriller written with an environmental theme.  The time frame for this book is 'a few years from now... '  and it is set in a world where water has become more important than oil.
 
The story opens in Antarctica, where a maverick geologist...

Sinister Intent by Karen M. Davis

Karen Davis’s first novel is a romp through bikie hierarchy and cultures with many a twist and turn that keeps the reader’s interest.  Action begins with the self immolation of a young woman as Detective Lexie Rogers and her partner, Detective Sergeant Brad Sommers investigate. 
 
Lexie is unbelievably drop dead gorgeous in the looks department, but Davis...

Dark Horse by Honey Brown

I’ll admit upfront that I think Honey Brown is one of the best writers of psychological thrillers in Australia today. Her latest novel Dark Horse only confirms my good opinion of her work.
Dark Horse opens Christmas morning as Sarah Bernard, recently divorced from a cheating husband, leaves her dream property – now on the market – by horseback,...

Outside the Law 3 by Lindy Cameron, Editor

Outside the Law 3 brings together another collection of true crime stories which, this time, as Lindy Cameron explains in her introduction, largely fall into two categories: “the appalling abuse or tragic loss of children; and the life and times of Australia’s big- and small-time crooks, the cops who tracked them down, and the journos who told us all about them at the time.”...

Fair Cop by Christine Nixon

I have to declare upfront that I served under Christine Nixon for the entire time she was Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, and I now count her among my close friends.  I was overseas when Fair Cop was released so did not get around to reading it until 2012 just before I interviewed Christine for Sisters in Crime during Law Week.  When I started the book, I thought that...

A Bitter Taste by Annie Hauxwell

This is the second book in the Catherine Berlin series and after reading the first -In Her Blood- I really couldn’t wait to see what trouble Berlin had managed to get herself into this time and more importantly how she survived her adventures.  She may not always be likeable but she is never boring!
 
Berlin (her preferred moniker) is a very complex...

In her Blood by Annie Hauxwell

For a first time author Annie Hauxwell has shown an amazing maturity in the crime genre.  I was enthralled from the first page when Catherine Berlin “gazes down at the blue flesh swaying in the grey water’ to the last page when “Delroy watched as she curled Berlin’s fingers around the device that showed her how to control the flow”. 
 
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Book Reviews - Non Members

Darkwater Georgia Blain
Muder below Montparnasse Cara Black
Shallow Breath Sarah Foster
A Stranger in my Street Deborah Burrows
No Man's Nightingale Ruth Rendall
Vulture's Gate Kirsty Murray
The Luminaries Eleanor Catton
The Shining Girls Lauren Beukes
Good News, Bad News Maggie Groff
The Red Road Denise Mina
The Ghost Riders of Ordebec Fred Vargas
The Children of the King Sonya Hartnett
The Shadow Tracer Meg Gardiner
The Waterlow Killings Pamela Burton
Mad Men, Bad Girls and the Guerilla Knitters Institute Maggie Groff