Book Reviews - Sisters in Crime Members

Murder in Suburbia by Emily Webb

In Murder in Suburbia true-crime author Emily Webb has investigated a number of cases that most people won’t have heard about. Emily Webb has tackled some of the most bizarre crimes in Australia, those that leave investigators scratching their heads. As the title suggests, most of these crimes were committed in people’s homes. Most of the victims were what police would...

Deserving Death by Katherine Howell

Deserving Death is the seventh in Katherine Howell’s series of Detective Ella Marconi books. For those unfamiliar with the series, Katherine writes about paramedics, and the crimes they encounter –and sometimes create. Deserving Death opens with the disappearance of a young, female paramedic, the second in a few months. As the murder investigation gets underway,...

Currawong Manor by Josephine Pennicott

This is an enchanting book. Enchanting because of the wonderfully detailed descriptions of life in Sydney and in the nearby Blue Mountains immediately following the end of World War II. But also enchanting because of the carefully unfolding mysteries of the extraordinarily engaging characters who inhabit these pages, and who are entangled in a complex jigsaw of emotional intrigues and personal...

The Scent of Murder by Felicity Young

The Scent of Murder, the third book in the historical mystery series involving autopsy surgeon Dr Dody McClelland, is a fascinating exploration of the period as well as a very satisfying crime plot. Set in the time of the suffragist movement there is a significant amount of period and forensic research behind the writing but the information is skilfully woven into the story and never...

Drowned Vanilla by Livia Day

Drowned Vanillais book two of the Café La Femme series – a culinary crime novel. The ice cream obsessed Tabitha regrets her earlier entanglement with solving crime in A Trifle Dead. She is now focussed on developing all ice cream flavours (except vanilla which everyone else wants) in her hipster café and sorting out her somewhat confused love life. Tabitha...

Northern Heat by Helene Young

Northern Heatbuilds suspense the way the cyclone that threatens Cooktown makes its presence felt – slowly at first, then with tendrils of heat and tension that swirl around the characters, drawing the reader into a world of lies, violence and murder.
Conor Woods has been working on a trawler and also as a coach in Cooktown’s youth centre, trying to...

Love You to Death: a story of sex, betrayal and murder gone wrong by Megan Morris

Once again, journalist and 2008 Eliminating Violence Against Women Media Award (EVA) winner, Megan Norris turns her skills to writing true crime with the story of the attempted murder of Chris Soteriou.  Beginning the story with the attack of Soteriou after his lavish 40th birthday party celebration on a street in Fitzroy, Norris builds the picture of a Greek couple who have everything...

The Herb Gardener by Maris Morton

Maris Morton, winner of the Copywrite Limited Agency (CAL) Scribe Fiction Award in 1910, has written a new novel that incorporates a couple of her past vocations.  The story revolves around the heroine Joanna and her love interest Chris and the murder of a young carpenter who had been working on Chris’s farm. 
Joanna is a school teacher, and she, with...

Tell the Truth by Katherine Howell

Katherine Howell understands the mechanics of a good thriller.  Start with a crisis then rachet up the anxiety while muddying the waters. In Howell's Tell the Truth, the crisis concerns the disappearance of a young female paramedic, whose car is discovered in a parking lot with a suspicious amount of blood on the driver's seat and floor.
Tell the...

eSide, a Journey through Cyberspace by Goldie Alexander

What a mystery! Goldie Alexander has certainly caught me intrigued in this novel with all the beautiful and descriptive language used. The adventure and justice drive in best friends, Melody and Sam leads them on all sorts of mystical adventures in order to recover the café's Good-Luck-Conch. Emotions of the characters were well conveyed through mere actions, adding another...

Book Reviews - Non Members

Double Madness Caroline de Costa
Big Little Lies - 2015 Davitt Liane Moriarty
Hush Hush Laura Lippman
The Killing of Bobbi Lomox Cal Moriarty
Frozen Grave Lee Weeks
Pretty Girls Karin Slaughter
A Willing Victim Laura Wilson
The Wrong Girl Laura Wilson
Silk Road Eileen Ormsby
eden Candice Fox
Hades Candice Fox
Designated daughters Margaret Maron
The Kizuna Coast Sujata Massey
Speaking in Bones Kathy Reichs
Dishonour Gabrielle Lord