Member Reviews

Jailbreak: Australia’s most unforgettable price escapes – Wendy Lewis

2016 echo publishing Reviewer:Kerry James Synopsis ilbreak chronicles the pick of Australian prison escapes with the most notorious prisons and most desperate escapees. Ranging from sheer brutality to love-conquers-all, every one of these stories is riveting and real. Featuring Russell Cox, the only man to escape from ‘escape-proof’ Katingal then try to break back in;

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A Foreign Affair – Pamela Burton

Ginnenderra Press 2016 Reviewer: Celia Jelbart Synopsis Years of legal practice are put to use in this interrogation of a murder mystery, and the rollicking incompetence of ASIO super sleuths. The stench of rot from Operation Fishnet and its web of corrupt and greedy men, with an eye to illegal immigration and boatloads of contraband,

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Dangerous to Know – Anne Buist

Text Publishing. 2016. Reviewer: Kerry James Synopsis Natalie King is back: back from a stay on the psych ward. Her reluctance to live a quiet life has contributed to a severe depressive episode, and now it’s time for a retreat to the country. A borrowed house on the Great Ocean Road; a low-key research job

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Look what you made me do – Meagan Norris

2016 Echo Publishing Reviewer: Anne Buist Overview:   Megan Norris is a journalist who has written a number of true crime books, including one on the father in the dam story – the Robert Farquharson murders of his three sons, though from his wife Cindy Gambino’s perspective rather than the view Helen Garner took in

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Tania Chandler – Please Don’t Leave Me Here

Scribe 2015 Review by Suzanne Bozorth- Baines   Synopsis Is Brigitte a loving wife and mother, or a cold-blooded killer? Nobody knows why she was in the east of the city so early on the morning she was left for dead by a hit-and-run driver. It was the Friday before Christmas 1994 — the same

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The Wrong Hand – Jane Jago

Review by Andrew Jelbart Publisher: Penguin 2016 Synopsis We all make mistakes. Moments that change us and the path we are on irrevocably. For Rachel Allen it was the moment that she let her son’s hand slip from hers. For Danny Simpson and Graham Harris it was the moment one of them took it. Seven

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Murder in Mt Martha – Janice Simpson

Review by Ann Byrne Hybrid Pubishers 2016 Synopsis In 1953, a small dog leads his owner to the mutilated, dead body of a young girl. The senseless and brutal homicide not only shakes up the small seaside town of Mt Martha, but also begins an Australia-wide manhunt for the callous murderer. However, the witness testimonies

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Out of the Ice – Ann Turner

Review by Suzanne Bozorth-Baines Simon and Shuster 2016 Synopsis When environmental scientist Laura Alvarado is sent to a remote Antarctic island to report on an abandoned whaling station, she begins to uncover more than she could ever imagine. Reminders of the bloody, violent past are everywhere, and Laura is disturbed by evidence of recent human

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Smoke and Mirrors – Robin Bowles

Review by Suzanne Bozorth-Baines Echo Publishing 2015 Synopsis It is a tragedy and a love story as well as a murder – the story of how celebrated interior designer Stuart Rattle met his untimely death, killed by his beloved and loving partner, Michael O’Neill. The bizarre circumstances were the talk of Melbourne society, design circles,

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Through a Camel’s Eye – Dorothy Johnston

For Pity Sake Publishing Pty Ltd 2016 Reviewer: Ann Byrne   Synopsis “Still, he looked for hoof prints, glad there was nobody to laugh at him for doing so. He shaded his eyes and squinted at a dark object, half covered in sand, then began to walk towards it. He should have been wearing sunglasses

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