Non-Member Reviews

Mima – Shirley Eldridge

2016 Short Stop Press Reviewer: Kerry James Synopsis Author Shirley Eldridge and Mima Joan McKim-Hill were friends and colleagues working for the Capricornia Regional Electricity Board in Rockhampton in 1967 when Mima disappeared while on the job. She had been abducted, raped and murdered and her body abandoned. Shirley tells this deeply personal story, starting

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To Hell and Back – Carolyn Pethick

2016 SidHarta Publishers Reviewer: Kerry James Synopsis To Hell and Back’ is a memoir detailing one policewoman’s trials and tribulations working within the ranks of the Victoria Police Force from the early 1980’s to the present day. Despite numerous instances of harassment, false accusations and character assassinations, the member still manages to maintain her sanity

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On the Blue Train – Kristel Thornell

Allen and Unwin 2016 Reviewer: Celia Jelbart Synopsis It was the work of a moment: On 4 December 1926, Agatha Christie became Teresa Neele, resident of the spa hotel, the Harrogate Hydro. With her wedding ring left behind, and her minimal belongings unpacked, the lost days begin. Lying to her fellow guests about the death

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Wilde Lake – Laura Lippman

2016 Faber & Faber Reveiwer: Celia Jelbart Synopsis Luisa “Lu” Brant is the newly elected—and first female—state’s attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her widower father famously served. Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she sees an opportunity to make her name by trying a mentally disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to

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The River at Night – Erica Ferencik

Bloomsbury Publishing 2014 (USA)/2017(GB) Reviewer: Kerry James Synopsis Winifred Allen needs a vacation. Stifled by a soul-crushing job, devastated by the death of her beloved brother, and lonely after the end of a fifteen-year marriage, Wini is feeling vulnerable. So when her three best friends insist on a high-octane getaway for their annual girls’ trip,

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The Monogram Murders – Sophie Hannan

Harper Collins. 2014. Reviewer: Robyn Walton Synopsis Hercule Poirot’s quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered.  She is terrified – but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.

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These Shallow Graves – Jennifer Donnelly

Hot Key Books 2015 Review by Lesley Vick Synopsis New York, 1890. Josephine Montfort is from one of New York’s most respected and wealthiest families. Like most affluent girls, Jo’s future is set: a comfortable life in a suitable marriage – but her heart can’t help yearning for more. And then her father is found

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The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware

Harvill Secker London 2016 Review by Lesley Vick Synopsis This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic breakdown. Except things don’t go as planned. Woken in the night by screams, Lo

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Under the Harrow – Flynn Berry

Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2016 Review by Lesley Vick Synopsis When Nora takes the train from London to visit her sister in the countryside, she expects to find her waiting at the station, or at home cooking dinner. But when she walks into Rachel’s familiar house, what she finds is entirely different: her sister has been

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The Satanic Mechanic – Sally Andrew

Text Publishing 2016 Reviewer: Kerry James Synopsis Tannie Maria writes the Love Advice and Recipe Column for the Klein Karoo Gazette: words of wisdom for the lovelorn, along with a recipe for something delicious that may help. But Maria’s own problems resist her attempts to self-medicate, even with an amazing peanut-butter coffee chocolate cake. Her

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