Non-Member Reviews

Rattle – Fiona Cummins

2017 Pan Macmillan Reviewer: Kerry James Synopsis A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter. He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum. Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready

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What Dark Clouds Hold – Anne Holt

2017 Corvus Paperback Reviewer: Kerry James Synopsis On a summer’s day, Johanne Vik arrives at the home of her friends Jon and Ellen Mohr ready to celebrate their young son’s birthday. What greets Johanne on her arrival is a scene of devastation: the boy was left unattended and when he climbed a ladder he fell

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What You Don’t Know- JoAnn Chaney

2017 Flatiron Books Reviewer: Anne Buist Synopsis Another debut author I was asked to review, this book starts in Denver, Colorado, in 2008/9 with a serial killer investigation, but after fifty pages brings you into current time (well, 2015) when murders start occurring that look like the original – even though the perpetrator is behind

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Eyes like Mine – Sheena Kamal

2017 Allen and Unwin Reviewer: Anne Buist Synopsis The call comes in just after five in the morning. I am immediately on guard because everyone knows that nothing good ever happens before seven. I’ve never heard the name Everett Walsh before, but according to him I may know something about a missing girl. Nora is

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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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