Reviews

Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA

Author:  Amaryllis Fox Publisher/Year: Ebury Press/2019 Publisher Overview Amaryllis Fox was recruited by the CIA at the age of 21 in the aftermath of 9/11. After an intense training period – where she learns how to master a Glock, get out of flexicuffs while in the trunk of a car, withstand torture, and commit suicide

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Trust Me, I’m Dead

Author: Sherryl Clark Publisher/Year: Verve Books/2019 Publisher Overview She hasn’t seen her brother in years. Now, he’s dead. When Judi Westerholme finds out her estranged brother has been murdered, she assumes it’s connected to his long term drug addiction. Returning home, she is shocked to discover he had been clean for years, had a wife

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Singapore Sapphire (A Harriet Gordon Mystery)

Author: A.M. Stuart Publisher/Year: Berkley Prime Crime/2019 Publisher Overview Early twentieth-century Singapore is a place where a person can disappear, and Harriet Gordon hopes to make a new life for herself there, leaving her tragic memories behind her–but murder gets in the way. Singapore, 1910–Desperate for a fresh start, Harriet Gordon finds herself living with

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The Janes

Author: Louisa Luna Publisher/Year: Text Publishing/2020 Publisher Overview ‘Men pretty much have a triangle. Sex, drugs, money,’ she said, drawing a triangle in the air with her finger. ‘Every man who commits a criminal act does it in service to one or more of those three things…Most men, actually, do everything because of them.’ On

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The Godmother

Author: Hannelore Cayre Publisher/Year: Black Inc./2019 Publisher Overview Meet Patience Portefeux, fifty-three, an underpaid French-Arabic translator who specialises in police phone taps. Widowed after the sudden death of her husband, Patience is wedged between the costs of raising her daughters and the nursing home fees for her ageing mother. She’s laboured for twenty-five years to

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Where the Dead Go

Author: Sarah Bailey Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin/2019 Publisher Overview A fifteen-year-old girl has gone missing after a party in the middle of the night. The following morning her boyfriend is found brutally murdered in his home. Was the girl responsible for the murder, or is she also a victim of the killer? But who would

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Stalked: The Human Target: Stories of people pursued by stalkers and the devastating effects on their lives

Author: Rachel Cassidy Publisher/Year: Rockpool Publishing/2018 Publisher overview Stalked: The Human Target is a detailed account of the effects of stalking, which is experienced by a shockingly high proportion of the population. Celebrities like David Letterman and Madonna are the highest profile targets of stalkers, but ordinary people are also targeted, harassed and bullied. Rachel Cassidy,

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Keep Calm and Kill the Chef

Author: Livia Day (Tansy Rayner Roberts) Publisher/Year: Twelfth Planet Press/2019 Publisher overview  Scones, tea, and a stabbing… When Tabitha Darling entered Cafe La Femme in a reality TV show hosted by an infamous “bad boy” Chef, she never expected to be a suspect in his murder. When Xanthippe Carides quit working in a cafe to

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The Heartwood Hotel

Author: Kerry McGinnis Publisher Year: Michael Josephs/Penguin Random House Australia/2018 Publisher overview In the abandoned railhead town of Tewinga, now almost a ghost town, Lyn and Adam Portman struggle to keep the Heartwood Hotel afloat. Lyn loves her husband and longs to be a mother. But she’s kept busy caring for her elderly father, her

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The Devil

Author: Nadia Dalbuono Publisher/Year: Scribe/2020 Publisher overview When Leone Scamarcio investigates the murder of a boy with demonic possession, who will win: Scamarcio or the Devil? On a cold and wintry Roman afternoon, a troubled young man, Andrea Borghese, is found dead in his parents’ apartment. The last people to seehim alive were five Roman

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