Reviews

Wildman – Alecia Simmonds

Affirm Press 2015 Review by Suzanne Bozorth-Baines Synopsis n April 2012 a man was shot dead by police on a remote farm in New South Wales called the School of Happiness. The victim, who was high on a cocktail of drugs and who suffered from mental illness, had been threatening attendees of a hippie festival

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A Guide to Berlin – Gail Jones

Random House Australia 2015 Review by Suzanne Bozorth-Baines Synopsis A group of six international travellers, two Italians, two Japanese, an American and an Australian, meet in empty apartments in Berlin to share stories and memories. Each is enthralled in some way to the work of Vladimir Nabokov, and each is finding their way in deep

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The Secrets of Wishtide – Kate Saunders

Bloomsbury Publishing 2016 Review by Phyllis King Synopsis Mrs Laetitia Rodd is the impoverished widow of an Archdeacon, living modestly in Hampstead with her landlady Mrs Bentley. She is also a private detective of the utmost discretion. In winter 1850, her brother Frederick, a criminal barrister, introduces her to Sir James Calderstone, a wealthy and

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The Exclusives – Rebecca Thornton

Rebecca Thornton Twenty7 Books 2015 Review by: Phyllis King Synopsis In 1996, Josephine Grey and Freya Seymour are best friends and on the brink of great success. Both are students at the elite private school Greenwood Hall and Josephine, the daughter of the advisor to the Prime Minister, is heading for everything she has ever

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Ten Days – Gillian Slovo

Canongate 2016 Reviewer: Lesley Vick Synopsis It’s 4am and Cathy Mason is watching dawn break over the Lovelace estate. By the end of the day, her community will be a crime scene. By the end of the week, her city will be on fire. A death at police hands has repercussions far beyond one family

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Maestra – L.S. Hilton

Zaffre 2016 Reviewer: Lesley Vick Synopsis Where do you go when you’ve gone too far? By day, Judith Rashleigh is a put-upon assistant at a London auction house. By night, she’s a hostess in one of the capital’s unsavoury bars. Desperate to make something of herself, Judith knows she has to play the game. She’s

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Bone by Bone – Sanjida Kay

Allen and Unwin – Corvus, 2016 Reviewer: Lesley Vick Synopsis Laura loves her daughter more than anything in the world. But nine-year-old Autumn is being bullied. Laura feels helpless. When Autumn fails to return home from school one day, Laura goes looking for her. She finds a crowd of older children taunting her little girl.

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Inspector Singh Investigates: A Frightfully English Execution – Shamini Flint

Reviewer: Sandra Nicholson Publisher – piatkus 2016 Synopsis Inspector Singh is irate.  He’s been instructed to attend a Commonwealth conference on policing in London: a job for paper-pushers, not real cops, as far as he is concerned. And, as if that isn’t bad enough, his wife is determined to come along to shop for souvenirs

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Limestone – Leigh Straw

Reviewer – Robyn Walton. Publisher: Kennedy & Boyd, Edinburgh, 2015. Synopsis ‘It’s all over now, Maggie. I will release you.’ Afraid, alone, and forsaken. A killer is stalking the historic West End streets of Fremantle preying upon the women of the port city. When a third lifeless body is found discarded in a dank alleyway

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The Dry – Jane Harper

MACMILLAN 2016 Reviewer: Sue Turnbull Synopsis Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well … When Federal Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to Kiewarra for the funerals, he is

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