Reviews

The Few – Nadia Dalbuono

Publisher: Scribe 2014 Reviewer: Robyn Walton Synopsis Detective Leone Scamarcio, the son of a former leading mafioso, has turned his back on the family business, and has joined the Rome police force. He may be one of the last honest men in Italy. But when Scamarcio is handed a file of extremely compromising photographs of

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Death on Paradise Island – B.M. Allsopp

2016 Publisher: Coconut Press Reviewer: Kerry James Synopsis: A girl’s body is found snagged on the coral reef at Fiji’s high-end Paradise Island resort, after festivities for a new marine reserve. Detective Joe Horseman, his rugby career wrecked by a shattered knee, no sooner lands at Suva airport after a year in the U.S. than

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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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A is for Arsenic – Kathyrn Harkup

Review by: Suzanne Bozorth-Baines Publisher; Boolmsbury Sigma 2015 Synopsis Agatha Christie’s detailed plotting is what makes her books so compelling. Christie used poison to kill her characters more often than any other murder method, with the poison itself being a central part of the novel, and her choice of deadly substances was far from random;

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Deborah Burrows – A Time of Secrets: For love and country

Pan Macmilan Australia. 2015 Reviewer:  Diana Olsberg Synopsis: 1943 is a dangerous time to fall in love… In wartime Melbourne loose lips sink ships, so when Australian Women’s Army sergeant Stella Aldridge overhears soldiers whispering about a revenge killing, she follows her instincts to investigate, despite finding herself drawn to one of the soldiers, the

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Only Daughter – Anna Snoekstra

Harlequin 2016 Reviewer: Robyn Walton SYNOPSIS: In 2003, sixteen-year-old Rebecca Winter disappeared. She’d been enjoying her teenage summer break: working at a fast-food restaurant, crushing on an older boy and shoplifting with her best friend. Mysteriously ominous things began to happen—blood in the bed, periods of blackouts, a feeling of being watched—though Bec remained oblivious

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Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

Review by Robyn Walton Viking 2016 Synopsis Bashir “Bish” Ortley is a London desk cop. Almost over it. Still not dealing with the death of his son years ago, as well as the break-up of his marriage. Across the channel, a summer bus tour, carrying a group of English teenagers is subject to a deadly

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Lie with Me by Sabine Durrant

Review by:  Robyn Walton Mulholland Books/Hodder & Stoughton 2016 Synopsis “I suppose what I am saying is, how much do we collude in our own destruction? How much of this nightmare is on me? You can hate and rail. You can kick out in protest. You can do foolish and desperate things, but maybe sometimes

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A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny

Review by: Sandra Nicholson Publisher: Sphere 2016     Synopsis  Former Chief Inspector Gamache has been hunting killers his entire career and as the new commander of the Sûreté Academy, he is given the chance to combat the corruption and brutality that has been rife throughout the force.  But when a former colleague and professor

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