Reviews

Trace

Author: Rachael Brown Publisher/Year: Scribe 2018 Publisher Synopsis The riveting inside story of a journalist’s cold-case investigation of a shocking murder Every cop has a case that dug its claws in and would not let go. For veteran detective Ron Iddles, it was his very first homicide case — the 1980 murder of single mother

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The Far-back Country

Author: Kate Lyons Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin/2018 Publisher Blurb In 1979, at the age of fourteen, Ray McCullough ran away from his home on a western New South Wales sheep property following a violent confrontation with his dad, Jim McCullough. He left behind his mother, Delly, and his sisters, Ursula and Tilda. Now forty-one, Ray

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Jar of Hearts

Author: Jennifer Hillier Publisher/Year: Corvus (An imprint of Atlantic Books)/2018 Publisher Synopsis Aged just 16, Geo’s best friend Angela disappeared without a trace. Years later, Angela’s body is discovered in the woods near Geo’s childhood home, revealed as yet another victim of the notorious serial killer Calvin James. Geo’s high-school boyfriend. For fourteen years, Geo

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Gone By Midnight

Author: Candice Fox Publisher/Year: Penguin/2019 Publisher Blurb Crimson Lake is where bad people come to disappear – and where eight-year-old boys vanish into thin air . . . On the fifth floor of the White Caps Hotel, four young friends are left alone while their parents dine downstairs. But when Sara Farrow checks on the

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Half Moon Lake

Author: Kirsten Alexander Publisher: Penguin Random House, 2019 Publisher Blurb ‘They said he was their boy. And so he was . . .’ In 1913, on a summer’s day at Half Moon Lake, Louisiana, four-year-old Sonny Davenport walks into the woods and never returns. The boy’s mysterious disappearance from the family’s lake house makes front-page

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Bye Bye Baby

Author:  Fiona McIntosh Publisher/Year:  Penguin Random House Australia/2019 Publisher Blurb A spate of seemingly unconnected murders in southern England prompt a high-profile taskforce to be formed and led by DCI Jack Hawksworth, one of the Force’s new rising stars who combines modern methods with old-school instincts. The victims appear as disparate as their style of

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Widows’ Revenge

Author: Lynda La Plante Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin/2019 Publisher Blurb Dolly, Linda, Shirley and Bella are back. And this time it’s a fight to the finish. The sequel to Lynda La Plante’s groundbreaking thriller, Widows. Against all the odds, Dolly Rawlins and her gangland widows managed the impossible: a heist their husbands had failed to pull

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The Lost Night

Author: Andrea Bartz Publisher/Year: Simon & Schuster/2019 Publisher Blurb Edie was once the shining star in her 20-something circle in New York’s coolest neighbourhood. Like Andy Warhol’s muse, the seductive, beguiling and mercurial party girl had the social world in her thrall. Every girl wanted to be Edie, every boy wanted her, and she and

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Blood on the Rosary

Authors: Sue Smethurst and Margaret Harrod Publisher/Year: Simon & Schuster/2019 Publisher Blurb A heartfelt, brave and inspiring memoir about the power of speaking out A brave nun. Her twin brother. The secrets and lies that would tear them apart. There is a special bond that twins share, an ethereal connection that can’t be put into

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Mysteries with history: The pleasures – and many perils – of setting  books in the past

Some of the most interesting crime writing these days has an historical bent. A large and appreciative crowd packed South Melbourne’s Rising Sun Hotel to hear Toni Jordan, M J Tjia and Kirsten Alexander talk to Alison Goodman about why digging into the past provides such deadly themes and characters for crime writing. (Interestingly, all three

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