Reviews

The Secret Art of Poisoning: The True Crimes of Martha Needle the Richmond Poisoner

Author: Dr Samantha Battams Publisher/Year: Samantha Battams/2019 Reviewer: Dr Pamela Schulz[1] This intriguing and well researched book is a tour de force for lovers of murder mysteries, courtroom dramas, history, sociology and intellectual rigour. It considers in detail the trials and tribulations of one Martha Needle who was accused of the murders of her husband,

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The Flower Girls 

Author: Alice Clark-Platts Publisher/Year: Raven 2019 Publisher Blurb THREE CHILDREN WENT OUT TO PLAY. ONLY TWO CAME BACK. The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose. One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity. Now, nineteen years later, another child has gone missing. And the Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over

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Into the Night

Author: Sarah Bailey Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin, 2018 Publisher Blurb Sarah Bailey’s acclaimed debut novel The Dark Lake was a bestseller around the world and Bailey’s taut and suspenseful storytelling earned her fitting comparisons with Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins. Into the Night is her stunning new crime novel featuring the troubled and brilliant Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock.

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All the Tears in China

Author: Sulari Gentill Publisher/Year: Pantera Press 2019 Publisher Blurb Shanghai in 1935 is a twentieth-century Babylon, an expatriate playground where fortunes are made and lost, where East and West collide, and the stakes include life itself. Into this, Rowland Sinclair arrives from Sydney to represent his brother at international wool negotiations. Rowland is under strict

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A Necessary Murder

Author: M.J. Tjia Publisher/Year: Pantera/2019  Publisher Synopsis  Stoke Newington, 1863: Little Margaret Lovejoy is found brutally murdered in the outhouse of her family’s estate. A few days later, another victim is found on the doorstep of Eurasian courtesan and professional detective Heloise Chancey at her prestigious address. At the same time, Heloise’s mother, Amah Li

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Death on the Derwent

Author: Robin Bowles Publisher/Year: Scribe/2019 Publisher Synopsis Don’t fool yourself that the innocent never go to jail. When Bob Chappell disappeared from his yacht, moored in the Derwent Estuary near the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s marina, on the night of 26 January 2009, he left behind his pipe and tobacco — something that his

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Forgotten

Author: Nicole Trope Publisher/Year: Allen &Unwin/2017 Publisher Synopsis  In a single day, a simple mistake will have life-altering consequences for everyone involved… A gripping domestic noir thriller from the author of Blame. All Malia needed was a single litre of milk and now she’s surrounded by police and Zach has disappeared. Detective Ali Greenberg knows that

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The Lucky One

Author: Caroline Overington Publisher/Year: Harper Collins/2017 Publisher Synopsis Keep your secrets. Tell your lies. The gripping new psychological thriller from the author of the bestselling The One Who Got Away. An old castle … For more than 150 years, a grand house known as Alden Castle has stood proudly in the rolling hills of California’s wine

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Too Easy

Author: J.M. Green Publisher/Year: Scribe/2017 Publisher Synopsis Wisecracking social worker Stella Hardy returns, and this time she’s battling outlaw bikie gangs, corrupt cops, and a powerful hunger for pani puri. On a stormy Halloween night, Stella gets a call from her best friend, Detective Phuong Nguyen. Phuong has a problem. Or rather her lover, Bruce Copeland,

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Such Dark Things

Author: Courtney Evan Tate Publisher/Year: Mira/2018 Publisher Synopsis Dr. Corinne Cabot is living the American dream. She’s a successful ER physician in Chicago who’s married to a handsome husband. Together they live in a charming house in the suburbs. But appearances can be deceiving—and what no one can see is Corinne’s dark past. Troubling gaps

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