Reviews

Tussaud

Author: Belinda Lyons-Lee Publisher/Year: Transit Lounge/2021 Publisher description Paris, 1810. Haunted by the French Revolution, Marie Tussaud has locked herself away in her shop with the death masks she was forced to make to avoid the guillotine. Philidor, a famous magician, offers her the chance to accompany him to London to assist in creating a

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Before You Knew My Name

Author: Jacqueline Bublitz Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin Publisher description This is not just another novel about a dead girl. When she arrived in New York on her 18th birthday carrying nothing but $600 cash and a stolen camera, Alice Lee was looking for a fresh start. Now, just one month later, she is the city’s

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The Second Son and The Silent Listener

The Second Son Author: Loraine Peck Publisher/Year: Text/2021 and The Silent Listener Author: Lyn Yeowart Publisher/Year: Viking/2021 Reviewer: Sue Turnbbull (First published in The Age on 5 March 2021 and reproduced with permission) Two debut crime novels about families (the sort that screw you up) from opposite ends of the genre spectrum. While Loraine Peck

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Still Life

Author: Val McDermid Publisher/Year: Little, Brown/2020 Publisher description On a freezing winter morning, fishermen pull a body from the sea. It is quickly discovered that the dead man was the prime suspect in a decade-old investigation, when a prominent civil servant disappeared without trace. DCI Karen Pirie was the last detective to review the file

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The Paris Affair

Author: Pip Drysdale Publisher/Year: Simon & Schuster/2021 Publisher description Harper Brown is an expert at picking locks, breaking her way out of car boots, talking her way out of trouble and she could run a masterclass on escaping relationships – her record for losing a guy is three minutes flat. She’s addicted to true crime

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Deep Water

Author: Sarah Epstein Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin/2020 Publisher description HENRY WEAVER IS MISSING Three months ago, thirteen-year-old Henry disappeared from The Shallows during a violent storm, leaving behind his muddy mountain bike at the train station. MASON WEAVER IS TRAPPED While Mason doesn’t know who he is or what he’s capable of, he knows the

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Rising Tide

Author: Jennifer Palgrave Publisher/Year: Town Belt Press, Wellington Publisher description Nat Spiller, an admired climate change activist, has accidentally drowned. That’s the police verdict. But was it an accident? His partner Ellie thinks otherwise. Pam, Ellie’s aunt, draws a reluctant Lauren Fraser into the mystery. The formidable Lloyd, Nat’s father, head of Spiller Developments, tells

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The House of Correction

Author: Nicci French Publisher/Year: Simon and Schuster/2020 Publisher description ‘So,’ said Mora Piozzi, her lawyer, looking down at her laptop. ‘In brief: you are charged with the murder of Stuart Robert Rees, on December 21st, between the hours of ten-forty in the morning and half-past three o’clock in the afternoon.’ Tabitha is accused of murder.

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The Family Doctor

Author: Debra Oswald Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin/2021 Publisher description Paula is a dedicated suburban GP, who is devastated by the murder of a friend and her children by their estranged husband and father. Stacey and the children had been staying with her after fleeing his control, and Paula is haunted by the thought that she

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Other People’s Houses

Author: Kelli Hawkins Publisher/Year: Harper Collins/2021 Publisher description The perfect house. The perfect family. Too good to be true. Kate Webb still grieves over the loss of her young son. Ten years on, she spends her weekends hungover, attending open houses on Sydney’s wealthy north shore and imagining the lives of the people who live

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