Reviews

Through a Camel’s Eye – Dorothy Johnston

For Pity Sake Publishing Pty Ltd 2016 Reviewer: Ann Byrne   Synopsis “Still, he looked for hoof prints, glad there was nobody to laugh at him for doing so. He shaded his eyes and squinted at a dark object, half covered in sand, then began to walk towards it. He should have been wearing sunglasses

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An Isolated Incident – Emily Maguire

Publisher:  Picador Copyright year:  2016 Reviewer:  Robyn Walton Synopsis When 25-year-old Bella Michaels is brutally murdered in the small town of Strathdee, the community is stunned and a media storm descends. Unwillingly thrust into the eye of that storm is Bella’s beloved older sister, Chris, a barmaid at the local pub, whose apparent easy going

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The Chosen – Kristina Ohlsson

Reviewer  Phyllis King Simon & Schuster UK Ltd 2015 Synopsis On a cold winter’s day, a pre-school teacher is shot to death in front of parents and children at the Jewish Congregation in Stockholm. Just a few hours later two Jewish boys go missing on their way to tennis practice. A heavy snowstorm hits Stockholm

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Ghost Girls – Cath Ferla

Reviewer Phyllis King Echo Publishing – A Division of Five Mile Press 2016 Synopsis Winter in Sydney. The city is brimming with foreign students. Sophie Sandilands takes a job teaching at an English language school. When one of her students leaps to her death it becomes clear that lurking within the psyche of this community

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Melanie Casey – Missing

Publisher:  Pantera Press Copyright year:  2016 Reviewer:  Robyn Walton Synopsis Someone is targeting Adelaide’s homeless. Men are disappearing off the streets, and body parts are turning up in a local dump. Still haunted by her last run-in with a serial killer, Cass Lehman is trying hard to focus on the future. That’s not easy when

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Melanie Casey – Hindsight

Publisher:  Pantera Press Copyright year:  2013 Reviewer:  Robyn Walton Synopsis The youngest in a family of extraordinary women with supernatural talents, Cass is cursed with the not-so-sexy gift of seeing the past… but not just any past; she sees death. Fo years she’s hidden herself away in her family home. Now desperate for a better

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Melanie Casey – Craven

Publisher:  Pantera Press Copyright year:  2014 Reviewer:  Robyn Walton Synopsis Moving to the city, Cass Lehman hoped to leave her recent notoriety behind her. Her ability to experience the final moments of a violent death helped the local police capture a serial killer, but also meant she was almost his final victim… With a place

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Naming The Bones – Louise Welsh

Publisher: Text Publishing Company COPYRIGHT & YEAR:  Louise Welsh, 2010 REVIEWER:  Suzanne Bozorth-Baines Synopsis Professor Murray Watson is rather a sad sack. His family, his career, his affair…not even drinking offers much joy. All his energies are now focused on his research into Archie Lunan, a minor poet who drowned 30 years ago off a

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X – Sue Grafton

PUBLISHER:  G.P. Putman’s Sons COPYRIGHT & YEAR:  Sue Grafton,2015 REVIEWER:  Suzanne Bozorth-Baines   REVIEW:  Sue Grafton has been writing the Kinsey Millhone mystery series, also termed ‘the alphabet series’, since 1982, producing about a novel per year.  All previous books in the alphabetically inspired titles have included a crime related word—‘A Is for Alibi’, ‘B

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Viral – Helen Fitzgerald

Faber and Faber 2016 Reviewer – Lesley Vick Synopsis So far, twenty-three thousand and ninety six people have seen me online. They include my mother, my father, my little sister, my grandmother, my other grandmother, my grandfather, my boss, my sixth year Biology teacher and my boyfriend James. When Leah Oliphant-Brotheridge and her adopted sister

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