Reviews

All These Perfect Strangers – Aoife Clifford

Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Copyright year:  2016 Synopsis You don’t have to believe in ghosts for the dead to haunt you. You don’t have to be a murderer to be guilty. Within six months of Pen Sheppard starting university, three of her new friends are dead. Only Pen knows the reason why. College life had

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The Silent Inheritance: Joy Dettman

Macmillan Dettman 2016 Review: Lesley Vick Synopsis Sarah Carter, mother of 12-year-old Marni, is raising her daughter alone in a small granny flat in suburban Melbourne. A serial killer, dubbed ‘The Freeway Killer’, is headline news and when Marni’s classmate is abducted from the mall where Sarah and Marni shop, their city no longer feels

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OLMEC Obituary by L. J. M Owen

  Publisher : Echo 2015 Review by Lesley Vick Synopsis Yearning for her former life as an archaeologist, Australian librarian Dr Elizabeth Pimms is struggling with a job she doesn’t want and a family she both loves and resents. A royal Olmec cemetery is discovered deep in the Mexican jungle, containing the earliest writing in

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Tennison by Lynda La Plante

Author: Lynda La Plante Publisher: Simon and Schuster Copyright Year: 2015 Review By: Diana Olsberg Book Synopsis: In 1973 Jane Tennison, aged 22, leaves the Metropolitan Police Training Academy to be placed on probationary exercise in Hackney where criminality thrives. We witness her struggle to cope in a male-dominated, chauvinistic environment, learning fast to deal

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Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell

Author: Ruth Rendell Publisher: Hutchinson Copyright Year: 2015 Review By: Diana Olsberg Book Synopsis: When his father dies, Carl Martin inherits a house in an increasingly rich and trendy London neighborhood. Carl needs cash, however, so he rents the upstairs room and kitchen to the first person he interviews, Dermot McKinnon. That was colossal mistake

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Fall by Candice Fox

Author: Candice Fox Publisher: Random House Copyright Year: 2015 Review By: Anne Buist Book Synopsis: If Detective Frank Bennett tries hard enough, he can sometimes forget that Eden Archer, his partner in the Homicide Department, is also a moonlighting serial killer . . . Thankfully their latest case is proving a good distraction. Someone is

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Dead Joker – Anne Holt

Author: Anne Holt Publisher: Allen and Unwin – Atlantic Imprint – Corvus Copyright Year: 1999 with English Translation 2016 Reviewer: Anne Bruist Book Synopsis: Chief Prosecutor Sigurd Halvorsrud’s wife is found dead in front of the fireplace in the family living room. The cause of death is instantly apparent – she has been brutally decapitated.

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Post Mortem by Kate London

Author: Kate London Publisher: Corvus Paperback Copyright Year: 2015 Review By: Anne Bruist Book Synopsis: She closed her eyes and saw, as if on a loop, a repeating backdrop of square windows, blue concrete spinning and passing, passing, passing. She could not escape the horror of it: unstoppably, irretrievably until the hard concrete reaches up.

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Here We Lie by Sophie McKenzie

Author: Sophie McKenzie Publisher: Simon and Schuster Austrlalia Copyright Year: 2015 Review By: Anne Bruist Book Synopsis: On holiday with family and her adoring fiance, Jed, Emily couldn’t be happier. But overnight, the idyllic trip turns into a waking nightmare when one of the group is found dead in what appears to be a terrible

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Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic

2016: Davitt Winner. Review by Sue Turnbull, Echo Publishing, 2015. Synopsis: Caleb Zelic, profoundly deaf since early childhood, has always lived on the outside – watching, picking up tell-tale signs people hide in a smile, a cough, a kiss. When a childhood friend is murdered, a sense of guilt and a determination to prove his

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