Reviews

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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A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George

Author: Elizabeth George Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Copyright Year: 2015 Review By: Sandra Nicholson Book Synopsis: The suicide of William Goldacre is devastating to those left behind. But what was the cause of his tragedy and how far might the consequences reach? Is there a link between the young man’s leap from a Dorset cliff

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A Bed of Scorpions by Judith Flanders

Author: Judith Flanders Publisher: Alison and Busby Copyright Year: 2015 Review By: Robyn Walton Book Synopsis: What’s an editor to do with so many demands? Do you deal with the morning’s pile of manuscript submissions first? Or the swine from sales who steals all the chocolate digestives? Or do you concentrate on your ex-lover, whose

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A Murder of Magpies by Judith Flanders

Author: Judith Flanders Publisher: Alison and Busby Copyright Year: 2014 Review By: Robyn Walton Book Synopsis: t’s just another day at the office for London book editor Samantha “Sam” Clair. Checking jacket copy for howlers, wondering how to break it to her star novelist that her latest effort is utterly unpublishable, lunch scheduled with gossipy

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The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Sphere Copyright Year: 2015 Review By: Sandra Nicholson Book Synopsis: Hardly a day goes by when nine-year-old Laurent Lepage doesn’t cry wolf. His boundless sense of adventure and vivid imagination mean he has a tendency to concoct stories so extraordinary and so far-fetched that no one can possibly believe him. But

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The Murder of Harriet Krohn by Karin Fossum

Author: Karin Fossum Publisher: Harvill Secker and Random House (Australia) Copyright Year: 2014 (translation), 2004 (original Norwegian) Review By: Robyn Walton Book Synopsis: On a wet, gray night in early November, Charlo Torp, a former gambler who’s only recently kicked the habit, makes his way through the slush to Harriet Krohn’s apartment, flowers in hand.

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Double Madness by Caroline de Costa

Author: Caroline de Costa Publisher: Margaret River Press Copyright Year: 2015 ISBN: 978-0-9875615-6-5 Review By: Ann Byrne Book Synopsis: Set in Queensland, Double Madness, takes us into a sordid underbelly of psycho-sexual depravity. As local residents and authorities in Far North Queensland assess the damage in the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi, a woman’s body is

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