Reviews

The Adventure of the Colonial Boy – Narrelle M Harris

2016 Improbable Press Ltd. UK Reviewer: Kerry James Synopsis 1893. Dr Watson, still in mourning for the death of his great friend Sherlock Holmes, is now triply bereaved, with his wife Mary’s death in childbirth. Then a telegram from Melbourne, Australia intrudes into his grief. “Come at once if convenient.” Both suspicious and desperate to

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Rattle – Fiona Cummins

2017 Pan Macmillan Reviewer: Kerry James Synopsis A psychopath more frightening than Hannibal Lecter. He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum. Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready

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What Dark Clouds Hold – Anne Holt

2017 Corvus Paperback Reviewer: Kerry James Synopsis On a summer’s day, Johanne Vik arrives at the home of her friends Jon and Ellen Mohr ready to celebrate their young son’s birthday. What greets Johanne on her arrival is a scene of devastation: the boy was left unattended and when he climbed a ladder he fell

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What You Don’t Know- JoAnn Chaney

2017 Flatiron Books Reviewer: Anne Buist Synopsis Another debut author I was asked to review, this book starts in Denver, Colorado, in 2008/9 with a serial killer investigation, but after fifty pages brings you into current time (well, 2015) when murders start occurring that look like the original – even though the perpetrator is behind

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Eyes like Mine – Sheena Kamal

2017 Allen and Unwin Reviewer: Anne Buist Synopsis The call comes in just after five in the morning. I am immediately on guard because everyone knows that nothing good ever happens before seven. I’ve never heard the name Everett Walsh before, but according to him I may know something about a missing girl. Nora is

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Mima – Shirley Eldridge

2016 Short Stop Press Reviewer: Kerry James Synopsis Author Shirley Eldridge and Mima Joan McKim-Hill were friends and colleagues working for the Capricornia Regional Electricity Board in Rockhampton in 1967 when Mima disappeared while on the job. She had been abducted, raped and murdered and her body abandoned. Shirley tells this deeply personal story, starting

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To Hell and Back – Carolyn Pethick

2016 SidHarta Publishers Reviewer: Kerry James Synopsis To Hell and Back’ is a memoir detailing one policewoman’s trials and tribulations working within the ranks of the Victoria Police Force from the early 1980’s to the present day. Despite numerous instances of harassment, false accusations and character assassinations, the member still manages to maintain her sanity

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Jailbreak: Australia’s most unforgettable price escapes – Wendy Lewis

2016 echo publishing Reviewer:Kerry James Synopsis ilbreak chronicles the pick of Australian prison escapes with the most notorious prisons and most desperate escapees. Ranging from sheer brutality to love-conquers-all, every one of these stories is riveting and real. Featuring Russell Cox, the only man to escape from ‘escape-proof’ Katingal then try to break back in;

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On the Blue Train – Kristel Thornell

Allen and Unwin 2016 Reviewer: Celia Jelbart Synopsis It was the work of a moment: On 4 December 1926, Agatha Christie became Teresa Neele, resident of the spa hotel, the Harrogate Hydro. With her wedding ring left behind, and her minimal belongings unpacked, the lost days begin. Lying to her fellow guests about the death

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A Foreign Affair – Pamela Burton

Ginnenderra Press 2016 Reviewer: Celia Jelbart Synopsis Years of legal practice are put to use in this interrogation of a murder mystery, and the rollicking incompetence of ASIO super sleuths. The stench of rot from Operation Fishnet and its web of corrupt and greedy men, with an eye to illegal immigration and boatloads of contraband,

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