Reviews

Good Money – J. M. Green

Publisher:  Scribe Copyright year:  2015 Reviewer – Robyn Walton Synopsis Stella’s phone rings. A young African boy, the son of one of her clients, has been murdered in a dingy back alley. Stella, in her forties and running low on empathy, heads into the night to comfort the grieving mother. But when she gets there,

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Try Not to Breathe – Holly Seddon

Publisher: Corvus Copyright date: 2016 Reviewer: Sandra Nicholson   Synopsis Alex is sinking.  Slowly but surely, she’s cut herself off from everything but her one true love – drink.  Until she’s forced to write a piece about a coma ward, where she meets Amy. Amy is lost.  When she was fifteen, she was attacked and

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The Cheapside Corpse – Susanna Gregory

Publisher: Sphere Copyright date: 2014 Reviewer: Sandra Nicholson   Synopsis: London in the spring of 1665 is a city full of fear.  There is plague in the stews of St Giles, the Dutch fleet is preparing to invade and a banking crisis threatens to leave Charles II’s government with no means of paying for the

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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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