Reviews

Muder Below Montparnasse by Cara Black

Author: Cara Black Publisher: Soho Crime Copyright Year: 2013 Review By: Sandra Nicholson Book Synopsis: A long-lost Modigliani, a grieving brother’s blood vendetta, a Soviet secret- Aimée Leduc’s current case is her most exciting yet. The cobbled streets of Montparnasse might have been boho-chic in the 1920’s, when artists, writers and their muses drank absinthe

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Shallow Breath by Sara Foster

Author: Sarah Foster Publisher: Bantam ISBN: 978 1 74275 399 7 Review By: Lesley Vick Book Synopsis: How far would you go to save someone you love? Two years ago, Desi Priest made a horrific mistake and destroyed her family. Now, she is coming home to make amends: to her daughter Maya, who’s nurturing her

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No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendall

Author: Ruth Rendall Publisher: Hutchinson Copyright Year: 2013 ISBN: 978-0-09-195385-0 Review By: Susan Woldenberg Butler Book Synopsis: A female vicar named Sarah Hussein is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham vicarage. Maxine, the gossipy cleaning woman who discovers her body, happens to also be in the employ of retired Chief Inspector Wexford and his wife. When

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A Stranger in my Street by Deborah Burrows

Author: Deborah Burrows Publisher: Pan Mac Millan (Australia) Copyright Year: 2012 ISBN: 9781742611913 Review By: Suzanne Bozorth-Baines Book Synopsis: It’s January 1943. Australia is at war and Perth is buzzing. US troops have permanently docked in the city in what local men refer to bitterly as the American occupation, and Perth women are having the

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No Man’s Nightingale by Ruth Rendall

Author: Ruth Rendall Publisher: Hutchinson Copyright Year: 2013 ISBN: 978-0-09-195385-0 Review By: Susan Woldenberg Butler Book Synopsis: A female vicar named Sarah Hussein is discovered strangled in her Kingsmarkham vicarage. Maxine, the gossipy cleaning woman who discovers her body, happens to also be in the employ of retired Chief Inspector Wexford and his wife. When

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Vulture’s Gate by Kirsty Murray

Author: Kirsty Murray Publisher: Allen and Unwin Copyright Year: 2009 ISBN: 9781741757101 No of Pages: 252 Review By: Sarah Robinson Book Synopsis: It is 40 years into the future and the world is in turmoil. A plague has destroyed humans’ ability to conceive females, or so Callum thinks until he meets Bo. One girl –

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The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

Author: Eleanor Catton Publisher: Granta Publications Copyright Year: 2013 ISBN: 9781847088765 Review By: Nita Jay Book Synopsis: Walter Moody, shaken by having seen a ghost in a storm at sea, enters the Victorian gold rush town of Hokitika. He happens upon a clandestine meeting of 12 men come together to explain strange happenings- deaths, disappearances-and

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The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

Author: Lauren Beukes Publisher: Harper Collins Copyright Year: 2013 Review By: Sue Turnbull Book Synopsis: The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.” Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant

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Good News, Bad News by Maggie Groff

Author: Maggie Groff Publisher: MacMillan Copyright Year: 2013 ISBN: 9781742611938 Review By: Sue Turnbull Book Synopsis: Intrepid investigative journalist Scout Davis has given herself a holiday, but when Hermione Longfellow accosts her in the supermarket, she stops to listen. Most people in Byron Bay are aware of the eccentric Anemone sisters. Always dressed in black,

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The Red Road by Denise Mina

Author: Denise Mina Publisher: Orion Copyright Year: 2013 Review By: Sue Turnbull Book Synopsis: 31st August 1997 Rose Wilson is fourteen, but looks sixteen. Pimped out by her ‘boyfriend’ and let down by a person she thought she loved, she has seen more of the darkness in life than someone twice her age. On the

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