Reviews

MasterMind – A Mitchell Parker crime thriller – by HM Goltz

Author: H.M. Goltz Publisher: Atlas Productions Copyright Year: 2011 ISBN: 9780980753202 No of Pages: 500 Review By: Sylvia Loader Book Synopsis: You are playing a game online to create the perfect crime … or at least you think it’s a game … A web site inviting game players to mastermind the perfect crime is more

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The Brotherhood by YA Erskine

Author: Y.A. Erskine Publisher: Random House Australia Copyright Year: 2011 ISBN: 978-1-74275-015-6 No of Pages: 381 Review By: Kylie Fox Book Synopsis: Set in Tasmania, Australia, The Brotherhood begins as a respected cop, Sergeant John White, is murdered during a routine callout. As the investigation unfolds through the eyes of the sergeant’s colleagues, friends, family,

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Love, Honour And O’Brien by Jennifer Rowe

Author: Jennifer Rowe Publisher: Allen & Unwin Copyright Year: 2011 ISBN: 978-1-74237-583-0 No of Pages: 360 Price: $22.99 Review By: Karen Chisholm Book Synopsis: Holly Love’s in big trouble – she’s got to find the cheating swine who ripped her life apart, which turns out to be a huge mystery involving a gloomy old house,

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The Boundary by Nicole Watson

Author: Nicole Watson Publisher: University of Queensland Press Copyright Year: 2011 ISBN: 978-0-7022-3849-9 Review By: Karen Chisholm Book Synopsis: Long ago, Meston Park in Brisbane’s West End marked the city’s boundary. A curfew kept its Aboriginal population outside the city limits after dark. When the park becomes the site of a multi-million dollar development, the

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Lady Killer: How Conman Bruce Burell Kidnapped and Killed – 2010 Davitt Winner True Crime – by Candace Sutton & Ellen Connolly

Author: Candace Sutton and Ellen Connolly Publisher: Allen & Unwin Review By: Tanya King Book Synopsis: Lady Killer is the impeccably researched account of the decade between the crime and conviction of conman, Bruce Burrell. Authors, Sutton and Connolly, are two Sydney journalists and writers. They have clearly had access to a range of sources,

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Liar – 2010 Davitt Winner for Best Young Adult Fiction – by Justine Larbalestier

Author: Justine Larbalestier Publisher: Allen & Unwin Review By: Tanya King Book Synopsis: It is easy for many readers to dismiss young adult novels as being for children and therefore simplistic and unlikely to contain anything of interest to an adult. In the recent crop of young adult and children’s novels up for contention for

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Lambs to the Slaughter by Debi Marshall

Author: Debi Marshall Publisher: Random House Copyright Year: 2009 ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-74166-651-9 Review by Ann Byrne Book Synopsis: In this definitive, graphically chilling account of Percy’s life, a man dubbed by a prison officer as “Australia’s answer to Hannibal Lecter,” award-winning true-crime author Debi Marshall applies her investigative journalism skills to a forensic examination of

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The Small Hand by Susan Hill

Author: Susan Hill Publisher: Allen and Unwin Copyright Year: 2010 ISBN: ISBN: 978-1846682360 No of Pages: 167 Review By: Karen Chisholm Book Synopsis: Returning home from a visit to a client late one summer’s evening, antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow takes a wrong turning and stumbles across the derelict old White House. Compelled by curiosity, he

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Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Sphere Review By: Kelly Marshall Book Synopsis: Bury Your Dead is Louise Penny’s sixth novel featuring Armand Gamache the admirable Chief Inspector of the Sûreté du Québec. The novel deals with redemption and forgiveness while offering the reader a truly gripping mystery. Recovering from injuries received in a botched case where

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Gone: 25 of the World’s Most Chilling and Bizarre Kidnappings by Wendy Lewis

Author: Wendy Lewis Publisher: Five Mile Press Copyright Year: 2010 ISBN: ISBN: 978 1 74178 506 7 No of Pages: 247 Review By: Sharon Halasz Book Synopsis: This true crime story is written in five parts, each containing five chapters and covering a different kidnapping theme. The first part delves into classic kidnappings such as

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