Reviews

The Kizuna Coast by Sujata Massey

Author: Sujata Massey Publisher: Ikat Press Copyright Year: 2014 Review By: Robyn Walton Book Synopsis: When an earthquake triggers a tsunami that floods Japan’s northeast coast, amateur sleuth Rei Shimura is pushed into her most rugged adventure yet. It starts with an SOS from Rei’s beloved elderly friend, the antiques dealer Mr. Ishida, who’s trapped

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Speaking in Bones by Kathy Reichs

Author: Kathy Reichs Publisher: William Heinemann Review By: Robyn Walton Book Synopsis: When forensic anthropologist Dr Tempe Brennan is approached by amateur detective Hazel ‘Lucky’ Strike, at first she is inclined to dismiss the woman’s claims that she’s matched a previously unidentified set of remains with a name. But as the words of a terrified

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Dishonour by Gabrielle Lord

Author: Gabrielle Lord Publisher: Hachette Copyright Year: 2014 Review By: Robyn Walton Book Synopsis: Detective-Inspector Debra Hawkins has domestic violence in her sights. But as head of a new police unit targeting violence against women, she has hit a wall of silence. How can she help Rana al-Sheikly, a young woman who yearns for the

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Caro Was Here by Elizabeth Farrelly

Author: Elizabeth Farrelly Publisher: Walker Books Copyright Year: 2014 Review By: Nita Jaye Book Synopsis: One match, one chance, she thinks. Make it count. Skipping school to lead a group of friends – and enemies – on an adult-free excursion to an island in Sydney Harbour is Caro’s idea of a twelfth birthday outing. Marooned

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The Fall—How Simon Gittany Killed Lisa Harnum – by Amy Dale

Author: Amy Dale Publisher: Ebury Press Copyright Year: 2014 ISBN: 9780857985330 Review By: Suzanne Bozorth-Baines Book Synopsis: A terrified woman runs for the door, her final effort to escape a cruel and controlling fiancé. She is too late. A secret camera captures him covering her mouth to suppress her screams as he drags her back

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Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier

Author: Justine Larbalestier Publisher: Allen and Unwin Copyright Year: 2014 Review By: Angela Savage Book Synopsis: Kelpie and Dymphna are accustomed to the mean streets of 1930s Sydney, but this is a day that will test their courage, their loyalty, and their ability to survive both the ill-intentions of the living and the ever-presence of

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Death in the Rainy Season by Anna Jaquiery

Author: Anna Jaquiery Publisher: Pan MacMillan Copyright Year: 2015 Review By: Angela Savage and Sandra Nicholson Book Synopsis: Phnom Penh, Cambodia; the rainy season. When a French man, Hugo Quercy, is found brutally murdered, Commandant Serge Morel finds his holiday drawn to an abrupt halt. Quercy – dynamic, well-connected – was the magnetic head of

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The Lost Swimmer by Ann Turner

Author: Ann Turner Publisher: Simon and Schuster Copyright Year: 2015 Review By: Ann Byrne Book Synopsis: Rebecca Wilding, an archaeology professor, makes sense of the past for a living. But suddenly, truth and certainty are turning against her. Rebecca is accused of serious fraud, and worse, she suspects – she knows– that her husband, Stephen,

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The Tainted Trial of Farah Jama by Julie Szego

Author: Julie Szego Publisher: Wild Dingo Press Copyright Year: 2014 Review By: Anne Bruist Book Synopsis: In 2010, nearly 18 months after Jama’s incarceration, his conviction was overturned when a mother’s profound faith in her son’s innocence, a prosecutor’s tenacious pursuit of truth and justice and a defence lawyer’s belief in his client, brought forth

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The Invisible Guardian by Dolores Redondo

Author: Dolores Redondo Publisher: Harper Collins Copyright Year: 2013 Review By: Sue Turnbull Book Synopsis: A killer at large in a remote Basque Country valley , a detective to rival Clarice Starling, myth versus reality, masterful storytelling – the Spanish bestseller that has taken Europe by storm. The naked body of a teenage girl is

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