Reviews

The Labyrinth of Drowning by Alex Palmer

Author: Kerry Greenwood Publisher: Allen and Unwin Review By: Bronwen Scott I hadn’t read either of Alex Palmer’s first two, award-winning novels. So when the opportunity came to review her third novel for the Sisters in Crime, I jumped at the chance to address this oversight. It’s a challenge for an author to write in such a way

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Dead Man’s Chest by Kerry Greenwood

Author: Kerry Greenwood Publisher: Allen and Unwin Review By: Bronwen Scott The eighteenth novel in Kerry Greenwood’s series about Phryne Fisher sees the titled private investigator on holiday in the Victorian coastal town of Queenscliff. Even before Miss Fisher and companions arrive at their destination, they run into trouble. Phryne was getting out of the car. Dot closed

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Matter Of Trust by Sydney Bauer

Author: Sydney Bauer Publisher: Mac Millan Reviewed by: Ann Byrne Book Synopsis: Matter of Trust delves into old friendships, family and relationships in this fifth novel with David Cavanaugh, the Boston criminal Attorney in the lead. Cavanaugh answers a call from an old school buddy Chris Kincaid, now a US Senator that takes him back to his hometown,

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Move To Strike by Sydney Bauer

Author: Sydney Bauer Publisher: Mac Millan Reviewed by: Ann Byrne Book Synopsis: Move to Strike Psychology and its multiple dark sides are explored through the looking glass of the outward presented perfect family in Sydney Bauer’s third Boston based thriller. David Cavanaugh, the criminal attorney, his detective friend Joe Mannix really have their work cut out this

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Sharp Shooter by Marianne Delacourt – 2010 Davitt Winner

Author: Marianne Delacourt Publisher: Allen and Unwin Copyright Year: 2009 Review By: Tanya King and Ann Byrne Book Synopsis: Tara Sharp has a rather unusual gift, one which she considers a curse. She can read people, in particular their auras. She can read their emotions, and given she sometimes has trouble keeping her mouth shut, at times this almost renders

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A Greater Guilt by Noline Kyle

Author: Noeline Kyle Publisher: Boolarong Press Copyright Year: 2009 Reviewed by: Sylvia Loader Book Synopsis: Subtitled “Constance Emilie Kent and the Road Murder”, this is the well-researched life of Constance Kent who grew up in a dysfunctional English family, came to Australia and lived to celebrate her one hundredth birthday. Road is a village in Wilshire, England, where Constance lived

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Hedge Burners: An A-Z PI Mystery by Goldie Alexander & Marjory Gardner

Author: Goldie Alexander Publisher: Interactive Publications Copyright Year: 2009 Book Synopsis: Old cypress hedges are going up in smoke all over Grevillia, a leafy Melbourne suburb and thirteen-year-old Anna,who’s been crazy about detective work since she uncovered the culprit pinching art materials in Year 5, is determined to track down the firebugs. Her sometimes reluctant sidekick and best friend

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Kiss Of Death by PD Martin

Author: P.D. Martin Publisher: Pan Mcmillan Reviewed by: Jacqui Horwood Book Synopsis: In Kiss of Death, PD Martin has tapped into the zeitgeist and woven a story around idea of modern day vampires living in Los Angeles. FBI profiler Sophie Anderson is called in by the local police when a body of a woman is found with puncture wounds

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Cold Justice by Katherine Howell

Author: Katherine Howell Publisher: Pan Mcmillan Copyright Year: 2008 Review By: Jacqui Horwood and Phyllis King In Cold Justice, Katherine Howell’s wonderful Detective Ella Marconi has just returned from injury to active duty. She finds herself in the Unsolved Homicides unit and is welcomed by the unit boss with what is his usual line to new members – “The

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Blood Born by Kathryn Fox

Author: Kathyrn Fox Publisher: Pan McMillan Reviewed by: Jacqui Horwood Copyright Year: 2009 Book Synopsis: For pathologist and forensic physician Dr Anya Crichton, the death of a gang rape victim hours before she is due to give evidence at trial is a double tragedy. The violent Harbourn brothers, the girl’s accused attackers, now look like they will escape prosecution.

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