Reviews

Crossing the Lines – Sulari Gentill

Pantera Press 2017 Reviewer: Robyn Walton   Synopsis When Madeleine d’Leon conjures Ned McGinnity as the hero in her latest crime novel, she makes him a serious writer simply because the irony of a protagonist who’d never lower himself to read the story in which he stars, amuses her. When Ned McGinnity creates Madeleine d’Leon,

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Mayan Mendacity – L.J.M. Owen

Echo publishing 2016 Reviewers: Isobel Blackthorn and Cheryl Fairclough Synopsis Dr Elizabeth Pimms has a new puzzle. What is the story behind the tiny skeletons discovered on a Guatemalan island? And how do they relate to an ancient Mayan queen? The bones, along with other remains, are a gift for Elizabeth. But soon the giver

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Fatal Mistake – Karen M. Davis

Simon & Schuster 2017 Reviewer: Kerry James Synopsis Detective Lexie Rogers is tough, smart and at the top of her game. She’s seen it all, from bikies, blood and betrayal to drugs, deviants and deception … and the violent knife attack that almost killed her as a young cop on the beat. Lexie’s sent on

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The Twisted Knot – J.M. Peace

Pan Macmillan Australia 2016 Reviewer: Kerry James Synopsis fter her abduction and near death at the hands of a sadistic killer, Constable Samantha Willis is back in the uniform. Despite being on desk duty, rumours reach Sammi that someone in Angel’s Crossing has been hurting little girls, and before long a mob is gathering to

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Hotel Du Barry – Lesley Truffle

Harper Collins 2016 Reviewer – Kerry James Synopsis When a laughing baby is found amongst the Hotel du Barry’s billowing sheets, tucked up in an expensive pair of ladies’ bloomers and neatly pegged to the laundry line, the hotel staff resolve to keep the child. The hotel’s owner, Daniel du Barry, still mourning the loss

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Devour – L. A. Larkin

2016 Constable Review by Hazel Edwards Synopsis Their greatest fear was contaminating an ancient Antarctic lake, buried beneath the ice for millions of years. They little knew the catastrophe they were about to unleash. Welcome to the high octane world of Olivia Wolfe. As an investigative journalist, Wolfe lives her life in constant peril. Hunted

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Dark Fires Shall Burn – Anna Westbrook

Scribe Australia 2016 Review by Kerry James. Synopsis Sydney, 1946. Eleven-year-old Frances and her best friend, Nancy, are growing up in the doglegged streets of Newtown and into a world they do not understand. It is the aftermath of World War II, and thousands of damaged soldiers have returned to their homes, bearing the psychological

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Dead Men Don’t Order Flake – Sue Williams

Text Publishing 2016 Reviewed by Kerry James Synopsis On the night Leo Stone returns—notionally from the dead, in reality from the Democratic Republic of the Congo—Cass Tuplin gets a call from Gary Kellett. A call about an actual dead person: Gary’s daughter, killed in a car crash. Gary’s adamant it wasn’t an accident. Cass agrees

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Into the Water – Hawkins, Paula

Penguin Random House 2017 Reveiwer: Sue Turnbull Synopsis A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its

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Perfect Remains – Helen Fields

Avon 2017 Reviewer: Celia Jelbart Synopsis On a remote Highland mountain, the body of Elaine Buxton is burning. All that will be left to identify the respected lawyer are her teeth and a fragment of clothing. In the concealed back room of a house in Edinburgh, the real Elaine Buxton screams into the darkness Detective

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