Reviews

Murder at Mansfield Park by Lynn Shepard

Author: Lynn Shepard Publisher: Allen and Unwin Copyright Year: 2010 Review By: Phyllis King Book Synopsis: Murder at Mansfield Park is a witty and clever reimagining of Jane Austen’s much-loved novel Mansfield Park. But in this Mansfield Park, things have changed … Formerly Austen’s meekest heroine, Fanny Price has become not only an heiress to

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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)

Author: Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) Publisher: Sphere Copyright Year: 2013 Review By: Sandra Nicholson Book Synopsis: When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.

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Human Remains by Elizabeth Haynes

Author: Elizabeth Haynes Publisher: Text Publlishing Copyright Year: 2013 Review By: Anne Buist Book Synopsis: How well do you know your neighbour? How well do they know you? Would they notice if you lived or died? Police Analyst Annabel wouldn’t describe herself as lonely. Her work keeps her busy and the needs of her ageing

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A Tragedy in Two Acts – Marcus Einfeld & Teresa Brennan – by Fiona Harari

Author: Fiona Harari Publisher: Melbourne University Press Copyright Year: 2011 Review By: Phyllis King Book Synopsis: This was not the ending either of them expected. Marcus Einfeld, former Federal Court judge and human rights champion, and his old friend Teresa Brennan, an exuberant, sometimes controversial US-based academic, had each spent years establishing demanding careers and

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Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin

Author: Julia Heaberlin Publisher: Ballantine Books – The Random House Publishing Group Copyright Year: 2012 Review By: Phyllis King Book Synopsis: What if your whole life was a lie ? That’s the question torturing child psychologist Tommie McCloud after she opens a stranger’s letter only days after burying her father. The woman claims that Tommie

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Rough Diamond by Kathryn Ledson

Author: Kathyrn Ledson Publisher: Penguin Copyright Year: 2013 Review By: Sandra Nicholson Book Synopsis: The shock ending to Erica Jewell’s marriage left a huge hole in her bank balance and a bigger one in her heart. And now her life goals make a very short list: no surprises, no debt and, definitely, no men. That

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Never Knowing by Chevy Stephens

Author: Chevy Stephens Publisher: Allen and Unwin Copyright Year: January 2012 Review By: Sandra Nicholson Book Synopsis: All her life, Sara Gallaher has wondered about her birth parents. As an adopted child with two sisters who were born naturally to her parents, Sara did not have an ideal home life. And, like many children in

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Silent In The Grave by Deanna Raybourn

Author: Deanna Raybourn Publisher: MIRA Copyright Year: 2007 ISBN: 978-7783-2410-2 Review By: Katrina Beard ” To say that I met Nicholas Brisbane over my husband’s dead body is not entirely accurate. Edward, it should be noted, was still twitching upon the floor”. Lady Julia Grey is reluctant to believe that her husband’s death was murder,

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The Savage Altar by Asa Larsson

Author: Asa Larsson Publisher: Penguin Books Copyright Year: 2008 ISBN: 0141024712 Review By: Sue Turnbull Book Synopsis: Innocence will be sacrificed…On the floor of a church in northern Sweden, the body of a man lies ritually mutilated and defiled and in the night sky, the aurora borealis dances as the snow begins to fall. Rebecka

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Cold Case Files by Liz Porter

Author: Liz Porter Publisher: Pan Mac Millan Copyright Year: 2011 ISBN: 9718742610092 Review By: Jo McGahey Book Synopsis: Cold case investigators scrape back paint in a renovated flat where a murder was committed twelve years earlier, and find a blood stain that leads them to a killer. Scientists extract DNA from crime-scene samples collected in

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