Reviews

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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Red Queen by Honey Brown

Author: H.M. Brown Publisher: Penguin Books Australia Copyright Year: 2009 Review By: Rose Mercer Book Synopsis: Shannon and Rohan Scott have retreated to their family’s cabin in the Australian bush to escape a virus-ravaged world.  After months of isolation, Shannon imagines there’s nothing he doesn’t know about his older brother, or himself – until a stranger slips under their late-night

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A Few Right Thinking Men by Sulari Gentill – 2011 Davitt Award Entry

Author: Sulari Gentill Publisher: Pantera Press Copyright Year: 2010 ISBN: 978-0-9807418-1-0 No of Pages: 349 Review By: Karen Chisholm Book Synopsis: Rowland Sinclair is an artist and a gentleman.  In Australia’s 1930’s, the Sinclair name is respectable and influential, yet Rowland has a talent for scandal. Even with thousands of unemployed lining the streets, Rowland’s sheltered world is one of exorbitant wealth,

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The Half-Child by Angela Savage

Author: Angela Savage Publisher: Text Publishing Copyright Year: 2010 ISBN: 978-1-921656-54-5 No of Pages: 322 Review By: Karen Chisholm Book Synopsis: Jayne has been hired to investigate the alleged suicide of a young Australian woman in a seedy Thai coastal town.  But Maryanne Delbeck’s death is not the only mystery awaiting Jayne among Pattaya’s neon signs and go-go bars.  While working undercover

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