Reviews

The Other Mrs Miller

Author:  Allison Dickson Publisher/Year:  Sphere (imprint of Little Brown Books Group)/2019 Publisher Overview Two women are watching each other. Phoebe Miller isn’t sure when the rusty car started showing up in the cul-de-sac she calls home, or why its driver would be spying on her. What could be interesting about an unhappy housewife who drowns

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Where the Truth Lies

Author:  Karina Kilmore Publisher/Year:  Simon & Schuster Australia/2020 Publisher overview She was slipping away. The further she fell, the closer the clouds seemed to come. Wispy transparent slipstreams of white. Cirrus. Pain smashed her head. Floating … When investigative journalist Chrissie O’Brian lands a senior job at The Argus, she is desperate to escape the nightmares

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The Good Turn

Author: Dervla McTiernan Publisher/Year: HarperCollins/2020 Review first published in The Sydney Morning Herald on 6 March 2020 and reproduced with permission. Reviewer: Sue Turnbull Perth-based writer Dervla McTiernan usually opens her police procedurals with an intriguing scenario designed to capture the attention of her readers. Each of her three crime novels set in Galway featuring

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Gathering Dark

Author: Candice Fox Publisher/Year: Bantam/2020 Review first published in the Sydney Morning Herald on 3 April 2020 and reprinted with permission. Reviewer: Sue Turnbull As a tough opener ‘‘I looked up into the eye of a gun’’ is hard to beat. But it gets better. The ‘‘I’’ is Blair, a former paediatrician who served time

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Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA

Author:  Amaryllis Fox Publisher/Year: Ebury Press/2019 Publisher Overview Amaryllis Fox was recruited by the CIA at the age of 21 in the aftermath of 9/11. After an intense training period – where she learns how to master a Glock, get out of flexicuffs while in the trunk of a car, withstand torture, and commit suicide

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Trust Me, I’m Dead

Author: Sherryl Clark Publisher/Year: Verve Books/2019 Publisher Overview She hasn’t seen her brother in years. Now, he’s dead. When Judi Westerholme finds out her estranged brother has been murdered, she assumes it’s connected to his long term drug addiction. Returning home, she is shocked to discover he had been clean for years, had a wife

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Singapore Sapphire (A Harriet Gordon Mystery)

Author: A.M. Stuart Publisher/Year: Berkley Prime Crime/2019 Publisher Overview Early twentieth-century Singapore is a place where a person can disappear, and Harriet Gordon hopes to make a new life for herself there, leaving her tragic memories behind her–but murder gets in the way. Singapore, 1910–Desperate for a fresh start, Harriet Gordon finds herself living with

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The Janes

Author: Louisa Luna Publisher/Year: Text Publishing/2020 Publisher Overview ‘Men pretty much have a triangle. Sex, drugs, money,’ she said, drawing a triangle in the air with her finger. ‘Every man who commits a criminal act does it in service to one or more of those three things…Most men, actually, do everything because of them.’ On

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The Godmother

Author: Hannelore Cayre Publisher/Year: Black Inc./2019 Publisher Overview Meet Patience Portefeux, fifty-three, an underpaid French-Arabic translator who specialises in police phone taps. Widowed after the sudden death of her husband, Patience is wedged between the costs of raising her daughters and the nursing home fees for her ageing mother. She’s laboured for twenty-five years to

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Where the Dead Go

Author: Sarah Bailey Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin/2019 Publisher Overview A fifteen-year-old girl has gone missing after a party in the middle of the night. The following morning her boyfriend is found brutally murdered in his home. Was the girl responsible for the murder, or is she also a victim of the killer? But who would

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