The Twisted Knot by J.M Peace

In brief: The second crime novel featuring Constable Sammi Willis has her digging under the surface to expose a much deeper crime. The good: Very taut thriller. The not-so-good: Sometimes I felt it was a little lacking in detail. Why I chose it: Thank you to Pan Macmillan for the opportunity to read this book... Continue Reading →

Good Money by J.M. Green

In brief: Stella Hardy is a social worker in Melbourne's west with a few secrets. As she becomes involved in a murder, there's a hint she might be on the fringe of trouble. Plus, her neighbour's gone missing and her wayward brother has landed on her doorstep… The good: It's hard boiled crime with a... Continue Reading →

The Burning Room by Michael Connelly

In brief: Harry Bosch returns to solve a cold murder case ten years in the making with his new partner, 'Lucky' Lucia Soto. The good: Excellent plot with well fleshed-out characters. The not-so-good: The ending! What's next for Harry? Why I chose it: Thank you to Allen & Unwin and The Reading Room for the... Continue Reading →

To the Top of the Mountain by Arne Dahl

In brief: The third book in the Swedish Intercrime team series, this book deals with a number of seemingly unrelated events – paedophilia, explosions and murder. Can the team come back together to solve it? The good: The links between these crimes are something you won't guess. The not-so-good: I felt it suffered from a... Continue Reading →

Cop Town by Karin Slaughter

In brief: In Atlanta, 1974, someone is shooting police. The police force is no place for women, but can Kate and Maggie stick it out? The good: This is a book that will have you up all night. The not-so-good: Some of the characters are sexist, racist, violent (or all three) – but somehow, it... Continue Reading →

Cartwheel by Jennifer duBois

In brief: Lily is a university student on an exchange program in Buenos Aires, who is accused of murdering her roommate. The good: A lot of thinking and reflecting by the characters around Lily, skirting around the question – did she do it? The not-so-good: Those familiar with the Amanda Knox case will see some... Continue Reading →

Underland by Ed Chatterton

In brief: The second story featuring DCI Frank Keane tracks a murderer across two continents. The good: Initially intriguing, with many twists The not-so-good: High body count and the sex didn't really fit in with the plot of the second book Why I chose it: Asked to participate in a blog tour for Random House... Continue Reading →

Salvation of a Saint by Keigo Higashino

In brief: The second in the Detective Galileo series, this book focuses on the murder of a businessman from the police perspective. The good: Much more interesting than The Devotion of Suspect X; how the murder was committed will have you puzzling. The not-so-good: Sometimes it's more focused on the how the murder occurred than... Continue Reading →

The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg

A quick rundown… The second in the crime series starring detective Patrik Hedstrom and his partner Erica, this involves a series of murders over 20 years apart. The only problem is the prime suspect is now dead… Strengths: A good combination of police procedural and family issues. Weaknesses: Starts off a bit slowly. Why I read it:... Continue Reading →

The Devotion of Suspect X by Keigo Higashino

A quick rundown… A woman murders her ex-husband and her neighbour helps to cover it up. How will the police work out what happened? Strengths: Quirkily Japanese, an interesting way of telling a murder mystery. Weaknesses: Focuses on the action, rather than the nuances of the characters and their motivation. Why I read it: Very... Continue Reading →

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