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The Thirst

Jo Nesbø

For those of you who have read my ‘about’ page will know that I am particularly drawn to novels that have a strong sense of plac...

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Wimmera

Mark Brandi

Top-notch Aussie rural literary noir. A deeply unsettling exploration of boyhood and the rippling damage of child sexual assault.

Crimson Lake

Candice Fox

Where True Detective meets the Sunshine Coast. A tightly-written thriller in a sinister, humid setting.

Land of Hidden Fires

Kirk Kjeldsen

A quick and punchy thrill-ride through the snowy forests of occupied Norway.

The Road to Winter

Mark Smith

A compelling and intelligent story of survival in a bleak but beautiful Australian coastal setting.

The Hate Race

Maxine Beneba Clarke

A powerful memoir and important reflection on Australia’s shameful and deeply ingrained racism.

Murder Under the Christmas Tree

Cecily Gayford (Ed.)

10 cosy crime stories for Christmas.

Slaughter Park

Barry Maitland

A stunning conclusion to the Belltree Trilogy’s overarching mystery, an insightful comment on Australian history, past and present.

The Scholl Case

Anja Reich-Osang

A woman is brutally murdered and buried in the woods. Her husband - the former Mayor of their town - is the prime suspect. The Scholl Case is a true story about a marriage, about a small town, about sex and politics.

Out of Bounds

Val McDermid

Val McDermid has always positioned her DCI Karen Pirie books as standalone. But how many standalones can you write until you’ve written a series? The answer is 4.

The Rules of Backyard Cricket

Jock Serong

South Africa are 6/194 at stumps on Day 3 and I am wrecked by the brilliance of this book. If you have a crime-fiction loving cricket fan in the family, consider your Christmas shopping sorted.

Clancy of the Undertow

Christopher Currie

Clancy is a misfit who doesn’t even fit with the misfits - she’s sixteen and just trying to work out who the hell she is when her dad is involved in an accident that kills two local teenagers, her girl-crush finally notices that she exists, and new-girl Nancy walks into her life.

The Girls Next Door

Mel Sherratt

Are a series of assaults and the kidnapping of DS Berrisford's niece related, or this something altogether more sinister than it first appears?

The Dying Detective

Leif G.W. Persson

Just what do you do to a man who has raped and murdered a young girl when the criminal justice system has no remedy to offer? A modern Scandi-crime take on Arthur Conan Doyle.

Black Teeth

Zane Lovitt

A well-paced and thoroughly enjoyable piece of Australian-noir. Draws on the 'feel' of Jim Thompson et al. without falling into age-old American noir tropes.

New Yorked

Rob Hart

Ashley McKenna, native New Yorker, does favours; sometimes for money, sometimes for whiskey, but always with his trusty steel umbrella in close reach. When the woman Ash loves leaves him a desperate voicemail - a message he hears the morning after she’s murdered - he grips that umbrella and hunts for her killer.

Dark Waters

Deborah Sheldon

Brendan Reilly emerges from the murky depths of a dam a changed man, caught between two worlds. In one he’s a respected patch member of the Overlords bikie gang; the other, a scumbag ex-husband and estranged father.