Crime fiction:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Slaughter Park

Barry Maitland

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

Murder Under the Christmas Tree

Cecily Gayford (Ed.)

10 cosy crime stories for Christmas.