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The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M Cain

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M Cain

First published in 1934, the same year as Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express and Ngaio Marsh’s debut A ...
Queen Macbeth by Val McDermid 

Queen Macbeth by Val McDermid 

While this tiny book (127 pages) is not your usual gripping McDermid thriller, it’s a well-told story of a strong ...
Red River Road by Anna Downes

Red River Road by Anna Downes

Is it safe for a woman to travel alone around Australia? That is the premise of Red River Road. As you arrive at ...
Table for Two by Amor Towles

Table for Two by Amor Towles

Any new release from Amor Towles is eagerly anticipated. To have six short(ish) stories plus a novella in one book ...
Return to Blood by Michael Bennett

Return to Blood by Michael Bennett

This is the second book in the crime series featuring Hana Westerman. While it may be beneficial to have read the ...
The Beauties by Lauren Chater

The Beauties by Lauren Chater

The Beauties transports the reader to the 1660s, and the court of Charles II. It is the story of a woman, Emilia, ...
Gone by Glenna Thomson

Gone by Glenna Thomson

Rebecca Bundy has failed to return home on the last day of school in 1984. She had a fight with her mother and as ...
Butter by Asako Yuzuki 

Butter by Asako Yuzuki 

Crime fiction fans craving something a little quirky and different in among the vast feast the genre has been ...
Why Do Horses Run? by Cameron Stewart

Why Do Horses Run? by Cameron Stewart

Although well written, this is not an uplifting story. Ingvar is a man haunted by his failures. When tragedy ...
Radiant heat by Sarah-Jane Collins 

Radiant heat by Sarah-Jane Collins 

A bushfire rages in the Victorian countryside. Sheltered under sodden woollen blankets is the protagonist, Alison. ...
Mrs Hopkins by Shirley Barrett

Mrs Hopkins by Shirley Barrett

Once described by The New York Times as ‘a pragmatic Australian with an offbeat take on the world’, the late ...
Saltblood by Francesca de Tores

Saltblood by Francesca de Tores

Mary Read was never allowed to be herself. Born a girl in 1685, she is forced by her mother to assume the identity ...
Birds of a Feather by Rhianna King

Birds of a Feather by Rhianna King

The bond between grandparents and grandchildren is a special one. And it’s a lifeline for Beth Dwyer, who feels ...
The Dinner Party by Rebecca Heath

The Dinner Party by Rebecca Heath

It became known as the dinner party from hell. It was 1979 in suburban Adelaide. Four couples from a sleepy ...
Vladivostok Circus by Elisa Shua Dusapin 

Vladivostok Circus by Elisa Shua Dusapin 

There’s a special magic about a circus. Even today, with digitally enhanced, technology generated entertainments ...

The Shadow Network by Tony Kent

A public massacre masking a targeted hit, shadowy networks and conspiracies, a near-mythical foreign agent who’s ...
James by Percival Everett 

James by Percival Everett 

James is an extraordinary novel reimagining The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, told from the perspective of ...
Fourteen Days edited by Margaret Atwood  & Douglas Preston

Fourteen Days edited by Margaret Atwood & Douglas Preston

I was not entirely sure whether I was yet ready to read a novel set amid the worst days of the pandemic in New ...
The Fury by Alex Michaelides

The Fury by Alex Michaelides

Elliot Chase is the narrator and one of seven characters isolated on a Greek island when a murder is ...
The Prize by Kim E Anderson  

The Prize by Kim E Anderson  

Before opening The Prize, it would be wise to refamiliarise yourself with William Dobell’s 1943 Archibald ...
Always Will Be by Mykaela Saunders 

Always Will Be by Mykaela Saunders 

The title comes from the Indigenous affirmation talking about connection to Country and the fact that sovereignty ...

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