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The Mystery Writer by Sulari Gentill

The Mystery Writer by Sulari Gentill

Gentill is a prolific writer: 10 books already in the ‘Rowland Sinclair’ series, plus the 'Hero Trilogy'. And this ...
She’s a Killer by Kirsten McDougall

She’s a Killer by Kirsten McDougall

Kirsten McDougall’s protagonist, Alice, is far from likeable. Neither is her imaginary friend, Simp, who dogs her ...
Argylle by Elly Conway – a globe-trotting spy thriller

Argylle by Elly Conway – a globe-trotting spy thriller

There’s nothing quite like a good spy thriller, and this one is a page-turner. With a hero, Aubrey Argylle, as ...
The Rip by Holly Craig

The Rip by Holly Craig

Western Australians are familiar with Rottnest Island, a place of white sand, limestone and blue-green sea some 30 ...
It Takes a Town by Aoife Clifford

It Takes a Town by Aoife Clifford

Welcome is a fictional town, named after the famous (real) gold nugget. Vanessa Walton is the town’s human nugget ...
A Dance with Murder by Elizabeth Coleman

A Dance with Murder by Elizabeth Coleman

PI Edwina ‘Ted’ Bristol is back in this follow-up to A Routine Infidelity. One of her latest two cases involves ...
Has Anyone Seen Charlotte Salter? by Nicci French

Has Anyone Seen Charlotte Salter? by Nicci French

This novel appears to be a good old-fashioned mystery of a lady who disappeared without a trace. However, it’s ...
Paradise by Patricia Wolf

Paradise by Patricia Wolf

Lucas Walker is a detective with the AFP, recovering from injuries sustained while working on a previous case. He ...
End of Story by A J Finn

End of Story by A J Finn

Sebastian Trapp is dying. In his life he has been a bestselling author of mystery books. He lives in a big house ...
The School Run by Ali Lowe

The School Run by Ali Lowe

Ali Lowe, author of The Trivia Night and The Running Club is back with another fabulous and atmospheric thriller ...
Tipping Point by Dinuka McKenzie

Tipping Point by Dinuka McKenzie

Tipping Point is the third book in the ‘Detective Kate Miles’ series. Apart from some gentle references to things ...
The Woman in the Window by A J Finn

The Woman in the Window by A J Finn

The title of this book almost stopped me from picking it up. The spate of books with the word 'girl' in the title ...
The Professor by Lauren Nossett

The Professor by Lauren Nossett

The Professor is a mystery novel that takes place on a college campus where the students know everything (via ...
Anna O by Matthew Blake

Anna O by Matthew Blake

This debut delves into the complex question of whether a person should be culpable for what they might do while ...
The Search Party by Hannah Richell

The Search Party by Hannah Richell

University friends, Max, Annie, Dominic, Kira and Jim have stayed friends for 20 years, each of them taking ...
The Concierge by Abby Corson

The Concierge by Abby Corson

Hector Harrow is the concierge of Cavengreen Hotel, a five-star establishment in the English county of West ...
The Strip by Iain Ryan

The Strip by Iain Ryan

It’s the bad old days of policing in Queensland. Corruption is rife. Another murder – on top of five they’re ...
Pine Creek by Kamille Roach                                  

Pine Creek by Kamille Roach                                  

The Hamiltons live on a farm around Pine Creek, a fictional town in NSW’s Central West. The story is set in two ...
The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon 

The Frozen River by Ariel Lawhon 

On a grey frosty night in the late 1700s, in Hallowell, Maine, by the banks of the Kennebec River, the dead body ...
The Raging Storm by Ann Cleeves

The Raging Storm by Ann Cleeves

I must confess to loving a police procedural series where you can get to know the main characters. Ann Cleeves’ ...
The Wiregrass by Adrian Hyland

The Wiregrass by Adrian Hyland

Jesse Redpath is such a force of nature that it wouldn’t be surprising if she had her own weather system. In this ...

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