Category Archives: Australia

Review: FLOUNDERING by Romy Ash

There’s no getting away from the fact that Romy Ash’s début novel FLOUNDERING has garnered a lot of attention on the Australian literary scene. It was shortlisted for last year’s Vogel Award (for unpublished manuscripts) and this year as a … Continue reading

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Review: THE BAT by Jo Nesbø

The latest of Jo Nesbo’s Harry Hole novels to be translated into English is the first one ever released in Norwegian, back in the late 90’s. At least for me this is one of the few occasions where I think … Continue reading

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Review: PAST THE SHALLOWS by Favel Parrett

I’m not sure it was a completely conscious decision but, looking back, I can almost pinpoint the moment I gave up on ‘literary fiction’. My book club had chosen yet another humourless, droning account of despair for our monthly discussion … Continue reading

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Review: Matilda is Missing by Caroline Overington

Matilda is Missing is narrated by Barry Harrison, a pensioner from a typical working class suburb in Melbourne. As the book opens we learn that Barry’s wife Pat is struggling to cope with the loss of access to her grandchildren … Continue reading

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Review: Cold Justice by Katherine Howell

My third book for this year’s Aussie Authors challenge is also Katherine Howell’s third novel, which I only realised recently I had somehow missed on its release in February last year. Of course I had to read it before embarking … Continue reading

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Review: Document Z by Andrew Croome

If you ignore the fact that we (literally) lost one of our serving Prime Ministers in the 1960’s, relative to most countries in the world Australia’s political history is uneventful. We’ve had no civil wars, no major coups, our lone armed … Continue reading

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Review: Lethal Factor by Gabrielle Lord

Jack McCain is a former detective and now a scientific analyst with the Australian Federal Police in Canberra. In Lethal Factor, the second novel in which he has featured, he is involved with several cases simultaneously including the brutal murder … Continue reading

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Review: Mosquito Creek by Robert Engwerda

I really enjoyed this author’s first novel, Backwaters, a few years ago so snapped this second novel up when it was released in June. Warning, only the most liberal of definitions would include this as crime fiction. In 1855 the … Continue reading

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Review: Punter’s Turf by Peter Klein

I chose to listen to this book mostly because it is an Australian book narrated by an Australian (who is also an actor I like). It is pretty unusual to find Australian books in audio format but to find an Australian story … Continue reading

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Review: The Old School by P M Newton

This debut novel by ex policewoman P M Newton made it to my shopping basket because I’m trying to read as much Aussie crime fiction as I can and because a crime fiction commentator I respect, Graeme Blundell, said the … Continue reading

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