A fair dinkum month – August 2011

Australian crime fiction in the news and on the web

We found a new blog we think worth highlighting because it’s hosted by a self-confessed crime fiction tragic who lives in Tasmania. The blog is called Tas Book Lover and its host, David, flew out of the blogging box by jumping into a bunch of challenges and reviewing one or two (or 14) Aussie crime fiction novels:  Peter CorrisTORN APART, Garry Disher‘s THE FALLOUT, Kathryn Fox‘s DEATH MASK, Geoffrey McGeachin‘s THE DIGGERS REST HOTEL, Garry Disher‘s CHAIN OF EVIDENCE, Robert G Barrett’s THE TESLA LEGACY, David Owen‘s NO WEATHER FOR A BURIAL, Michael Robotham‘s SHATTER, Peter CorrisFOLLOW THE MONEY, Geoffrey McGeachin‘s SENSITIVE NEW AGE SPY, Garry Disher‘s WYATT, Adrian Hyland‘s GUNSHOT ROAD, Garry Disher’s SNAPSHOT and Adrian Hyland‘s DIAMOND DOVE. Not bad for not-quite-one-month’s reviewing eh.

And while we’re discussing websites Aust Crime Fiction has had a layout update which looks nifty and makes it even easier to find some good Aussie authors to try out. While tootling ’round the newly spiffy site I noticed Karen had posted a nice list of where to start with Australian Crime Fiction.

Karen of the aforementioned Aust Crime Fiction has also been reviewing Aussie crime fiction like crazy…Lenny Bartulin‘s DE LUXE, Barry Maitland‘s CHELSEA MANSIONS, John M Green‘s BORN TO RUN, Garry Disher‘s CROSSKILL, Boyd Anderson‘s LUDO, Robin Adair‘s THE GHOST OF WATERLOO and Miranda Darling‘s THE SIREN’S SONG.

Readings bookshop in Melbourne posted a short video review of three new works of Aussie crime fiction, giving a great wrap to Alistair Sarre‘s PROHIBITED ZONE about someone who escapes from the refugee detention centre at Woomera (as one of the few books set in the home state of Fair Dinkum HQ one of us should get around to reading this one soon). The other two books that are mentioned are Stuart Littlemore‘s HARRY CURRY: COUNSEL OF CHOICE (this one has a curiosity factor as Littlemore is one of Australia’s most high profile lawyers and QCs and was the original host of the long-running national TV show that provides analysis on the media) and Garry Disher‘s WHISPERING DEATH (more about this elsewhere)

Barry Maitland tells Readings Books about the inspiration behind his latest novel CHELSEA MANSIONS

Garry Disher‘s most recent novel, WHISPERING DEATH was reviewed by Andrew Nette at Pulp Curry who said that Disher “avoids the pedestrian nature of many police procedurals through his ability to chronicle the underbelly of life in Melbourne’s growing outer suburban fringe, including the gap between rich and poor and stress created by rapid population growth, including for the police” (nice…gotta get my hands on this one).

Michael Robotham talked to South African paper Times Live about leaving journalism, ghost writing and the amount of research that went into his latest novel THE WRECKAGE. He did an interview with Radio New Zealand too. Michael’s earlier novel BLEED FOR ME was reviewed at Mystery*File where reviewer LJ Roberts enjoyed “the balance of introspection and suspense” and THE WRECKAGE was reviewed at Mean Streets and The Mystery Reader

Normally a writer of novels exploring male angst Nick Earls has turned to crime fiction for his 12th book THE FIX (though it started life as a screenplay).

Sulari Gentill‘s A FEW RIGHT THINKING MEN was reviewed at Where the Writer Comes to Write

Here at Fair Dinkum HQ

2 Aug – we announced the Ned Kelly Awards shortlists (and our tweeting of this post was the way at least 1 of the shortlisted authors discovered the news which was a nice thing for us but had me wondering why the authors weren’t told by the Awards organisers)

3 Aug we pondered our scoring of the various longlisted titles for the Ned Kelly Awards (in particular lamenting the absence of Adrian Hyland’s Gunshot Road from the list)

8 Aug – we shared our cautious optimism over the news the Guy Pearce is to play title role in two tele movies based on the first two novels of Peter Temple’s Jack Irish quartet

11 Aug – I reviewed Geoffrey McGeachin’s THE DIGGERS REST HOTEL: With down-to-earth, very believable characters and a strong, enveloping sense of place and time this is a top notch work of historical crime fiction.

14 Aug – I reviewed J D Cregan’s THE WONDER OF SELDOM SEEN: I enjoyed the book’s originality, mixture of light hearted whimsy and dramatic moments and found it easy to forgive the places where the plot was a little over the top or the internal logic was a bit off.

17 Aug – Kerrie reviewed Chris Womersley’s BEREFT:  which she found carefully crafted, demanding the reader’s full attention, and providing some arresting imagery but noted that crime and justice take a back seat.

25 Aug – Bernadette reviewed Kel Robertson‘s RIP OFF: funny, cleverly written and delightfully playful with the genre’s conventions

31 Aug – we posted the winners of the 2011 Ned Kelly Awards; thanks to tweeting by several ceremony attendees the post was published only a few minutes after the final award was announced

Hopefully you can all find something full of Aussie goodness amongst all of that. In case you’re looking for more I’ve added some new links on the links page (naturally, where else would one add links?)

If I missed your review of an Aussie crime fiction novel drop us a line at fairdinkum crime [at] gmail [dot] com, I use google alerts and RSS feeds to supply me with news but I have been known to hit mark all as read a bit too quickly some days 🙂 


3 thoughts on “A fair dinkum month – August 2011

  1. Thanks for the great round-up, some good ideas here (esp Garry Disher). I had a look at the TasBookLover blog and have subscribed – seems very good!


  2. PS Forgot to mention, I reviewed Prime Cut by Alan Carter at Petrona the other day – if you want this review for FD you are welcome to take it.


  3. You should definitely read Prohibited Zone by Alastair Sarre. It is a great read and becoming very popular with book clubs here in South Australia. A very entertaining and thought provoking book.


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