Time for another round up of new releases, reviews and news about Australian crime fiction from around the blogoshpere
- Sulari Gentill ‘s PAVING THE NEW ROAD was released in August and is the fourth of her Rowly Sinclair novels, this time taking Rowly and his friends to Nazi Germany. I loved the combination of real and imaginary people and events, enjoyed seeing Gentill tackle the darker subject matter and gushed a bit more in my review.
- L.A. Larkin‘s second thriller THIRST is set in Antarctica and stars a maverick glaciologist. At AustCrime fiction Karen thought it reminiscent of Alistair MacLean and enjoyed the evocative setting and realistic characters.
- Gabrielle Lord’s DEATH BY BEAUTY is the sixth novel to feature PI Gemma Lincoln (though it’s been 5 years since we last saw her in 2007’s SHATTERED). Here she becomes involved in several cases that seem to all lead back to an exclusive Day Spa and its cutting edge cosmetic procedure. Over at Book’d Out Shelleyrae thought it a page turner but perhaps not the best of the series (which is being re-released this year so you could start with the excellent FEEDING THE DEMONS). Karen at AustCrime Fiction seemed to share Shelleyrae’s reservations about the credibility of Gemma’s actions and motivation and thought the book will probably appeal more to real fans of the series.
- Zane Lovitt‘s MIDNIGHT PROMISE is a collection of ten stories featuring John Dorn, a Melbourne based private enquiry agent. At Bite the Book Jon Page wrote “This is not a new writer who has potential, this is a new writer whose skill and talent just oozes out of the page.” You can read Jon’s review or check it out in video format.
- Tara Moss‘ ASSASSIN is the fifth (and apparently final) novel in the Mak Vanderwall series and opens with former model turned forensic psychologist Mak missing and presumed dead. Her old flame Andy is, meanwhile, on the hunt for a rapist in Sydney.
- Andrew Nette‘s GHOST MONEY is another debut, set in Cambodia in the 1990’s and featuring an Australian ex-cop on the hunt for a missing businessman. I thought the book’s sense of time and place was its outstanding feature and Rob at The View From The Blue House concurred.
- Malla Nunn‘s BLESSED ARE THE DEAD is the third historical fiction novel set in the early days of South Africa’s apartheid regime and sees Emmanuel Cooper investigating a village murder. Bill at Mysteries and More thought Nunn had created “a mystery that combines the era, the geography and people of South Africa of the early 1950’s” in a brilliant book.
- Michael Robotham‘s – SAY YOU’RE SORRY sees Robotham return to his regular characters psychologist Joe O’Loughlin and ex-cop Vincent Ruiz (after last year’s Iraq-based thriller THE WRECKAGE) in a tale about teenage girls who disappeared several years ago. Here at Fair Dinkum Kerrie thought the book clever, with several heart-stopping moments and Karen at AustCrime fiction was surprised by the guilty party!
Older titles getting attention
- At the excellent Confessions of a Mystery Novelist Margot Kinberg considered Peter Temple‘s Jack Irish character as part of her contribution to a popular meme. It offers some great insights on a character all fans of Aussie crime fiction should get to know (especially as he is due to hit the small screens in two tele movies later this year with the title role being played by Guy Pearce)
- At Book’d Out Shelleyrae took a look at Nicole Watson‘s THE BOUNDARY and while she didn’t think it conformed to all the conventions of the genre she thought it intriguing if demanding.
Both the Ned Kelly Awards (for the best crime writing by Australians) and the Davitt Awards (for the best crime writing by Australian women) were handed out in the last month. Congratulations to all the winners.