Revenge in Rubies

Author: A. M. Stuart Publisher/Year:Berkley Prime Crime, New York/2020 AND Singapore Sapphire Publisher/Year: Berkley Prime Crime, New York/2019 Reviewer: Robyn Walton The name A. M. Stuart isn’t known to many readers of historical crime fiction, but this is an author who arrives with a string of historical romance and mystery titles that began in the …

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The Second Son

Author: Loraine Peck Publisher/Year: Text Publishing/2021 Publisher description Duty always has a price. When Ivan Novak is shot dead putting out his garbage bins in Sydney’s west, his family wants revenge, especially his father Milan, a notorious crime boss. It’s a job for the second son, Ivan’s younger brother Johnny. But Johnny loves his wife …

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Death Beyond the Limit

Author: B.M. Allsopp Publisher/Year: Coconut Press/2020 Publisher description Can a landlubber detective track down crime on the high seas? ​Inspector Joe Horseman stares into the eyes of a disembodied head. Fished out of a shark’s gut, the unknown victim is soon dubbed ‘Jona’ by the media. Did the tiger shark kill Jona or was he already dead when it clamped its …

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Charlotte Pass

Author:  Lee Christine Publisher/Year:  Allen & Unwin/2020 Publisher description When ski patroller Vanessa Bell discovers human bones high on Mount Stillwell at Charlotte Pass ski resort, Detective Sergeant Pierce Ryder of the Sydney Homicide Squad is called in to lead the investigative team. Arriving in the isolated, snowed-in village with Winterfest celebrations underway, Ryder soon …

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The War Widow

Author: Tara Moss Publisher/Year: Harper Collins/2020 Publisher description Sydney, 1946. Though war correspondent Billie Walker is happy to finally be home, for her the heady postwar days are tarnished by the loss of her father and the disappearance in Europe of her husband, Jack. To make matters worse, now that the war is over, the …

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Death in Daylesford

Author: Kerry Greenwood Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin/2020 Publisher description Surrounded by secrets, great and small, the formidable Miss Phryne Fisher returns to vanquish injustice. When a mysterious invitation arrives for Miss Phryne Fisher from an unknown Captain Herbert Spencer, Phryne’s curiosity is excited. Spencer runs a retreat in Victoria’s spa country for shell-shocked soldiers of …

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Sticks and Stones

Author: Katherine Firkin Publisher/Year: Bantam/2020 Publisher description It’s winter in Melbourne and Detective Emmett Corban is starting to regret his promotion to head of the Missing Persons Unit, as the routine reports pile up on his desk. So when Natale Gibson goes missing, he’s convinced this is the big case he’s been waiting for – …

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The Peski Kids: Stuck in the Mud

Author:  R. A. Spratt Publisher/Year:  Penguin Random House Australia/2019 Publisher description Things are about to get messy for the Peski Kids as mud-run madness descends on Currawong! Chaos parachutes into Currawong when the annual Mud Run hits town. The Peski kids are soon swept up in the festivities. Or in April’s case, strapped to a …

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Dead Man Walking

Author: Kate McClymont (with Vanda Carson) Publisher/Year: Vintage Books Australia (Penguin Random House)/ 2019 Publisher description Employing her insider status and trademark wit, pace and intelligence, Kate McClymont unravels the complex business relationships between Michael McGurk and Ron Medich. Rumour has it that Sydney is full of corruption and crime, but no one expected to …

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The Satapur Moonstone

Author: Sujata Massey Publisher/Year: Allen & Unwin/2019 Publisher description The delightfully clever Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s first female lawyer, returns in an adventure of treacherous intrigues and suspicious deaths. India, 1922: It is rainy season in the lush, remote Sahyadri Mountains southeast of Bombay, where the kingdom of Satapur is tucked away. A curse has fallen …

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