The Boundary by Nicole Watson

Author: Nicole Watson Publisher: University of Queensland Press Copyright Year: 2011 ISBN: 978-0-7022-3849-9 Review By: Karen Chisholm Book Synopsis: Long ago, Meston Park in Brisbane’s West End marked the city’s boundary. A curfew kept its Aboriginal population outside the city limits after dark. When the park becomes the site of a multi-million dollar development, the …

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Lady Killer: How Conman Bruce Burell Kidnapped and Killed – 2010 Davitt Winner True Crime – by Candace Sutton & Ellen Connolly

Author: Candace Sutton and Ellen Connolly Publisher: Allen & Unwin Review By: Tanya King Book Synopsis: Lady Killer is the impeccably researched account of the decade between the crime and conviction of conman, Bruce Burrell. Authors, Sutton and Connolly, are two Sydney journalists and writers. They have clearly had access to a range of sources, …

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Lambs to the Slaughter by Debi Marshall

Author: Debi Marshall Publisher: Random House Copyright Year: 2009 ISBN: ISBN: 978-1-74166-651-9 Review by Ann Byrne Book Synopsis: In this definitive, graphically chilling account of Percy’s life, a man dubbed by a prison officer as “Australia’s answer to Hannibal Lecter,” award-winning true-crime author Debi Marshall applies her investigative journalism skills to a forensic examination of …

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The Small Hand by Susan Hill

Author: Susan Hill Publisher: Allen and Unwin Copyright Year: 2010 ISBN: ISBN: 978-1846682360 No of Pages: 167 Review By: Karen Chisholm Book Synopsis: Returning home from a visit to a client late one summer’s evening, antiquarian bookseller Adam Snow takes a wrong turning and stumbles across the derelict old White House. Compelled by curiosity, he …

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Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny

Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Sphere Review By: Kelly Marshall Book Synopsis: Bury Your Dead is Louise Penny’s sixth novel featuring Armand Gamache the admirable Chief Inspector of the Sûreté du Québec. The novel deals with redemption and forgiveness while offering the reader a truly gripping mystery. Recovering from injuries received in a botched case where …

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Red Dust by Fleur McDonald

Author: Fleur Mc Donald Publisher: Allen & Unwin Copyright Year: 2009 ISBN: ISBN: 9781741756296 No of Pages: 348 Review By: Jan Bull Book Synopsis: After the death of her husband in an horrific plane crash, Gemma Sinclair defies community expectations, and her husband’s dying words, by taking on the daunting task of managing the 100,000 …

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Pearl In A Cage by Joy Dettman

Author: Joy Dettman Publisher: Mac Millan Review By: Bronwen Scott Book Synopsis: On a balmy midsummer’s evening in 1923, a young woman foreign, dishevelled and heavily pregnant is found unconscious just off the railway tracks in the tiny logging community of Woody Creek. The town midwife, Gertrude Foote, is roused from her bed when the …

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Gone by Mo Hayder

Author: Mo Hayder Publisher: Bantam Press Copyright Year: 2010 ISBN: ISBN 9780593063811 No of Pages: 415 Review By: Angela Savage Book Synopsis: Synopsis (from the back cover blurb) November in the West Country. Evening is closing in as murder detective Jack Caffery arrives to interview the victim of a car-jacking. He’s dealt with routine car-thefts …

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