Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King or I lay awake till dawn and it was worth it

Full Dark, No Stars ISBN 9781444712568 This pbk edition published by Hodder, 2011 What could possibly go wrong? Everything. If you’re looking for ‘nice’ stories and your sense of humour is not slightly warped, move right along. If you’d like a sweet night’s sleep, choose another book. These are terrible stories that take hold and […]

Sydney Writers’ Festival 2011 – The New School: Nicole Watson, PM Newton and Shamini Flint speak with Mark Dapin

Two lawyers and an ex-copper — the crime novels of three women writers Nicole Watson (The Boundary), PM Newton (The Old School) and Shamini Flint (Detective Singh Investigates series) feature unconventional detectives and a different approach to writing crime. The authors discussed the ways in which they came to the genre, the perseverance required for […]

Love and Lethal Luggage: Bury Me Deep by Megan Abbott

In October 1931, the bodies of two Phoenix women, nurse Agnes ‘Anne’ LeRoi and her roommate, Hedvig ‘Sammy’ Samuelson, were found in two luggage trunks which had been abandoned at Los Angeles’s Southern Pacific Station. The prosecution argued that one of the bodies had been dismembered because it couldn’t be made to fit into the […]

Blood Born by Kathryn Fox

**** (four stars – an excellent book as per Bookseller+Publisher ratings system) Published by Macmillan, $29.99 tpb, ISBN: 9781405039314 The list of Kathryn Fox’s crime-writing peers who have praised her earlier novels—Malicious Intent, Without Consent and Skin and Bone is impressive and includes Jeffery Deaver and Lee Child. Fans of her gutsy protaganist Dr Anya […]

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