The Dry

It hasn’t rained in Kiewarra for years, but is that really enough to drive a well-loved local farmer to suicide, taking most of his family…

Hard Labour

Written by Bill Bateman — Medical crime fiction is not the most mined of the sub-genres we cover, which is strange because doctors hold life…

The Dry

Written by Jane Harper — The town of Kiewarra, somewhere in rural south-eastern Australia, is a community on the brink. A drought is making life extremely…

Taser-Burned Badass

Written by John Bobo — The McCutchins are bad – seven brothers, abandoned by their fathers and getting precious little assistance from their alcoholic mother. From a…

NTN: Bullet Gal

Written by Andrez Bergen — Mitzi (surname unknown) is a character who won’t die. She appears throughout Andrez Bergen’s oeuvre, which stretches across genres and…

NTN: The Borrowed

Written by Chan Ho-Kei, Translated by Jeremy Tiang – It’s always good to read a real crime fiction epic, a novel that goes beyond the single…

Deep Red

Written by Hisashi Nozawa, translated by Asumi Shibata — Kanako Akiba is 11 years old and just like any other sixth-grader, laughing with her friends and…

Gunshine State

Written by Andrew Nette — “Beautiful one day, perfect the next.” That’s how Queensland, Australia’s advertising campaign Sunshine State describes the weather in the country’s second…

Target Churchill

Written by Warren Adler and James C Humes, narrated by Nick Howden-Steenstra — Warren Adler is perhaps best known for his screenplay for The War of…

The Silent Dead

Written by Tetsuya Honda, translated by Giles Murray — Recently I lamented the decline of the classic police procedural – but how quickly I’ve been…

A Hero in France

Written by Alan Furst — Paris in spring conjures up images of joie de vivre, recalling Sinatra singing about chestnuts in blossom and holiday tables under the…