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tiger in eden June 17

A tiger in Eden by Chris Flynn

A tiger in Eden is the debut novel from Irish-Australian Chris Flynn. It follows the character of Billy, a Loyalist street fighter on the run from the police in Northern Ireland. Billy is currently residing on the beaches of Thailand where he plays the part of the stereotypical tourist – getting involved in sex, drugs […]

An Iron Rose

I am on a bit of a Peter Temple read-a-thon at the moment. Having recently read all the Jack Irish series and thoroughly enjoying them I have now embarked on his stand alone books, starting with An Iron Rose. However I think I could be forgiven for thinking I was reading another Jack Irish novel. Mac […]

One Click digital eaudiobook of the month

Where The Bodies Are Buried by Chris Brookmyre, narrated by Sarah Barron This bestselling action packed and hilarious crime thriller is the first in the series starring Private Investigator Jasmine Sharp. ‘Prodigiously funny and inventive, here he takes crime fans exactly where they want to go’ DAILY TELEGRAPH In Glasgow, aspiring actress Jasmine Sharp is […]

Calvus by Darryl Greer reviewed by Jill Smith

The cover of this book is dark and foreboding, however, I was delighted to find myself immersed in the mystery of the police investigation of a crucified body in modern-day St Albans, England in Verulamium Park. The site was the historical site of such punishments in ancient Roman times. Were there a band of Roman […]

Harlan Coben’s newest is all about choices!

Choices – it’s all about choices! Megan chooses to live a life of a suburban housewife with two kids and a lawyer husband, and to leave behind the life of an exotic dancer. Ray chooses to be a low-life paparazzi photographer instead of an award winning photo-journalist, Lorraine chooses to work in a bar, instead of being a happily married housewife, and when cancer comes calling, she has no one to hold her close. While all these people are living with their choices, a serial killer is efficiently disposing of a body every year to celebrate Mardi Gras… Read on it’s Harlan Coben at his best, Stay Close.

Reviewed by Lyn (Helensvale Branch Library)

Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein

Review by Bindi, Broadbeach Library Tokyo Vice is the memoir of an American journalist who worked for the Yomiuri Shinbun during the heady nineties. The author covered vice and organised crime for the Tokyo newspaper for more than twelve years. During this time, Adelstein investigates extortion, murder, human trafficking, corruption and the yakuza on the […]

John Grisham back in form

As an avid reader of John Grisham I have read and enjoyed all of his books except for The Appeal and The Associate. The Appeal was tedious to read but I kept persisting as I thought I needed to know how it turned out.  Though I needn’t have bothered as the ending was very disappointing.  […]

Announcing our November read: Truth by Peter Temple

At the end of a long day, Inspector Stephen Villani stands over the body of a young woman in the bath of a luxury apartment, a panic button within reach.

So starts Peter Temple’s Truth, the sequel to the bestselling, The Broken Shore, winner of the Duncan Lawrie Dagger for Best Crime Novel.

Stephen Villani’s life is his work. It is his identity, his mission, his touchstone. But now, over a few hot summer days, as fires burn across the state and his superiors and colleagues scheme and jostle, he finds all that he stands for is crumbling down around him.

Truth is a novel about a man and a family and a city. It is about violence, murder, love, corruption, honour and deceit. And it is about the truth! This is a riveting book with broad appeal—even among readers who don’t usually go for crime.

Stephanie Plum is back in Sizzling Sixteen!

What’s not to enjoy! Janet Evanovich’s 16th book in the Stephanie Plum series is more of the same but always fun!

In Sizzling Sixteen Vinnie, owner of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds for whom Stephanie is a bounty hunter, has run up a large gambling debt with a mobster and is being held captive until the $786,000 has been paid. Stephanie, along with her office associates Connie and Lula, in their usual unorthodox ways manage to save the day. Not before causing all sort of commotion! Then there is the men in Stephanie’s life, in particular Ranger…If you are a regular reader of this series you will know what I mean.

Michael Robotham – crime writing genius

In his latest novel Bleed for me, Michael Robotham takes contemporary issues and weaves them into a tale of intrigue and suspense which leaves the reader to ponder some interesting questions about the repercussive effects of choices people make and how this can alter the course of a life.

This is ‘intelligent’ crime-writing at it’s best, where all is most definitely not as it seems and the reader is forced to examine their own values and judgements about what really constitutes a crime?

Sounds heavy? Well it’s not – not by a long shot. The main character of Joe O’Loughlin is someone I’d really like to meet, the kind of person you’d like to sit next to at a dinner party, who you know would keep you interested all evening.

Unlike so many of the lead characters in crime novels, Joe isn’t a burnt-out cop or a lone ranger type of guy. He is a family man, who because of circumstances beyond his control, finds himself in the middle of investigations where his more intuitive methods of uncovering evidence often leads him into trouble with the police who obviously need to follow procedure in order to get their results.

Michael RobothamAll of the characters that Michael Robotham has created across his series of novels are multi-dimensional and multi-layered, which is one of the reasons that they are such a good read.

It’s interesting to wonder how much the people that he met during his career as an investigative journalist and as a celebrity ghost writer influenced the development of his characters as they ring so true to life, but they are often so morally ambiguous it’s kind of an uncomfortable thought that maybe they are based on real people.

Bleed for me is the feature title for ABC Coast FM’s new Book Club and Michael Robotham is one of the guest authors appearing at Gold Coast Libraries Literati event next month.


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