Category Archives: Mystery and Thriller

September 12

Don’t Let Go by Michel Bussi

  Don’t Let Go a new mystery by Frenchman Michel Bussi grabbed me from the first page.  Refreshingly there is no “investigator character” as in most traditional mysteries as this mystery is told from at least four different perspectives –  the police investigators and the characters involved all have a turn telling the story.  The […]

September 11

Alias Grace by Margaret Attwood

Everyone’s talking about the serialised version of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – everyone but me actually, as we had trouble streaming from SBS on demand, so I’ll just have to patiently wait for my hold on the library copy to arrive. We also have the 1990 film adaptation on the catalogue, starring Natasha […]

August 25

Mississippi burning – a novel about the people of the deep South of America

Mississippi Burning by  Greg Iles. Post by Robyne. This book is the third in the series about the life of Natchez mayor Penn Cage and his families involvement with the Klu Klux Klan, and we already know that this will not have a happy ending. The other two novels ”Natchez Burning” and “The Bone Tree” set the scene […]

August 24

Taken at the flood

Taken At The Flood by Agatha Christie. Post by Sandra.   I recently enjoyed reading this mystery novel by Agatha Christie which I found quite compelling. This is a story of a brother and sister who arrive at a little village in England and ensconce themselves in the beautiful country manor house of Rosaleen’s late […]

August 23

Into the water

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. Post by Robyne. This is the much anticipated novel by the author of the hot hit ‘Girl on the Train‘, and I tried so hard to love it. Unfortunately all I could manage was a ‘like’. So, not too bad, but not great. When I thought about what I […]

August 17

Two Days Gone : a Ryan DeMarco Mystery by Randall Silvis

Posted by Neen Two Days Gone : a Ryan DeMarco Mystery by Randall Silvis In this skillfully written thriller, Thomas Huston, a respected college professor and acclaimed author, appears to have murdered his wife and their three children then disappeared. Why did he do it? And where is he? Sergeant Ryan DeMarco is the policeman […]

August 16

Shining City by Tom Rosenstiel

Posted by Neen Shining City by Tom Rosenstiel Veteran political fixers, Peter Rena and Randi Brooks, have been hired by the US President to run a background check on Roland Madison, the President’s preferred nominee for the Supreme Court. They uncover evidence of Madison’s involvement in radical activities in the sixties, and even though it was a lifetime […]

August 15

A Single Spy by William Christie

Posted by Neen A Single Spy by William Christie Moscow, 1936. Alexsi Smirnov, 16 year-old orphan and thief, has been living by his wits and managing to avoid the attention of the Soviet authorities when his luck runs out. Alexsi is caught by the secret police and given an ultimatum – to be trained and inserted as a spy into […]

July 12

My cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier

I’m not sure why, but lately I seem to have developed a passion for all things written about, or filmed in, Cornwall. Much to my great joy the new series of “Poldark” has started airing on the ABC, and now My Cousin Rachel , also set in Cornwall, has just been released in cinemas in Australia. […]

July 12

Elsie and Ethelred (Series)

The Ethelred Tressider and Elsie Thirkettle series, by L. C. Tyler We first meet Ethelred Tressider and Elsie Thirkettle in “The Herring Seller’s Apprentice”. Ethelred is a second rate (third rate?) crime writer and Elsie is his literary agent. Ethelred is mild-mannered, easily taken in by a credible story, and apparently putty in the hands […]