Mysteries & Thrillers

Death row reprieve leads to intrigue

June 23, 2017
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Death row reprieve leads to intrigue

The Last Mile, by David Baldacci (Macmillan, RRP $37.99) Melvin Mars sits in a cell, awaiting execution for the brutal murder of his parents two decades. However, just hours before he is scheduled to die, he is granted an unexpected reprieve when someone else confesses to the crime. In this second “Memory Man” book...

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Offbeat mix in agreeable murder mystery

February 21, 2017
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Offbeat mix in agreeable murder mystery

Close to the Bone, by Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins, RRP $20): DI Logan McRae has a lot on his plate. His girlfriend is lying in hospital, he is living in a caravan park because his flat has blown up, a local criminal godfather type is wanting his help and, to top it all off, there...

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Murder mystery unravels in letters

April 17, 2016
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Murder mystery unravels in letters

Letters to my Daughter’s Killer, by Cath Staincliffe (Murdoch Books, RRP $37): When Ruth Sutton receives a text from her daughter Lizzie asking her to babysit the following weekend, she takes a moment to reflect on the happiness she finds in being a grandmother, before agreeing to look after her beloved granddaughter Florence. Then, just...

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A bit saggy but still a good read

April 1, 2016
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A bit saggy but still a good read

Innocence, by Dean Koontz (HarperCollins, RRP $35): Addison Goodheart lives below the city, out of sight of people whose first impulse if they see his face is to try to commit violence. Addison reads, and lives quietly, and goes up into the city at night, when the world is quiet. He’s in the library...

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Beckett thriller hits the ground running

March 25, 2016
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Beckett thriller hits the ground running

Stone Bruises, by Simon Beckett (Bantam Press, RRP $38): With the mystery and intrigue kicking off from the very first page, we meet the book’s main character Sean as he is on the run, but with no indication of why or from whom. He is driving in something of a panic, a bit battered...

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No surprises policy not so good in book

March 24, 2016
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No surprises policy not so good in book

Before We Met, by Lucie Whitehouse (Bloomsbury, RRP $35): With the short but not-so- sweet blurb on the back of this book telling us that Hannah Reilly had a perfectly happy life until the day her husband failed to come home, it comes as absolutely no surprise that her husband fails to come home...

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Another goodie from Patterson

March 12, 2016
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Another goodie from Patterson

Mistress, by James Patterson and David Ellis (Century, RRP $37): Here’s another decent read from the prolific James Patterson, this time in a standalone novel with David Ellis. Ben Casper sees his best friend fall to her death from the balcony of her apartment and realises his life is about to change. And not for the better. Diana...

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Gory, dark but compelling

March 1, 2016
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Gory, dark but compelling

A Song for the Dying, by Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins, RRP $35): Scottish author Stuart MacBride has delivered yet another gritty, gruesome and somewhat uncomfortable murder mystery in A Song for the Dying. Detective Inspector Ash Henderson was on the trail of a brutal killer dubbed “the Inside Man”, who abducted and killed four women,...

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Mystery that will keep you guessing

February 24, 2016
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Mystery that will keep you guessing

The Stranger You Know, by Jane Casey (Ebury Press, RRP $38): Three women have been murdered in their own homes, all have been strangled with no sign of a break-in. For Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan, it looks like the victims must have let their killer in because they knew him. And worst of all,...

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Thriller with the good, the bad and the ugly

February 12, 2016
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Thriller with the good, the bad and the ugly

Bad Blood, by Arne Dahl (Harvill Secker, RRP $37): For years the “Kentucky Killer” managed to elude the FBI, leaving a trail of victims with terrible injuries that haunted the agents looking for him. With a method of highly specialised method of torture secretly developed during the Vietnam War, the Kentucky Killer had an...

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