What a fantastic year it has been for readers of all genres. I cannot believe how many 5 star reads I have have had the pleasure to review. Let me start this arduous task of reducing my list to a reasonable number by listing my pick of the best crime fiction reads of 2018. I hope some of these make it onto your shelves.
In no particular order:
The Sunday Girl – Pip Drysdale
All the Hidden Truths – Claire Askew
Second Sight – Aoife Clifford
GreenLight – Benjamin Stevenson
Scrublands – Chris Hammer
The CraftsMan – Sharon Bolton
Man at The Window – Robert Jeffreys
Retribution – Richard Anderson
I, Witness – Niki Mackay
Since We Fell – Denis Lehane
The Wanted – Robert Crais
I am very excited by the books that arrived in the mail this week.
So many great reads – it is almost better than Christmas! I have started reading Melina Marchetta’s – Tell The Truth Shame The Devil– a great mystery/thriller ( maybe I might finish that tonight), I have flicked through Vivienne Westwood’s Get a Life and I must say I am really keen to start this – this hardback is beautifully presented – love the detailing on the inside back and front covers and the handwritten message from Vivienne and all the wonderful images sprinkled liberally throughout the book. This would make a fantastic Christmas gift for someone special (or for yourself, your pretty special too).
I loved Saul Black’s The Killing Lessons so really looking forward to Lovemurder.
The Rivers of London sounds interesting… “my story really started when I tried to take a witness statement froma man who was already dead…” This grabbed my attention! And I see Lisa Unger took my advice and created a novel from one of the novellas she wrote a while back 🙂 Ink and Bone – another I cant wait to start reading. And last but not least – a local publisher – Serenity Press brings us Writing the Dream; twenty four inspiring stories from many writers you may know or know of – Louise Allan, Sara Foster, Jenn J Mcleod, Monique Mulligan, Sandi Wallace… I cant wait to read your stories!
In the mail this week I received some fantastic reads – a few by authors I have rad before, a few that are new to me. In this stack are a few works of crime fiction; some Australian crime fiction, a couple of true crime, some international crime writers, crime with a paranormal twist, crime written by local author (Ian Andrew) and…some contemporary reads. I have started reading “When the Music Is Over” by Peter Robinson – my first DCI Banks read and I am looking forward to reading the new offering from Australian author Fleur Ferris “Black”- I loved her first book “Risk“. So many great reads ahead of me.
Have you read any of these? What did you think? Any favourites?
To celebrate the launch of Inga Simpson’s Where the Trees Were I am pleased to be able to offer one of my readers a collection of Inga’s novels (see below).
It is easy to enter – simply tell me the name of one of the characters in Inga’s latest book in the comments section. (hint read synopsis here for a few clues) * Please note this giveaway is open to Australian residents only – entries close midnight Friday the 8th of April. I will randomly select one winner and Hachette Australia will mail the 3 books out to the winner shortly thereafter – thanks Hachette Australia for your support..
I am pleased to see this sub genre is getting a bit of press recently. Hachette Australia recently added this qualifier to their f/b site about the genre;
” ‘Domestic Noir takes place primarily in homes and workplaces, concerns itself largely (but not exclusively) with the female experience, is based around relationships and takes as its base a broadly feminist view that the domestic sphere is a challenging and sometimes dangerous prospect for its inhabitants’ – Julia Crouch.”
Maybe it is the feminist aspect that is calling to me? An interesting thought.
Have you read any of these? So far What Came Before by Anna George remains one of my all time favourite reads.
The post box was over flowing today. Looking forward to checking out these reads. Though I consider myself mostly a crime fiction aficionado I like to mix up my reads every now and then, I feel this adds a bit off freshness to my reading and reviewing, sometimes you can get stuck in a reviewing or reading rut – not much chance of that this week – what a great mix of Australian police procedural, horror from the Master, vampire, health and contemporary books. What to read first? Listen. Do you hear that? A Time to Run by J M Peace is a calling softly to me 🙂