Karen from AustCrime's Blog – August 2011 Archive (9)

Review - Plugged, Eoin Colfer

Book Title:   PLUGGED

Author:  Eoin Colfer

ISBN:   9780755379996

Location:   New Jersey

Publisher:   Hachette Australia

Year of Publication:   2011



Murder, corruption and hair loss in New Jersey.



'Once I have hair, I'll be happy.'  At least that's what Irish ex-army sergeant Daniel McEvoy tells himself.



As doorman at a seedy New Jersey casino, dealing with unpleasant customers, a psychotic neighbour and a receding hairline are all part of Dan's… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on August 25, 2011 at 6:07pm — No Comments

Review - This Night's Foul Work, Fred Vargas

Book Title:   THIS NIGHT'S FOUL WORK

Author:  Fred Vargas

ISBN:   9780099507628

Location:   France

Series:   Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg

Publisher:   Vintage Books

Year of Publication:   2009



On the outskirts of Paris, two men are discovered with their throats cut.  In Normandy, two stags have been killed and their hearts cut out.  Meanwhile, a seventy-five-year old nurse who had murdered several of her patients has escaped from prison.  Is there a connection… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on August 23, 2011 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Review - Crimespotting, intro by Irvine Welsh

Book Title:   CRIMESPOTTING

ISBN:   9781846971242

Location:   Edinburgh

Publisher:   One City Trust

Year of Publication:   2009



All the short stories here are brand new, specially commissioned and from a unique mix of bestselling crime writers. Each author was asked for a story which features a crime and is set in Edinburgh. The results range from hard-boiled police procedural to historical whodunit and from the wildly comic to the spookily supernatural.…



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Added by Karen from AustCrime on August 23, 2011 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Review - The Ghost of Waterloo, Robin Adair

Book Title:   THE GHOST OF WATERLOO

ISBN:   9781921518485

Location:   Sydney

Series:   Nicodemus Dunne

Publisher:   Penguin

Year of Publication:   2011



The young settlement is shaken by a daring bank robbery and a spate of murders.  At the Governor's command, Nicodemus Dunne – a disgraced London thief-taker who is now the Running Patterer, a news-hawker roaming the streets of Sydney – sets out to discover the truth.



The evidence points – amazingly – to none… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on August 19, 2011 at 11:09pm — No Comments

Review - Ludo, Boyd Anderson

Book Title:   LUDO

ISBN:   9780702238987

Location:   Sydney

Publisher:   University of Queensland Press

Year of Publication:   2011



Sydney, 1961: Jockey McAuley is just looking for a little direction in life.  On a fast track from high school to the old school, he stumbles into the notorious Phoenix affair, a netherworld of shady deals, half truths and men with more sides than a cut diamond.



And then there's Ludo.  Glamorous, unattainable Ludo, playing everyone… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on August 19, 2011 at 12:34am — No Comments

Review - Close-Up, Esther Verhoef

Book Title:   CLOSE-UP

ISBN:   9781849160919

Location:   Holland

Location:   London

Publisher:   Quercus

Year of Publication:   2009



Leon's partner died in his bath, and although the police report said she took her own life... she didn't.



When he meets Margot, overweight, lacking in confidence and recently separated, he sees an opportunity.  Her life's a mess.  Who better to help her put it back together than a man who's recovering from his own…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on August 18, 2011 at 11:01pm — No Comments

Review - Born to Run, John M Green

Book Title:  Born to Run

ISBN:  9780980741889

Location:  USA

Publisher:  Pantera Press

Year of Publication:  2011

Murder, Terror and Treason





Isabel Diaz is set to be the first woman to win the White House.



But her chances plummet when a Muslim protege is accused of syphoning funds to terrorists and, seemingly unrelated, an Australian software wiz is tossed off a London skyscraper.



Then, when a TV journalist digs up a dark secret from Isabel's… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on August 16, 2011 at 8:59pm — No Comments

Review - Chelsea Mansions, Barry Maitland

Book Title:  CHELSEA MANSIONS

Author:  Barry Maitland

ISBN:  9781742376387

Series:  Brock & Kolla

Publisher:  Allen & Unwin

Year of Publication:  2011





When Nancy Haynes, an elderly American tourist, is brutally murdered in a seemingly senseless attack after visiting the Chelsea Flower Show.  DI Kathy Kolla suspects there is more to the case than first appears.  When another occupant of the palatial Chelsea Mansions is murdered hot on the heels of the… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on August 12, 2011 at 12:02am — No Comments

Review - De Luxe, Lenny Bartulin

Book Title:   DE LUXE

Author:   Lenny Bartulin

Publisher:   Scribe

Copyright:   2011

ISBN:   9781921844157

No of Pages:   229



Book Synopsis:



For once, Jack Susko is feeling pretty good: his secondhand bookshop is on the up, and the cops haven’t been around in ages. Even his cat, Lois, is being nice to him.



Then one morning a beautiful woman knocks on Jack’s door and hands him an eviction notice. His former boss, a corrupt property developer, asks… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on August 2, 2011 at 9:38pm — No Comments

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