The Sinner – Tess Gerritsen

A vicious attack on two nuns in a convent sends Dr Isles and Detective Rizzoli on an investigation that has troubling twists and disturbing connections too close to home. Dr Maura Isles is the focus of this story, the third in the Rizzoli and Isles series. Most (but...

Lost Lives – Malcolm Richards

A young woman tries to escape a troubled past by moving to a new flat in the city, and finds herself investigating the disappearance of the flat’s previous tenant. There’s a lot more going on in this book than my one-sentence description, but I don’t want to give away...

After the Crash – Michel Bussi

A private detective spends eighteen years trying to determine the identity of a baby girl, the only survivor of a plane crash. There were two baby girls on the plane – which one is she? Okay, so it’s not a masterpiece of literature and you have to suspend a lot of...

The Apprentice – Tess Gerritsen

Detective Jane Rizzoli struggles in a man’s world while trying to capture a pair of serial killers who have her in their sights as their next victim. A great follow up to the first in the Rizzoli & Isles series, The Surgeon. This is the first of the series where...

The Surgeon – Tess Gerritsen

A doctor, the victim of a near-fatal assault, is traumatised all over again when someone appears to be copying the attacker she shot dead two years ago. This is an older book, the first of the Rizzoli & Isles series by Tess Gerritsen (although it doesn’t feature...

Before it Breaks – Dave Warner

One-Sentence Description: A detective returns to his home town to be closer to his daughter, and finds himself investigating the mysterious murder of a loner in the bush. My Thoughts: Before it Breaks won the Ned Kelly for Best Fiction this year. It’s another good...

Resurrection Bay – Emma Viskic

One-Sentence Description: A deaf private investigator puts his own life on the line to find out who killed his mate, and why. My Thoughts: This book won this year’s Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction, and three Davitt Awards – Best Adult Novel, Reader’s Choice,...

Play Dead – Angela Marsons

One-Sentence Description: DI Kim Stone and her team investigate when bodies that don’t belong start turning up at a local body farm. My Thoughts: I enjoyed this fourth book in the series much better than the first. Sometimes it takes authors a few books to find...

Dark Horse – Tami Hoag

One-Sentence Description: An ex-cop on the edge after a shooting gone bad agrees to help a young girl find her missing sister amidst the cut-throat world of horse-buying and selling. My Thoughts: An interesting setting, intriguing plot, and excellent characters make...

Bombproof – Michael Robotham

One-Sentence Description: Just out of prison after serving time for a crime he didn’t commit, a guy finds himself constantly in the wrong place at the wrong time in an effort to save his sister from a bunch of drug-pushing gangsters. My Thoughts: I love Michael...