Author Archives: bernadetteinoz

Review: SNOWBLIND by Ragnar Jonasson

I was not surprised to learn, after I’d finished reading SNOWBLIND, that its author has previously translated some of Agatha Christie’s works into his native Icelandic. Because there’s much more of a ‘Golden Age’ or classic whodunnit sensibility to the … Continue reading

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Review: PLANTATION SHUDDERS by Ellen Byron

PLANTATION SHUDDERS is a pretty stringent adherent to the current formula for cosy mysteries. However Ellen Byron has put enough of a unique spin on the familiar to make the book interesting but not so much of one that the … Continue reading

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Review: HUMBER BOY B by Ruth Dugdall

A 10-year-old boy is thrown to his death from Hull’s Humber Bridge by two brothers who cannot be identified due to their respective ages: 14 and 1o. They are therefore known to the world as Humber Boy A and Humber … Continue reading

Posted in book review, England, Ruth Dugdall | 4 Comments

Review: MURDER AT THE HOUSE OF ROOSTER HAPPINESS by David Casarett

The central question at the heart of MURDER AT THE HOUSE OF ROOSTER HAPPINESS is whether or not there is a dedicated, husband-killer stalking a certain kind of man in Chiang Mai, a city in northern Thailand. The unlikely team … Continue reading

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Confession time: I don’t like second hand books

A really thoughtful post about the joys of secondhand books by Prashant over at Chess, Comics, Crosswords, Books, Music, Cinema has prompted me to make this confession. Partly because I feel the need to explain my guilt and partly because … Continue reading

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Review: THE CLEANER by Elisabeth Herrmann

I’m prepared to wager a small sum that whoever wrote back cover blurb hasn’t actually read THE CLEANER. Or maybe I’d lose my bet on a technicality because they did read the book but thought it was too difficult to … Continue reading

Posted in book review, Elisabeth Herrmann, Germany | 14 Comments

Ngaio Marsh Awards Blog Tour: Simon Wyatt’s THE STUDENT BODY

The Ngaio Marsh Awards honour New Zealand’s best crime writing and winners in three categories for the 2017 awards will be announced in October. As part of leadup festivities to that announcement there is a month-long blog tour focusing on … Continue reading

Posted in Blog Tour Stopover, New Zealand, Simon Wyatt | Tagged | 5 Comments

Books of the month: August 2017

I skipped my monthly roundup for June and July because I hardly read a word due to real life shenanigans. That those shenanigans were resolved via me resigning from my job with a shred of dignity left has some downsides (no … Continue reading

Posted in Adrian McKinty, Ann Turner (Aus), books of the month, Denise Mina, Elly Griffiths, Gianrico Carofiglio, Michael Robotham (Aus), Shari Lapena, Sue Grafton, Sulari Gentill (Aus), Vaseem Khan | 15 Comments

Review: Y IS FOR YESTERDAY by Sue Grafton

I have to give Sue Grafton kudos for having a plan and seeing it through over the course of 30 odd years. Top marks for follow-through. But these days I’m half-wishing she’d failed. Because then I wouldn’t find myself wading … Continue reading

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Musings on 2017’s Australian crime writing awards

It’s crime fiction awards season again here in Australia (and elsewhere) and while I am not participating as a judge in any way this year I can’t help but ponder the shortlists. I’ve tried not to be too obvious about … Continue reading

Posted in Adrian McKinty, Ann Turner (Aus), Candice Fox (Aus), Cath Ferla (Aus), Emily Maguire (Aus), Holly Throsby (Aus), Jane Harper (Aus), Jock Serong (Aus), Melina Marchetta (Aus), musings, Wendy James (Aus) | 6 Comments