Things were a bit frantic at Fair Dinkum HQ at the end of October so I neglected to do the normal monthly round-up and have included a few relevant items below.
Australian crime fiction in the news and on the web
This interview with crime (and now also fantasy) writer Tara Moss tackles a wide range of subjects including the reactions to Tara’s recent blog post which mused about gender bias in publishing, motherhood and where Tara would travel if she could access a time machine.
The Crime Fiction Lover site posted a list of top 5 debut Aussie crime writers, four of these have been reviewed at Fair Dinkum and we’d agree they’re excellent writers. Might be time for us to do some lists of our own eh?
There are two reading challenges for next year that could motivate you to read some great Aussie crime fiction. Full details of the Aussie Authors Challenge and the Australian Women Writers Challenge are available here.
The Australian Chapter of the Sisters in Crime handed out the Davitt Awards for full length crime writing by Australian women on 8 October and the Scarlet Stiletto Awards for short story crime writing by Australian women were announced on 25 November.
Reviews of Aussie Crime Fiction
Lenny Bartulin‘s THE BLACK RUSSIAN was reviewed at Page Turners where Becky enjoyed what was for her a home town book (it’s set in Sydney) and the humour of the larger than life characters.
Gary Corby‘s THE IONA SANCTION was released in the US on 8 November and was favourably reviewed at Earful of Cider where Sarah picks up on the way Corby makes ancient Greek history accessible and interesting and S.Krishna’s Books where Swapna thought it lived up to the high standards of Corby’s first novel . The book is due for release in Australia on 3 January (though I just managed to buy an audio book version which makes something of a mockery of geo-restrictions).
Garry Disher‘s WHISPERING DEATH was reviewed here at Fair Dinkum by Kerrie who said the consummate plotting and storytelling skills on display make Disher the equal of any international crime writer. Kerrie and I don’t always agree but on this point we are in total harmony. The book was also reviewed at Tas Book Lover where David thought it “a wonderfully enjoyable crime fiction novel with absorbing and interesting characters“.
Y.A. Erskine‘s THE BROTHERHOOD was the subject of one of my relatively rare 5-star reviews here at Fair Dinkum. It’s an outstanding novel, especially amazing when you realise it’s by a first time author, and one of those books that I keep thinking about long after closing the back cover.
John M Green‘s BORN TO RUN was reviewed here at Fair Dinkum. It’s a political thriller set in the US and is a great romp of a tale about a woman who wants to be President.
I reviewed Kerry Greenwood‘s COOKING THE BOOKS here at Fair Dinkum. It’s an intelligent cosy mystery which takes place on the set of a new TV drama being shot in Melbourne where someone is playing practical jokes on the show’s star.
Kerrie reviewed Peter Klein‘s RING OF FIRE here at Fair Dinkum and thought the tale of a racing steward was a nicely paced novel, attempting to get past the “who” and to explore, the “why”.
Media commentator and QC Stuart Littlemore‘s foray into crime fiction, HARRY CURRY COUNSEL OF CHOICE, was reviewed at Aust Crime Fiction which saw the 5 short stories featuring a brilliant legal mind “a gently amusing little wander around in the far end of crime process”.
Barry Maitland‘s CHELSEA MANSIONS was another book I reviewed here at Fair Dinkum. It’s an above average police procedural full of characters who invite you into their lives, if only for a while, and a satisfyingly intricate plot and it brings to life a delightful-sounding area of London.
Carolyn Morwood‘s DEATH AND THE SPANISH LADY was also reviewed here at Fair Dinkum. It’s a historical fiction novel set after the end of the First World War as Spanish Flu has its grip on Melbourne but nurse Eleanor Jones gets involved in the investigation of one death that isn’t the fault of the flu.
Arthur Upfield’s 1957 novel THE BUSHMAN WHO CAME BACK was reviewed here at Fair Dinkum by guest reviewer Bill Selnes from Canada. It’s interesting to see what Bill makes of this book from another time and place. I must admit I’ve struggle to read Upfield’s books as I find them more dated than other contemporary works and I cringe sometimes at some of the thoughts expressed. But Bill’s thoughtful review does make me think I should re-visit this author who is a big part of Australia’s crime fiction heritage.
I reviewed Nicole Watson‘s debut novel THE BOUNDARY here at Fair Dinkum and thought it a fine addition to the growing library of contemporary Australian crime fiction which examines our society intelligently and realistically while telling a ripping yarn.
Hopefully you can all find something full of Aussie goodness amongst all of that.If I missed your review of an Aussie crime fiction novel or some news you’d like us to know drop us a line at fairdinkum crime [at] gmail [dot] com.
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