Review: Aussie Crime Fiction

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, and that has mainly to do with a combination of a lack of time and not having read too much that I wanted to write about.

But recently, I’ve been reading, on the recommendation of Un-lic-ed, some Australian crime fiction. And the two I have read so far are amazing!

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The first one was Ressurection Bay by Emma Viskic about a hearing impaired investigator who investigates the death of a childhood friend. He begins the investigation with the help of his ex-cop friend Frankie. Following clues back to his hometown in a small coastal town, Resurrection Bay, and the big city, this was a gripping read. The story moved seamlessly throughout and built the suspense to the point where I thought I knew who the killer was, but was pleasantly surprised when I turned out to be wrong. I enjoyed the book and especially the characterization of Caleb, especially how cleverly Viskic portrays Caleb’s disability. Overall, I’m glad I picked up this one.

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The other book, which I finished in one sitting (thank goodness for holidays!), was The Dry by Jane Harper.

Summary (from http://www.goodreads.com)

A small town hides big secrets in this atmospheric, page-turning debut mystery by an award-winning new author.

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

Amid the worst drought in a century, Falk and the local detective question what really happened to Luke. As Falk reluctantly investigates to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, long-buried mysteries resurface, as do the lies that have haunted them. And Falk will find that small towns have always hidden big secrets.

My thoughts … I loved it! I read this book in one day and I can’t say enough good things about it. The story is complex with twists and turns that again kept me guessing almost to the end. Both murders, that of Luke and his family, and Ellie twenty years previously are explored thoroughly and the character’s secrets and pasts are revealed expertly to keep the reader guessing. Again, I enjoyed it a lot. I would recommend both these novels to anyone who’s looking to widen their crime/mystery reading.

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The Holidays with Agatha Christie!

 

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It’s that time of the year again … streets decorated with lights, Christmas trees decked with all the trimmings, cold wintry days, and lots of reading! And what better way to spend the holidays than reading murder mysteries, especially by none other than the Grand Dame of crime writing, Agatha Christie!

I’ve binge read three of the titles in the image – The Sittaford Mystery, The Adventure of the Christmas Pudding and Crooked House – and have just begun A Christmas Tragedy. Of the three read so far, I enjoyed Crooked House the most because it was unexpected and quite disturbing, emotionally and psychologically. I read Crooked House in preparation for the new adaptation of the story, which seems to have taken a few liberties with the original story, at least from what I could see from the trailer. However, it looks like a fun watch, none the less. The other two are enjoyable, and in true Christie fashion, it does keep one guessing until the end.

I’ll end here to get back to A Christmas Tragedy.

Happy Holidays to you all!