Famous Detective Stories: True Tales of Australian Crime

Famous Detective Stories: True Tales of Australian Crime by Amelia Hartney Published by NLA Publishing Pages: 177 Goodreads From the notorious Louisa Collins in 1880s NSW, who murdered two husbands with rat poison, to a blazing shoot-out featuring prominent underworld figure Antonio Martini at Taronga Zoo in the 1940s, this book features stories of true […]

Lady – Here’s Your Wreath – James Hadley Chase

Lady-Here’s Your Wreath by James Hadley Chase Published by Black Curtain Press on June 14th 2013 Pages: 174 Goodreads Raw, grisly and explosive! Reporter Nick Mason witnesses an execution and gains a clue from the condemned man, sending Nick into a network of crime and murder! This was first published in 1940 using the pseudonym Raymond Marshall, […]

The Monkey’s Raincoat – Robert Crais

The Monkey’s Raincoat (Elvis Cole, #1) by Robert Crais on January 1st 1970 Goodreads When Ellen Lang’s husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can’t even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back—no […]

The Blue Knight – Joseph Wambaugh

The Blue Knight – Joseph Wambaugh

The Blue Knight by Joseph Wambaugh Published by Sphere on May 21st 1987 Pages: 272 Goodreads Ex-cop turned #1 New York Times bestselling writer Joseph Wambaugh forged a new kind of literature with his great early police procedurals. Gritty, luminous, and ultimately stunning, this novel is Wambaugh at his best—a tale of a street cop […]

The Murder Game – Joan Flanagan

by Joan Flanagan Published by Century Hutchinson Australia Pty Ltd The premise of this book is interesting. You’ve got a rather demented host, both he and his family enjoy playing practical jokes on each other and their guests. This has been going on since the year dot and when host Bart decides to host a […]

The Under Dog – Agatha Christie

The Under Dog – Agatha Christie

The Under Dog and Other Stories by Agatha Christie Published by Dell Publishing Company on January 1st 1970 Pages: 192 Goodreads Poirot investigates 9 cases for an heiress, playboy, prince, recluse, and more. The Under DogThe Plymouth ExpressThe Affair at the Victory BallThe Market Basing MysteryThe Lemesurier InheritanceThe Cornish MysteryThe King of ClubsThe Submarine PlansThe […]

Lady, Lady, I did it! – Ed McBain

Lady, Lady, I did it! – Ed McBain

Lady, Lady, I Did It! by Ed McBain, Dick Hill Published by Thomas & Mercer on March 2nd 2012 Genres: Police Procedural Pages: 196 Goodreads During the heat of an Indian summer, a quadruple homicide that includes among its victims the fiancée of an 87th Precinct detective sets off a desperate, vendetta-like hunt for the […]


My brilliantly aptly named new series continues. Where I randomly select two books from my shelves and attempt to find a link. I do not promise it will be a good link, only that it will be a link. It might be anything at all. One thing I do promise is that the link will not be […]

Knights of Madness by Peter Haining

Peter Haining is my all-time favourite editor, he’s put together so many of my favourite anthologies that I wouldn’t know where to begin to choose just one. Instead I’ll talk about the latest one I’ve read. Haining has been putting together anthologies for longer than I can remember, sadly he won’t be doing any more as he […]