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Pile by the Bed reviews Into the Fire by Gregg Hurwitz, the fifth book in his page-turning Orphan X series of thrillers.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Siberian Dilemma by Martin Cruz Smith, the ninth of his Arkady Renko novels, a series which started with Gorky Park.

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Pile By the Bed reviews American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins, a page-turning thriller that tries to consider the human dimension of the American illegal immigration issue.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi, the second book in her hit YA Legacy of Orisha series and finds it a worthy follow up to Children of Blood and Bone

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Last Smile in Sunder City by Luke Arnold, a debut, very dark urban fantasy novel - an audacious piece of world building

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Pile by the Bed reviews Greenwood by Michael Christie - a compulsively readable, beautifully observed, deeply felt and rich multigenerational family saga

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Pile by the Bed reviews A Tall History of Sugar by Curdella Forbes, a slightly magically realist romance of sorts that takes as its jumping off point Jamaican independence.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Highfire by Eoin Colfer, who has moved from children's fanatsy to more adult fare.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Storm of Locusts by Rebecca Roanhorse (The Sixth World #2) - the Navajo-inspired fantasy follow up to her award winning debut Trail of Lightning.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Bone Silence, the third and for now final book in Alastair Reynolds' Revenger series.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Subjects by Sarah Hopkins, a book which delves into the murky world of the big pharma and the use of drugs to modify behaviour.

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Pile by the Bed reviews A Murder on Malabar Hill - the start of a new historical crime series by Sujata Massey set in 1920s India and featuring Perveen Mistry, one the country's only female lawyers

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Pile by the Bed reviews Body Tourists by Jane Rogers - exploring the popular scifi trope of transferring consciousness.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Future of Another Timeline by Analee Newitz - a mind bending time travel tale with a social conscience

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Pile by the Bed reviews QualityLand by Marc-Uwe Kling a satirical dystopia which takes on the information age and big data

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Art of Dying by Ambrose Parry (Raven and Fisher #2) historical crime fiction sequel to The Way of All Flesh.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Trail of Lightning the award winning debut novel by Rebecca Roanhorse and the first in her Navajo-inspired fantasy series The Sixth World.

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Pile by the Bed reviews John Le Carre's latest spy novel Agent Running in the Field in which a disillusioned spy deals with Trump, Brexit and the Russians.

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Pile by the Bed reviews In the Clearing by JP Pomare a crime thriller based on the true story of the Australian cult known as The Family.

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Pile By the Bed's top 5 picks for 2019 (with 4 honourable mentions)

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The Silent Inheritance by Joy Dettman
Crime , Review / 14/03/2016

Joy Dettman delves into a world of crime in her latest novel. Over a wide cast of characters she manages to fit in a whole spectrum of crime and general meanness into a small space: from a serial killer through to a hit and run, perjury and drug dealing. The Silent Inheritance ranges across a large group of characters so it takes a while to get going. Sarah Carter, deaf since birth, is trying to get a promotion but is passed over for...

Fever City by Tim Baker
Crime , Historical , Review / 10/03/2016

There is nothing more certain than death, taxes and books about the assassination of JFK. This event had everything – sex, drugs, mafia, movie stars, the FBI, the CIA, communists. And to top it all off, as Tim Baker does not hesitate to point out in Fever City, it was an event that changed the course of America and world history. The shooting of JFK  has always been the motherload for conspiracy theorists but also for crime writers. ...

Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn
Fantasy , Review / 06/03/2016

Lian Hearn returns to her best-selling faux-Japanese fantasy world in a new four book series being published in Australia in two volumes. Set three hundred years before her Tales of the Otori, The Tale of Shikanoko is pure sword and sorcery fantasy with a Japanese twist. As with her Otori series, the setting is not Japan, or even a Japanese version of ancient Japan, but it is a Japan-like world heavily based on the myths, legends and...

The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore
Crime , Recommended , Review , Thriller / 06/03/2016

Many crime novels straddle the line between crime and horror. Serial killers, on the whole, are the stuff of nightmares and crime writers have been falling over themselves for some time to up the gore factor. While horror novels usually rely on some form of supernatural agency and do not necessarily have the neat resolution of the crime genre, the bloody results are often the same. And so it is with The Poison Artist – a crime novel ...

How to Set a Fire and Why by Jesse Ball
Literature , Recommended , Review / 06/03/2016

It is easy to compare any novel narrated by a disaffected American teenager with the seminal Catcher in the Rye. Holden Caulfield has become the archetypical American teen – intelligent, insightful and with plenty of promise but constantly fighting against a system which seeks to pigeon hole and repress. Lucia, the eighteen year-old narrator of How to Set a Fire and Why, fits into this mould but this is a very different tale and a ve...

Down Station by Simon Morden
Fantasy , Review / 06/03/2016

Doorways into magical lands are a venerable fantasy tradition going back centuries in English fiction. Think Alice in Wonderland or Peter Pan. In the Twentieth Century we had the seminal Narnia series and plenty of imitators followed. More recently we’ve even seen a modern deconstruction of that mythology in books like Lev Grossman’s Magician’s series. In this context, Simon Morden’s Down Station seems a little staid. The central ide...

The Midnight Watch by David Dyer

The sinking of the Titanic, now over one hundred years ago, is still one of the most famous disasters in history. So it is no wonder that it has been the subject of countless books and films. Given this, the question has to be whether there is the appetite for yet another novel exploring this incident. The answer, strongly given by David Dyer in his debut The Midnight Watch, is an unqualified yes. The Midnight Watch is not primarily ...

Fall by Candice Fox
Crime , Recommended / 23/01/2016

  Eden Archer, Australia’s answer to Dexter Morgan, and her damaged partner Frank Bennett are back at work in Fall, investigating a series of murders of women joggers. Underlying this investigation is another one by Frank’s lover (and former psychologist) Imogen, who solves cold cases in her spare time and is closing in on Eden’s true identity. There is plenty else going on in Fall, with Eden’s ex-crimelord father Hades having a...

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt
Fantasy , Literature , Review / 05/01/2016

Patrick deWitt has gone into fractured fairytale territory in his latest novel. Undermajordomo Minor, set somewhere in Europe, sometime in the nineteenth century comes complete with castles, dukes, battles, pickpockets, chambermaids and the titular majordomo. Lucien “Lucy” Minor needs to leave home. He lands himself a job as assistant to Olderclough, the majordomo  of the Castle von Aux. On arrival, Lucy finds that Olderclough’s prev...