Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Devil House by John Darnielle – a thematically rich and resonant series of tales of crime and murder that deconstruct the true crime genre to explore why we tell stories.
Pile by the Bed reviews Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone – Benjamin Stevenson’s take on the Golden Age of crime.
Pile by the Bed reviews The School for Good Mothers a debut by Jessamine Chan a slightly dystopian commentary on standarda of parenting and the child protection system.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Leviathan by Rosie Andrews, a gothic horror debut set during the English civil war.
Pile by the Bed reviews Until the Last of Me by Sylvain Neuvel, second in his shadow history meets science fiction Take Them to the Stars trilogy
Pile by the Bed reviews The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi, a fun riff on monster movies from Godzilla to Pacific Rim and beyond.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Hovering by Rhett Davis – a worthy winner of the Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Award
Pile by the Bed reviews Stars and Bones, the start of a new space opera series by Gareth L Powell (The Continuance #1)
Pile by the Bed reviews Bluebird by Ciel Perlot a debut space opera which lives up to its tagline: Lesbian gunslingers fight spies in space – with great assurance.
Pile by the Bed reviews Jade Legacy the final epic book in Fonda Lee’s Godfather meets martial arts fantasy Geenbone Saga. Recommended.
Pile byt the Bed reviews The Hood, the second book in Lavie Tidhar’s Anti-matter of Britain Quartet this one deconstructing the legend of Robin Hood and his gang.
Pile by the Bed reviews When We Fall by Aoife Clifford – Australian coastal crime fiction with more on its mind that just a well told mystery.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends The Darkest Sin, the second book in DV Bishop’s historical crime series set in renaissance Italy featuring Cesare Aldo.
Pile by the Bed reviews Robert Lukin’s second novel Loveland centring on an Australian woman discovering herself and her past in rural Nebraska
Pile by the Bed reviews Anthem by Noah Hawley, an angry dystopia that takes aim at global ills and particularly the irony embedded in modern America’s view of itself.
Pile by the Bed reviews Remember Me by Charity Norman a New Zealand set mystery wrapped around a family drama.
Pile by the Bed reviews Joan is Okay by Weike Wang, an insightful novel exploring the experience of Chinese Americans from the author of Chemistry.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Heretic by Liam McIlvanney, in which Duncan McCormack come back to Glasgow. six years after his appearance in The Quaker.
Pile by the Bed reviews Burntcoat by Sarah Hall – a pandemic love story that also charts the life of its artist protagonist.
Pile by the Bed reviews Age of Ash by Daniel Abraham, first in a trilogy exploring the fantasy city of Kithamar.