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Pile by the Bed reviews Always Will Be by Mykaela Saunders an anthology of First Nation alternative futurist stories set in Australia's Tweed Valley.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Body of Lies by Sarah Bailey, the fourth and possibly last book in her award winning Gemma Woodstock crime procedural series.

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Pile by the Bed reviews a debut Asian-insprired fantasy Fathomfolk by Eliza Chan.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Simul by andrew Caldecott the second and final volume in his post-apocalytic steampunk and fantasy inspired duology which started with Momenticon.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Darkness Runs Deep by Claire McNeel a book that despite its noir title is actually about the power of sport, in this case AFL, to bring communities together.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Tipping Point by Dinuka McKenzie, the third book in her Australian rural crime series set in Northern NSW and featuring detective Kate Miles.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Good Dog by Simon Rowell, the third book in his Melbourne-based procedural series starring Detective Zoe Mayer and the good dog of the title, Harry.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Singularity by Balsam Karam, a short but devastating novel centred around the lives of refugees.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Coral Bones by EJ Swift a climate fiction novel that is also a love letter to The Great Barrier Reef.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Freedom of Emma Herwegh by Dirk Kurbjuweit an historical novel exploring the life of a remarkable woman who was, with her poet husband, involved in a failed revolution in German in 1848.

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Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends These Burning Stars by Bethany Jacobs a visceral and engaging debut space opera.

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Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Moscow X by David McCloskey the high octane espionage follow up to his debut thriller Damascus Station.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Relight My Fire by CK McDonnell the fourth book in his comic urban fantasy stranger Times series based around a newspaper of the weird in Manchester.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Storm We Made by Vanessa Chan a stunning historical fiction debut set during the Japanese occupation of Malaysia during World War 2.

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Pile by the Bed reviews and recommens The Fractured Dark by Megan O'Keefe the second in her propulsive Devoured Worlds trilogy.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Wizard of the Kremlin by Giuliano da Empoli, a reimagining of the rise to power of Vladimir Putin from the point of view of his PR director.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Three Assassins by Kotaro Isaka. This follow up to Bullet Train a wild, violent filled romp across Tokyo full of bizarre characters, plenty fo action and meticulously set up twists.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The New Detective by Peter Steiner, the fourth in his Willi Geismeier series but a good introduction as it that provides an origin story for his Munich-based detective, starting in on the eve of WWI and with Geismeier's first day in the job.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Adama by Lavie Tidhar, his second book after Maror that digs into the mythology behind the State of Israel.

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Pile by the Bide reviews Blue Ckies by TC Boyle a dark environmental satire that looks at the increasing impacts of climate change on a family in Florida and California.

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The Devil Stone by Caro Ramsay
Crime , Review / 10/01/2024

Pile by the Bed reviews The Devil Stone by Caro Ramsay, a solid Scottish-noir procedural and start of a what is likely to be a new long running crime series.

Top Five Crime Fiction
Crime , Review , Top Fives / 14/12/2023

Pile By the Bed's top five crime novels for 2023 including I Have Some Questions for You, Small Mercies, Age of Vice, Lay Your Body Down and Titanium Noir.

Top 5 Fantasy 2023
Fantasy , Review , Top Fives / 12/12/2023

Pile By the Bed's Top five fantasy books for 2023 including Bad Cree, The Saint of Bright Doors, Gods of the Wyrdwood, The City of Last Chances and The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi

Geneva by Richard Armitage
Review , Thriller / 24/11/2023

Pile by the Bed reviews Geneva a debut technothriller by Richard Armitage but finds that it too contrived and muddled to be the page turner that it wants to be.

Conquest by Nina Allan
Review , Science Fiction / 17/11/2023

Pile by the Bed reviews Conquest by Nina Allan a metanarrative involving consipracies, programmers and Bach held together by the work of a flawed private detective