Pile by the Bed reviews The Partisan by Patrick Worrall - a debut Cold War thriller with chess at its centre and roots back to World War 2.
Pile by the Bed reviews Gemini Falls by Sean Wilson, an Australian crime fiction debut set in country Victoria during the Great Depression.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Invisible by Peter Papathanasiou, follow up to The Stoning, in which he sends his Australian detective to Northern Greece
Pile by the Bed reviews Better the Blood the debut fiction novel by screenwriter and true crime author Michael Bennett dealing directlt with the ongoing impacts of New Zealand's violent colonial past.
Pile by the Bed reviews Paper Cage by Tom Baragwanath, debut New Zealand crime fiction that deals with the legacy of colonialism through the eyes of a unique protagonist.
Pile by the Bed reviews Drunk on All Your Strange New Worlds by Eddie Robson, a crime novel set in a post-alien contact future New York.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Latecomer by Jean Hanff Korelitz, a heartfelt and engaging novel full of likeably unlikeable characters that explores and comments on a range of aspects of modern life.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Mercury Pictures Presents by Anthony Marra, a multilayered character and incident filled historical novel set around a small American film studio in World War 2.
Pile by the Bed reviews Haven by Emma Donoghue set in seventh century Ireland it is a story of faith, manipulation and survival.
Pile by the Bed reviews Maror by Lavie Tidhar an underbelly look at the history of Israel bewteen the mid 1970s and the early 2000s in the vein of James Elroy. Recommended
Pile by the Bed reviews Criminals by James O'Loghlin, drawing on his life as a legal aid lawyer to tell the story of three very different characters in the aftermath of an armed robbery.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Settlement by Jock Serong, the third of his trilogy of historical novels set around the Furneaux Island group in Australian Bass Strait.
Pile by the Bed reviews No Country for Girls by Emma Styles a propulsive debut road trip thriller feturing two young women on the run in northern Western Australia.
Pile by the Bed reviews Dark Music by David Lagercrantz, the start of a new series featuring a Sherlock Holmes style detective duo and exploring the dark consequences of 9/11 and the US invasion of Afghanistan.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Immortal King Rao by Vauhini Vara an ambitious and skilful debut novel that charts the rise of a computer mogul from humble beginnings in the coconut industry through to a dystopian future,
Pile by the Bed reviews Stay Awake by Megan Goldin a high concept amnesia thriller set in New York.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Night Ship by Jess Kidd - a story which connects the 17th Century voyage and wreck of the Batavia on the Abrolhos Islands and the crayfishing industry on those islands in the late 1980s through the lives of two children.
Pile by the Bed reviews Ion Curtain by Anya Ow - enjoyable first entry in a new Australian space opera series.
Pile by the Bed reviews Jesustown by Paul Daley which tries to grapple with the ongoing impacts of Australian history.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Unbelieved by Vikki Petraitis - a page turning rural Australian crime fiction debut that deals with very real issues around responses to sexual assualt.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Half Life of Valery K by Natasha Pulley, historical fiction set in the 1960s and based on the true story of a Soviet radiation research facility.
Pile by the Bed reviews Ordinary Monsters (The Talents #1) by JM Miro - a tense Victorian-era fantasy involving children with powers and an existential threat to the world.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Wrong Woman by JP Pomare, a well placed, well plotted twisty stand-alone thriller.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Accomplice by Steve Cavanagh, the seventh in his consistently enjoyable Eddie Flynn conman-turned-lawyer series .
Pile by the Bed reviews May God Forgive by Alan Parks, the fifth book is in his gritty Harry McCoy series set in 1970s Glasgow.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, a reimnagining of the HG Wells classic set in 19th Century Mexico.
Pile by the Bed reviews Upgrade by Blake Crouch a fast paced thriller that takes on issues of genetic engineering, the responsibities of power and climate change.
Pile by the Bed reviews Enclave by Claire G Coleman, a dystopian thriler in which a young woman learns there is more to the world than her strictly controlled walled community.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Woman in the Library by Sulari Gentill - an amatuer sleuth mystery wrapped in a metatextual exploration of crime fiction.
Pile by the Bed reviews With a Mind to Kill, the third Ian Fleming-style James Bond thriller by Anthony Horowitz, this one set late in the famour agent's career.
Pile by the Bed reviews Stone Town by Margaret Hickey - Australain crime fiction set in rural South Australia and follow up to her debut Cutter's End.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Diplomat by Chris Womersley, a character study of a recovering addict dealing with the ghosts of his past and follow up to his 2013 novel Cairo.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends The Perfect Golden Circle by Benjamin Myers a story which reimagines the story of the men behind a series of complex British crop circles that appeared in the late 1980s.
Pile by the Bed reviews All the Lovers in the Night by Mieko Kawakami - a deep character piece that explores a woman seeking connection in modern Japan.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Cove by Alice Clark-Platts - an taut and effective domestic thriller set in a remote Malaysian resort.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Martyr, the second book in Anthony Ryan's Covenant of Steel trilogy which provides a propulsive set up for the final volume.
Pile by the Bed reviews The Goodbye Coast in which Joe Ide reinvents classic hard boiled detective Philip Marlowe in present day Los Angeles.
Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Lying Beside you by Michael Robotham the third book in his outstanding Cyrus Haven / Evie Cormack crime series
Pile by the Bed reviews Wrong Place Wrong Time by Gillian McAllister a crime novel with a time travel twist as a mother drifts back in time, reliving key moments in her life to try and discover why her son might have committed a crime.