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 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 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 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 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 Carnival is Over by Greg Woodland follow up to his debut The Night Whistler – Australian rural crime fiction set in the 1970s.
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 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 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 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.
Pile by the Bed reviews Dirt Town by Hayley Scrivenor, impressive debut rural Australian crime fiction set in the early 2000s.