Scoop.co.nz is New Zealand's leading independent news publication. Readers average almost half a million per month. Established in 1999, Scoop is ranked 3rd by Nielsen Net Ratings in their News Category, and has been a finalist for best news site at the Qantas Media Awards.
Last year they reprinted (with permission) an NZLawyer article that featured my reviews of Alix Bosco's CUT & RUN and Michael Green's BLOOD BOND.
Earlier this week they published my 'Recent Roundup' looking at the latest releases from five internationally bestselling crime and thriller authors; Harlan Coben, Robert Crais, Linda Fairstein, Linwood Barclay, and Lee Child. I have reviewed some of these books elsewhere, in reviews of various sizes and for various audiences, but I wrote this roundup specifically for Scoop Review of Books (although of course many of my comments about the books will be similar to what I've said elsewhere).
Being web-based, it was great to have a bit more room to play with, in terms of the roundup, to talk about the books (300-350wds or so on each). I'm not sure how some of my fellow reviewers do it when they have to fit 4-5 books into a small newspaper sidebar.
You can read my roundup article, "Thrilling International Crime"the review on the Scoop Review of Books website, here.
Have you read any of these five recent releases? Which of the bestselling authors do you generally prefer, now or overall? Who is consistently great, and who has gone off the boil? What do you think of my reviews? Thoughts and comments welcome.