Thursday, September 23, 2010

New Zealand crime fiction in the news, and more reviews...

Yesterday I updated the "Other reviews" linkbar page above, which focuses on links to external crime fiction (particularly Kiwi) reviews, with a few new/recent reviews.

Along with my own recent Weekend Herald review of #1 bestseller THE FALLEN by Ben Sanders, and my Reviewing the Evidence review of POSTCARD KILLERS by James Patterson and Liza Marklund, Eurocrime review of CAPTURED by Neil Cross, and Latitude review of CONTAINMENT by Vanda Symon, I've also linked to reviews by several other people and publications of some recent New Zealand crime fiction. Hopefully this may help you get a better idea about some of the recent Kiwi crime fiction that perhaps you might like to give a go yourself.

I've added links to new reviews of Alix Bosco's SLAUGHTER FALLS (Otago Daily Times review, Latitude magazine review), Paul Thomas's THE IHAKA TRILOGY (AustCrimeFiction, M/C Reviews), and Ben Sanders' THE FALLEN (Nelson Mail review), all of which were released in the past couple of months.

One Kiwi crime novel that came out within the last year that I haven't yet talked about much here on Crime Watch is ASSIGNED TO MURDER, the debut thriller from Trish McCormack. I've just picked up a copy of this for myself from Page & Blackmore Booksellers when I was down in Nelson last weekend, and I'm really looking forward to reading it.

The tagline for ASSIGNED TO MURDER is "A Tale of Death and Revenge on the South Island's West Coast", and the blurb reads "As Philippa Barnes, a young West Coast glacier guide, is getting over the accidental death of her parents whilst climbing, Kirsten, a journalist friend of hers, is murdered beside nearby Lake Kanieri. Philippa teams up with Kirsten's brother Jack to try and find out what Kirsten was investigating."
Trish McCormack is a Wellington-based author who grew up on the West Coast. Earlier this month Joanna Davis of The Dominion Post, one of the major newspapers in New Zealand, featured ASSIGNED TO MURDER for the 'Your Weekend' magazine in the weekend edition. You can read Davis's full article here.

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