Category Archives: #yeahnoir

A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh – 2019

Anahera returns to the West Coast town she escaped from eight years ago.  Her successful life in London has come crashing down, and she is hoping for some peace and quiet in Golden Cove, despite some bitter memories of the … Continue reading

Posted in #yeahnoir, Book Review | Leave a comment

Shooting Messengers by Kevin Berry – 2020

PI Danny Ashford lives in Quake City with his cat, Torquemada.  It is a city the government and most services have abandoned, where crime is rampant and where aftershocks continue, and where the remaining police force is “undermanned and under-brained.”  … Continue reading

Posted in #yeahnoir, Book Review | Leave a comment

The Manger, the Mikdash and the Mosque by David McGill – 2020

1975, Dan Delaney, now ‘damn near 60’, travels with his devout wife, Jas, and two daughters to ‘… this busy city on a hill in the middle of nowhere, the centre of everywhere’ – Jerusalem.  There he encounters kidnappings, bomb … Continue reading

Posted in #yeahnoir, Book Review, Historical | Leave a comment

In the Clearing by J.P. Pomare – 2020

You never escape a cult. This chilling thriller is told from two points of view: Amy, a teenage member of a messianic cult, who is instrumental in the abduction of a young girl, and under the thrall of Adrienne, the … Continue reading

Posted in #yeahnoir, Book Review | Leave a comment

The Snow Thief by C.J. Carver – 2020

The snow thief is a murder mystery set in Tibet.  It is a book about reincarnation – of people across and throughout their lives, and of communities as they spread, come into conflict and change. Shan Lia Bao, Police Supervisor … Continue reading

Posted in #yeahnoir, Book Review | Leave a comment

The Secrets of Strangers by Charity Norman – 2020

People are caught up in a hostage situation in a London café.  At the heart of the crisis are five people, they hear each other’s stories, they form a little community in the centre of the chaos – and the … Continue reading

Posted in #yeahnoir, Book Review | Leave a comment

Shakti by Rajorshi Chakraborti – 2020

Where do divisive thoughts come from?  Why do extreme nationalism and xenophobia take hold in a community?  Why is misogyny, homophobia and intolerance so rife?  Playing out in Bengal in recent times, Shakti asks us to consider the role the … Continue reading

Posted in #yeahnoir, Book Review | Leave a comment

One for Another by Andrea Jacka – 2018

One for another is a classic Western set in Idaho in the 1880s.  It is full of great characters, balances colonial racism with the recognition of indigenous wisdom and is also a cracker of a murder mystery.  The novel introduces Hennessey … Continue reading

Posted in #yeahnoir, Book Review | Leave a comment

The Lost Dead by Finn Bell – 2019

The lost dead is a psychological thriller, not at all lacking in thrills but also working hard to round out the characters: the Rarua brothers, young Sophie, Eustus Grey and her fellow cops, and the psychopath: Charles Atkins – The … Continue reading

Posted in #yeahnoir, Book Review | Leave a comment

The Nancys by R.W.R. McDonald – 2019

A small-town murder mystery with lots of suspects, dull police, amateur sleuths, a bundle of local secrets and lashings of glitter. Tippy Chan is 11 and living in Riverstone, South Otago: “Main Street was busy today … I counted seven … Continue reading

Posted in #yeahnoir, Book Review | Leave a comment