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Sue Turnbull

Sue Turnbull reviews three crime fiction books

August 2004, no. 263 01 August 2004
About to present a lecture to medical students, pathologist Dr Anya Crichton notes optimistically, in Kathryn Fox’s new novel, that the word ‘forensic’ in the title will pretty much guarantee her a full house. Sadly, when the overstressed and overambitious students discover that the topic is not going to figure on their exam paper, a significant number depart, therefore missing out on such c ... (read more)

Sue Turnbull reviews 'Silver Meadow: A Kathy and Brock mystery' by Barry Maitland and 'An Uncertain Death' by Carolyn Morwood

April 2000, no. 219 01 April 2000
Five pages from the end of Silver Meadow, the hair on the back of my neck stood up, an effect not only of the thrilling denouement, but also a genuine frisson of aesthetic delight at a perfectly judged conclusion. Silver Meadow is a book which deserves to be noticed, not only by devotees of the police procedural (it is at least as good as anything Rendell, James or Rankin have written) but also by ... (read more)

R.J. Thompson and Sue Turnbull review 'Eye to Eye' by Caroline Shaw

October 2000, no. 225 01 October 2000
In last year’s Cat Catcher, Caroline Shaw established her detective heroine, Lenny Aaron, as one of the most original characters in recent Australian crime (Cat Catcher was runner-up for the Australian Crime Writers Association Ned Kelly Award for best first novel). Gaunt, weird looking, an obsessive compulsive with a phobia about being touched and a serious addiction to over-the-counter drug co ... (read more)

Sue Turnbull reviews 'Graham Kennedy Treasures: Friends remember the king' by Mike McColl Jones

February 2009, no. 308 01 February 2009
Tucked inside a plastic sleeve affixed to the inside front cover of this handsome, large-format book is a video disc promising ‘The Best of Graham Kennedy’. Introduced by Stuart Wagstaff, the one hour of footage offers a compilation of Kennedy’s work for Channel Nine drawn from the early days of In Melbourne Tonight (1957–69) and The Graham Kennedy Show (1972–75). Most of the sketches, d ... (read more)