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Dianne Dempsey

Dianne Dempsey is a scriptwriter, a freelance journalist and book reviewer. She has been a regular contributor to the Age for over twenty years.

Dianne Dempsey reviews 'The Blind Eye' by Georgia Blain and 'Bella Vista' by Catherine Jinks

September 2001, no. 234 01 September 2001
Reading Australian novels is often like gazing through an album of snapshots taken by various photographers attending the same party. The subject matter will depend on what stage of the evening the photos were taken – all the way from pre-dinner drinks to the finale of a Bacchanalian brawl – and it will depend, of course, on who is taking the photos. What is the photographer looking for? Who a ... (read more)

Dianne Dempsey reviews 'Too Many Murders' by Colleen McCullough

February 2010, no. 318 01 February 2010
A good detective series depends on the author’s ability to devise canny plots with attendant clues and blind alleys, but of greater importance is the central detective who acts as a charismatic guide through the miasma of murder and mystery. There are many compelling detectives in crime fiction: think of Inspector Maigret, Hercule Poirot, Adam Dalgliesh, Kay Scarpetta and Stephanie Plum. However ... (read more)