SUNNIE'S TOPS AND BOTTOMS
2007

 


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I'm really chuffed that most of my tops are by Australian authors. Shows how far the Aussie crime fiction has come in the past few years.

*TOPS

DIAMOND DOVE - Adrian Hyland (soon to be released in the US under the title "Moonlight Downs")

Wonderful book told from the point of view of a half aboriginal woman returning to her remote outback community after an absence of 10 years.

CROOK AS ROOKWOOD - Chris Nyst

Fun romp through the corridors of power in Australia. Shonky lawyers, corrupt cops, dubious politicans and dodgy property developers.

THE BROKEN SHORE - Peter Temple

The author won the most prestigious and richest crime fiction award on offer earlier in the year with this one. Those who took part in the group discussion earlier in the year, may have an idea why this made my tops list.

THE CORONER'S LUNCH - Colin Cotterill

Set in Laos in 1975. Newly communist Laos and an elderly doctor thinking that now Laos is communist perhaps he can retire, discovers to his horror he has been appinted the country's only coroner. I don't know why I was surprised to find a character from Laos as charming and engaging as Siri, but I was and I loved the book from go to whoa. I don't think I've read anything quite like this one before.

ABOVE SUSPICION - Lynda La Plante

If the name sounds familiar it's probably because you've seen it on your tv. La Plante was the creator of the Prime Suspect series starring Helen Mirren. She is a successful author as well. ABOVE SUSPICION is the first in a new series of books. It starts with a young detective on her first day assigned to a Major Crime Unit.

DEATH OF DALZIEL - Reginald Hill

Andy Dalziel has been injured by a bomb blast and lies in hospital in a coma. It's left to Peter Pascoe to investigate. Will this be the last of the fatman? You'll have to read the book to find out. Why is it in my tops for 2007? It's written by Reginald Hill and is a Dalziel and Pascoe novel. Need I say any more?

*BOTTOMS

My stinkeroos for 2007 - These are books you shouldn't even open. The first two in particular are so bad I consider them to be toxic.

CLOSE - Martina Cole

Overblown melodrama about a young woman who marries a London criminal. Bloody and violent, too wordy, and characters I disliked intensely.

NO SUSPICIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES - The Mulgray Twins

When I say there's a female customs agent with a drug-sniffing cat named Gorgonzola, need I say more?

THE SIX SACRED STONES - Matthew Reilly

Think of think of "Indiana Jones" meets "The Da Vinci Code" on steroids - it's more a screenplay for a movie than a book, I think. 747s hidden in the desert, cars being tipped out of 747s to land on pursuing Chinese fighter jets... You get the drift... (and that only took in to about page 40).

I did so want to like this book. Young Australian author - very successful. Just didn't happen for me, I'm afraid.

 

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