Book talk: Unusual crime fiction


This week Michael Popple reviews three unusual crime fiction novels. You can find more of Michael’s book reviews on his blog:

False Value by Ben Aaronovitch

Gollancz, $29.99

After his suspension from the Metropolitan Police, Peter Grant, apprentice wizard and general troublemaker, takes a security job with a new London tech start-up company. There he discovers a magical conspiracy that stretches back to the dawn of computer technology, one that blends magic with artificial intelligence, and which has drawn several powerful mages into its orbit. False Value is the eighth book in the excellent Rivers of London urban fantasy series. Aaronovitch expertly blends his distinctive fantasy elements with a police procedural framework to create an addictive and wildly entertaining novel. Funny, compelling and intriguing, it is highly recommended.

Amnesty by Aravind Adiga

Picador, $29.99

Sri Lankan born Dhananjaya Rajaratnam is an illegal immigrant hiding in Sydney. Creating a new identity as Danny, he works as a house cleaner, trying to live a normal Australian life. When one of his clients is murdered, his job gives him access to information vital to the case. However, he must now decide whether to go to the police and potentially get deported, or let a killer walk free so he can live the Australian dream. Amnesty is a complex novel that features a fascinating and thought-provoking examination of the plight of illegal immigrants in Australia. A dramatic and insightful read.

The Museum of Desire by Jonathan Kellerman

Century, $32.99

Bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman returns with the 35th novel in his Alex Delaware series. After a wild party, four unconnected people are found murdered in a limousine, their blood-soaked bodies posed in a disturbingly artistic manner. LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Dr Alex Delaware soon find themselves on the trail of a vicious killer who has more victims in their crosshairs. Kellerman has once again produced a superb murder mystery. Featuring a unique case, a clever and twisty mystery and the author’s trademark methodical investigation approach, it is an enjoyable read that readers are going to love.

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