ADDITIONAL READING – CRIME FICTION The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume First published in 1886, this vivid and brilliantly plotted murder thriller is set in the charming yet deadly streets of marvellous Melbourne, capturing it in its gold rush glory days. Become entranced by wealthy squatters with murky pasts, a noble love-struck couple, and a slum princess with a secret identity. Blood Moon by Garry Disher The fifth book in the Inspector Challis series. Challis and his team investigate the brutal beating of the chaplain of a prestigious school and the murder of the woman in charge of punishing local land use violations. But will Hal Challis and Ellen Destry’s new romantic relationship interfere with their work? The Next Murray Whelan Trilogy by Shane Maloney Follow Murray Whelan’s journey through the ranks of a well-known Australian political party in the second trilogy collection: The Big Ask, Something Fishy and Sucked In. Set in Melbourne, a city on the way to nowhere. Tropic of Death by Robert Sims When a little girl finds a severed head buried in sand on a beach in Whitley, the locals are sent into a tailspin. Little do they know it's only the first of series of grisly murders that will sully their apparently idyllic resort town. Forbidden Fruit by Kerry Greenwood With the help of a troupe of free-spirited freegans, some very clever internet hackers and a bunch of vegans, Corinna and Daniel go head-to-head with a sinister religious cult on a mission and a band of Romany gypsies out for revenge in a wild and wonderful chase against the clock. Truth by Peter Temple Stephen Villani’s life is his work. It is his identity, his calling, his touchstone. But now, over a few sweltering summer days, as fires burn across the state and his superiors and colleagues scheme and jostle, he finds all the certainties of his life are crumbling. Cherry Pie by Leigh Redhead Simone Kirsch – ex-stripper, sex kitten, private investigator and drinker of more cheap wine than is good for her – is back, setting up her own PI agency and getting into more trouble with her clients, her lovers and the police. Just how much trouble can one girl get into? Pearl in a Cage by Joy Dettman Loved by some but scorned by more, Jenny survives her childhood and grows into an exquisite and talented young woman. But who were her parents? Spanning two momentous decades and capturing rural Australia’s complex and mysterious heart, Pearl in a Cage is a new and unputdownable novel. The Unscratchables by Anthony O’Neill Crusher McNash is the police force’s most fearless detective, a barrel-chested bull terrier with a biscuit-thin temper and a barbed-wire tongue. Cassius Lap is the finest agent in the Feline Bureau of Investigation, an imperturbable Siamese with a mind as sharp as a can-opener. Together, they are The Unscratchables! Ghostlines by Nick Gadd Ghostlines centres on Philip Trudeau, a once-respected investigative journalist who has stepped on the wrong toes. Sent to cover what appears to be a tragic yet routine death at a level crossing, Philip is drawn into a multilayered mystery that involves art theft, political intrigue, and business corruption. TRUE CRIME The Skull: Informers, hit men and Australia’s toughest cop by Adam Shand Feared and respected policeman Brian ‘Skull’ Murphy entered the shady world depicted in Underbelly: A tale of two cities. See many of its key villains – Christopher Dale Flannery, the Kane brothers and Ray Chuck – from Murphy’s perspective as he plays them off against each other and fights to stay on top. Court in the Middle by Andrew Fraser From 1975 to 2001, Andrew Fraser was a leading criminal solicitor with a successful national practice. Then it all went horribly wrong. Pleading guilty to trafficking a small quantity of cocaine to a friend and to possessing two ecstasy tablets, he was sentenced to seven years in prison. Pixie: Inside a world of drugs, sex and violence by Andrea Mohr Drug runner, hostess, money launderer, drug dealer and importer, amongst other things, Andrea had a glamorous life filled with travel, movie stars and easy money. Until she’s sent to Deer Park, a maximum security women’s prison, a violent, corrupt, mismanaged facility where there were more drugs inside than outside.