Aussie Author Month: It’s a Crime {and a mystery}

I love crime and mystery novels, from cozies to hard-boiled detective stories, they have always been a favourite of mine.  I’ve shared Five Aussie Classics with you for Aussie Author Month, and now I’d like to share some Aussie crime and mystery series  that you may not have heard of but are definitely worth the read. Click on the series title to view at Goodreads.

Cassidy Blair Series by Kirsty Brooks

Combining romance, adventure, humour and crime, this is the first in a series starring Cassidy Blair , a 29 year old who stumbles into trouble and puts amateur sleuthing skills to work to save herself and her friends from disastrous decisions and bad guys with guns. It’s a fun series with a distinctly Australian flavour starting with the Vodka Dialogue and continuing with The Happiness Punch, The Millionaire Float and Lady Splash.

Les Norton Series by Robert G Barrett

Les Norton is a self described boof head, he works as a bouncer in the Cross and isn’t always on the right side of the law but is mostly a pretty good bloke.  His adventures can be a little far fetched but nevertheless each book is a fun romp up and down the eastern seaboard of Australia. I admit, Les is not  for everyone, the books are written with a masculine audience in mind and it freely makes use of Aussie colloquialisms which might be a bit confusing for an international audience but I think they are great fun.

There are currrently 20 books in the series: You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids, The Real Thing, The Boys From Binjiwunyawunya, The Godson, Between the Devlin And The Deep Blue Seas, Davo’s Little Something, White Shoes, White Lines and Blackie, And De Fun Don’t Dun, Mele Kalikimaka Mr Walker, The Day of The Gecko, Rider on the Storm and Other Bits and Barrett, Guns ‘N’ Rose, So What Do You Reckon?, Mud Crab Boogie, Goodoo Goodoo, The Wind and the Monkey, Leaving Bondi, The Ultimate Aphrodisiac, Mystery Bay Blues, Rosa-Marie’s Baby, Trifecta, Crime Scene Cessnock , The Tesla Legacy, Les Norton and the Case of the Talking Pie Crust, High Noon in Nimbin

Corinna Chapman Series by Kerry Greenwood

Set in Melbourne, Corrina Chapman discarded her husband and career to open a bakery. She becomes tangled in the lives of her employees and the eccentric inhabitants of her apartment block solving the mysteries that land on her doorstop. My favourite thing about the series is Corinna herself,  she’s in her late 30’s, unapologetically weighs 100 kgs  has a non nonsense attitude.

The series includes Earthly Delights, Heavenly Pleasures, Devils’ Food, Trick or Treat and Forbidden Fruit.

Visit the website HERE

Emily Tempest Series by Adrian Hyland

This series is a new discovery for me, set in a tiny town in the barren outback of the Northern Territory where Emily Tempest, a part aboriginal woman, walks the tightrope between her mob and white authority. It really captures the unique culture of the area and both books in the series so far have strong plots. Diamond Dove (also known as Midnight Downs) is the first, followed by Gunshot Road.

Simone Kirsch Series by Leigh Redhead

An ex stripper who wanted to join the police force, Simone Kirsch decides to become a PI, working in the sleazy environs of her old haunts. Witty and just a little naughty, this is a fun series with gritty edge. Starting with Peepshow, the series continues with Rubdown, Cherry Pie and Thrill City

Want more? Look for

Gabrielle Lord

Peter Corris

Michael MacConnell

Peter Temple

Marianne Delacourt

Claire McNab

Tara Moss

Jennifer Rowe

PD Martin

Katherine Howell

Kathryn Fox

For even more head to the Australian Crime Fiction Database or Fair Dinkum Crime

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Aussie Author Month is also raising funds for the Indigenous Literacy Project. You can learn more about this cause HERE and  donate HERE

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. bernadetteinoz
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 18:00:35

    Some excellent choices you have there Shelley (and thanks for the shout out to Fair Dinkum Crime too – hope you’re going to enter our quiz at Fair Dinkum – you don’t need to know all the answers to win).

    I have not read any of the Robert G Barrett books but they look like fun so I may have to remedy that situation. I really like Corinna Chapman too – my kind of gal 🙂



  2. BlueRose
    Apr 12, 2011 @ 19:09:25

    OMG OMG OMG!!! How could such a list be missing the fabulouse Phryne Fisher series??? – also by Kerry Greenwood who yoy have mentioned with the Corinna Chapman series.



  3. blodeuedd
    Apr 13, 2011 @ 03:29:39

    Sounds good, and they are all brand new to me 😀 That first one looks especially good



  4. TheBookGirl
    Apr 13, 2011 @ 22:45:28

    Thanks for highlighting these – they are all new to me. The one that is a must try for me is the Corinna Chapman series. The mysteries that I read are pretty much exclusively food-related cozies, and the sleuth in that one sounds very appealing to me!



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  7. sharon Little
    Feb 18, 2015 @ 01:51:50

    I love the Garry Disher books,especially his Hal Challis series.A lot of Aussie authors are hard to get here,in shipping is just too expensive.So,mainly read authors[Aussie] who are in our stores.



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