Feb 172021

On 17th February, Fiona Malcolm, who works for Melbourne Athenaeum Library, discussed the best (and rest) of the exciting sub-genre of Australian rural crime fiction. Participants discovered new authors, new towns and some amazing scenery as they travelled around outback Australia between the pages of the books.

Here is Fiona’s suggested reading list for Australian rural crime fiction.

Bailey, Sarah The Dark Lake (Gemma Woodstock 1)
Bergmoser, Gabriel The Hunted
Brandi, Mark Wimmera
Brown, Honey Dark Horse
Cook, Kenneth Wake In Fright
Disher, Garry Bitter wash road (Hirsch 1)
Peace (Hirsch 2)
Consolation (Hirsch 3)
The Dragon Man (Peninsula crimes 1)
Kittyhawk Down (Peninsula crimes 2)
Snapshot (Peninsula crimes 3)
Chain of Evidence (Peninsula crimes 4)
Blood Moon (Peninsula crimes 5)
Whispering Death (Peninsula crimes 6)
Signal Loss (Peninsula crimes 7)
Hammer, Chris Scrublands
Harper, Jane The Dry (Aaron Falk 1)
Force Of Nature (Aaron Falk 2)
The Lost Man
The Survivors
Jinks, Catherine Shelter
Maguire, Emily An Isolated Incident
Serong, Jock Quota
Thornton, Sarah Lapse White Throat
Upfield, Arthur
Inspector Bonaparte series
The Barrakee Mystery / The Lure Of The Bush
The Sands of Windee
Wings Above The Diamantina
Mr. Jelly’s Business / Murder Down Under
Winds Of Evil
The Bone Is Pointed
The Mystery Of Swordfish Reef
Bushranger Of The Skies / No Footprints In The Bush
Death Of A Swagman
The Devil’s Steps
An Author Bites The Dust
The Mountains Have A Secret
The Bachelors Of Broken Hill
The Widows Of Broome
The New Shoe / The Clue Of The New Shoe
Venom House
Murder Must Wait
Death Of A Lake
Sinister Stones / Cake In The Hat Box
The Battling Prophet
Man Of Two Tribes
Bony Buys A Woman / The Bushman Who Came Back
Bony And The Mouse / Journey To The Hangman
Bony And The Black Virgin / The Torn Branch
Bony And The Kelly Gang / Valley Of Smugglers
Bony And The White Savage
The Will Of The Tribe
Madman’s Bend / The Body At Madman’s Bend
The Lake Frome Monster
Wallace, Sandi Tell Me Why (Georgie Harvey & John Franklin 1)
Dead Again (Georgie Harvey & John Franklin 2)
Into The Fog (Georgie Harvey & John Franklin 3)
Black Cloud (Georgie Harvey & John Franklin 4)
Williams, Sue Murder With The Lot (Rusty Bore 1)
Dead Men Don’t Order Flake (Rusty Bore 2)
Live And Let Fry (Rusty Bore 3)