Coronavirus reading: Why Easter is the perfect time to immerse yourself in a thriller

Not allowed out of the house? Here's the solutution.

Not allowed out of the house? Here's the solutution.

Camping holiday, cancelled, the Good Friday family gathering on hold ‘til Christmas and  “no, you can’t” to picnics in the park, your annual Easter egg hunt, watching the Bells Beach surfing carnival or going to the footy on Easter Monday.

Stay at home – that’s the Government’s message. But this doesn’t mean we can’t escape our physical confines via a good book.

What better time than a national lock-down to pick up a thriller and immerse yourself in the adventures of fractured but brilliant detectives and their cast of eccentric murder suspects?

Have a good one….

The Shadow

Melanie Raabe

German writer Melanie Raabe started her professional life as a journalist.

This may explain why her books are such fine examples of old-fashioned story-telling with an easy-to-follow flow.

When Norah is stopped on a Vienna street by a random homeless woman and told that on February 11 she will kill a man called Arthur, her mind recalls another February 11 when something terrible happened.

And then she meets Arthur Grimm and anything is possible.

Rules for Perfect Murders

Peter Swanson

What’s not to love about a mystery set around a bookshop?

Malcolm Kershaw, owner of the Old Devils bookstore, once wrote an article titled My Eight Favorite Murders in which he selected brilliant murders from the works of fiction in his shop.

When FBI agent Gwen Mulvey realises there is a link between a spate of unsolved murders and Malcolm’s literary list, she must work against the clock to ensure all eight murders are not re-enacted.

Gathering Dark

Candice Fox

Fans of Ned Kelly Award-winning local author Candice Fox will be thrilled to hear she has a new book on the shelves.

Once again, Fox creates an ensemble of fascinating characters, including Dr Blair Harbour, a disgraced former LA medico who is now an ex-con desperate to regain custody of her son.

A former cellmate needs Blair’s help to find her missing daughter. Will Blair risk life on the outside to help her friend?

Corrie Perkin is a Melbourne journalist and bookseller whose Hawksburn shop is still open via My Bookshop is also taking book orders on 03 9824 2990

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