Crime is no laughing matter, but when it comes to crime fiction you can take some liberties. Crime Scenes is an anthology of Australian-based crime stories where each author takes you through an interesting web of criminal activities – cheating, arson, revenge and adultery.
Andrew Nette’s ‘Postcard From Cambodia’ will have you cheering for the femme fatale. But PM Newton will see you shed a tear for the main character in ‘The Mango Tree’. If you like witty crime stories that leave your mouth open in shock or have you questioning whether some crimes are justifiable or not, then Tony Birch’s ‘Death Star’ is a must-read. Other stories might introduce doubts in your mind about the safety of public spaces – is it a crime if karma decides to punish someone for being dishonest? Well, Peter Corris’ ‘Three-Pan Creek Gift’ had me asking that very question. Sometimes, there are no answers for why crime happens but when it is crime fiction, you can enjoy a few laughs. Take Crime Scenes on your next train or bus journey. It is worth the read.
PM Newton is a Master of Arts in Writing (Research) graduate. She spent 13 years in the NSW Police Force, with over a decade as a Sydney detective. Her published work includes short stories, critical essays and novels.