Author Archives: Sue Turnbull

About Sue Turnbull

I am Professor of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Wollongong where I manage the Bachelor of Communication degree. My research interests include the study of media audiences, television studies in general and crime in particular. I also review crime fiction for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age am a convenor of Sisters in Crime Australia - a crime writers and readership network.

They Eat Horses Don’t They: or Seeing Iceland in a Game of Thrones Kind of Way

‘This’, our Icelandic tour guide tells us as he lunges at a hapless American with a sword, ‘is how you stab someone and make it look real’. We’re somewhere near the end of a nine hour Game of Thrones bus … Continue reading

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Doors (and Windows) Blowing Off

(This review of Adrian McKinty’s latest crime novel, ‘I Hear the Sirens in the Street’ published by Serpent’s Tail originally appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on April 6, 2013). According to Ian Rankin’s blurb for ‘I Hear the Sirens … Continue reading

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The Holiday Murders by Robert Gott

(This review appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 March 2013) Three historical crime books down, and Robert Gott has changed tack. The period is still the 1940s, but Gott’s series character, the would-be Shakespearian actor and wanna-be private eye, … Continue reading

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Gone Girl – the crime book of the year?

(This review was published in the Sydney Morning Herald in July last year.  However, I’ve noted how many people have included it in their ‘best’ crime fiction lists of 2012 and thought I would include my review here after the … Continue reading

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Jo Nesbo, The Bat and Terra Nullius

For both Harry Hole and Craig Gisto, the protagonists of Norwegian Jo Nesbo and American James Patterson’s crime novels set in Australia, it all begins in the international arrivals hall of Sydney airport where so many first impressions are formed. … Continue reading

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Yarn-bombing and other Misdemeanours

[I review crime fiction for The Sydney Morning Herald. My editor has kindly given me permission to repost these here – in their original form, I might add. This one appeared on Saturday February 25, 2012] Yearning for a virtual … Continue reading

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