Southern Cross Crime Month 2021

Introducing Southern Cross Crime Month, March 2021

Who’s up for a month of reading all things crime from Australia and New Zealand? This includes crime fiction, psychological thrillers, suspense novels and true crime.

I’m no expert in this field; I just thought it might be a fun way to celebrate the depth of talent we have Down Under as well as work my way through an ever-increasing pile of crime books I’ve amassed lately.

Most of you will be well aware of Jane Harper, whose novel The Dry earned accolades across the world, including the 2017 UK CWA Gold Dagger for Crime Novel of the Year, the 2017 Prix Cognac Award in France and the 2017 ABIA Awards Book of the Year. But crime writers from Australia have been ploughing their own furrow long before this. Fergus Hume’s Mystery of a Hansom Cab, which is set in Melbourne, was an overnight sensation, selling hundreds of thousands of copies around the world when it was first published in 1886!

Harper’s success has arguably shone the spotlight on a whole new bunch of writers in this genre, including Chris Hammer, Emma Viskic, Dervla McTiernan, Sarah Bailey and Christian White (amongst others), all of whom have had their novels published on the international stage in the past few years.

But, of course, there are other writers who have been around longer than this but might not have had the same level of fanfare. I’m thinking of the excellent Garry Disher, Peter Temple, Alan Carter, Nicole Trope and Helen Fitzgerald.

Anyway, basically, what I’m saying is that there’s no shortage of writers if you would like to take part. Other sources that might help:

There’s bound to be loads more so if you know of them, please do share in the comments below.

If you wish to take part please feel free to download the main image above or the smaller one below and to use the hashtag #SouthernCrossCrime2021

To register your interest, share a Southern Cross Crime resource or let me know what you plan on reading, please leave a comment below. Be great to have your feedback and support!

46 thoughts on “Introducing Southern Cross Crime Month, March 2021”

  1. So many wonderful writers, so many wonderful books! I would like to mention the late great Peter Corris and his long-running Cliff Hardy detective series. He was thought of as similar to Peter Temple but wrote a greater volume of works.

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    1. Excellent. I’ve got more than a dozen novels here (plus goodness knows how many lurking on my kindle), so this is a good chance to read a few of them. Be good to have you along for the ride 😊

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  2. I’ll think about it. It’s more a question of time than anything else.
    I quite liked the Tony Cavanaugh I’ve read and I’m curious about Paul Thomas and his Maori cop.


  3. I have the latest Jane Harper so may take part but might be too busy with Ireland month. Will read along with all the posts though. I feel my reading wish list will get longet because of this!


    1. Lol. I bloody forgot about Reading Ireland month, so apologies for the clash, but hey, maybe we can count Adrian McKinty and Dervla McTiernan for both our months 😉


  4. March is ok, I might even be on holidays again. If I can’t get hold of the latest Phryne Fisher (Kerry Greenwood) then I might have a Dave Warner somewhere on my shelves (a Perth writer and fabulous rock’n’roll singer)


    1. Ah, forgot about Kerry Greenwood, though I’ve never read her, I just remember her from my Myer book selling days and an author signing she did once. And I have a Dave Warner in my TBR…


  5. Oh yes please! I have a little stack of novels that are calling for some attention … Emma Viskic, Peter Temple, Lenny Bartulin from Australia, Vanda Symon from NZ.

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  6. I’ll join in Kim and will start off with Loraine Peck’s debut novel which I’ve already mentioned to you and then I’ll finally catch up with Vanda Symon’s Sam Shephard series. Still thinking about what comes after that.

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  7. This is so wonderful! Was looking forward to your post, Kim! Looking forward to participating in March! So exciting! Thanks so much for hosting 😊


  8. I’m sure I can find a few Aussie crime novels on my shelf. I’ve just finished The Spiral by Iain Ryan


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