Saturday, 11 February 2023

Book Review & Giveaway: Crows Nest by Nikki Mottram

Crows Nest


Nikki Mottram

A Dana Gibson Mystery 
Publisher: University of Queensland Press

Publication date: 31st January 2023
Genre: Crime / Rural
Pages: 320
Source: Courtesy of the publisher via DMCPR 

My review of Crows Nest

Crows Nest is a compelling rural crime debut from Nikki Mottram placing her firmly on the list of notable Australian crime writers.
I was pulled into the story right from the start. Dana Gibson is a relatable, flawed character. She has had a few life altering dramas and instead of facing her demons she decides to flee from Sydney to Toowoomba. 
Dana is a community services worker, well respected in Sydney, but she has to prove herself before she is trusted in this small country town.
I really connected with Dana. She acts on impulse, often regretting her actions later. She is quick to snap and slow to open-up which makes people wary of her.
Crows Nest is a police procedural with a different twist. Not happy with the way the police are handling the murder investigation Dana starts her own investigation, evidence board and all. I loved Dana’s little side-kick and mini sleuth Angus, her 11 year-old neighbour. He was a clever little thing and had a sad story of his own.

Crows Nest has themes of dysfunctional families, small town secrets and lack of resources for community workers

Nikki Mottram has written a clever mystery deeply rooted in its small town setting.
I am looking forward to the second book, Killarney.
My rating  5/5   ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
About the author 

Nikki Mottram writes crime fiction and has a background in child protection. She has a psychology degree from University of Queensland and has worked in London and Australia in positions protecting and promoting the welfare of children at risk of harm. She has been published in the Boroondara Literary Awards anthology and shortlisted for the Fish Short Story Prize and the Hal Porter Short Story Competition. In 2018, she was the recipient of a Katharine Susannah Pritchard Writers' Centre Fellowship. She grew up and resides in Toowoomba, and brings to her work an understanding of rural communities.


Thanks to DMCPR and University of Queensland Press I have one paperback copy to give away. Entry is via the form below. Entries close at 6pm AEDT on 18th February 2023.
This giveaway is now closed and the winner was announced HERE


  1. This looks like a great read :)

  2. This is a book I really want to read 😊

  3. I entered as Sally - I do subscribe but not via email but via an app called Feedly 😃

  4. This one sounds great Veronica! Thanks for the opportunity :)

  5. I enjoy reading novels set in places I know and in the last year I've visited beautiful Toowoomba a couple of times.

  6. I love reading your reviews and this book is one I think I will definitely love. Thanks for the chance.

    1. Thanks for being one of my faithful followers Leanne. Good luck

  7. If I don’t win, I’m moving to Toowoomba!

  8. Great review and would love to read and support the Australian author

  9. Love your review. Sounds like a great book. Fingers crossed.

  10. I really like the sound of this book!