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If the underlying agenda doesn't interest you, this might be a book that reader's with a preference for that sort of jolly hockey sticks, slightly exaggerated absurdist humour will really love.
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Wonderfully evocative and beautifully delivered, NEST was utterly mesmerising.
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A shattering, emotional rollercoaster of a book, just as the blurb puts it, WRATH is all about a mistake that we could all make, and the redemption that some of us deserve.
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WHAT SHE LEFT has created a record in these parts as one of the most picked up and put down, unable to continue books that this reader has struggled with for quite some time.
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Sometimes the world is a kind place and a new book from a favoured author appears, and it is very very good into the bargain.
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Another from the 2015 Neddies Best First category read over the weekend.
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Another from the Ned Kelly nomination - this time the Best First category.
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FIVE OUTSTANDING novels full of mystery and intrigue have been announced as the shortlist for the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, which will be presented at a WORD Christchurch event in late September.
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If the underlying agenda doesn't interest you, this might be a book that reader's with a preference for that sort of jolly hockey sticks, slightly exaggerated absurdist humour will really love.
Posted by Karen
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Wonderfully evocative and beautifully delivered, NEST was utterly mesmerising.
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A shattering, emotional rollercoaster of a book, just as the blurb puts it, WRATH is all about a mistake that we could all make, and the redemption that some of us deserve.
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WHAT SHE LEFT has created a record in these parts as one of the most picked up and put down, unable to continue books that this reader has struggled with for quite some time.
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Number 5 in the Rainbow series, and THE CASE OF THE COCK ROBIN KILLER might be blue about lots of things, but it won't make you blue to read it.
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Another from the 2015 Neddies Submission list - this time the True Crime section.
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We've all been waiting a very long time for this and boy does it not disappoint. To be reviewed at Newtown Review of Books.
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This weekend we did the unexpected (and appreciated) thing of taking a day off from everything but the bare essentials "on the farm" and read. A whole day reading. Bliss.
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From Crime Factory Publications, started this last night and it's dark, brutal and fascinating, with just a hint of something odd going on :)
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AFTER THE CRASH opens with private eye Credule Grand-Duc preparing to take his own life after spending nearly eighteen years failing to discover the truth behind the miracle of the baby who survived a plane crash.
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Because I'm a glutton for punishment, let's add the 2015 Davitt's Award to the upcoming TBR Mountain Range - this time Adult Fiction.
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This year I've promised myself a red hot go at reading the entire submissions list for all 3 of the Ned Kelly Categories. Now onto the last category - Best Crime (which I've left to last as I've got quite a few reviews up now).
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Another from my quest to read all nominees :)
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This unpredictable legal thriller is no courtroom drama and brims with action. Full review at Newtown Review of Books.
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If the quotes appeal, then one for your reading list.
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This series has proven to be enormously entertaining, and THE GRAND CRU HEIST, a very short novel, is up there with the rest of the series. Not just because, I hasten to clarify, it's impossible to read them without a glass of something (slightly more local) in your hand.
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Felt like a bit of a change of pace and style, and an excuse to crave a glass or two of wine.
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BLACK WIDOW is a fascinating book to read, it's beautifully constructed, making history come alive, allowing the reader to draw their own conclusions on many of the aspects of the story of Louisa Collins.
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Another romantic suspense novel, THE HERB GARDENER combines a rural setting, a new love, and a dead young worker.
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A young adult book, written from the viewpoint of Luca, a young man found guilty of murdering his mother and stepfather when he was 13 years old.
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Now I just need to make sure that THE HUNTER's not the last of Tony Park's books that wind their way up Mt TBR.
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Second from SA based author, Reece Pocock.
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Look I don't know why these books appeal but they make me laugh!
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First from a bitterly cold weekend's reading. This is another entry from the Ned Kelly submissions to be reviewed at http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com
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If romantic suspense is your thing - then STORM CLOUDS should be on the reading list.
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World Gone By is another brilliant, layered crime novel from Lehane, one of the world’s premier crime writers.
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A debut book that people have been talking up very loudly.
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ONLY THE BRAVE is the third in a strong series, although it is one that this reader would recommend you start from the beginning.
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The book explores the impact that this life has on those people: why they became cops, why they continue to be cops, and the ties that bind them together. It is a story that explores the twisted byways of love and loyalty, regret and the price of vengeance.
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There's no question that anybody is going to get away with anything in THE DROWNED BOY, but the why remains the focus, and all the more heart-rendering as a result.
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Every Word is, in the end, a great crime thriller for teenagers.
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One for anyone, but particularly the Spooks crowd, to enjoy.
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Another book from both the Davitt's and Ned Kelly listings.
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... another fun, escapist outing with Jack Emery in charge of saving the day, ably assisted, for a change, by some women with brains, bravery and chutzpah to spare.
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The Killing of Bobbi Lomax is a solid procedural with some bigger fish to fry.
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The last from my currently reading pile - the latest from Karin Fossum.
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