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Suzanne Falkiner has used a combination of the facts of the case, and both the victim and perpetrator's life and fleshed that out with non-fiction elements, expanding on the facts to create a logical, and believable narrative.
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The American is definitely not the last we will be seeing of Leone Scarmacio and most readers will be hanging on to see what happens next.
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Happily surprised by the ending of COME TO HARM, pleasing surprised by how enjoyable this book was, not so surprised that the rest of the standalones from this author are now on the To Be Read list.
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In great timing, Reviewing the Evidence have just published my review of the winner of the 2015 Ned Kelly for Best First Crime Fiction.
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In great timing, Reviewing the Evidence have just published my review of the winner of the 2015 Ned Kelly for Best First Crime Fiction.
Pleasantville is crime writing as it should be – engaging, compulsive and surprising but never losing sight of deeper social and human drivers that sit behind the action.
Clever, evocative, funny with that wonderful sense of place and character that stays away from feeling like a film script, and sticks firmly within a police procedural framework. This is exactly the sort of novel that Darian Richards deserves. Let's hope there's a lot more to come.
Music and popular culture provide the backdrop to this long-awaited new Billy Glasheen novel

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Suzanne Falkiner has used a combination of the facts of the case, and both the victim and perpetrator's life and fleshed that out with non-fiction elements, expanding on the facts to create a logical, and believable narrative.
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The American is definitely not the last we will be seeing of Leone Scarmacio and most readers will be hanging on to see what happens next.
Posted by Robert Goodman
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Happily surprised by the ending of COME TO HARM, pleasing surprised by how enjoyable this book was, not so surprised that the rest of the standalones from this author are now on the To Be Read list.
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I should be reading lots of other things, but damn it, I'm reading this.
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In a darkened bar, up a wide old stone staircase, deep in Trades Hall Melbourne on Saturday night we gathered for the 20th Anniversary of the Ned Kelly Awards.
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In great timing, Reviewing the Evidence have just published my review of the winner of the 2015 Ned Kelly for Best First Crime Fiction.
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Any readers looking for something different - LEONA: THE DIE IS CAST could be just the ticket. There's so much here in the writing, and the styling that is very brave of this author.
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Reading this for review at Newtown Review of Books
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Pleasantville is crime writing as it should be – engaging, compulsive and surprising but never losing sight of deeper social and human drivers that sit behind the action.
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Acclaimed author, journalist and screenwriter Helen Garner has won the 2015 Ned Kelly Award for Australia’s Best True Crime book for ‘This House of Grief – the Story of a Murder Trial’.
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This is the latest in a series of intelligent, well-researched and engagingly written crime-fiction novels set admid the suffragette battles of early 1900s England.
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Overall, however, Please Don’t Leave Me Here is an incredibly assured debut.
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A first for me from this author, written in a very engaging manner.
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Read this over the weekend - one of those stories that sort of sit in the back of your mind, but the details were sketchy.
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From the "no idea why but let's read it anyway pile".
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A TIME TO RUN's a debut novel and it's hard to tell if there's a series in the making - around Postlewaite, Willis or both of them somehow, but given the writing style of this author, and her expertise in the field, it will be interesting to see where this goes.
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The English moors are a great place to stage a thriller. Bleak landscapes, mud, fog and rain, or wind and painfully bright sunlight, brutal histories, all collide on the moors and have in literature for many years.
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... another compulsive and surprisingly poignant thriller and will be a welcome return for the many Joe O’Loughlin fans.
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AUSTRALIA'S MOST MURDEROUS PRISON is a fascinating book, written in a very readable style.
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Read for our face to face bookclub meeting yesterday, lovers of this book will be pleased to know I was very much in the minority...
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Another series I'm slow off the mark with, unfortunately.
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Craig Sisterson interviewed on Radio NZ: Kiwi Crime Writing and the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Awards
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Flagged as a number 1 bestseller in Sweden, this is a very unusual book featuring a most unexpected protagonist.
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One of Australia’s most well-known authors, Helen Garner is among a strong list of writers competing for this year’s Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime.
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Reading for this for f2f bookclub this weekend.
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A promising debut DOUBLE MADNESS has got a lot going for it.
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Great crime fiction for those that find the constant concentration on murder a bit wearing, both these books are not just entertaining, they are educational into the bargain.
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Slight change of pace before heading back into the stacks of crime fiction around here.
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Clever, evocative, funny with that wonderful sense of place and character that stays away from feeling like a film script, and sticks firmly within a police procedural framework. This is exactly the sort of novel that Darian Richards deserves. Let's hope there's a lot more to come.
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Right - subject matter of this one's been a bit of an issue in getting started, but big girl's pants on and reading underway.
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It was cold this weekend, dry because ... you know non-existent drought in Victoria ... but reading weather because frankly too cold to battle it out the vague pointlessness of the garden.
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To be honest I was leery about another Darian Richards book being so completely over the utterly mad serial killer thing. But this is different and I'm finding it very hard to put down.
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What makes this series one that's particularly appealing are the characters.
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Music and popular culture provide the backdrop to this long-awaited new Billy Glasheen novel
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The shortlist for the 2015 Davitt Awards has been announced tonight.
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A debut novel from Melbourne based author - to be reviewed at http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au
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Everything winds together nicely here, using plenty of action and pace, and just enough real-life reflections as well as "what if" scenarios to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, and, as is less often the case in thrillers, wondering about the greyness of right and wrong.
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Soji Shimada, author of over 100 mystery novels, is a designer, musician, and astrology writer. Let's hope this isn't the only one of his books translated because it is wonderful.
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