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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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It’s a gutsy move to put the first sentence of your novel on the front cover. Even more so when the text is given more prominence than the name of the book itself. But it is a great ‘what’s in the box?’ first sentence
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Even if you didn't know that author Ian Simpson regards John Mortimer as one of his inspirations, there's something slightly similar in their writing styles, although there's no Rumpole character in MURDER IN COURT THREE.
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The second novel in the DI Helen Grace series POP GOES THE WEASEL returns to Grace's life in the aftermath of her sister's death, and that of a much loved colleague in the first book EENY MEENY.
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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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One from a cold weekend's reading
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It’s a gutsy move to put the first sentence of your novel on the front cover. Even more so when the text is given more prominence than the name of the book itself. But it is a great ‘what’s in the box?’ first sentence
Posted by Robert Goodman
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Even if you didn't know that author Ian Simpson regards John Mortimer as one of his inspirations, there's something slightly similar in their writing styles, although there's no Rumpole character in MURDER IN COURT THREE.
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Sneaking in a "want to read" rather than a "have to read" as a bit of a reward for good behaviour.
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An unusual cross genre book - to be reviewed at http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au/
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Second from this weekend, this author says his influences are John Mortimer, PG Wodehouse and William Boyd and you can definitely see that :)
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In a weekend where reading was somewhat brief and fleeting, this was such a lucky choice. Fascinating little book.
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The second novel in the DI Helen Grace series POP GOES THE WEASEL returns to Grace's life in the aftermath of her sister's death, and that of a much loved colleague in the first book EENY MEENY.
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A new book from Crickey correspondent, set in the world of corporate / government cyber-terrorism.
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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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Cleverly constructed, and particularly for this non-enthusiast for the paranormal, unexpectedly believable, DOUBLE EXPOSURE is written with considerable aplomb and style.
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Writers who take the decision to build their novels around characters who are less than sympathetic, veering towards frustrating, appear to be making one of the braver literary decisions you can come across.
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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 Best First where I'm relieved to note a slightly better performance so far, with potential to improve.
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Originally published under the title AN ACT OF REPARATION, DEAD GUILTY uses the complex subject of domestic abuse as a vehicle to explore the ongoing abuse and exploitation of women in very vulnerable situations.
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Nothing more annoying than knowing you've loved the first book in a series, and despite promises, haven't read the 2nd until there's now 3 and 4 out. Sheesh.
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Been looking forward to this one immensely. Readers who haven't discovered this series yet - can't recommend it highly enough. For review at http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au
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The first of last weekend's reading.
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Sometimes the world is very kind to a dedicated fan of Australian Crime fiction, particularly when two new books from authors that we've not heard from for a very long time arrive. Peter Doyle and Dave Warner each played their part, many years ago, in engaging an interest in our own stories and voices.
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Nelson DeMille has been pumping out high intensity thrillers for years. In the last few years, these thrillers have centred around action man and wise-cracking maverick John Corey.
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Jumped up the priority queue when my partner raved about this last week.
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A debut that shows promise in terms of the sense of place, and the best and worst of life in small towns, PIECES OF A LIE is one for for readers comfortable with a romantic tension device, and happy if their baddies are barking mad into the bargain.
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Many with a passing interest in the news might remember aspects about the case of the murder of Allison Baden-Clay. Unfortunately she is yet another woman, killed by their domestic partner, for reasons which are impossible to justify.
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For our f2f bookclub, this won the 2013 Ned Kelly True Crime Award.
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Set in Yemen, THE ABRUPT PHYSICS OF DYING is an eco-thriller from an author who writes about the issues explored with authority and a vivid sense of place.
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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.
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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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