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It's a character study, wrapped up in a police procedural, with a very strong sense of place, and, one would hope, a long-term future as a series.
Posted by Karen
The Dry is a strong debut. A classic crime novel in a classic Australian setting, with strong characters dealing with universal issues.
Posted by Robert Goodman
... having seen the early publicity for BLACK SAILS, DISCO INFERNO I was expecting it to be good. It exceeded good by a very big measure.
Posted by Karen
Read for our f2f bookclub, every book by Jo Nesbø reminds you to read the rest of the series.
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One for fans of high-threat action, who would appreciate a strong female central character, don't mind a hefty dose of romance and that spot of paranormal into the bargain.
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The novella THE MISTAKE is short, sharp, packed with a punch crime fiction set in Iceland, written by ex-pat New Zealander Grant Nicol.
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MADE TO KILL comes straight from the "well I wasn't expecting that pile", and even better, it looks like the opening salvo in a trilogy that will be well worth following.
Posted by Karen
THE LEGEND OF WINSTONE BLACKHAT is not a "traditional" crime novel in the same way that many early psychological thrillers were not regarded as traditional crime novels...
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Recommendations

The Dry is a strong debut. A classic crime novel in a classic Australian setting, with strong characters dealing with universal issues.
... having seen the early publicity for BLACK SAILS, DISCO INFERNO I was expecting it to be good. It exceeded good by a very big measure.
THE LEGEND OF WINSTONE BLACKHAT is not a "traditional" crime novel in the same way that many early psychological thrillers were not regarded as traditional crime novels...
THE SECRET CHORD is a story of an ancient King in ancient times thus it absolutely demanded a magisterial narrator.

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It's a character study, wrapped up in a police procedural, with a very strong sense of place, and, one would hope, a long-term future as a series.
Posted by Karen
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The Dry is a strong debut. A classic crime novel in a classic Australian setting, with strong characters dealing with universal issues.
Posted by Robert Goodman
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... having seen the early publicity for BLACK SAILS, DISCO INFERNO I was expecting it to be good. It exceeded good by a very big measure.
Posted by Karen
Book Review
Read for our f2f bookclub, every book by Jo Nesbø reminds you to read the rest of the series.
Posted by Karen
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One for fans of high-threat action, who would appreciate a strong female central character, don't mind a hefty dose of romance and that spot of paranormal into the bargain.
Posted by Karen
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Second in the Sammi Willis series, she's back at work after avoiding a serial killer's grasp in the first novel.
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The novella THE MISTAKE is short, sharp, packed with a punch crime fiction set in Iceland, written by ex-pat New Zealander Grant Nicol.
Posted by Karen
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Lots of things I should have done over the weekend but the first mention of Funky Town and I was gone for all money....
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MADE TO KILL comes straight from the "well I wasn't expecting that pile", and even better, it looks like the opening salvo in a trilogy that will be well worth following.
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Having both had the opportunity of reading The Legend of Winstone Blackhat, a compare and contrast review set by Deb Wood and myself.
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THE LEGEND OF WINSTONE BLACKHAT is not a "traditional" crime novel in the same way that many early psychological thrillers were not regarded as traditional crime novels...
Posted by Karen
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The Legend of Winstone Blackhat, is an outstanding achievement by a writer at her peak
Posted by Deb Wood
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2016 is a going to be a good year for Pufferfish fans!
Posted by Karen
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Debut from Tasmanian author Barry Weston, first in the Tasmanian Private Investigation Trilogy.
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Built around the worlds of art fraud, forensic accounting, law and the European Mafia DEATH OF A FRIEND is the debut novel of Australian author Desmond L Kelly.
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For those who like more action and less smooching in their romantic suspense reads, DARKNESS is a fast paced novel of danger and love in the snow. Plus you will pick up a thing or two about what to put in your survival pack next time you head out camping.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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THE DEATH RAY DEBACLE is fiction built around unexpected facts from the period leading up to World War II. New Zealand inventor Victor Penny ran a bus company by day and at night he worked on producing a death ray.
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Best selling author Nora Roberts excels in churning out the whip fast reads, and THE OBSESSION is another book where the dialogue is snappy, we have a savvy and feisty heroine, and the love interest is uber masculine and good with his hands.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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... readers will be able to distract themselves with the sumptuous descriptions of wine and food along the way ...
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Second from the long-weekend's read pile - a local debut set in Queensland.
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A long weekend treat read that turned out to be a very good treat indeed.
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Started this debut novel from a local author last night.
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Even the name of this novel gives the hint that this is a mash up of two genres. Modern day police procedural meets Victorian-style ghost story on the streets of (where else?) London.
Posted by Robert Goodman
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A record number of entrants and a kaleidoscopic range of crime tales illustrates the growth of New Zealand crime writing but provided a real challenge for the judges of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, who have revealed the longlist for their 2016 award today.
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Can anyone help identify this book?
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John Q is an intriguing new addition to the crime scene and is likely to return, six shooters and all.
Posted by Robert Goodman
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Another debut Australian novel where the blurb will provide a good indication of the style of storytelling.
Posted by Karen
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An open homage to the noir stylings of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, with a decidedly Australian sense of humour, HARRY'S WORLD is the story of PI Harry Kenmare, told in a series of episodes.
Posted by Karen
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Once again, Cavanagh has managed to combine the tension of a series of 24 with the legal manoeuvrings and questionable lawyers out of a John Grisham novel and the suave con-artist styling of Ocean’s Eleven.
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The 7th in the "byte" series from NZ author, Cat Connor.
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It was, at best, mildly damp in these parts over the weekend (unlike some parts that got hammered) but the hell with it - got some reading done anyway.
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Extremely engaging, requiring the reader to really pay attention, one of the best things about THE FALLING DETECTIVE was the way it made this reader really regret missing the first book in the series.
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Reading this one for http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au and thinking a lot about the experiences of women from previous generations.
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Had a bit of a free-range around the Ned Kelly list while waiting for himself to finish one of the true crime entrants we got hold of recently ... which I'm looking forward to reading.
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Set in Australia, but with a decidedly American feel to it, LETHAL IN LOVE is a serialised novel in six parts. Fascinating idea and one that I've always wondered why somebody hasn't done.
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If you've read the blurb for CLINCH and formed some conclusions about style, and outcome in your mind, then it's likely you got close in some things and miles away in others.
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THE BLOOD ON MY HANDS is a very personal story, told by Shannon O'Leary, recounting a childhood that truly could be said was hellish.
Posted by Karen
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The first thing to understand about Hideo Yokoyama’s epic police procedural Six Four is that it is not a crime novel in the traditional sense.
Posted by Robert Goodman
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The Le Fanu series from Brian Stoddart is one of those extremely elegant combinations of mystery fiction and historical lesson that also provides huge entertainment for readers.
Posted by Karen
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What a little gem AMPLIFY turned out to be. A debut novel from journalist Mark Hollands, introducing musical impresario Billy Lime and his world of sex, drugs and rock and roll.
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Something from the very different indeed pile. Swedish, noir, set in 1930.
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