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MURDER IN MT MARTHA is a fictional story, inspired by an unsolved 1953 real-life murder in the Mornington Peninsula suburb of Mt Martha.
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Set within the hipster world of inner Melbourne lane-ways, cafes and bright young things, JINX is the debut crime fiction novel from local musician and writer Hugh McGinlay.
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A Dying Breed is an intelligent thriller set in present day Afghanistan.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Much like its titular magazine, The Travelers is a whirlwind journey that takes readers to some of the world’s most desirable places.
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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, written in the mid 1880s, was a world-wide publishing phenomenon. The story of its publication deserves a book like Blockbuster!. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books.

Posted by Karen
THE JADED KIWI, a debut thriller shows promise, delivered as it is, with a slightly tongue in cheek, very New Zealander sort of sense of humour, style and language.
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Recommendations

A solid entry point to a new world, WHO'S AFRAID won't having you checking the shadows as you read - this book is not that graphic or terrifying - but it will have you cheering for Tommi as she stoically decides that her life is to be only onwards and upwards from here.
Published in full at Newtown Review of Books
In the manner of all good slow burner, tightly controlled psychological suspense novels, ALL THESE PERFECT STRANGERS is beautifully crafted.
Fans of Peter May will gleefully add COFFIN ROAD to their collection and new readers would be pleased with this almost closed room mystery that needs very few literary props to satisfy.

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MURDER IN MT MARTHA is a fictional story, inspired by an unsolved 1953 real-life murder in the Mornington Peninsula suburb of Mt Martha.
Posted by Karen
Book Review
Set within the hipster world of inner Melbourne lane-ways, cafes and bright young things, JINX is the debut crime fiction novel from local musician and writer Hugh McGinlay.
Posted by Karen
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I will admit this is one from the absolutely intrigued me pile - so it has jumped up a little, but I'm regarding it as a treat read.
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A Dying Breed is an intelligent thriller set in present day Afghanistan.
Posted by Robert Goodman
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Much like its titular magazine, The Travelers is a whirlwind journey that takes readers to some of the world’s most desirable places.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Book Review
The Mystery of a Hansom Cab, written in the mid 1880s, was a world-wide publishing phenomenon. The story of its publication deserves a book like Blockbuster!. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books.

Posted by Karen
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THE JADED KIWI, a debut thriller shows promise, delivered as it is, with a slightly tongue in cheek, very New Zealander sort of sense of humour, style and language.
Posted by Karen
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A solid entry point to a new world, WHO'S AFRAID won't having you checking the shadows as you read - this book is not that graphic or terrifying - but it will have you cheering for Tommi as she stoically decides that her life is to be only onwards and upwards from here.
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Excellent insight into how the Catholic Church were aided and abetted by others in power to cover up the appalling crimes of the likes of John Day.
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The balance between plot and characters is spot on, the action unrelenting and the battle between good and bad believable and highly entertaining.
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About this time of the year I start madly trying to catch up with the Ned Kelly longlists. The ongoing quest is to manage to read the whole list!
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Final from a long weekend where a little more socialising than reading occurred.
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2nd from the long weekend's reading, and in New Zealand.
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Read over the long weekend - the latest in a series which is mystery focused, but rich with fascinating historical insight.
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In a particularly poignant touch, all round good guy and saver of the world Alex Morgan shows an unsurprising side in RANGER with his care and concern for a returned vet who needs help.
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Thank goodness the earlier books in this series are now available, because understanding Hanne Wilhelmsen requires back story.
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There is so much to like about the Café La Femme series (of which THE BLACKMAIL BLEND is #1.5).
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A Novella length outing with Alex Morgan that is just the thing for some escapist reading, with a very good message.
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Quite a change of pace for me this one.
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The final one started over this past weekend - needing in particular, a change of hemisphere although I wish now I'd read the first in the series.
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Highly recommended if you like your noir on the darkest of dark sides.
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Next from a weekend spent getting stuck into the overdue reading list.
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2nd from the weekend's pile.
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One from this weekend's reading stack.
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The pairing of Spencer and Blair fits well, is unforced and seems to be preparing the basis for a good investigative team.
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From the piles and piles of things I've got queued up at the moment.
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The March update is very late - it's been a tad busy hereabouts.
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Another extremely rewarding unexpected experience.
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This was a most unexpected experience.
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COMFORT ZONE is the debut novel from Ex Federal Minister for Finance and long-time Labor true believer Lindsay Tanner.
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Buist has delivered a well constructed mystery around Natalie King that manages to keep twisting through to the last couple of pages.
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