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Was it murder, or was it suicide? Two sudden deaths, and a whole lot of questions for those left behind to mourn.
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I'm dangerously close to od'ing on these.
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Author Karen Hamilton has done a bang up of making us like Juliette, despite her dangerous intentions and willingness to do what needs to be done. You will want to like this woman, but you will be frightened of her, and you will never ever want to be on her bad side.
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THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR reinforces the notion that despite being constantly surrounded by people, you can often feel alone. Deep suburbia provides such a huge source of material and is finally in drama fiction being recognized for that richness.
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Where are the women here? They support, they assist – and they prosecute. Accused of raping a young woman in an elevator at Parliament, James is suddenly no longer bullet proof. His wife is no longer by his side. His government may no longer be so benevolent. Those he crossed in the past will no longer be silent.
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I turn to these books partly for the plot, but mostly for the unapologetically grumpy Montalbano, the food porn, and the locations.
Posted by Karen
An accessible dip into the world of fan fiction, these 16 illustrated short stories are not just for lovers of Sherlock Holmes. Full Review at Newtown Review of Books
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Engaged to be married to a wonderful woman, Finn has worked hard and built up enough cash reserves to be able to work from home, support his dog and live the quiet life in an English village. Life for Finn is extremely good. How quickly things can change.
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THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR reinforces the notion that despite being constantly surrounded by people, you can often feel alone. Deep suburbia provides such a huge source of material and is finally in drama fiction being recognized for that richness.
Where are the women here? They support, they assist – and they prosecute. Accused of raping a young woman in an elevator at Parliament, James is suddenly no longer bullet proof. His wife is no longer by his side. His government may no longer be so benevolent. Those he crossed in the past will no longer be silent.
It has been a very long time since Anna has been able to put foot outside her own door. But this does not mean that she does not observe life outside.
The good news is I'm so far behind with this review, that the second book in the series is out now. Which means you've got a series on your hands!
Leaping with confidence straight out of the gates, DEAD LEMONS has a cracking opening chapter that will stay with you for quite some time. You just can’t go past a man hanging over a cliff, hanging upside down in his wheelchair, thinking such dire and witty thoughts.
Author David Lagercrantz confidently continues his commissioned task of continuing the Millennium series, two novels in after the death of fellow Swedish author Stieg Larsson.

Too Easy continues an absolutely terrific series that falls on the noirish side of comic farce. Full Review at:  Newtown Review of Books

Chris Whitaker's debut novel TALL OAKS garnered a lot of positive publicity and a CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger award.

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Another from the weekend's reading pile.
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Engaged to be married to a wonderful woman, Finn has worked hard and built up enough cash reserves to be able to work from home, support his dog and live the quiet life in an English village. Life for Finn is extremely good. How quickly things can change.
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Four caravans, four families inside waking up to a horrifying new reality. They, their cars and caravans, even their pets, are no longer where they were located when everyone went to bed the night before.
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Shortlisted for the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards, this is the story of a very impressive man.
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A quick departure from the #yeahnoir pile.
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From the NZ piles about the place - an historical novel set in Dunedin.
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Remembering Peter Temple's work.
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Second from the reading pile from yesterday.
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An enforced day off yesterday with the power out for maintenance meant some reading catching up.
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A novella squeezed in amongst other things. Okay other things I should have been doing but still...
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The good news is I'm so far behind with this review, that the second book in the series is out now. Which means you've got a series on your hands!
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Another from the staggeringly varied #yeahnoir pile
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Turned into the perfect read for a hot Saturday afternoon.
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In 2016, Thomas Mullen delivered one of the crime novels of the year with Darktown. ... Lightning Men picks up a couple of years after the events of Darktown.
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Tara and David are typical “Hollywooders” in that appearances are everything. What looks flashy and successful from the outside is all actually a bit of a façade.
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And we're caught up for the moment - currently reading this one.
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Another from the previously reading pile.
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Another from the past overdue for mention pile.
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From the was reading pile, this is fascinating.
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Savages – The Wedding is the first book in French author Sabri Louatah’s Saint-Etienne Quartet. Originally written in 2011, the subject matter is if anything more relevant now than it was then, given the terrorist attacks in France over the last few years.
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The follower of this blog will realise that I'm not prone to personal posts, but I need to apologise.
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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, the debut novel by Stuart Turton has so many influences it is hard to know where to begin.
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