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I've spent a silly amount of time driving recently, and these really work as a background to the endless kilometres.
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I confess to having been a mad fan of Dave Warner's music. It makes me very happy that the stories he tells in his books are longer in form, but still so clearly about life as it happens in Australia.
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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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The Lone Child focuses on character development, imbued with sadness, longing, regret and loss. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books
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You have to admire any author who doesn't just create a profoundly unlikeable protagonist but then grants them full permission to be as ordinary a human being as they can possibly be.
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A terrific thriller, FROM THE SHADOWS, is fast-paced and populated by extremely interesting characters embroiled in a clever story plot that twists, turns and sneaks around more than enough to keep the reader guessing until the end.
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I forgot NOTHING BAD HAPPENS HERE was a debut novel as you'd never know it from reading it.
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It's probably not going to come as any surprise to find that DON'T LET GO jumped up the reading queue as quickly as possible, because every novel from Michel Bussi I've read now has been clever, different and intriguing.
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Recommendations

Chris Whitaker's debut novel TALL OAKS garnered a lot of positive publicity and a CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger award.
A terrific thriller, FROM THE SHADOWS, is fast-paced and populated by extremely interesting characters embroiled in a clever story plot that twists, turns and sneaks around more than enough to keep the reader guessing until the end.
It's probably not going to come as any surprise to find that DON'T LET GO jumped up the reading queue as quickly as possible, because every novel from Michel Bussi I've read now has been clever, different and intriguing.
The re-examining of the murder of Charles Buhrman brings Josie and her family to the fresh attention of a voracious new content hungry generation who are keen for the thrill and less interested in the damage that was done to the two young children in the house at the time of the murder.
ALL OUR SECRETS is strongly voiced, has a great sense of place and character all round, and an excellent plot. It's an absolute gem.
A slow moving novel about loss; both its enormity and of how shocking it is to the grieving that life simply must go on, regardless of what has been unexpectedly and horrifically taken from them.
THE LAST TIME WE SPOKE will leave readers thinking about consequences long after the novel has come to an end.
"Now he must choose between exoneration and condemnation, justice and vengeance." Readers are all too often left wondering which one he gets to choose, and which one he deserves.

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I will not for a moment pretend that this isn't a treat read, a reward for getting to the end of the holiday and pretty much avoiding everything that we were supposed to do.
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Second book read in the latter part of our week off.
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This was from last week's holiday reading - probably should mention that it went particularly well with a very good Pyrenees Cab Sav.
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Great idea, execution needs a little more emotion and colour.
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Putting the genre mash element aside, Made to Kill is overall just a lot of fun.
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Another from this week's reading pile, which is, to be honest, from the very overdue section.
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Perfect little filler and lead in to Drainland
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Attempting a bit of a week off work - which should mean a bit of catching up on reading. She says hoping.
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Pufferfish is one of my all time favourite Australian Crime Fiction identities. He's taciturn, reticent and often recalcitrant. He's frequently obtuse, often slightly grumpy, addicted to strong espresso and liquorice all-sorts and finally, he's back.
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The 2016 Ngaio Marsh Shortlist has been announced - this is required reading for crime fiction fans.
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The Australian Crime Writers Association today announced the shortlists for the 2016 Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing.
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The ‘long shortlist’ for Sisters in Crime’s 16th Davitt Awards for best crime books has just been announced
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It feels like such a relief to have a woman in Cabin 10, and not a girl, that you'd almost be forgiven for cutting THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 a lot of slack.
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A slow moving novel about loss; both its enormity and of how shocking it is to the grieving that life simply must go on, regardless of what has been unexpectedly and horrifically taken from them.
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This clever thriller should be a huge hit and spark much discussion.
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One for the fans and anyone else who wants to be entertained for a short and happy while
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LA Larkin’s Devour features investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe’s world of big stories, hair’s-breadth escapes from danger and fearless reporting on the worst of human excesses. Newtown Review of Books
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Ann Turner’s Out of the Ice uses the point of view of environmentalist Laura Alvarado to reveal both the wonder and the threats within this amazing landscape: Newtown Review of Books
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Another from the go away I'm busy pile...
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Due out in September, but there's only so much alluring sitting around a book like this can do before a reader just has to sit down and read the thing.
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From now until the final page is turned on this one be warned. I really don't care what anybody else wants, unless it's a life-threatening emergency, I'm busy.
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There's something very nice about having a series to look forward to, especially now with the opportunity, finally, to go back to the start.
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After managing to keep this up for quite a few months - I forgot to do May and now I'm late with June....
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The second novel in the Constable Sammi Willis series, THE TWISTED KNOT, has Sammi returning to work after a close shave with death in the first novel (which you don't have to have read to get this one, but it wouldn't hurt).
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Overall, Vigil is a great start to a fascinating new series for both urban fantasy and crime fans with a refreshing Australian voice, setting and style.
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It's dark, it's classic noir, it's very Australian and it's about as pitch perfect as you can get.
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I was "patiently" waiting for my partner to finish this one after we were lucky enough to see the author talk about the book at an event in Dunnolly.
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For reasons that escape me, Paul Cleave doesn't seem to have the profile, or the world-wide awareness that he absolutely and utterly deserves.
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Last night I was all set for a watch of Le Tour de France. Love the stages in the mountains, for the scenery as much as the tactical team riding. But then I picked up DEVOUR, devoured the first 50 pages and lost track of the tour shenanigans completely. Fell asleep with the book on my nose.
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Cousin's is a fun sort of PI and there's a trilogy of books planned in the Tasmanian Investigation Agency series for those that really like their PI's hard-boiled, sarcastic and just a bit dodgy.
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The setting for this book is almost guaranteed to send you straight to Google to look up the location...
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With Black Teeth, Zane Lovitt has delivered a classic, dark Australian crime thriller.
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I started reading this before this current cold snap - but now it's feeling oddly apocalyptic.
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... something about Eloise and her situation might not be what it seems, and that's mesmerising. Which made STARLIGHT PENINSULA the most difficult book to put down for quite a while.
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THE SILENT INHERITANCE strides with purpose for the bulk of the novel as the field narrows and possibilities are discarded.
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Even though BOOM AND BUST is not as hard-boiled as could be expected from the blurb, it was entertaining reading.
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