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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.
Posted by Karen
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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The Girl in Green is not only a page turner, it is an important novel that tries to convey not only the drivers of the headlines but also the situation that remains when the news cycle moves on.
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This book jumped the queue. Pushy.
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Attempting to read this one over the weekend for our next f2f bookclub gathering.
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The third book in the Audrey Murders series, THE MURDER TRAIL is set in a very picturesque location in the far north of New Zealand.
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The second Jeff Bradley novel from New Zealand author, Thomas Ryan, certainly made me really want to shunt my as yet unread copy of the first (The Field of Blackbirds) up in priority.
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Next up from the ridiculously large and embarrassingly behind schedule, review pile.
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Whilst it's a huge privilege to be able to read a lot of review books, every now and again it's nice to treat yourself to one just because you want to read it.
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Inspired by the true events surrounding an unsolved murder, Dark Fires Shall Burn is set in Sydney’s Newtown in the aftermath of World War II. - Full review at Newtown Review of Books
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The book of the TV show, ELEMENTARY: THE GHOST LINE is based around the characters of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Joan Watson.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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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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FRONT PAGE NEWS is the debut novel from former Australian journalist Katie Rowney.
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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...
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The Legend of Winstone Blackhat, is an outstanding achievement by a writer at her peak
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2016 is a going to be a good year for Pufferfish fans!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Another debut Australian novel where the blurb will provide a good indication of the style of storytelling.
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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.
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