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Well paced out, populated by flawed but approachable characters, set in a location that doesn't feel manipulative or convenient, GREENLIGHT is about crime, greed, money, influence, bad decisions and human frailty and nastiness.
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It's a scenario that plenty of families deal with every day. Teenager's off to spend their gap year travelling in far flung locations - in this case British backpacker Cassy heading to New Zealand with her boyfriend for a short break before returning to her best friend's wedding, study and a normal life.
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Under Your Wings refreshingly explores a world that will be unfamiliar to most of its readers. Tsao uses the sisters’ interest in insects as a thematic metaphor for this world.
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THE OTHER SISTER reinforces that our childhoods will always impact upon our future selves, and that everyone around us harbours their own secrets and biases.
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THE ANOMALY is an utter hoot and stupendously good fun from start to finish. This is pretty much all you need to know...
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NO TIME TO CRY is one of those crime novels where you feel you are in very safe hands only a few pages in. Scottish
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The Boy at the Keyhole screams gothic from its opening pages.
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If you're in the market for something a little bit different with that historical perspective, then it's worth having a look at.
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Well paced out, populated by flawed but approachable characters, set in a location that doesn't feel manipulative or convenient, GREENLIGHT is about crime, greed, money, influence, bad decisions and human frailty and nastiness.
... this is good rural-noir. It comes from the place and the people that it's written about and it's got the authority, and the touch that comes from living in the world that it's describing.
Completing the AustCrimeFiction trifecta, my turn to read this excellent debut novel.
Cop-turned novelist, Nathan Blackwell (true identity hidden due to covert police operations) has written a debut novel, THE SOUND OF HER VOICE, which is intense, unsparing, realistic, brutal and will stay with the reader for a long time.
If you're a fan of any of Stuart MacBride's books - the Logan McRae series, the Ash Henderson series, his Christmas series (I kid you not), or his standalones then you will have hot footed it to the bookshop for this one already. If for some reason you missed it, then off you go.
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.

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There's much in this book that's confronting and discomforting, and it's not straight forward reading, but it's worthwhile reading, digging into 1970's Australian rural life, dysfunctional families, and adult behaviour that has lasting consequences.
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LIFTING is one of those books that is charming, slightly eccentric, sad, happy, and wonderfully engaging.
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A testament to the legacy of lifelong friendships, MY HUSBANDS LIES is a clever page turner about childhood alliances and their evolution over time.
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THE INNOCENT WIFE is a conceivable nightmare with nothing to cushion the inevitable fall. If you’re in the mood for some harsh lighting in your crime reading, THE INNOCENT WIFE will deliver.
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Finished this late last night because I wanted to read it and because next up (after a bookclub read) it's Katherine Koviac's book The Portrait of Molly Dean.
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The Escape Room does what a good thriller should do. It takes something new and faddish, in this case escape room games, and makes it sinister.
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The Nowhere Child is an assured, page-turning debut.
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I've been doing a lot of "required reading" recently, so indulging myself in random dips into the Discworld series on audio book.
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Turns out that injury to my partner (he's okay) is something that will bite into my reading time.
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Started this one last night.
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I am sort of keeping pace with myself again, having just finished this book...
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I am actually reading this one right now. I'm all caught up in other words!
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Latest, just finished read. Hopefully this is the start of another series.
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Nearly caught up now - finished this earlier this week.
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It's been quite a while since I caught up with these listings as you can probably tell by now.
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Another from the pile up of things I should have mentioned a week ago.
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Another from the have read pile - this is the 3rd book in the Natalie King series.
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Really like the way that Ellie Marney creates the settings for these books - they feel very real and the people in them authentic.
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A memoir originally published in 2015 I listened to Sue Perkins on the audio version of this and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Another from the past reading pile.
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Okay so there's a spot of catching up going on - I have been so busy reading, I've forgotten to post updates.
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Can you imagine? Another potential horror of the modern age. It IS possible for your house to be sold to another party without your knowledge. If there is a way to defraud and steal, there will always be an enterprising criminal out there willing to take it to the next level.
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If you're a fan of any of Stuart MacBride's books - the Logan McRae series, the Ash Henderson series, his Christmas series (I kid you not), or his standalones then you will have hot footed it to the bookshop for this one already. If for some reason you missed it, then off you go.
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Setting in this novel is obviously a major factor, and post earthquake Christchurch looms large.
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One day the blackbirds begin to fall. Naturally, this is something of a spectacle and attention is drawn to the small Pennsylvanian town of Mount Oanoke. With this new focus comes the media and a visiting journalist inadvertently witnesses an encounter that is later viewed as something quite sinister.
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THE THREE DEATHS OF MAGDALENE LYNTON is the first in a new series from New Zealand author Katherine Hayton, followed by THE SECOND STAGE OF GRIEF and THE ONLY SECRET SHE KEEPS.
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Grattan Street's Colonial Fiction project is an outstanding idea, with 4 titles now available (Grattan Street for more)
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Well worth listening to, especially if you love a lilting Scottish accent.
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Having just posted a media announcement on the 2018 Ngaio Marsh longlist - a few personal comments.
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Two authors who returned to crime writing after more than a decade away have today been named among an eclectic longlist for the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel.
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The people that were with us in the trenches of childhood have the best understanding of what it was that made us our present selves. For two little girls who lose their adored father, what happens next is horrific and alters forever the course of what might have otherwise been happy lives. Or not.
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The Parrish life appears to Amber to have absolutely every box ticked. It just doesn’t seem fair for one beautiful couple to have it all.
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Sam Grist has his intense blue eyes trained on his lecturer Kate. All that needs to happen now is for Kate to fall in with his meticulous plans. If Kate rebels or does not appreciate Sam’s efforts, there will be serious consequences for everyone in Kate’s life.
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It must be quite an experience for an author to start out on the long cycle of writing a book about crime and corruption in the financial system, and then, just as you complete the manuscript, have real life intercede in apropos fashion.
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Set in Mexico, among the worst of the worst behaviour of the cartels, and to be frank, men, a union activist makes a stand. Tim Baker has created wonderful characters in Pilar and Fuentes.
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2nd in the Lewis Trilogy, I've pretty much started this one straight after the first, The Blackhouse.
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