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In a leadup event to the 2016 Bendigo Writers Festival, Gideon Haigh came to Dunolly for a discussion with Rosemary Sorensen about CERTAIN ADMISSIONS.
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It's great to see something as topical as genetic modification of food crops set in somewhere that's not normally known as a big threat / big risk location.
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Caleb Carr is probably best known for his historical crime fiction debut The Alienist. That book, and its sequel, Angel of Darkness, set around turn of the century New York City and, later upstate New York, explored the early days of criminal psychology.
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For a cricket obsessed reader, fond of the assertion that test cricket is a metaphor for life, THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET made me wonder about that just for a moment.
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There is a very good reason for all the buzz around about The Dry, another great debut thriller from an Australian writer. Review at Newtown Review of Books
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An astounding debut novel, this was a most unusual, and very rewarding read.
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DEAD MEN DON'T ORDER FLAKE obviously comes from the entertaining side of crime fiction.
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Look for the sly sense of humour in these books (which frequently tipped over into outright laughter for this reader), and past the bombastic outer shell of William Power, because THE SERPENT'S STING is a worthy addition to a series of novels that must come highly recommended.
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For a cricket obsessed reader, fond of the assertion that test cricket is a metaphor for life, THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET made me wonder about that just for a moment.
There is a very good reason for all the buzz around about The Dry, another great debut thriller from an Australian writer. Review at Newtown Review of Books
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.
It's dark, it's classic noir, it's very Australian and it's about as pitch perfect as you can get.
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.
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
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.
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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It's nearly impossible to "review" a book like THE STING simply because the subject matter is so horrific.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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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