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The death of Maria Turquand had all the ingredients that would have appealed to the salacious public forty years ago; a beautiful woman, gangsters, drugs and rock stars.
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Pursued, bedded and betrayed by her husband the King, Anne Boleyn's story is equally as complex as it is tragic. Anne through both whim and circumstance comes to possess exactly the same ambitions as her bullish husband - to rule absolute, and to provide an heir to the English throne.
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THE ASSASSIN ON THE BANGKOK EXPRESS is the second book in a series sub-titled "The Honourable Assassin", the first (with that title) released in 2015.
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Ten years of two families missing their two children of course takes its toll. One couple survives the aftermath of the kidnappings and the other does not. So what will happen now that only one of the two boys is coming home?
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Something very clever is being mined from our collective pop culture psyche here, and that is the fascination we have with the last person standing. Plane crashes, shootings, natural disasters etc; it's the sole survivors that fascinate.
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Jock Serong seems to determined to shine a light on every dodgy part of Australian culture.
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... while Gentill is returning to the world of Roland Sinclair, she has shown quite emphatically that she can leave Sinclair behind whenever she wants and go exploring in a wider literary landscape.
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The dizzy freedom of a night out without her young son has terrible consequences for first time mother Sally.
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The death of Maria Turquand had all the ingredients that would have appealed to the salacious public forty years ago; a beautiful woman, gangsters, drugs and rock stars.
Pursued, bedded and betrayed by her husband the King, Anne Boleyn's story is equally as complex as it is tragic. Anne through both whim and circumstance comes to possess exactly the same ambitions as her bullish husband - to rule absolute, and to provide an heir to the English throne.
Ten years of two families missing their two children of course takes its toll. One couple survives the aftermath of the kidnappings and the other does not. So what will happen now that only one of the two boys is coming home?
Something very clever is being mined from our collective pop culture psyche here, and that is the fascination we have with the last person standing. Plane crashes, shootings, natural disasters etc; it's the sole survivors that fascinate.
... while Gentill is returning to the world of Roland Sinclair, she has shown quite emphatically that she can leave Sinclair behind whenever she wants and go exploring in a wider literary landscape.
The dizzy freedom of a night out without her young son has terrible consequences for first time mother Sally.
Many years have passed since Dr Jekyll suddenly left London society. Lawyer Mr Utterson, seemingly steadfast in his continued assistance to the absent Dr Jekyll, has been busy making plans. Lasting plans, and they include a lady’s affection.
Known for her Rowland Sinclair historical crime series and her YA Hero trilogy, Sulari Gentill delivers something very different with this new novel. Full review at Newtown Review of Books

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A change of format / style from all the crime fiction I've been reading lately - and a local true crime book about the goings on in the Health Services Union.
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Final dip into the #yeahnoir pile for the weekend.
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Second from the NZ list over the weekend - this is another in what's an increasing number of books from that part of the world exploring consequences.
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A bit of a chilly, sometimes showery weekend meant any excuse for some reading - and this was the standout of the entire bunch.
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Part history lesson, part social exploration, the Sean Duffy series from Irish-Australian writer Adrian McKinty is required crime fiction reading. Reviewed at: Newtown Review of Books
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Police at the Station… continues to be the best of crime fiction. McKinty uses the genre to effectively open a window into a time and place, using the mystery and Duffy’s travails to further illuminate the history that he is so effectively conveying.
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Bill Hosking is well known in legal circles, probably less outside of them, but his many years of experience, and sheer number of cases that he appeared in - mostly as defence counsel, is a telling testimony about this man's standing, and understanding, of the law.
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Picked this one up on the weekend - so far rather engaging read.
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All the submissions to the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards have just been announced.
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Started this one on Sunday night - first in the Ngaire Blakes series.
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The second novel out of New Zealand I've been able to read that explores the after-affects of crime. Let's hope this is not just a glitch in the continuum as both of these novels now have been thought-provoking and challenging.
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...this is extremely entertaining and engaging crime fiction - with a great central character to boot.
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Read for this month's face to face bookclub, another book that divided opinion which is always a good thing.
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If ever there was a book that shows that the Best Swedish Crime Novel award needs to be closely followed, QUICKSAND is it.
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Slipping this one in as a bit of a change of pace from fiction.
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Long weekend reading part 3.
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Part 2 of the long weekend's reading.
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Debut author Anna Snoekstra has taken on one of the more difficult challenges in writing fiction - creating an engaging, morally ambiguous central character, who sometimes borders on unlikeable. Reviewed at Reviewing the Evidence
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The world seems to be full of highly trained, disaffected, black ops, renegade loners who are trying to do good deeds while being hunted down by their government.
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... compelling and frequently discomforting reading.
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Debut Aussie Crime Novel The Dark Lake attracts enormous buzz
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Another from the Ngaio Marsh piles - this time a police procedural styled book set in Auckland.
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This is more of a novella - entered in the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards.
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Picked this one up recently - billed as comic farce.
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