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Suzanne Falkiner has used a combination of the facts of the case, and both the victim and perpetrator's life and fleshed that out with non-fiction elements, expanding on the facts to create a logical, and believable narrative.
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The American is definitely not the last we will be seeing of Leone Scarmacio and most readers will be hanging on to see what happens next.
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Happily surprised by the ending of COME TO HARM, pleasing surprised by how enjoyable this book was, not so surprised that the rest of the standalones from this author are now on the To Be Read list.
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In great timing, Reviewing the Evidence have just published my review of the winner of the 2015 Ned Kelly for Best First Crime Fiction.
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In great timing, Reviewing the Evidence have just published my review of the winner of the 2015 Ned Kelly for Best First Crime Fiction.
Pleasantville is crime writing as it should be – engaging, compulsive and surprising but never losing sight of deeper social and human drivers that sit behind the action.
Clever, evocative, funny with that wonderful sense of place and character that stays away from feeling like a film script, and sticks firmly within a police procedural framework. This is exactly the sort of novel that Darian Richards deserves. Let's hope there's a lot more to come.
Music and popular culture provide the backdrop to this long-awaited new Billy Glasheen novel

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Tell The Truth is once again a solid procedural from Katherine Howell. While the tension builds well to the final twists and confrontations there are no real surprises.
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Everyone is looking for the next big thing - the publishing sensation that captures the zeitgeist and gets everyone talking.
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Started this on the weekend, new book from the collaboration of Linda Olsson and Thomas Sainsbury.
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Another one from the weekend's reading.
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It looks like in order to get a reasonable number of books read, you also need to have a very busy weekend. It felt a bit like Spencer Street Station here this weekend.
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Overall, Already Dead is an absolute page turner that generates real tension. It is an accomplished thriller from an Australian author who is getting better with every book.
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Look I know I shouldn't like these books - they should be the sort of thing I run a mile from. And yet....
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A really good psychological thriller, ALREADY DEAD is also fast paced, with a strong plot and engaging characters, although if you spend a lot of time in idling traffic you'll probably find yourself locking your doors after reading.
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Interesting timing for the subject matter of this book, with domestic violence and intimate partner violence receiving much warranted and belated attention (although what seems like depressing little in the way of practical resolution). Which probably reflects a lot of what this reader felt about DISHONOUR.
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A debut novel, HIGH BEAM is set in Hobart, Tasmania featuring DI John Mahoney.
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The latest re-released June Wright book - for review at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com.au
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The third in the Peter Clancy series, BLURLINE takes Clancy to swinging London and the middle of the "red-top" newspaper world.
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Lethal Sky is, overall, a well written and engaging thriller. Barron has plenty of techno-exposition but it never overwhelms the plot which drives forward relentlessly. Barron shows in this book that he can wield the clichès effectively and hold his own with the best in this genre.
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In her Rowland Sinclair novels, Sulari Gentill has used crime fiction to explore the rise of fascism in Australia and across the world in the early 1930s.
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Another book from the weekend's reading pile.
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The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish aspires to be a humorous, slightly anachronistic romp through 1930s Sydney. Unfortunately it fails to entertain.
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But it is overall an effective and engaging crime novel, that handles its issues compassionately, builds tension well and has a fascinating, flawed protagonist. It will be interesting to see what Anne Buist (and Natalie King) do next.
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First of the weekend's reading - a thriller set in and around Manhattan, with a slightly different take on "domestic noir".
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Head down catching up with some of the books I've had here for too long and contributing to my quest for the Neddies 2015 Best First Crime entries.
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The third book in the Peter Clancy series sees him in London, working for one of the "red-top" gossip newspapers and getting his love life all out of control. Not sure why these books aren't getting more attention - it's a great series.
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Nobody could be more startled than me when declaring that A TIME OF SECRETS was a most enjoyable book to read. Startled because ostensibly it looks, feels, smells like a romance. With an historical bent, and some mystery within.
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To be reviewed over at Newtown Review of books - this is the second of the re-released Maggie Byrnes series.
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This is history that really worked for this reader. A COMPULSION TO KILL is engaging, shocking and sobering but never uninteresting.
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Dishonour takes on some very current day issues, so this should be an interesting read.
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Nominated as a young adult novel, COOPER BARTHOLOMEW IS DEAD is one that's readable for that age group and those of us for whom "young" is but a vague memory.
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If you've not read the earlier Ihaka books then you really need to address that as a matter of some urgency.
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A bit of a surprise package, IN THE DYING DAYS is an engaging tale of an ex-cop, private investigator plying his trade on the means streets of ... Canberra.
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NO TIME TO LOSE is Matt Baak's debut novel, set in the high-tech, high octane world of bank robberies in the current day. Which are considerably less about fronting the bank waving a gun around, and more the very high-tech way in which time locks, centralised security, and automatic systems have to be circumvented.
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There is often no better way to spice up a bit of historical fiction by adding a murder mystery. The historical detective story has taken crime and history lovers to plenty of times and places through ancient Rome, Tudor Britain and, in the more recent past, Ireland during the Troubles.
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It's probably the cover - which makes me sigh with how shallow that sounds - but I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. Set in Melbourne in World War II thus far it's beating expectations hands down.
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When they say "write what you know" Anne Buist seems to have taken that advice very much to heart
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With so many excellent elements including a great sense of place, time and social context, BAD SEED clearly indicates that this is a series that just keeps getting better.
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TRINITY is probably a book for fans of paranormal / magic and romance with a bit of intrigue, rather than crime fiction fans alone.
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This year I've promised myself a red hot go at reading the entire submissions list for all 3 of the Ned Kelly Categories. Starting with the True Crime listing.
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A book I've been trying to juggle to the top of the list for a while - this is historical true crime, written in the style of a great yarn.
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