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Of course, now it makes perfect sense that a society arriving on fleets of ships, initially supported by ships full of cargo, and later by exporting via those same docking points would end up with a congregation of illicit interests and activity within those very docks.
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Candice Fox is on the verge of scoring a rare hat-trick at this year’s Ned Kelly awards with the release of the third book in her Frank Bennett and Eden Archer series. Full review at Newtown Review of Books
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The fourth book in the series sees probation officer Cate Austin out of the familiar ground of career, single parenthood and England in a new life in Luxembourg.
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Much like Thomas Harris, with a little bit of Edgar Allen Poe thrown in, Jonathan Moore has produced an effective hybrid of crime and horror. The Poison Artist is overall a compulsively creepy thriller.
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Could be one for those interested in historical fiction, with a particularly female perspective.
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The Hanne Wilhelmsen series from Norwegian author Anne Holt is fabulous, even if it is being translated out of sequence.
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Candice Fox is on the verge of scoring a rare hat-trick at this year’s Ned Kelly awards with the release of the third book in her Frank Bennett and Eden Archer series. Full review at Newtown Review of Books
The Hanne Wilhelmsen series from Norwegian author Anne Holt is fabulous, even if it is being translated out of sequence.
Does it sound like there is a lot going on in this novel? There is.

Rain Dogs has everything readers have come to expect from this series – an engaging mystery to drive the plot, an underlying historical issue to be investigated and as always, Duffy’s tragi-comic observations of Ireland in the 1980s.

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From the "no idea why but let's read it anyway pile".
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A TIME TO RUN's a debut novel and it's hard to tell if there's a series in the making - around Postlewaite, Willis or both of them somehow, but given the writing style of this author, and her expertise in the field, it will be interesting to see where this goes.

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The English moors are a great place to stage a thriller. Bleak landscapes, mud, fog and rain, or wind and painfully bright sunlight, brutal histories, all collide on the moors and have in literature for many years.

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... another compulsive and surprisingly poignant thriller and will be a welcome return for the many Joe O’Loughlin fans.

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AUSTRALIA'S MOST MURDEROUS PRISON is a fascinating book, written in a very readable style.

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Read for our face to face bookclub meeting yesterday, lovers of this book will be pleased to know I was very much in the minority...

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Another series I'm slow off the mark with, unfortunately.
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Craig Sisterson interviewed on Radio NZ: Kiwi Crime Writing and the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Awards
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Flagged as a number 1 bestseller in Sweden, this is a very unusual book featuring a most unexpected protagonist.
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One of Australia’s most well-known authors, Helen Garner is among a strong list of writers competing for this year’s Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime.
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Reading for this for f2f bookclub this weekend.
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A promising debut DOUBLE MADNESS has got a lot going for it.

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Great crime fiction for those that find the constant concentration on murder a bit wearing, both these books are not just entertaining, they are educational into the bargain.

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Slight change of pace before heading back into the stacks of crime fiction around here.
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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.

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Right - subject matter of this one's been a bit of an issue in getting started, but big girl's pants on and reading underway.
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It was cold this weekend, dry because ... you know non-existent drought in Victoria ... but reading weather because frankly too cold to battle it out the vague pointlessness of the garden.
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To be honest I was leery about another Darian Richards book being so completely over the utterly mad serial killer thing. But this is different and I'm finding it very hard to put down.
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What makes this series one that's particularly appealing are the characters.

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Music and popular culture provide the backdrop to this long-awaited new Billy Glasheen novel

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The shortlist for the 2015 Davitt Awards has been announced tonight.
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A debut novel from Melbourne based author - to be reviewed at http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au
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Everything winds together nicely here, using plenty of action and pace, and just enough real-life reflections as well as "what if" scenarios to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, and, as is less often the case in thrillers, wondering about the greyness of right and wrong.

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Soji Shimada, author of over 100 mystery novels, is a designer, musician, and astrology writer. Let's hope this isn't the only one of his books translated because it is wonderful.
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One from a cold weekend's reading
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It’s a gutsy move to put the first sentence of your novel on the front cover. Even more so when the text is given more prominence than the name of the book itself. But it is a great ‘what’s in the box?’ first sentence

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Even if you didn't know that author Ian Simpson regards John Mortimer as one of his inspirations, there's something slightly similar in their writing styles, although there's no Rumpole character in MURDER IN COURT THREE.

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Sneaking in a "want to read" rather than a "have to read" as a bit of a reward for good behaviour.
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An unusual cross genre book - to be reviewed at http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au/
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Second from this weekend, this author says his influences are John Mortimer, PG Wodehouse and William Boyd and you can definitely see that :)
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In a weekend where reading was somewhat brief and fleeting, this was such a lucky choice. Fascinating little book.
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The second novel in the DI Helen Grace series POP GOES THE WEASEL returns to Grace's life in the aftermath of her sister's death, and that of a much loved colleague in the first book EENY MEENY.

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A new book from Crickey correspondent, set in the world of corporate / government cyber-terrorism.
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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. Now onto the last category - Best Crime (which I've left to last as I've got quite a few reviews up now).
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Cleverly constructed, and particularly for this non-enthusiast for the paranormal, unexpectedly believable, DOUBLE EXPOSURE is written with considerable aplomb and style.

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Writers who take the decision to build their novels around characters who are less than sympathetic, veering towards frustrating, appear to be making one of the braver literary decisions you can come across.

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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. Now onto Best First where I'm relieved to note a slightly better performance so far, with potential to improve.
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Originally published under the title AN ACT OF REPARATION, DEAD GUILTY uses the complex subject of domestic abuse as a vehicle to explore the ongoing abuse and exploitation of women in very vulnerable situations.

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Nothing more annoying than knowing you've loved the first book in a series, and despite promises, haven't read the 2nd until there's now 3 and 4 out. Sheesh.
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Been looking forward to this one immensely. Readers who haven't discovered this series yet - can't recommend it highly enough. For review at http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au
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The first of last weekend's reading.
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