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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.
Posted by Karen
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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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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Peter Carey returns to Australia for his latest novel. Picking up on the zeitgeist of hacktivism and information freedom, Carey seeks to examine how cyber-activism is born.
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Combining history with mystery and a hefty dose of romance, A HISTORY OF CRIME was both a fascinating and slightly frustrating read.
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Bookclub book - this year's resolution is to read the book club books! (and not just show up and drink wine).
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The blurb on the back of AMNESIA reads exactly like that of a really good thriller. A threat that unleashes something frightening in the world, and the battle to find the perpetrator.
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Leaning towards hard-boiled in styling and subject matter, Dolan has created a team of investigator's and a scenario for them to work in that really feels like it's got legs. Certainly hope so.
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The second book from a weekend's reading - started this on Sunday after being momentarily distracted by Sherlock on the TV.
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My over the weekend reading.
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Brutal, funny, dark, difficult, discomforting and a hell of a ride, THE GLORIOUS HERESIES (and you just know this has to be said) was utterly glorious.
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A Thriller, LOOK CLOSER, is set in London against the backdrop of British Politics, but the scenario could be played out in any similar democracy.
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Cliff Hardy is the original Sydney detective, a true stalwart of Australian crime and always delivers a great read.
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The second in the Le Fanu series, set in pre-Independence India.
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Very nice way to spend a weekend - in the company of one of my favourite Policemen around.
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There are plenty of points in The Defence that require the reader to suspend their disbelief. And one of the central twists is fairly obvious from the outset. But the narrative is written with such verve, and Eddie is such a likeable rogue/hero, that it is easy to just go with the flow and enjoy.
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The first book, THE HOLIDAY MURDERS marked a change in series, but not style, for author Robert Gott. Much of this author's crime fiction writing has concentrated on historical time periods, in particular around the second world war.
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This is the end – for now – of the Ella Marconi series by Australian thriller writer Katherine Howell.
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The strength of this series is not in the individual books however but the series as a whole. As crime fiction for Young Adults, these books are about a lot of things - teenage attraction, love, friendship, boundary stretching and family angst.
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Sometimes I get to sneak in a book or two from the other hemisphere :)
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Such a fabulous author of thrillers, I always end up kicking myself when I let these books linger too long.
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This was a re-read over the long weekend and a perfect way to fill in an afternoon in the sun.
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A thriller from Australian writer Peter Carey, somebody who is more known for their "literary" output than their genre work.
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Over the long weekend some serious reading took place, starting with this debut from NZ author Ben Atkins.
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Sometimes you just need to read something with a title like "The Glorious Heresies".
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But it comes back to Morgan really, and there's always been a strong sense of validity about him. He's an all action hero with a human side, and that angle is what's particularly appealing about AVENGER.
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Worth a look and not just for those of us who grew up in the bush, remember those bands, remember The Truth, and have a feel for what it's like to be from small town 1980's and be desperate to be anywhere else.
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GUN CONTROL's another gem of a book in this series and when it comes to your lone wolf PI, there's nobody quite like Cliff Hardy.
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Definitely a series to catch up on and then follow.
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The opening lines of each viewpoint in ENTROPY by Philadelphia based author Robert Raker are the clearest indicator this reader has come across in a long time of whether or not a book is going to work for you.
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