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The second Jeff Bradley novel from New Zealand author, Thomas Ryan, certainly made me really want to shunt my as yet unread copy of the first (The Field of Blackbirds) up in priority.
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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
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The book of the TV show, ELEMENTARY: THE GHOST LINE is based around the characters of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Joan Watson.
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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.
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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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... having seen the early publicity for BLACK SAILS, DISCO INFERNO I was expecting it to be good. It exceeded good by a very big measure.
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Read for our f2f bookclub, every book by Jo Nesbø reminds you to read the rest of the series.
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One for fans of high-threat action, who would appreciate a strong female central character, don't mind a hefty dose of romance and that spot of paranormal into the bargain.
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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
The Dry is a strong debut. A classic crime novel in a classic Australian setting, with strong characters dealing with universal issues.
... having seen the early publicity for BLACK SAILS, DISCO INFERNO I was expecting it to be good. It exceeded good by a very big measure.
THE LEGEND OF WINSTONE BLACKHAT is not a "traditional" crime novel in the same way that many early psychological thrillers were not regarded as traditional crime novels...

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Classic Cliff Hardy - stripped down, hardboiled, quintessentially Australian-noir ticking all the required boxes - pace, twists, turns, sex, violence and pitch-perfect dialogue.
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This one has had me a little intrigued and a little uncomfortable as it's edged it's way to the top of the queue. Part romance, part detective story, investigating the perils and exhilaration of young love...
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Definitely humorous and on the lighter side, DASTARDLY DEEDS is the latest offering in a series that is cosy in styling, with a touch of risqué.
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Love a good thriller, so jumped at the chance to read this new offering from Pantera Press.
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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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January, being a month in which we took a break from computers, meant a lot of reading and then a scrambling review catchup - which is still not caught up.
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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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I've been wading around on the darker side for a while now, and this is very light, cosy stuff with a humorous side which kind of appealed over the weekend.
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I did jump this up the queue. A lot. I just love short story collections, and there are some wonderful writers in this.
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The first in a new series of books set in India, THE KOLKATA CONUNDRUM is lyrical and amusing writing, steeped in a sense of place and culture that will leave readers craving more.
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Let Me Die in His Footsteps is not a crime novel in the traditional sense but it has crime and a deep mystery at its core and plenty of crime to go round.
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If you've not read the earlier books then there's no reason why you couldn't start with NATIONS DIVIDED, but you'll then probably want to go back to the start anyway.
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Set in Dunedin, New Zealand, local writer Jane Woodham obviously loves the place that she lives in.
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There's a giveaway running this week on Jean Bedford's first book - Signs of Murder - ebook from http://www.amazon.com
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The Darkest Secret opens with a promising prologue. An email regarding the hunt for a missing three-year-old girl followed by a number of witness statements relating to a weekend away in 2004 when the girl went missing.
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Been hearing lots and lots of whispers about how good this interesting approach to true crime is.
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A man washes up on a beach in the Hebridean Isle of Harris. Who is he, how did he get there and why does he have the feeling that he has done something unforgivable?
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Does it sound like there is a lot going on in this novel? There is.
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Due for release in early March so review will be published around then.
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The 2nd in the Harry Belltree trilogy and the book I finished this afternoon when I should have been working.
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From earlier in this week - something I've wanted to read for a while, so one of my "just because" reads for this month.
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The mafia is a fertile subject matter for a political thriller.

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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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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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The strength of this series really is the all-roundedness of it.

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It's a series this reader would be interested in following - especially if the central character turns out to be a tricky bloke to deal with - have a bit of a weakness for those prickly, difficult types.

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The 4th book in the excellent Cate Austin series, because I'm an absolute idiot, I've missed the 3rd. Now will have to restack the teetering stacks!
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This book, from India, has such a wonderful sense of place and culture, partially due to the "tone" of the writing, which is beautifully lyrical.
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Eden Archer, Australia’s answer to Dexter Morgan, and her damaged partner Frank Bennett are back at work in Fall, investigating a series of murders of women joggers.

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While there are plenty of twists and a little bait and switch, the plot strands come together in much the way thriller readers would expect. It is down to May’s skill as a writer that Coffin Road is an engaging, if not particularly original thriller.

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A run down on reviews and books read during December.
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Third book from 2 time Ned Kelly Award winner - I've been hoarding this just a little, until I could sit and do a one / two sitting read. Perfect for the last weekend of holidays then.
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