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There's a slightly obvious reason for being attracted to this novel, way outside my normal reading preferences.
Posted by Karen
SCARED TO DEATH is the first in a new series from Australian based author Rachel Amphlett. It's a switch from the earlier espionage styled Dan Taylor novels, to a police procedural featuring Detective Kay Hunter.
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Read this series. All of it.
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You'll nip through this novel in one or two sittings; it is not dragged down by the minutiae of a police investigation (though there is a detective still working the case) and the speed and ease in which young people live their responsibility-free lives is conveyed well.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
You know you are in safe hands with Janet Evanovich.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
The two biggest challenges with writing historical fiction need to be overcome from the get-go. It is necessary to engage the reader from that first chapter so that they are not constantly running off to fact check. So the first challenge is adhering (or appearing) to the constraints of historical accuracy
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Zoe's fragile mother Maria has done her best to carve out a new life for herself and Zoe with her dynamic new husband after the horrors of the past.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Bill Beverly has taken out 2016 Golden Dagger Awards for both best crime fiction and best debut for Dodgers. This is the type of crime novel that is steeped in the criminal world.
Posted by Robert Goodman

Recommendations

Sometimes a book just simply drops out of nowhere straight into the best of the year list with minimal fanfare. TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL is undoubtedly going to remain one of the best things I've read this year for a whole lot of reasons.
This is a very polished work from a debut author.
Michel Bussi is a renowned crime fiction writer and winner of many awards in his native France, BLACK WATER LILIES being the second of his books translated into English.
As much as I'd love to say that if you're a new reader to this series than just get on with it, it's one that you really have to read in order.
For a cricket obsessed reader, fond of the assertion that test cricket is a metaphor for life, THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET made me wonder about that just for a moment.
There is a very good reason for all the buzz around about The Dry, another great debut thriller from an Australian writer. Review at Newtown Review of Books
Pufferfish is one of my all time favourite Australian Crime Fiction identities. He's taciturn, reticent and often recalcitrant. He's frequently obtuse, often slightly grumpy, addicted to strong espresso and liquorice all-sorts and finally, he's back.
It's dark, it's classic noir, it's very Australian and it's about as pitch perfect as you can get.

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A long weekend treat read that turned out to be a very good treat indeed.
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Started this debut novel from a local author last night.
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Even the name of this novel gives the hint that this is a mash up of two genres. Modern day police procedural meets Victorian-style ghost story on the streets of (where else?) London.
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A record number of entrants and a kaleidoscopic range of crime tales illustrates the growth of New Zealand crime writing but provided a real challenge for the judges of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, who have revealed the longlist for their 2016 award today.
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Can anyone help identify this book?
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John Q is an intriguing new addition to the crime scene and is likely to return, six shooters and all.
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Another debut Australian novel where the blurb will provide a good indication of the style of storytelling.
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An open homage to the noir stylings of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, with a decidedly Australian sense of humour, HARRY'S WORLD is the story of PI Harry Kenmare, told in a series of episodes.
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Once again, Cavanagh has managed to combine the tension of a series of 24 with the legal manoeuvrings and questionable lawyers out of a John Grisham novel and the suave con-artist styling of Ocean’s Eleven.
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The 7th in the "byte" series from NZ author, Cat Connor.
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It was, at best, mildly damp in these parts over the weekend (unlike some parts that got hammered) but the hell with it - got some reading done anyway.
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Extremely engaging, requiring the reader to really pay attention, one of the best things about THE FALLING DETECTIVE was the way it made this reader really regret missing the first book in the series.
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Reading this one for http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au and thinking a lot about the experiences of women from previous generations.
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Had a bit of a free-range around the Ned Kelly list while waiting for himself to finish one of the true crime entrants we got hold of recently ... which I'm looking forward to reading.
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Set in Australia, but with a decidedly American feel to it, LETHAL IN LOVE is a serialised novel in six parts. Fascinating idea and one that I've always wondered why somebody hasn't done.
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If you've read the blurb for CLINCH and formed some conclusions about style, and outcome in your mind, then it's likely you got close in some things and miles away in others.
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THE BLOOD ON MY HANDS is a very personal story, told by Shannon O'Leary, recounting a childhood that truly could be said was hellish.
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The first thing to understand about Hideo Yokoyama’s epic police procedural Six Four is that it is not a crime novel in the traditional sense.
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The Le Fanu series from Brian Stoddart is one of those extremely elegant combinations of mystery fiction and historical lesson that also provides huge entertainment for readers.
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What a little gem AMPLIFY turned out to be. A debut novel from journalist Mark Hollands, introducing musical impresario Billy Lime and his world of sex, drugs and rock and roll.
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Something from the very different indeed pile. Swedish, noir, set in 1930.
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A quick review of the blurb to this book will give potential readers a very good feeling for the style of the novel overall.
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Facts wrapped up in fictional expansion, THE AMAZING MRS LIVESEY tells quite a tale of the life and times of Miss Ethel Swindells (aka lots and lots of other names)
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Step away from the New Zealand and Australian piles at the moment for a f2f bookclub book.
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It's an interesting idea for a debut novel - the knowing swapping of identities and the consequences from there.
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Set in Melbourne, Jasper Wolf's debut crime fiction novel has a serial killer targeting policewomen who all have very similar physical characteristics.
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Eurovision weekend is always a good one in these parts, although having something good to read on the side helps. This debut is quite a find.
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THE SECRET CHORD is a story of an ancient King in ancient times thus it absolutely demanded a magisterial narrator.
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I've been wandering around in the Ned Kelly Submission list a bit recently - will be returning back to the Best Crime list asap as there's a few books on it I've yet to read as well.
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A lot of fun to read, PROHIBITED ZONE was one of those books that this reader just could not put down.
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You knew this would be late didn't you?
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As I'm working my way through all 6 episodes of this - a combined mention :)
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Packaged as a series of novellas (episodes), Lethal in Love is a romantic suspense police story with a serial killer hunt at it's heart.
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There's so much potential in this novel that you really cannot help but hope it's either the beginning of a good new Australian series, or at least the heralding of yet more crime fiction from John Dale.
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It's nearly impossible to "review" a book like THE STING simply because the subject matter is so horrific.
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MURDER IN MT MARTHA is a fictional story, inspired by an unsolved 1953 real-life murder in the Mornington Peninsula suburb of Mt Martha.
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Set within the hipster world of inner Melbourne lane-ways, cafes and bright young things, JINX is the debut crime fiction novel from local musician and writer Hugh McGinlay.
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I will admit this is one from the absolutely intrigued me pile - so it has jumped up a little, but I'm regarding it as a treat read.
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A Dying Breed is an intelligent thriller set in present day Afghanistan.
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Much like its titular magazine, The Travelers is a whirlwind journey that takes readers to some of the world’s most desirable places.
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