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...this is extremely entertaining and engaging crime fiction - with a great central character to boot.
Posted by Karen
Read for this month's face to face bookclub, another book that divided opinion which is always a good thing.
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If ever there was a book that shows that the Best Swedish Crime Novel award needs to be closely followed, QUICKSAND is it.
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Debut author Anna Snoekstra has taken on one of the more difficult challenges in writing fiction - creating an engaging, morally ambiguous central character, who sometimes borders on unlikeable. Reviewed at Reviewing the Evidence
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The world seems to be full of highly trained, disaffected, black ops, renegade loners who are trying to do good deeds while being hunted down by their government.
Posted by Robert Goodman
... compelling and frequently discomforting reading.
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The fact that this subject is handled in this manner, within a plot that's multi-levelled, that involves the members of the self-help trial group, and the facilitators equally is cleverly done, and it's seamlessly delivered.
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Author Tony Cavanaugh has had a long and illustrious career in film and tv and thus brings that excellent crafting of place and character to his crime novels. All of his creations are wholly convincing and though sketched with typical Australian economy, they are entirely recognizable in their landscape.
Posted by Andrea Thompson

Recommendations

If ever there was a book that shows that the Best Swedish Crime Novel award needs to be closely followed, QUICKSAND is it.
Author Tony Cavanaugh has had a long and illustrious career in film and tv and thus brings that excellent crafting of place and character to his crime novels. All of his creations are wholly convincing and though sketched with typical Australian economy, they are entirely recognizable in their landscape.
It's been a while since finishing a debut book made me mildly miffed I'd have to wait a while for the second in the series.
If two Ned Kelly Awards and one short-listing hasn't given you a big enough hint already, CRIMSON LAKE should absolutely confirm that Candice Fox is an Australian writer of immense ability.
... this is a series for fans of crime fiction. It's introspective, considered, thoughtful, insightful and brilliant.
BLOOD WEDDING is a great novel to take with you on your next long journey or to indulge in over one or two sittings. The time will fly!
Ignore all the book comparisons as it doesn’t do this clever little mystery justice; it is all about the journey here and the big reveal is not the tantalizing part of the read. THE LAST ACT OF HATTIE HOFFMAN is a very satisfying read and deservedly one of the buzz books of the summer.
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.

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Another from the go away I'm busy pile...
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Due out in September, but there's only so much alluring sitting around a book like this can do before a reader just has to sit down and read the thing.
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From now until the final page is turned on this one be warned. I really don't care what anybody else wants, unless it's a life-threatening emergency, I'm busy.
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There's something very nice about having a series to look forward to, especially now with the opportunity, finally, to go back to the start.
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After managing to keep this up for quite a few months - I forgot to do May and now I'm late with June....
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The second novel in the Constable Sammi Willis series, THE TWISTED KNOT, has Sammi returning to work after a close shave with death in the first novel (which you don't have to have read to get this one, but it wouldn't hurt).
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Overall, Vigil is a great start to a fascinating new series for both urban fantasy and crime fans with a refreshing Australian voice, setting and style.
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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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I was "patiently" waiting for my partner to finish this one after we were lucky enough to see the author talk about the book at an event in Dunnolly.
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For reasons that escape me, Paul Cleave doesn't seem to have the profile, or the world-wide awareness that he absolutely and utterly deserves.
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Last night I was all set for a watch of Le Tour de France. Love the stages in the mountains, for the scenery as much as the tactical team riding. But then I picked up DEVOUR, devoured the first 50 pages and lost track of the tour shenanigans completely. Fell asleep with the book on my nose.
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Cousin's is a fun sort of PI and there's a trilogy of books planned in the Tasmanian Investigation Agency series for those that really like their PI's hard-boiled, sarcastic and just a bit dodgy.
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The setting for this book is almost guaranteed to send you straight to Google to look up the location...
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With Black Teeth, Zane Lovitt has delivered a classic, dark Australian crime thriller.
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I started reading this before this current cold snap - but now it's feeling oddly apocalyptic.
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... something about Eloise and her situation might not be what it seems, and that's mesmerising. Which made STARLIGHT PENINSULA the most difficult book to put down for quite a while.
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THE SILENT INHERITANCE strides with purpose for the bulk of the novel as the field narrows and possibilities are discarded.
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Even though BOOM AND BUST is not as hard-boiled as could be expected from the blurb, it was entertaining reading.
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The Girl in Green is not only a page turner, it is an important novel that tries to convey not only the drivers of the headlines but also the situation that remains when the news cycle moves on.
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This book jumped the queue. Pushy.
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Attempting to read this one over the weekend for our next f2f bookclub gathering.
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The third book in the Audrey Murders series, THE MURDER TRAIL is set in a very picturesque location in the far north of New Zealand.
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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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Next up from the ridiculously large and embarrassingly behind schedule, review pile.
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Whilst it's a huge privilege to be able to read a lot of review books, every now and again it's nice to treat yourself to one just because you want to read it.
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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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Second in the Sammi Willis series, she's back at work after avoiding a serial killer's grasp in the first novel.
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The novella THE MISTAKE is short, sharp, packed with a punch crime fiction set in Iceland, written by ex-pat New Zealander Grant Nicol.
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Lots of things I should have done over the weekend but the first mention of Funky Town and I was gone for all money....
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FRONT PAGE NEWS is the debut novel from former Australian journalist Katie Rowney.
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MADE TO KILL comes straight from the "well I wasn't expecting that pile", and even better, it looks like the opening salvo in a trilogy that will be well worth following.
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