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Emma Viskic's second Caleb Zelic novel.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
THE PROMISED LAND delivers another confident dose of elegantly constructed crime writing that is both insightful and challenging to unravel. Tuck yourself in, you’re in good hands.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
It is impossible to escape your own past. That other self, the one you were before, will always be with you, wherever you go. Attempt to shake her off to your peril.
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The new ‘horror’ is in acknowledging what is happening in the world today, in our supposedly advanced age. We’ve come so far, but so far in aid of whom exactly?
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CALL ME EVIE is however a powerful psychological thriller, exploring the complications of memory (as hinted at in the opening quotations). But it's memory in all it's false, guilty, happy, searching, fragmented, convenient and confrontational guises.
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Winner of the 2018 Ned Kelly Award.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
The strength of RIVER OF SALT is definitely in the idea of a stranger in a strange land, back in the days when communications weren't instant, and people could reinvent themselves to some extent. It's exploring just how far you can go with that idea, and how much of the old you will never go away.
Posted by Karen
When you are next thinking of accessing a portal to another dimension, perhaps you should consider the shower block?
Posted by Andrea Thompson

Recommendations

Emma Viskic's second Caleb Zelic novel.
Winner of the 2018 Ned Kelly Award.
Peter Temple's 2nd novel and my latest summer favourite.
Holly Throsby's excellent 2nd novel.
I've been trying to think of somebody else that could write books about abalone fishing quotas, cricket, asylum seekers and now early white Australian settlement, convicts, rum runners and shipwrecks and make them all equally compelling, memorable, and ... crime fiction.
The murderous adventures of Maud, an 88 year lady living in Gothenburg, Sweden
The winner of the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for best Scottish crime book.
The second Jack Parlabane novel.

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I am sort of keeping pace with myself again, having just finished this book...
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I am actually reading this one right now. I'm all caught up in other words!
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Latest, just finished read. Hopefully this is the start of another series.
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Nearly caught up now - finished this earlier this week.
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It's been quite a while since I caught up with these listings as you can probably tell by now.
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Another from the pile up of things I should have mentioned a week ago.
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Another from the have read pile - this is the 3rd book in the Natalie King series.
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Really like the way that Ellie Marney creates the settings for these books - they feel very real and the people in them authentic.
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A memoir originally published in 2015 I listened to Sue Perkins on the audio version of this and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Another from the past reading pile.
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Okay so there's a spot of catching up going on - I have been so busy reading, I've forgotten to post updates.
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Can you imagine? Another potential horror of the modern age. It IS possible for your house to be sold to another party without your knowledge. If there is a way to defraud and steal, there will always be an enterprising criminal out there willing to take it to the next level.
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If you're a fan of any of Stuart MacBride's books - the Logan McRae series, the Ash Henderson series, his Christmas series (I kid you not), or his standalones then you will have hot footed it to the bookshop for this one already. If for some reason you missed it, then off you go.
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Setting in this novel is obviously a major factor, and post earthquake Christchurch looms large.
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One day the blackbirds begin to fall. Naturally, this is something of a spectacle and attention is drawn to the small Pennsylvanian town of Mount Oanoke. With this new focus comes the media and a visiting journalist inadvertently witnesses an encounter that is later viewed as something quite sinister.
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THE THREE DEATHS OF MAGDALENE LYNTON is the first in a new series from New Zealand author Katherine Hayton, followed by THE SECOND STAGE OF GRIEF and THE ONLY SECRET SHE KEEPS.
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Grattan Street's Colonial Fiction project is an outstanding idea, with 4 titles now available (Grattan Street for more)
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Well worth listening to, especially if you love a lilting Scottish accent.
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Having just posted a media announcement on the 2018 Ngaio Marsh longlist - a few personal comments.
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Two authors who returned to crime writing after more than a decade away have today been named among an eclectic longlist for the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel.
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The people that were with us in the trenches of childhood have the best understanding of what it was that made us our present selves. For two little girls who lose their adored father, what happens next is horrific and alters forever the course of what might have otherwise been happy lives. Or not.
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The Parrish life appears to Amber to have absolutely every box ticked. It just doesn’t seem fair for one beautiful couple to have it all.
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Sam Grist has his intense blue eyes trained on his lecturer Kate. All that needs to happen now is for Kate to fall in with his meticulous plans. If Kate rebels or does not appreciate Sam’s efforts, there will be serious consequences for everyone in Kate’s life.
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It must be quite an experience for an author to start out on the long cycle of writing a book about crime and corruption in the financial system, and then, just as you complete the manuscript, have real life intercede in apropos fashion.
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Set in Mexico, among the worst of the worst behaviour of the cartels, and to be frank, men, a union activist makes a stand. Tim Baker has created wonderful characters in Pilar and Fuentes.
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2nd in the Lewis Trilogy, I've pretty much started this one straight after the first, The Blackhouse.
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You’ve all heard the urban legend about baby monitors being able to pick up sounds from nearby houses, right? Well, its all true kids! Can you imagine? But what if the neighbours don’t have a baby in residence and yours is the only one in the street?
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Event - Launch of Liz Porter's latest true crime book - Crime Scene Asia.
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Started this one last night, it's due for publication sometime soon and so far it's really engaging.
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Was it murder, or was it suicide? Two sudden deaths, and a whole lot of questions for those left behind to mourn.
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Latest from the audio pile.
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Started this one over the weekend and didn't get nearly enough reading time to finish it, which has turned out to be a bit annoying as it's very good.
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Technically this is a was reading, as it's been bubbling along in the background as a just a couple of chapters book, until it got to the point where sleep was lost finishing it.
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As you can possibly tell, the weather's gone a bit cooler. So there is more time for reading.
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This is the third book now in the Agatha Christie Book Club series.
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I'm dangerously close to od'ing on these.
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