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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.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
I'm dangerously close to od'ing on these.
Posted by Karen
Author Karen Hamilton has done a bang up of making us like Juliette, despite her dangerous intentions and willingness to do what needs to be done. You will want to like this woman, but you will be frightened of her, and you will never ever want to be on her bad side.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR reinforces the notion that despite being constantly surrounded by people, you can often feel alone. Deep suburbia provides such a huge source of material and is finally in drama fiction being recognized for that richness.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Where are the women here? They support, they assist – and they prosecute. Accused of raping a young woman in an elevator at Parliament, James is suddenly no longer bullet proof. His wife is no longer by his side. His government may no longer be so benevolent. Those he crossed in the past will no longer be silent.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
I turn to these books partly for the plot, but mostly for the unapologetically grumpy Montalbano, the food porn, and the locations.
Posted by Karen
An accessible dip into the world of fan fiction, these 16 illustrated short stories are not just for lovers of Sherlock Holmes. Full Review at Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
Engaged to be married to a wonderful woman, Finn has worked hard and built up enough cash reserves to be able to work from home, support his dog and live the quiet life in an English village. Life for Finn is extremely good. How quickly things can change.
Posted by Andrea Thompson

Recommendations

THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR reinforces the notion that despite being constantly surrounded by people, you can often feel alone. Deep suburbia provides such a huge source of material and is finally in drama fiction being recognized for that richness.
Where are the women here? They support, they assist – and they prosecute. Accused of raping a young woman in an elevator at Parliament, James is suddenly no longer bullet proof. His wife is no longer by his side. His government may no longer be so benevolent. Those he crossed in the past will no longer be silent.
It has been a very long time since Anna has been able to put foot outside her own door. But this does not mean that she does not observe life outside.
The good news is I'm so far behind with this review, that the second book in the series is out now. Which means you've got a series on your hands!
Leaping with confidence straight out of the gates, DEAD LEMONS has a cracking opening chapter that will stay with you for quite some time. You just can’t go past a man hanging over a cliff, hanging upside down in his wheelchair, thinking such dire and witty thoughts.
Author David Lagercrantz confidently continues his commissioned task of continuing the Millennium series, two novels in after the death of fellow Swedish author Stieg Larsson.

Too Easy continues an absolutely terrific series that falls on the noirish side of comic farce. Full Review at:  Newtown Review of Books

Chris Whitaker's debut novel TALL OAKS garnered a lot of positive publicity and a CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger award.

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Really enjoyed the first of this series, Through a Camel's Eye.
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Known for her Rowland Sinclair historical crime series and her YA Hero trilogy, Sulari Gentill delivers something very different with this new novel. Full review at Newtown Review of Books
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In 2005, the Police and Justice Museum in Sydney had an exhibition of police photographs from the early twentieth century. One of these that caught the eye of author Pip Smith was of a man called Harry Crawford, arrested for murder.
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A vengeance styled thriller, set in Asia, PAYBACK tackles sex-trafficking and child abuse head on.
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When two young people go missing, it's first thought by the police that young love could be the reason why. Amaya and Kamal's respective families both had other plans for their future, and the control wielded over the lives of their children was both archaic and suffocating. Did the two leave their controlling families behind in order to map out their own lives? Or has someone taken them?
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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Well worth a look ... especially as a reminder that there is a world of difference between an autocrat and a strong leader.
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Called to attend a crime scene in his own apartment complex, Wolf is faced with a cadaver that is nothing like he or anyone else in his division has ever seen before.
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A slight change of setting - moving to Tokyo and a book by an American Professor of Literature and author resident in Tokyo.
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I did some housekeeping over the weekend. The sort where you sweep all the books off the pile to be read and pluck out one that you really want to read. I did restack the pile again and promise I'm doing some catching up with badly overdue review books. But it was nice to get some tidying up done :)
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Hate it when a new book from a much loved series lingers too long on the reading pile simply because of competing priorities.
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One from the should have read this ages ago pile.
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In 2016 the unpublished manuscript of Wimmera won the UK Crime Writers’ Association debut dagger – now it’s published and we can see why. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books
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Whilst not "strictly" crime fiction this is a fascinating intertwining tale that had me up way past when I should have nodded off last night.
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Written by New Zealand based author Cat Connor, PSYCHOBYTE is book 8 in the Byte series based around FBI Agent Ellie Conway.
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THE ICE SHROUD is a very promising debut fictional novel from New Zealand wildlife photographer and non-fiction writer Gordon Ell.
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This is another finely tuned psychological thriller form Robotham, with the psychology of its protagonists front and centre and firmly driving the thriller element.
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The unaware, vaguely idiotic central character provides a deep mine of material for any type of slightly tongue in cheek story-telling, and UNFAITHFUL UNTO DEATH uses the premises in setting up Dr Cyril Peabody from the outset of the novel.
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Mark Brandi’s Wimmera comes with an impressive pedigree even before it was published. It won a Debut Dagger from the British Crime Writer’s Association while still unpublished.
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Slightly fuzzy focus as it moves from the gang behind the haul, the ecstasy haul itself and then into much more info about the Calabrian mafia.
Posted by Karen
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Interesting case, with a fair recall of the facts / conclusions left to the reader, not well-served by the authors constant pushing of themselves into the narrative for no apparent reason.
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This non-fiction book explores the true story of H Division, the punishment division within Pentridge Prison, Melbourne, that operated from 1958-1994
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This has been languishing on the pile for Way. Too. Long.
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The best part about playing catchup is getting to read some very good examples of different sub-genres.
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Another from last week's reading - to be reviewed at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com
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Had a bit of a break from work last week so I'm behind with posting these. This was one of those books that I have been looking forward to, set in a part of the world that's not a million miles from home - then and now.
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Agatha has already inserted herself into the life of Meghan Shaughnessy and now it’s just a matter of waiting the pregnancy out. What Agatha desires most will be hers very soon.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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Jody mourns the loss of what she felt could have been the most important relationship she has ever had. Her world that had begun to show so much hope with a blossoming new friendship has once again become a dark place. The other flat residents of the converted church had generally kept to themselves and it was only Abe who had made an effort to connect to the shy and lonely Jody.
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Started reading this one from the badly neglected to be read pile last night.
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Tongue in cheek in style, there's an unlikeable central character and a tell don't show style - mimicking that idea of talk back.
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There's something deliciously intriguing about the idea that a top spy could lose a briefcase, which, rather than chock full of official secrets and classified documents, instead contains three mince pies, two fruit pies, the NZ Listener, a Penthouse magazine, and unfortunately a diary chock full of gossip.
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Miranda Rader once was known as Randi the problem teen. Rejected by her family after a brush with the law, Randi’s life seemed to then be heading down all the wrong roads. Fortunately, the time spent in youth detention becomes the making of her.
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Re-started this late on Sunday, the first in the Dan Forrester series.
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When Sergeant Schultz used the "I know nothing line" he was trying to be funny.
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Late in mentioning this one, particularly as I've been reading and re-reading it a couple of times now.
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The Baltimore Boys is a family saga hooked around the mysterious tragedy (every action at some point seems to presage this event). But while it is often engaging on the surface it is not very satisfying.
Posted by Robert Goodman