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What you can expect is clever writing and plotting, great characters, pitch perfect dialogue, some stand out scene setting, laughter, action, pathos, friendship, a bit of romance and a heap of enjoyable madness.
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A DONATION OF MURDER is book number five in this excellent historical series from WA based author Felicity Young.
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There's a slightly obvious reason for being attracted to this novel, way outside my normal reading preferences.
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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.
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You know you are in safe hands with Janet Evanovich.
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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
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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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I've been doing some very determined juggling recently as this is a book I've been very keen to read - particularly as the 2nd in the series is now also out. Wonderful sense of place.
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The circumstances that gave rise to the 2011 riots have not all gone away and Ten Days is, if nothing else, a timely reminder of the fragility of the social contract that underpins our day to day existence.
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In The Trap Melanie Raabe has delivered an effective page turner. She uses some familiar thriller elements but has used her setup to mould those elements into something original. Overall this is an impressive debut.
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The final from the Easter reading pile.
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Figured while I was doing a little "outside the box" reading then something cross genre would fit the bill.
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Been wanting to read this since it came out.
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.... absolutely no doubt that whatever is going to happen to Belltree, he's not going to go down without a bloody good fight.
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Loved the opening of this - too much hollandaise is indeed a crime, hangover or no hangover.
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SIX FOUR is one of those books that demands considerable commitment from readers.
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Lot's of things I should have been doing over the weekend, but I started this book and got nothing done.
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Grant Nicol is originally from New Zealand but his fiction is set in Iceland, where he now lives. This is a bit more of a novella.
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True Crime writing seems, to this outside observer, to be a minefield of complications.
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Needless to say, the re-emergence of the Anna Southwood books is particularly pleasing.
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Wanted something that's guaranteed to be a bit of fun - so this seemed perfect - being from a very good cosy series.
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This year I've really made an attempt to keep up with debut Australian crime novels - although a few, as with this one, have dodged my faulty radar. Catching up now needless to say.
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Where Dettman really succeeds is in her characters and her descriptions of life in Melbourne, particularly from the point of view of a woman with a hearing impairment.
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In the manner of all good slow burner, tightly controlled psychological suspense novels, ALL THESE PERFECT STRANGERS is beautifully crafted.
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SOMEONE ELSE'S SKIN was originally released in 2014, and has now been followed by NO OTHER DARKNESS (2015) and TASTES LIKE FEAR (2016). Nothing like a new series to get your teeth into.
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This is a highly ambitious, stylish debut novel that hints at even better things to come.
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Having been a huge fan of other forensic investigations of early Australian Crime Writers done by Lucy Sussex, I've been looking forward to this one immensely. Will be reviewed at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com.au
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February, in which lots of books were read and reviewed, but it would have been more if it wasn't for the scorching heat.
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