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It is a sometimes violent, sometimes dangerous, sometimes poetic and insightful debut Australian novel.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Written by an author who has spent some time in Pentridge as a worker / teacher this is one of those books that's really fascinating when it's getting into the nitty gritty of life behind bars ...
Posted by Karen
The follow up to a fascinating book Australia's Most Murderous Prison, AUSTRALIA'S TOUGHEST PRISONS: INMATES tells the story of a number of people in prison - for a change not all of the usual role-call of participants that show up in these sorts of books.
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The historical context not only highlights how attitudes have changed since the 1940s but how the attitudes of those times are still not far from the surface.
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There's room in Australian crime fiction for two lone-wolf anti-hero types, and Wyatt's got some serious competition now.
Posted by Karen
While Underground Airlines shares much of its messaging with recent books and films about slavery it also joins a list of provocative alternate histories such as Fatherland and The Yiddish Policeman’s Union which use crime fiction tropes to explore and expose their worlds.
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BLOOD WEDDING is gripping and very cleverly constructed.
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Needing something that would be reliably good recently, TRACES OF RED was just the thing as Paddy Richardson is a particularly talented writer of psychological thrillers.
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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.
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.
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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Dear reader, you may know of my love of Japanese crime fiction.
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Look I can't explain why I'm reading it either.
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Classic Cliff Hardy - stripped down, hardboiled, quintessentially Australian-noir ticking all the required boxes - pace, twists, turns, sex, violence and pitch-perfect dialogue.
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This one has had me a little intrigued and a little uncomfortable as it's edged it's way to the top of the queue. Part romance, part detective story, investigating the perils and exhilaration of young love...
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Definitely humorous and on the lighter side, DASTARDLY DEEDS is the latest offering in a series that is cosy in styling, with a touch of risqué.
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Love a good thriller, so jumped at the chance to read this new offering from Pantera Press.
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Of course, now it makes perfect sense that a society arriving on fleets of ships, initially supported by ships full of cargo, and later by exporting via those same docking points would end up with a congregation of illicit interests and activity within those very docks.
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Candice Fox is on the verge of scoring a rare hat-trick at this year’s Ned Kelly awards with the release of the third book in her Frank Bennett and Eden Archer series. Full review at Newtown Review of Books
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The fourth book in the series sees probation officer Cate Austin out of the familiar ground of career, single parenthood and England in a new life in Luxembourg.
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Much like Thomas Harris, with a little bit of Edgar Allen Poe thrown in, Jonathan Moore has produced an effective hybrid of crime and horror. The Poison Artist is overall a compulsively creepy thriller.
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Could be one for those interested in historical fiction, with a particularly female perspective.
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January, being a month in which we took a break from computers, meant a lot of reading and then a scrambling review catchup - which is still not caught up.
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The Hanne Wilhelmsen series from Norwegian author Anne Holt is fabulous, even if it is being translated out of sequence.
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I've been wading around on the darker side for a while now, and this is very light, cosy stuff with a humorous side which kind of appealed over the weekend.
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I did jump this up the queue. A lot. I just love short story collections, and there are some wonderful writers in this.
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The first in a new series of books set in India, THE KOLKATA CONUNDRUM is lyrical and amusing writing, steeped in a sense of place and culture that will leave readers craving more.
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Let Me Die in His Footsteps is not a crime novel in the traditional sense but it has crime and a deep mystery at its core and plenty of crime to go round.
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If you've not read the earlier books then there's no reason why you couldn't start with NATIONS DIVIDED, but you'll then probably want to go back to the start anyway.
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Set in Dunedin, New Zealand, local writer Jane Woodham obviously loves the place that she lives in.
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There's a giveaway running this week on Jean Bedford's first book - Signs of Murder - ebook from http://www.amazon.com
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The Darkest Secret opens with a promising prologue. An email regarding the hunt for a missing three-year-old girl followed by a number of witness statements relating to a weekend away in 2004 when the girl went missing.
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Been hearing lots and lots of whispers about how good this interesting approach to true crime is.
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A man washes up on a beach in the Hebridean Isle of Harris. Who is he, how did he get there and why does he have the feeling that he has done something unforgivable?
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Does it sound like there is a lot going on in this novel? There is.
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Due for release in early March so review will be published around then.
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The 2nd in the Harry Belltree trilogy and the book I finished this afternoon when I should have been working.
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From earlier in this week - something I've wanted to read for a while, so one of my "just because" reads for this month.
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The mafia is a fertile subject matter for a political thriller.

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Rain Dogs has everything readers have come to expect from this series – an engaging mystery to drive the plot, an underlying historical issue to be investigated and as always, Duffy’s tragi-comic observations of Ireland in the 1980s.

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Rain Dogs has everything readers have come to expect from this series – an engaging mystery to drive the plot, an underlying historical issue to be investigated and as always, Duffy’s tragi-comic observations of Ireland in the 1980s.

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The strength of this series really is the all-roundedness of it.

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It's a series this reader would be interested in following - especially if the central character turns out to be a tricky bloke to deal with - have a bit of a weakness for those prickly, difficult types.

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The 4th book in the excellent Cate Austin series, because I'm an absolute idiot, I've missed the 3rd. Now will have to restack the teetering stacks!
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This book, from India, has such a wonderful sense of place and culture, partially due to the "tone" of the writing, which is beautifully lyrical.
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Eden Archer, Australia’s answer to Dexter Morgan, and her damaged partner Frank Bennett are back at work in Fall, investigating a series of murders of women joggers.

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