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Could be one for those interested in historical fiction, with a particularly female perspective.
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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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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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The Hanne Wilhelmsen series from Norwegian author Anne Holt is fabulous, even if it is being translated out of sequence.
Does it sound like there is a lot going on in this novel? There is.

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.

INSIDE THE BLACK HORSE is a stonkingly good debut.

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Another picked up because of this year's Ned Kelly Awards submissions list, I've got to get to the Davitt's list next!
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"The true story of Australia's first female serial killer" as it says on the cover, is absolutely fascinating.
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The latest Jack Emery book this officially brings to an end my current binge of these three :)
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Something for our f2f bookclub gathering on Sunday.
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4 days away from the day jobs (so will catch up with some emails etc next week) so I'm treating myself to something I've been wanting to read since it arrived.
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This is definitely a series for fans of political action thrillers regardless of what order you read them in.

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An assured debut, THE FOUNDATION, is a really tightly plotted conspiracy novel that feels uncomfortably like it could very well be based on real-life.

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The third in the DS Allie Shenton series this the second for me.
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Candice Fox's first book, Hades won the Ned Kelly Australian Crime Fiction Award for best first novel. It was a deserving win. Fox's visceral take on the serial killer procedural was a slick reworking of familiar crime elements into something both compulsive and disturbing.

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Set in Africa, this is a series that I've been very remiss in keeping up to date with.
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A collaborative effort, SOMETHING IS ROTTEN is the first book from New Zealand based pairing of Swedish-born novelist Linda Olsson and award-winning playwright Thomas Sainsbury writing as Adam Safaris.

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Second in the Jack Emery series, I'm having a bit of a binge :)
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June Wright is one of the early writers who forged a way for the current vibrant Australian crime fiction scene. Reviewed at http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au/

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DROWNED VANILLA, and it's predecessor A TRIFLE DEAD are really great examples of daft, funny, cosy, silly, culinary crime. They are deftly written, pitched for their target market perfectly.

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It's hard to know if there's a new "thing" in crime fiction, or it's just something that this reader has suddenly noticed - but there seems to have been a number of books recently that have used dementia as a core theme. Which might make for uncomfortable reading for those of us of a "certain age" with an increasing tendency to forget too many things.

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There are a lot of books I should be reading right now, but this one shouted loudest.
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Commencing a blurb with a question implies that somewhere along the line the book will provide an answer.

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Tell The Truth is once again a solid procedural from Katherine Howell. While the tension builds well to the final twists and confrontations there are no real surprises.

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Everyone is looking for the next big thing - the publishing sensation that captures the zeitgeist and gets everyone talking.

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Started this on the weekend, new book from the collaboration of Linda Olsson and Thomas Sainsbury.
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Another one from the weekend's reading.
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It looks like in order to get a reasonable number of books read, you also need to have a very busy weekend. It felt a bit like Spencer Street Station here this weekend.
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Overall, Already Dead is an absolute page turner that generates real tension. It is an accomplished thriller from an Australian author who is getting better with every book.

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Look I know I shouldn't like these books - they should be the sort of thing I run a mile from. And yet....
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A really good psychological thriller, ALREADY DEAD is also fast paced, with a strong plot and engaging characters, although if you spend a lot of time in idling traffic you'll probably find yourself locking your doors after reading.

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Interesting timing for the subject matter of this book, with domestic violence and intimate partner violence receiving much warranted and belated attention (although what seems like depressing little in the way of practical resolution). Which probably reflects a lot of what this reader felt about DISHONOUR.

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A debut novel, HIGH BEAM is set in Hobart, Tasmania featuring DI John Mahoney.

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The latest re-released June Wright book - for review at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com.au
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The third in the Peter Clancy series, BLURLINE takes Clancy to swinging London and the middle of the "red-top" newspaper world.

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Lethal Sky is, overall, a well written and engaging thriller. Barron has plenty of techno-exposition but it never overwhelms the plot which drives forward relentlessly. Barron shows in this book that he can wield the clichès effectively and hold his own with the best in this genre.

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In her Rowland Sinclair novels, Sulari Gentill has used crime fiction to explore the rise of fascism in Australia and across the world in the early 1930s.

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Another book from the weekend's reading pile.
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The Mystery of the Venus Island Fetish aspires to be a humorous, slightly anachronistic romp through 1930s Sydney. Unfortunately it fails to entertain.

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But it is overall an effective and engaging crime novel, that handles its issues compassionately, builds tension well and has a fascinating, flawed protagonist. It will be interesting to see what Anne Buist (and Natalie King) do next.

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First of the weekend's reading - a thriller set in and around Manhattan, with a slightly different take on "domestic noir".
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Head down catching up with some of the books I've had here for too long and contributing to my quest for the Neddies 2015 Best First Crime entries.
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The third book in the Peter Clancy series sees him in London, working for one of the "red-top" gossip newspapers and getting his love life all out of control. Not sure why these books aren't getting more attention - it's a great series.
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Nobody could be more startled than me when declaring that A TIME OF SECRETS was a most enjoyable book to read. Startled because ostensibly it looks, feels, smells like a romance. With an historical bent, and some mystery within.

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