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Wonderfully evocative and beautifully delivered, NEST was utterly mesmerising.
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A shattering, emotional rollercoaster of a book, just as the blurb puts it, WRATH is all about a mistake that we could all make, and the redemption that some of us deserve.
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WHAT SHE LEFT has created a record in these parts as one of the most picked up and put down, unable to continue books that this reader has struggled with for quite some time.
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Number 5 in the Rainbow series, and THE CASE OF THE COCK ROBIN KILLER might be blue about lots of things, but it won't make you blue to read it.
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Right from the commencement of HADES, the first Archer / Bennett book by Candice Fox, it was obvious that this was a series to be watched.
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BENT leaves you considering the possible outcomes had the amount of effort, and the level of organisation that has been put into the crime side of the "policing" environments, had gone to actual crime solving.
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Loved HADES, loved EDEN. I think there's a pattern emerging here.
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When the blurb says "In Northern Ireland's darkest corner" it means it. It's winter, it's wet, dark, cold and black. A landscape full of old houses, swamps and fast running streams, there's an overwhelming sense of dark, deep, close-held, life-long, simmering secrets in the world that Inspector Celcius Daly now lives.
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Quite a few crime fiction books use the life and crimes of a Gangster type as their central premise, with a sideline of the impact that has on family and friends. BAD BLOOD looks at this scenario with the affected firmly at the centre of the action.
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The resolution is an interesting surprise which manages to throw more light on the politics of the time and the end implies that there may well be more Shardlake to come, which is by no means a bad thing.
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If somebody could tell me why I'm so disorganised and let things like this linger on Mt TBR for too long I'd appreciate it.
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Interesting look at the level and timeframe of corruption in Australia's police forces.
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Catching up on the over the weekend reading (it was hot and mostly the only thing we could do was fire patrols so a LOT of reading was done).
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The Dark is Valentina Gaimbanco's follow up to her debut novel The Gift of Darkness. The events of the new novel follow hard on the heels of the first and in some ways, this sequel fills in much of the backstory of key characters from her debut.
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A standalone novel from Jo Nesbo, THE SON is a story about the escape of a young man in jail for crimes he did not commit.
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A very detailed, academic analysis of the issue of Indigenous incarceration, ARRESTING INCARCERATION: PATHWAYS OUT OF INDIGENOUS IMPRISONMENT is sobering, difficult, and confronting reading.
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Iwasaki Shiro is a hard-working, Japanese family man. With a controlling wife, disrespectful children, and a murder fantasy. Most of what Shiro does is somehow never quite right.
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From the blurb, you can probably work out that this isn't a noir styled book. A lot of the attraction comes from the eccentricity of both Gerhard Self, and the style of storytelling, which is often slightly arch and funny.
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PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG is built on a particularly challenging premise - that the central character in this book, Gretchen Müller, is a protégé of Adolf Hilter.
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Normally I pay not a jot of attention - but this is a particularly beautiful cover don't you think.
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As always, the real problem with this series is that it's impossible to read any of them and not be hungry. And somewhat disappointed that your fridge doesn't reveal the sorts of delicacies that Montalbano's does.
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Steamy is right – and not just the weather. THE MORUTAU AFFAIR was not what I was expecting.
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It's taken quite a few attempts to read CASEBOOK, it's been one of the most picked up and discarded books in the review pile for quite a while.
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Set in Japan, this thriller came highly rated. I just wish I could remember who told me about it as I'd like to thank them.
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This weekend I thought I'd dip back into Mt TBR and randomly pick something that's been lurking there for quite a while.
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This seems to have been lurking in the shelves for a while. I really should tidy up more frequently.
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Darkly funny at times, especially when getting the gloves off and stuck into the hypocrisy, and the stupidity, and the bastardry, it's a reminder of just how treacherous people can be.
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Definitely one that fans of the cozy style of crime fiction should be clamouring to read, and most definitely something that Australian readers should be seeking out.
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A favourite series that I'm out of order and all over the place with - but sick of waiting until I get it sorted. I'm now reading whichever one comes to hand from Mt TBR.
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Another from the long weekend break.
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Definitely not my sort of book.
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This makes Malice the complete package – a crime novel that has both a twisting narrative and fascinating themes.
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Number 1 read from the long weekend we granted ourselves. A thriller, set in Canberra. Very realistic (and that's even allowing for a bit of wish fulfilment hereabouts).
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I've read MERCY (aka THE KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES) by Jussi Adler-Olsen twice now and finally I think I've got it the review straight in my head.
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It was somewhat bitter-sweet to know that on reading this book, Joe Faraday is dead, and another series over. Which I confess is a lot of the reason for the delay.
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What holds the reader to this series is that sense of an entire world, and the bringing to life of history, combined with strong plots, and wonderful characters that you're given full permission to like.
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Sherlock Holmes is the detective who cannot die. Arthur Conan Doyle tried, vainly to kill Holmes off in 1893. Wanting to concentrate on his historical novels, Conan Doyle famously killed Holmes and his arch nemesis Moriarty, sending them both plunging into Switzerland’s Reichenbach Falls. But it couldn’t last.
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Not crime, unless you regard some of the things that ASIO got up to as criminal, as opposed to ridiculous....
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Now we've planted plenty of trees on the final resting place of beloved animals / chooks etc - but this is a different slant. As you'd expect from a Nell Forrest book.
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I've got a lot staked on the final line of the blurb: "And it explains the one lie that binds them all – sex." Otherwise it's feeling a lot like a tawdry gossip at the moment.
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BROKEN MONSTERS might not be the easiest read in the world, but it is less of a serial killer exposé and a lot more about about damage and society on the extremes.
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Whatever I thought THE GIRL IN 6E was about, I can't begin to tell you how wrong I was. Having said that I'm also now considerably more educated about the world of paid Internet sex services than I ever thought I wanted to be.
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The combination of cars and girls makes absolute sense to me. Include them in a series of noir styled, dark and pointed short stories, and CARS & GIRLS from the Pankhurst Collective was both unexpected and an absolute pleasure to read.
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A thriller set in what's becoming the familiar territory of Iraq and Afghanistan, Pakistan's status as a nuclear nation plays into the action in KILL ZONE.
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THE BOMB MAKERS by pseudonymous author Marcus Case is a terrorist thriller set in London, with the threat coming from a combination of ETA and the Real IRA. Which is a different combination for this reader.
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This is going to have to be another one of those reviews that comes with a disclaimer. I love Adrian McKinty's books. Although I will admit that it's always been the dark side, his flawed and controversial characters, and his noir stylings that I'd thought appealed particularly.
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... suddenly there's a moral dilemma you're going to have to do a bit of thinking about. Which is exactly what a psychological thriller of this kind should do.
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Another holiday week read.
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Holiday reading thriller which was badly overdue, and a pleasure to finally get to.
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