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What makes this series one that's particularly appealing are the characters.
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Music and popular culture provide the backdrop to this long-awaited new Billy Glasheen novel
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Everything winds together nicely here, using plenty of action and pace, and just enough real-life reflections as well as "what if" scenarios to keep the reader on the edge of their seat, and, as is less often the case in thrillers, wondering about the greyness of right and wrong.
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It’s a gutsy move to put the first sentence of your novel on the front cover. Even more so when the text is given more prominence than the name of the book itself. But it is a great ‘what’s in the box?’ first sentence
Posted by Robert Goodman

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Asylum City is a novel with a social conscience and it is always clear where Shohad’s sympathies lie. However, it is also an engaging procedural that effectively carries the reader through its social agenda.
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I'm juggling a few books at the moment and currently this is the one that I can't put down. As opposed to the next one I'll mention that I can't put down. (Whoever invented having to work when there are books is a meanie).
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GUN STREET GIRL is the fourth book to feature Irish cop Sean Duffy. The Duffy series, has been winning plaudits, praise and awards in all corners of the world and hugely deserved they have all been
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THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND is the second novel from London based author Colette McBeth, her first being PRECIOUS THING. Both in the form of psychological thriller, part of the increasingly common "domestic noir" category, they are however standalone books.
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This gloriously retro private eye series is purely for fun.
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The final (for now) in the Ella Marconi series is the perfect bittersweet read for a particularly bittersweet time in life.
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Loved the short story collection "Cars and Girls" so was very pleased to receive a copy of Riding in Cars with Girls. Could only be made better with Alpacas and chocolate worked in there somewhere ... although I'm still waiting for a ute story ;)
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Going with a something that's been on Mt TBR for too long as my second long weekend book.
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New to me author of psychological thriller, The Life I Left Behind.
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The 4th Theodore Tate novel, FIVE MINUTES ALONE, and Paul Cleave continues pulling together connections from many of his previous novels - this series and the Christchurch Carver books.
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The underlying theme of the trilogy is a series of questions about identity and concealment. Who is each person really? What disguise is each person using? What does it mean to be family? ...
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A thriller that features surfing and a special operative anti-terrorism order, based on Eastern mysticism, is not exactly "expected territory" even with the best will in the world.
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The Zig Zag Girl is Elly Griffiths' first foray away from her established crime milieu and characters.
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There is little better in the reading world than finding out that the end of the Trilogy, was just the third book in the series.
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The Job is the third book in this series but not having read the first two instalments is no impediment to picking this one up.
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A most unexpected novel, wonderfully original, clever, compassionate and revealing, ELIZABETH IS MISSING was an absolute privilege to read.
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A new to me Scandi-Author, this is the first in a new trilogy featuring bodyguard Hilja Ilveskero
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Thrillers involving bad marriages are coming thick and fast, both to the bookshelf and the screen.
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The PC Peter Grant series, of which Foxglove Summer is the fifth instalment, could be described as Harry Potter for grown ups. But it is more than this - part supernatural, part police procedural and part observational humour - at times the series is more Terry Pratchett than JK Rowling.
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A New Zealand born, Australian and Northern Ireland dwelling, now Iceland based author has written a book set in his adopted city of Reykjavík, with a central female character whose life is turned upside down in a very short space of time, that really works.
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Is it a bad thing, that at the end of book one, it was hard to suppress a certain sense of disappointment that there's only going to be 2 more?
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Crucifixion Creek marks an exciting shift in direction for Maitland into truly Australian crime fiction.
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There's so much in this series that, for this reader, is a highlight, and THE MISSING AND THE DEAD is right up there with the best of the lot of them.
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For some reason getting hold of the latest Paul Cleave books here has become a bit of a marathon - but once they arrive - straight to the top of the pile.
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Went into work shutdown over Christmas / New Year to a) charge very spent batteries and b) stand and sniff the skyline for signs of smoke. It's going to be a long, hot, very trying summer in large parts of Southern Australia - so here's hoping we all get through the next few months.
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As always from Jo Nesbo, dark, introspective, thoughtful and fascinating.
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Can't tell you how pleased I was when this arrived. There was dancing.
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Robert Goodman has also just finished reading this - so looking forward to comparing review - I'll post both of them together.
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The 4th book in the Max Cámara series, which means if, like this reader, you've missed the first three, there's something to look forward to.
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With the provisio that because 2014 isn't finished - this list could be added to.
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New series, based in Sydney, from Barry Maitland.
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Translated from the original German, UNTIL THE DEBT IS PAID is a combination police procedural and energiser bunny styled action thriller which starts out running when Detective Jan Tommen wakes up beside his beloved girlfriend one morning to find himself as the chief suspect in a vicious murder.
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The fourth in the series, but a first for me.
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Reading this for review at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com.au
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Indulging my love of translated crime fiction - this one from Germany.
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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.
Posted by Karen