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It feels like such a relief to have a woman in Cabin 10, and not a girl, that you'd almost be forgiven for cutting THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 a lot of slack.
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A slow moving novel about loss; both its enormity and of how shocking it is to the grieving that life simply must go on, regardless of what has been unexpectedly and horrifically taken from them.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
This clever thriller should be a huge hit and spark much discussion.
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One for the fans and anyone else who wants to be entertained for a short and happy while
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LA Larkin’s Devour features investigative journalist Olivia Wolfe’s world of big stories, hair’s-breadth escapes from danger and fearless reporting on the worst of human excesses. Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
Ann Turner’s Out of the Ice uses the point of view of environmentalist Laura Alvarado to reveal both the wonder and the threats within this amazing landscape: Newtown Review of Books
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There's something very nice about having a series to look forward to, especially now with the opportunity, finally, to go back to the start.
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The second novel in the Constable Sammi Willis series, THE TWISTED KNOT, has Sammi returning to work after a close shave with death in the first novel (which you don't have to have read to get this one, but it wouldn't hurt).
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Recommendations

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
It's a character study, wrapped up in a police procedural, with a very strong sense of place, and, one would hope, a long-term future as a series.
The Dry is a strong debut. A classic crime novel in a classic Australian setting, with strong characters dealing with universal issues.
... having seen the early publicity for BLACK SAILS, DISCO INFERNO I was expecting it to be good. It exceeded good by a very big measure.
THE LEGEND OF WINSTONE BLACKHAT is not a "traditional" crime novel in the same way that many early psychological thrillers were not regarded as traditional crime novels...
THE SECRET CHORD is a story of an ancient King in ancient times thus it absolutely demanded a magisterial narrator.

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Set mostly in the Western suburbs of Melbourne, JM Green’s Good Money introduces Stella Hardy. A social worker by vocation, Hardy is the sort of laksa-loving, inner-city woman who fits into the role of accidental detective with considerable aplomb. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books

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Told in three parts, Please Don’t Leave Me Here by Melbourne writer Tania Chandler begins with the story of Brigitte – mother of twins and married to policeman Sam
– a normal wife and mother, with a secret. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books

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Short, sharp and to the point, FOUR DAYS delivers deepest and darkest noir in the unlikely setting of 1980’s Brisbane and Cairns. In the Sunshine State corruption is rife and nowhere more so than in the police force and the licensing department in particular.

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BLUE WICKED is the second book by Scottish author Alan Jones I’ve read. Each of them have come with warnings about strong language and use of the Glasgow dialect which is more of an attraction than deterrent for this reader.

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This is a book that absolutely lives up to its name - there is a lot of blood in American Blood.

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Reading this for a series review at Newtown Review of Books.
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Read this one over the weekend. Review to come.
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...good to see the improvements in DEAD WOOD, and nice to see another series coming out of such a beautiful location.

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Like a slow burn? Then this could be a good read for you.
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Picking up the 2nd Cormoran Strike novel, THE SILKWORM, in preparation for reviewing of the 3rd for Reviewing the Evidence, I was reminded how much I really enjoyed the first book.

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The Author of DEADLY DIPLOMACY has a background as a diplomat working for many years in Embassies and High Commissions in Australia, Brussels, the Caribbean, China, East Berlin, Indonesia, Mauritius and Switzerland.

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Didn't get a heap of reading done over the weekend (went to see The Dressmaker yesterday which took a big chunk out of the day), but I did start this one last night.
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Something went wrong in the reading universe a while ago and I missed that this had been sitting in the unread list, when I picked up and enjoyed the second in the series - A SONG FOR THE DYING.

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INSIDE THE BLACK HORSE is a stonkingly good debut.

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Thanks to Netgalley I happened upon this book and liked it so much that the it has became a series I’m making sure I catch up with from the start.

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For anyone who likes a well-told thriller this is perfect summer reading fare.

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A change of setting and some very high paced action.
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... the idea of victims under extreme threat, and the knowledge that safety is in the hands of somebody who has no idea they are in that position is an interesting aspect to explore. BREATHE AND RELEASE has a go at that exploration in a unique manner and tone.

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From the "should probably have already read this" but now reading for next f2f bookclub meeting...
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Career of Evil is the third novel to star Iraq veteran Cormoran Strike and his plucky offsider cum secretary Robin Ellacott.

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Beautifully written, SNOWBLIND comes with great characters; a wonderful sense of place; a cleverly constructed plot; and that introspective, claustrophobic feeling that often appeals to fans of Icelandic and Scandinavian crime fiction.

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Fans of big, larger-than-life political thrillers where the threat is enormous, the conspiracy deep seated, and the need for a hero overwhelming could do worse than get on board with the Dan Taylor series.

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The 8th in the Wyatt series, the resurgence of the best unrepentant, unapologetic and very demanding professional crook in Australian Crime Fiction is something to be very pleased about.

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Cosy mysteries are so far from my comfort zone we could be classified as sworn enemies.

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Beautifully translated with nary a bump to be detected in the language, VERTIGO is complicated, clever and another of those wonderful, one sitting reading experiences.

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Debut from Kiwi based writer Ray Berard, which came with a very big rap from Craig Sisterson.
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"I am the star of screaming tabloid headlines and campfire ghost stories. I am one of the four Black-Eyed Susans. The lucky one."

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2nd book in the DI John Mahoney series, set in Tasmania.
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Laid back as the residents of Euganean Hills environment may be, nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to blow-in, and investigative journalist, Riccardo Ranieri who has tense, nervous and put-upon down pat.

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Denise Mina is one of those authors that you can always trust to spin a good yarn, and once in a while an absolute ripper. BLOOD, SALT, WATER is somewhere on this reader’s scale between really good and ripper.

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Corporate corruption and enough enthusiastic sexual conquest pursuit to make Sydney Sheldon or Harold Robbins envious.

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As close to a single sitting read as can be achieved around here, it’s not until after finishing that I realised that what we have in DARK AS MY HEART is about as perfect a combination of character, place and plot as I’ve read in a long time.

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Set in early settlement Western Australia, ON TRACK FOR MURDER, is an interesting look at the period, taking the main viewpoint as that of a young woman, recently arrived from England, carer for her younger, disabled brother; seeking reunion with their father, and their stepmother.

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The 3rd Cormoran Strike novel, and the 2nd that I've read in the last week :)
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