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David Lagercrantz came to the attention of the estate of the late Stieg Larsson for his ghost-written autobiography of soccer player Zlatan Abrahimović. Lagercrantz was tapped on the shoulder to adopt Larsson’s style and approach and continue the globally popular Millennium series featuring everybody’s favourite punk hacker tough girl Lisbeth Salander and crusading journalist Mikael Blomkvist.
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I'd not be surprised to find that THE LONEY is one of those books that some readers absolutely love.
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Suzanne Falkiner has used a combination of the facts of the case, and both the victim and perpetrator's life and fleshed that out with non-fiction elements, expanding on the facts to create a logical, and believable narrative.
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The American is definitely not the last we will be seeing of Leone Scarmacio and most readers will be hanging on to see what happens next.
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Recommendations

In great timing, Reviewing the Evidence have just published my review of the winner of the 2015 Ned Kelly for Best First Crime Fiction.
Pleasantville is crime writing as it should be – engaging, compulsive and surprising but never losing sight of deeper social and human drivers that sit behind the action.
Clever, evocative, funny with that wonderful sense of place and character that stays away from feeling like a film script, and sticks firmly within a police procedural framework. This is exactly the sort of novel that Darian Richards deserves. Let's hope there's a lot more to come.
Music and popular culture provide the backdrop to this long-awaited new Billy Glasheen novel

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Highly recommended read for anybody who thinks that those in "power" are to be blindly trusted, believed and never scrutinised.
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In the end, this is a great book to read on a plane, or in an airport lounge, at least as a way of avoiding meeting any sociopaths.
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Jigsaw Man is the fourth in Elena Forbes’ Mark Tartaglia series. For those who have been following the trials and tribulations of Tartaglia and his team this might be a welcome catch-up with familiar characters.
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The third in the Intrepid / Alex Morgan series these thrillers are part James Bond (Daniel Craig's version), part crime fiction, part real life action hero.
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Inspired by a true story, set in Victorian London, this book is about a scandalous accusation and the subsequent trial.
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It's hard to pick whether Left Luggage is the start of a series featuring John Lawrence, and if so, how you'd get him back into other dangerous situations, although you can see how it would be an attraction for an author. Not quite a super-hero type, he's prepared to put himself on the line if required, he's brave, strong and capable.
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Right - there's stuff in the fridge that's probably edible. Work it out people, I'm reading.
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Final book on my ebook to be read list for this week - the first book in the Peter Clancy series.
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The third Mitchell Parker book from Helen Goltz, this is my first look at this series.
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There's nothing like another weekend where it's hot enough to melt bitumen to ensure some reading gets done. This books follows on from The Holiday Murders.
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Perfect for any teenager's in your life, a good read for those of us older (in some cases way way older) than that, the "EVERY" series is a wonderful entry in the Australian Crime Fiction canon.
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Historical New Zealand Crime fiction - with the central thread being corruption, land grabs and bad behaviour over money. Seems like some things never change...
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It looks very much like FOLLOW THE LEADER is heading off into series territory and it shows considerable promise in that. Certainly enough to put the first book firmly on my reading list. Nothing like being prepared when book 3 surfaces.
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World War Two has become a happy hunting ground for Australian crime writers. Authors like Geoff McGeachin and Peter Twhoig both bagged Ned Kelly Awards for crime novels set in the period.
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A debut book using an unusual device - the story from the perspective of 4 people involved in a series of child abduction and murders.
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SWEET ONE reminds that an observer's eye can be acute. When that eye is combined with sympathy, respect and love, then the stories told are strong, and in a language that's accessible, gripping, moving, emotional, provocative and forceful.
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Fans of noir stylings, of pointed, sharp and unexpected storytelling that pulls no punches, holds no bars and gets right up in your face really should be doing themselves a favour and reading this.
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Did I mention it was a good weekend for getting some reading done? Didn't quite finish this one, but certainly got started on the 2nd book in this series.
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Sit down everyone as this is the 40TH CLIFF HARDY NOVEL.
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There's nothing like a third book in the series being released to make me sit down and catch up with the second. Sigh. My bad.
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I've been trying to get to this book in the stacks forever, and I can't tell you how pleased I was to get a quiet weekend.
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A perfectly formed piece of glorious over the topness featuring Logan McRae, DCI Steel and the recent Scottish independence referendum.
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For those who like their science fiction with a crime twist or those who like their crime with a sci-fi bent
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Needless to say this is definitely on the lighter than air side of crime fiction.
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An unusual book in many ways, KING OF THE ROAD is well worth reading, even if the subject matter is a no go zone for you.
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While there are overt and subtle call-backs to previous books, Gun Street Girl can easily be read as a stand alone crime novel. But this is a fascinating and evolving series and a hinted fifth instalment can only be a good thing.
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There are days when the trick of putting the book in one browser window and "work" in the other so you can flick backwards and forwards is very tempting.
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Something from the much lighter side, set in Sydney in the world of a book club (seemed appropriate as our own version kicked off for this year on Sunday).
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Given the 45% reference I've definitely decided to mention that this short story is from Scotland (and not just the UK :) )
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Contradictions, inconsistencies and the personal and professional are part of what Hall explores with great precision in this novel. There's much in all of these characters that is required to add up to the whole.
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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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