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The Dry is a strong debut. A classic crime novel in a classic Australian setting, with strong characters dealing with universal issues.
Posted by Robert Goodman
... 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.
Posted by Karen
Read for our f2f bookclub, every book by Jo Nesbø reminds you to read the rest of the series.
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One for fans of high-threat action, who would appreciate a strong female central character, don't mind a hefty dose of romance and that spot of paranormal into the bargain.
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The novella THE MISTAKE is short, sharp, packed with a punch crime fiction set in Iceland, written by ex-pat New Zealander Grant Nicol.
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MADE TO KILL comes straight from the "well I wasn't expecting that pile", and even better, it looks like the opening salvo in a trilogy that will be well worth following.
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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...
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The Legend of Winstone Blackhat, is an outstanding achievement by a writer at her peak
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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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The 3rd Cormoran Strike novel, and the 2nd that I've read in the last week :)
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October Monthly Summary.
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Overall, Good Money is an assured and engaging debut. A novel and writer who deserved to be discovered, and plenty of potential for a unique new Australian crime voice.

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There's nothing like a new Wyatt to make a reader very happy.
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Another from this past week's reading (got a lot of catching up done) - this from NZ based author Katherine Hayton.
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One of those books that I could have sworn I'd read, but then couldn't find a note of it anywhere. Got into it and realised, nope, hadn't read it.
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A debut novel steeped in archaeology and librarianship, very much from the cosier end of the crime fiction scale.
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Set in Australia, written by an English author, from the world of international diplomacy.
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Having just had a week of holidays (well partially holidays / partially off-air because we hit the limits of our Internet data cap and have been desperately trying to avoid being shaped which meant no non-essential online activity), got a fair bit of reading done!
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The law is anything but good guys versus bad guys in Rudd’s world and, for the reader, that’s all for the better.

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Set in New Zealand, written by an Australian author, POISON BAY by Belinda Pollard is one of those novels that you just can’t help but wonder what tourism authorities reaction would be...

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Reviewed for Newtown Review of books http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au/

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Latest thriller in the Dan Taylor series, which I will admit to really liking.
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No idea what to expect with this one but felt like something a little different. Got that.
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Reading a series in order, I’ve decided, is too normal. Or at least that’s the best excuse I can come up with for starting the Hermes Diaktoros series at book number three - THE DOCTOR OF THESSALY.

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Post Mortem is supposed to be the start of a series. If London is going to focus that series around Sarah Collins then she has a lot more work to do. If she continues to focus in on police culture, and the messiness of real life, then this promises to be a series to watch.

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Having got out of order on these, now going back to read the first of the Ash Henderson books.
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... an interesting character study and premise, that would work well if you’re happy to head any disbelief off at the pass and bury it in a deep hole.

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After the 2010 success of the rebooted Wyatt series, Garry Disher brings his master thief back for another outing. Set in the bright holiday glitz of Noosa, Disher delivers the usual range of criminals, sociopaths and underworld figures in another page-turner full of twists, turns and reverses.

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The assured narrative, the way that the cast of characters become so real in such short sharp chapters, the sense that you’re being given an opportunity to understand that great question of crime fiction - why, in such detail, all combine to create something extremely satisfying in UNRAVELLING OLIVER.

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There’s not a lot of crime fiction around, unfortunately, for readers who prefer a heist / non-death scenario, but SHWEDAGON is one that delivers exactly that.

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Charming, and even comical at points, THE UNEXPECTED INHERITANCE OF INSPECTOR CHOPRA turns out to be the start of a very big new adventure for Ashwin Chopra, his wife and that lovely little elephant.

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Debut book from Australian author for review at Newtown Review of Books.
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Probably my favourite of the Witches books in the Discworld series.

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Ash Island ends with a bang but with plenty of narrative balls still in the air.

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I started this a while ago and had to put it aside due to scheduling, but it stayed with me. Now real life is intruding on finishing it in a most annoying manner.
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Bit of a self-indulgent pluck from the middle of books that I should be reading.
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Less of a review, more some quick comments.

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Recently launched, ‘Provocare’ is a multimedia verse thriller created by Meg Vann, writer; Mez Breeze, interaction designer; and Donna Hancox, research lead for Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
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Author that lives in Brisbane, who has written a book set in a particularly brutal part of the New Zealand wilderness.
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September Monthly Summary (told you I had a cunning plan).
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A thoughtful, introspective, and principled writer whose observations have meant much to this reader.
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One more from over the long weekend.
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Got quite a bit of reading done over the weekend what with the heat and daylight saving meaning I had an extra hour of a night to get a few things done. He's off to Amsterdam middle of this week though so I'm not promising this can / will continue.
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First from a long, hot weekend of reading. Did I mention hot. It's OCTOBER and it's stinking. Sigh.
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Paul Cleave became the Crown Prince of antipodean crime writing when his thriller FIVE MINUTES ALONE was named the winner of the 2015 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel on Sunday night.
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All of the ingredients, while expected, are exactly what thriller readers come for. And Lynds handles them well. Ryder and Blake have starred before, but no familiarity of the previous books is required to enjoy this volume. There is nothing startlingly original here but for readers looking for a solid action thriller The Assassins will fit the bill.

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The final from the week off's reading, a book I've been looking forward to very much.
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