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OLD SCORES is a great entry in what, overall, is a tremendous series that reminds us again how keen the eye and how sharp the observation of really good crime writers like David Whish-Wilson is.
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Cliff Hardy is back in the forty-second and now final book in this much loved, admired series.
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There is no denying Peter Corris’ status as the godfather of modern Australian crime. Corris took the American private investigator corner of the crime genre and made it uniquely Australian. Still going now after 33 years, gumshoe and Sydney icon Cliff Hardy is back in action for the forty-second time in Win, Lose or Draw.
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Darkest Place is Australian thriller writer Jaye Ford’s fifth book of stand-alones involving women under threat who are definitely not victims. Review at Newtown Review of Books
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... nobody could ever accuse THE BLACK TONGUE of being expected reading.
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What you can expect is clever writing and plotting, great characters, pitch perfect dialogue, some stand out scene setting, laughter, action, pathos, friendship, a bit of romance and a heap of enjoyable madness.
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A DONATION OF MURDER is book number five in this excellent historical series from WA based author Felicity Young.
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There's a slightly obvious reason for being attracted to this novel, way outside my normal reading preferences.
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Recommendations

Sometimes a book just simply drops out of nowhere straight into the best of the year list with minimal fanfare. TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL is undoubtedly going to remain one of the best things I've read this year for a whole lot of reasons.
This is a very polished work from a debut author.
Michel Bussi is a renowned crime fiction writer and winner of many awards in his native France, BLACK WATER LILIES being the second of his books translated into English.
As much as I'd love to say that if you're a new reader to this series than just get on with it, it's one that you really have to read in order.
For a cricket obsessed reader, fond of the assertion that test cricket is a metaphor for life, THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET made me wonder about that just for a moment.
There is a very good reason for all the buzz around about The Dry, another great debut thriller from an Australian writer. Review at Newtown Review of Books
Pufferfish is one of my all time favourite Australian Crime Fiction identities. He's taciturn, reticent and often recalcitrant. He's frequently obtuse, often slightly grumpy, addicted to strong espresso and liquorice all-sorts and finally, he's back.
It's dark, it's classic noir, it's very Australian and it's about as pitch perfect as you can get.

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The pairing of Spencer and Blair fits well, is unforced and seems to be preparing the basis for a good investigative team.
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The March update is very late - it's been a tad busy hereabouts.
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COMFORT ZONE is the debut novel from Ex Federal Minister for Finance and long-time Labor true believer Lindsay Tanner.
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Buist has delivered a well constructed mystery around Natalie King that manages to keep twisting through to the last couple of pages.
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I've been doing some very determined juggling recently as this is a book I've been very keen to read - particularly as the 2nd in the series is now also out. Wonderful sense of place.
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With a true story behind it, The Death Ray Debacle is set in New Zealand in the 1930's.
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The circumstances that gave rise to the 2011 riots have not all gone away and Ten Days is, if nothing else, a timely reminder of the fragility of the social contract that underpins our day to day existence.
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In The Trap Melanie Raabe has delivered an effective page turner. She uses some familiar thriller elements but has used her setup to mould those elements into something original. Overall this is an impressive debut.
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The final from the Easter reading pile.
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Figured while I was doing a little "outside the box" reading then something cross genre would fit the bill.
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Been wanting to read this since it came out.
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.... absolutely no doubt that whatever is going to happen to Belltree, he's not going to go down without a bloody good fight.
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