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In a leadup event to the 2016 Bendigo Writers Festival, Gideon Haigh came to Dunolly for a discussion with Rosemary Sorensen about CERTAIN ADMISSIONS.
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It's great to see something as topical as genetic modification of food crops set in somewhere that's not normally known as a big threat / big risk location.
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Caleb Carr is probably best known for his historical crime fiction debut The Alienist. That book, and its sequel, Angel of Darkness, set around turn of the century New York City and, later upstate New York, explored the early days of criminal psychology.
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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.
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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
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An astounding debut novel, this was a most unusual, and very rewarding read.
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DEAD MEN DON'T ORDER FLAKE obviously comes from the entertaining side of crime fiction.
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Look for the sly sense of humour in these books (which frequently tipped over into outright laughter for this reader), and past the bombastic outer shell of William Power, because THE SERPENT'S STING is a worthy addition to a series of novels that must come highly recommended.
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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.
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.

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Been hearing lots and lots of whispers about how good this interesting approach to true crime is.
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A man washes up on a beach in the Hebridean Isle of Harris. Who is he, how did he get there and why does he have the feeling that he has done something unforgivable?
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Does it sound like there is a lot going on in this novel? There is.
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Due for release in early March so review will be published around then.
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The 2nd in the Harry Belltree trilogy and the book I finished this afternoon when I should have been working.
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From earlier in this week - something I've wanted to read for a while, so one of my "just because" reads for this month.
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The mafia is a fertile subject matter for a political thriller.

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Rain Dogs has everything readers have come to expect from this series – an engaging mystery to drive the plot, an underlying historical issue to be investigated and as always, Duffy’s tragi-comic observations of Ireland in the 1980s.

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Rain Dogs has everything readers have come to expect from this series – an engaging mystery to drive the plot, an underlying historical issue to be investigated and as always, Duffy’s tragi-comic observations of Ireland in the 1980s.

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The strength of this series really is the all-roundedness of it.

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It's a series this reader would be interested in following - especially if the central character turns out to be a tricky bloke to deal with - have a bit of a weakness for those prickly, difficult types.

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The 4th book in the excellent Cate Austin series, because I'm an absolute idiot, I've missed the 3rd. Now will have to restack the teetering stacks!
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This book, from India, has such a wonderful sense of place and culture, partially due to the "tone" of the writing, which is beautifully lyrical.
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Eden Archer, Australia’s answer to Dexter Morgan, and her damaged partner Frank Bennett are back at work in Fall, investigating a series of murders of women joggers.

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While there are plenty of twists and a little bait and switch, the plot strands come together in much the way thriller readers would expect. It is down to May’s skill as a writer that Coffin Road is an engaging, if not particularly original thriller.

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A run down on reviews and books read during December.
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Third book from 2 time Ned Kelly Award winner - I've been hoarding this just a little, until I could sit and do a one / two sitting read. Perfect for the last weekend of holidays then.
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Wanted a change of pace and something from the true stacks.
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It's always a Good New Year when you open a book from Adrian McKinty and from the starting paragraph you're hooked.
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When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between this world and the next, they allowed entry to the Others - demons, wraiths, and death spirits who turned the shadows into their hunting grounds. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay....
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Technically I'm not here - we're taking a few weeks off from computers to try to recharge battered batteries. It's been so bloody hot here we've nearly melted and nope it hasn't rained. Not a bloody drop.
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Best of 2015 (Up until now of course, there's still some December left).
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A paranormal crime thriller with a blokey sensibility, Skin Deep is set in a Brisbane still dealing with the after-effects of many years of Joh rule.

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Peter Corris’s Cliff Hardy series is the gift that keeps on giving for fans of no-frills, Australian-noir detective fiction.

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Jonathan Kellerman is taking a break from his long running Alex Delaware series (thirty books and counting) to focus on a new type of psychologist.

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Read by our f2f bookclub, this turned into a fascinating discussion.

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Before WA based author Felicity Young commenced her extremely good Dr Dody McCleland series, she published a series of police procedural novels including this one with the central character of Sergeant Cam Fraser.

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Robert Goodman's Year in Review on PS News
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Reviewed for Reviewing the Evidence

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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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