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Emma Viskic's second Caleb Zelic novel.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
THE PROMISED LAND delivers another confident dose of elegantly constructed crime writing that is both insightful and challenging to unravel. Tuck yourself in, you’re in good hands.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
It is impossible to escape your own past. That other self, the one you were before, will always be with you, wherever you go. Attempt to shake her off to your peril.
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The new ‘horror’ is in acknowledging what is happening in the world today, in our supposedly advanced age. We’ve come so far, but so far in aid of whom exactly?
Posted by Andrea Thompson
CALL ME EVIE is however a powerful psychological thriller, exploring the complications of memory (as hinted at in the opening quotations). But it's memory in all it's false, guilty, happy, searching, fragmented, convenient and confrontational guises.
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Winner of the 2018 Ned Kelly Award.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
The strength of RIVER OF SALT is definitely in the idea of a stranger in a strange land, back in the days when communications weren't instant, and people could reinvent themselves to some extent. It's exploring just how far you can go with that idea, and how much of the old you will never go away.
Posted by Karen
When you are next thinking of accessing a portal to another dimension, perhaps you should consider the shower block?
Posted by Andrea Thompson

Recommendations

Emma Viskic's second Caleb Zelic novel.
Winner of the 2018 Ned Kelly Award.
Peter Temple's 2nd novel and my latest summer favourite.
Holly Throsby's excellent 2nd novel.
I've been trying to think of somebody else that could write books about abalone fishing quotas, cricket, asylum seekers and now early white Australian settlement, convicts, rum runners and shipwrecks and make them all equally compelling, memorable, and ... crime fiction.
The murderous adventures of Maud, an 88 year lady living in Gothenburg, Sweden
The winner of the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for best Scottish crime book.
The second Jack Parlabane novel.

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Shortlisted for the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards, this is the story of a very impressive man.
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From the NZ piles about the place - an historical novel set in Dunedin.
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Remembering Peter Temple's work.
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Second from the reading pile from yesterday.
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An enforced day off yesterday with the power out for maintenance meant some reading catching up.
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A novella squeezed in amongst other things. Okay other things I should have been doing but still...
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The good news is I'm so far behind with this review, that the second book in the series is out now. Which means you've got a series on your hands!
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Another from the staggeringly varied #yeahnoir pile
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Turned into the perfect read for a hot Saturday afternoon.
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In 2016, Thomas Mullen delivered one of the crime novels of the year with Darktown. ... Lightning Men picks up a couple of years after the events of Darktown.
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Tara and David are typical “Hollywooders” in that appearances are everything. What looks flashy and successful from the outside is all actually a bit of a façade.
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And we're caught up for the moment - currently reading this one.
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Another from the previously reading pile.
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Another from the past overdue for mention pile.
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From the was reading pile, this is fascinating.
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Savages – The Wedding is the first book in French author Sabri Louatah’s Saint-Etienne Quartet. Originally written in 2011, the subject matter is if anything more relevant now than it was then, given the terrorist attacks in France over the last few years.
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The follower of this blog will realise that I'm not prone to personal posts, but I need to apologise.
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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, the debut novel by Stuart Turton has so many influences it is hard to know where to begin.
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From the piles of reading, sod all blogging I've been doing recently.
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Readers get what is promised on the cover – well written, smart and engaging action.
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From the wonderfulness that is the pile of New Zealand Crime fiction.
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It's that time of the year where posting becomes erratic and reading consumes every spare moment. Sometimes life is hard ;)
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Started this over the weekend - new crime fiction after a long break from Stella Duffy.
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