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From the author of Once Were Warriors, FREDERICK'S COAT is equally as surprising, challenging, moving and profoundly affecting.
New Zealand
Having never heard of the Wiki Coffin series before, THE BECKONING ICE was an opportunity to read some historical crime fiction from New Zealand that doesn't come along all that often.
FRACTURED is a thriller entry in the expanding local sub-genre of books that look very close to home. Set as close to home as possible, it's the story of Anna, her husband Tony and their baby son Jack.
Written with the distinct feeling of a movie treatment RUN TO ME takes the story of a young boy in extreme danger, and combines that with a woman traumatised and stigmatised by the death of her own young boy.
A debut crime novel from Australia, THE FINGERPRINT THIEF is written with the focus on the forensic technician. Not that surprising given the "CSI Effect" that so many people talk about these days.
The preoccupation for Scandinavian crime fiction of many readers is sometimes questioned. One response is to get people to read Karin Fossum's Inspector Konrad Sejer series.
Ever read a book that you know you should just absolutely love, and yet somehow you're not quite getting it. It's a bit like that feeling you get when you're invited to a party and show up in fancy dress only to realise that you'd muddled up the invitations.
Something about STRAIGHT JACKET could make some readers a little uncomfortable.
It's great to see police procedurals set in rural Australia that don't assume that everything's sinister and vaguely barking mad, and that reflects some of the dry humour, and resilience of both the cops and the locals.
Melbourne in the late 1980s, and journalist Peter Clancy is working for The Truth. Which, for those of us who were around in those days, in that place, conjures up a very clear vision. Booze, coffee, dodgy goings on and journalism from the... well extreme-tabloid end of the scale.
Big, brave trilogy which somehow doesn't hit enough marks.
Australia would probably be preferable if you read the first books in the series before tackling A MORBID HABIT. Which should be no trial whatsoever.
Are you allowed to write reviews that just say "WOW"? No, well okay - an explanation of why "wow".
It's hard not to have certain expectations of crime fiction when it's written by a former Victorian Assistant Police Commissioner, as unreasonable or unfair as that may seem.
There has always been a strong instructive element in the Emmanuel Cooper series. Apartheid South Africa is a world that we know existed, even know some details about, but what it was like actually living in that regime, particularly when you're not definitely part of the elite? Well that's where this series comes in.
A modern day industrial espionage tale, 1.9.7 HAMBURG, the debut novel from Alex Camouro is a very brave undertaking.
There must be a group of readers out there that are a sucker for a fabulous book title (or it could be a group of one) but HOW I BECAME THE MR BIG OF PEOPLE SMUGGLING is one of those eye-catching titles that luckily coincides with a terrific story.
United Kingdom
The thing with really enjoyable review books that are part of a series is that there's no option but to go back and get the earlier books. Regardless of how teetering the current reading pile might be. Which is what happened here after finishing STALIN'S GOLD.
Being profoundly disinterested in all things AFL, I will admit that for a while I did think the possibility of a real life Centralian Galahs teams sounded quite feasible.
ST KILDA BLUES is the third Charlie Berlin novel from dual Ned Kelly Award winning author Geoffrey McGeachin. Starting out just after WWII, this series is as much a character study of Charlie Berlin and the after affects of war, as it is a police procedural. It's the great strength of these 3 books, and why they are increasingly earning the attention and commendation that they deserve.

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So far I've read the second and now this - the third Sean Devereaux novel from NZ author Ben Sanders.
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I will admit to having been looking forward to this book immensely. So no pressure...
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The Cleaner absolutely blew me away, and Joe Victim is a follow up to that book. Sounds good to me :)
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Honestly, it does not matter how many books you read in the world, there always seems to be more that you should have read. Somehow I missed the first in this series so have some catching up to do.
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Currently Reading - My Brother's Keeper, Donna Malane
It's been cold in these parts - so a good weekend for some reading.
Currently Reading - Fractured, Dawn Barker
Spent last night chasing bulls, ducks and geese around in circles in the dark and the rain - so it was a relief to get back inside, in front of the fire and read something that is actually much better than the blurb indicates.
Currently Reading - RUN TO ME, Diane Hester
Debut thriller from Australian based, New York born former violinist Diane Hester who now lives in Port Lincoln. Quite a bio :)
Currently Reading - The Purifier, Richard Osborn
An Australian thriller series of three books, The Purifier is the opening salvo.
Currently Reading - Frederick's Coat, Alan Duff
It is always a good weekend when you get to dip into something unexpected from New Zealand.
Currently Reading - Every Breath, Ellie Marney
Over the weekend I managed to get some reading done for a change.. thankfully the bull stayed in his paddock, the cats didn't attempt any escape routines and the Guinea Fowl (mostly) stopped chasing the chooks around in circles. Don't ask what the sheep did - you can't win all of them.
Currently Reading - The Beckoning Ice, Joan Druett
First for me, but fifth in the Wiki Coffin series, it's always a huge pleasure to get my hands on a book from New Zealand.
Currently Reading - Straight Jacket, Adrian Deans
From the "started this over the long weekend" list - loving the sense of humour in this book.
Currently Reading - Be Your Own Hero, Andy Burley
The good part about long weekends is a chance to do some reading catch up - and I've been trying to get this book to the top of the stack for ages now.
Currently Reading - The Murder of Harriet Krohn, Karin Fossum
A break from local reading to catch up with a brilliant series.
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I've no idea how to describe this one, except to say I've been champing at the bit to get to read it.
Currently Reading - KUNDELA, Terry L Probert
Debut book from a local author set in South Australian farming country.
Currently Reading - The Fingerprint Thief, Carolyn Beasley
Debut book looking at crime from the forensic technician's point of view - with a twist.
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Have to admit that the references right at the start to the Truth Newspaper had me smiling.
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The third in the Charlie Berlin series, which has been a) much anticipated and b) a one weekend read.
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Good conversation. Great wine: Shane Maloney
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of 'Stiff', the very first Murray Whelan tale, Shane Maloney will be our latest guest at Montalto Vineyard & Olive Grove.
Watching The Detective - Williamstown Literary Festival 2014
Join literary archaeologist Lucy Sussex, Tony Wright - Executive Producer of The Doctor Blake Series and Geoffrey McGeachin at WillyFest
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There's opening sequences in books, and then there's the opening sequence in this book!
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The fourth Emmanuel Cooper book, due out in June, I'm giving into that no impulse control thing again and reading this now.
Currently Reading - A Morbid Habit, Annie Hauxwell
Apparently I have poor impulse control. And this is supposed to be news. But really, the latest Catherine Berlin was always going to be very hard to resist.
Currently Reading - Nightmare in Burgundy, Jean-Pierre Alaux, Noël Balen
The third book in the Benjamin Cooker Winemaker series out of France. Needless to say I've got the cart before the horse again and now have to read the second. Fabulous, cosier, wine focused series for fans of any combination of the above.