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The Student is fast-paced, dry as dust, gritty Australian regional noir. Full Review at Newtown Review of Books.
Posted by Karen
A family drama / saga styled novel, with crime overtones, DAYS ARE LIKE GRASS is beautifully written. Moving, descriptive, populated by fully realised characters there is much in this novel that is thought-provoking, and profoundly affecting.
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HARD LABOUR's an interesting undertaking of an unusual crime and background, introducing an unusual sort of protagonist.
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THE SQUAD is very interesting reading indeed.
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An escapist thriller for your summer holiday, LIE TO ME will keep you guessing and wondering just who it is you are supposed to feel for – the missing, or the one that remained?
Posted by Andrea Thompson
THE LAST TIME WE SPOKE will leave readers thinking about consequences long after the novel has come to an end.
Posted by Karen
"Now he must choose between exoneration and condemnation, justice and vengeance." Readers are all too often left wondering which one he gets to choose, and which one he deserves.
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Right on the money as he always is, Stephen King - with his co-writer son Owen King - addresses here a premise that is ridiculously and soberingly topical. What is it that could bring down society in such a dramatically short space of time? The withdrawing of the women.
Posted by Andrea Thompson

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THE LAST TIME WE SPOKE will leave readers thinking about consequences long after the novel has come to an end.
"Now he must choose between exoneration and condemnation, justice and vengeance." Readers are all too often left wondering which one he gets to choose, and which one he deserves.
The bright shiny lives of Louise’s friends, ex colleagues and acquaintances are cyber surreal to her and the friends that were once vitally important in the school years have now become just posts on her phone screen. The ‘friend request’ received from a dead school mate rocks Louise straight back to those school days of fake friends, neuroses and crushing peer pressure.
If the universe wants to be particularly nice to us, it will make sure that A DARK SO DEADLY is the start of a new series from Stuart MacBride.
Paul Strom is quite the guy and supremely confident that he is the master of his own destiny. The man who other men want to be, and the man who women want to be with. As it turns out, not so much.
Police Scotland has created a “dumping ground” for those officers who don’t quite fit; the ill, those who have faced disciplinary action, those who refuse to play by the rules.
Rural Australia is both developing and narrowing. The selling out of Australia to foreign interests has resulted in multitudes of country towns closing down and officially ceasing to exist. Centralizing the displaced has become the solution to the increasing shortage of food and resources. Generational land ownership comes to a forced end, and for the residents of the bush communities, the country of their birth is becoming unrecognizable.
It is quite possible to fall in the love with someone who has not yet been born. It is also quite possible that you would be willing to die for them.

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Signal Loss is another strong entry in this series which brings both its characters and its concerns bang up to date.
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I'm an idiot and I'm now two books from different series by author Felicity Young behind. So last night I tossed a coin to decide which one comes first - Flare-Up it is, to be followed closely by A Donation of Murder.
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Latest from the review pile - this time for http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com
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Read both of these in preparation for our next f2f bookclub meeting. I predict an excellent discussion.
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People who love the golden age of detective fiction, who, as Susan puts it, like to curl up with a cosy mystery when it is raining outside knowing that everything will be explained at the end, or who spend their Friday nights in Midsomer (a place which gets named checked far too many times in this novel) will love Magpie Murders.
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Even if you've only had a very fleeting interest in the goings on of one of Australia's most (in)famous cops, then ROGER ROGERSON is going to be an extremely intriguing read.
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Styled as a thriller from the legal world, CYANIDE GAMES introduces Peter Tanner - criminal defence barrister, widower, father. Very much one of the good guys, one of those that takes on a hell of a lot and seems to pull results together despite the odds.
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SheKilda3: One-Day Crime Spree - Sisters in Crime Australia's 25th Anniversary Convention
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James Patterson has been working with a number of crime writers recently, producing these co-authored books, so it's hard not to read each one playing a sort of "who wrote what" game in your head.
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Sometimes you just can't shake the idea that an author really doesn't like their characters much. Flaws and troubles aplenty are one thing - but weighing everybody down in a story with just about every possible problem known is another kettle of fish altogether.
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I have been intrigued about this book since first mentioned.
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KILLING LOVE is one of the most profoundly personal stories that you're going to come across in True Crime reading.
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NOTHING SHORT OF DYING is the debut release from author Erik Storey, which arrived with considerable fanfare. It's flagged as something that will have Lee Child's Reacher watching over his shoulder which clearly flags this is action packed, with a lone hero up against it from all sides central character.
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So far, I'm really liking this one...
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... as the pieces fall into place it is clear that Maitland has had tight control on his overarching plot from the beginning of this series so that Slaughter Park is both a compulsive and satisfying conclusion.
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In an age of throwaway domestic thrillers with the word “Girl” in the title, Dead in the Water shows the breadth of the Australian crime fiction scene.
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August and September combined because - yep I forgot.
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'Watch out Jo Nesbo!' is printed in a bright red circle on the front of I'M TRAVELLING ALONE. It seemed like a rather brave claim to be making before starting this book, and bordering on rash having now finished it.
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If there's two things this last bout of extreme weather has taught me - don't try to use the much vaunted SkyMuster for anything and don't think you'll get much reading done when you're running around digging trenches for water to run off.
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Profoundly personal retelling of a family torn apart by a suicide and then a triple murder.
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It is a sometimes violent, sometimes dangerous, sometimes poetic and insightful debut Australian novel.
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Written by an author who has spent some time in Pentridge as a worker / teacher this is one of those books that's really fascinating when it's getting into the nitty gritty of life behind bars ...
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The follow up to a fascinating book Australia's Most Murderous Prison, AUSTRALIA'S TOUGHEST PRISONS: INMATES tells the story of a number of people in prison - for a change not all of the usual role-call of participants that show up in these sorts of books.
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On Thursday 6th October, there are some events being organised around the University of Melbourne and a research project: "Genre Worlds: Australian Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century", with some great crime, romance and fantasy writers speaking!
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Another from the been waiting far too long pile.
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There should be no doubt whatsoever that the reason for reading this is that I'm a big fan of Candice Fox's work.
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Another from last week's reading - opening salvo in the Holger Munch & Mia Kruger series.
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Having just had a week off to work on the property, didn't quite achieve the numbers of books to be read that I'd hoped.
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The historical context not only highlights how attitudes have changed since the 1940s but how the attitudes of those times are still not far from the surface.
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From the increasing true crime stacks.
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There's room in Australian crime fiction for two lone-wolf anti-hero types, and Wyatt's got some serious competition now.
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While Underground Airlines shares much of its messaging with recent books and films about slavery it also joins a list of provocative alternate histories such as Fatherland and The Yiddish Policeman’s Union which use crime fiction tropes to explore and expose their worlds.
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Catching up on the backlist as much as I can - this has been in the queue for a while now.
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BLOOD WEDDING is gripping and very cleverly constructed.
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I've been wanting to see what the buzz was about - particularly as it's a debut and there have been some stonkingly good debuts around recently.
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This is more of a have read, than an am reading, as I tore through this very rapidly.
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Needing something that would be reliably good recently, TRACES OF RED was just the thing as Paddy Richardson is a particularly talented writer of psychological thrillers.
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