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THE TRIALS OF MINNIE DEAN is a beautifully constructed, extremely thought-provoking and moving book. It is one that I've now revisited many times since my initial reading.
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The world sure as hell needs something to laugh at, and it could use a lot more caper novels.
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Set in the early twentieth century in mannered and beautiful Dunedin, New Zealand there are plenty of similarities between the stories of Mr Mancini and the delightfully idiosyncratic Hercule Poirot.
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Easy reading, with a casual, almost chatty style and an engaging central character, DEATH ON D'URVILLE ticks the boxes you'd want on something that's leaning towards the romantic suspense side of the genre.
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RED HERRING is dryly funny in places, deliberately dark and sparse, and an absolute page turner. It's a combination of history, mystery and reality set in something almost cinematic in quality, with heaps of dark places, a few light touches and some extremely good characters.
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THE RUIN is so confidently written with fully rounded characters that we are assured of some great reading from this series in the future.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
There's much in this book that's confronting and discomforting, and it's not straight forward reading, but it's worthwhile reading, digging into 1970's Australian rural life, dysfunctional families, and adult behaviour that has lasting consequences.
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LIFTING is one of those books that is charming, slightly eccentric, sad, happy, and wonderfully engaging.
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If you're a fan of any of Stuart MacBride's books - the Logan McRae series, the Ash Henderson series, his Christmas series (I kid you not), or his standalones then you will have hot footed it to the bookshop for this one already. If for some reason you missed it, then off you go.
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR reinforces the notion that despite being constantly surrounded by people, you can often feel alone. Deep suburbia provides such a huge source of material and is finally in drama fiction being recognized for that richness.
Where are the women here? They support, they assist – and they prosecute. Accused of raping a young woman in an elevator at Parliament, James is suddenly no longer bullet proof. His wife is no longer by his side. His government may no longer be so benevolent. Those he crossed in the past will no longer be silent.
It has been a very long time since Anna has been able to put foot outside her own door. But this does not mean that she does not observe life outside.
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!
Leaping with confidence straight out of the gates, DEAD LEMONS has a cracking opening chapter that will stay with you for quite some time. You just can’t go past a man hanging over a cliff, hanging upside down in his wheelchair, thinking such dire and witty thoughts.
Author David Lagercrantz confidently continues his commissioned task of continuing the Millennium series, two novels in after the death of fellow Swedish author Stieg Larsson.

Too Easy continues an absolutely terrific series that falls on the noirish side of comic farce. Full Review at:  Newtown Review of Books

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There's something deliciously intriguing about the idea that a top spy could lose a briefcase, which, rather than chock full of official secrets and classified documents, instead contains three mince pies, two fruit pies, the NZ Listener, a Penthouse magazine, and unfortunately a diary chock full of gossip.
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Miranda Rader once was known as Randi the problem teen. Rejected by her family after a brush with the law, Randi’s life seemed to then be heading down all the wrong roads. Fortunately, the time spent in youth detention becomes the making of her.
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Re-started this late on Sunday, the first in the Dan Forrester series.
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When Sergeant Schultz used the "I know nothing line" he was trying to be funny.
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Late in mentioning this one, particularly as I've been reading and re-reading it a couple of times now.
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The Baltimore Boys is a family saga hooked around the mysterious tragedy (every action at some point seems to presage this event). But while it is often engaging on the surface it is not very satisfying.
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It's in the shadows of Nick's personality that there's particularly interesting hints.
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The opening salvo in what's to be an ongoing series, THE AGENCY introduces the character of Dan Calder.
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There's a particularly interesting idea at the heart of A MOMENT'S SILENCE.
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Was extremely fortunate to read this over the weekend. Beautifully written story about not just the trial but the legal mind behind so much that we take for granted (and should be grateful for) in this country.
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Hats off to the author for working so well within the constraints that would have been present when writing NOT A SOUND.
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Your reviewer is new to this (incredibly popular) author so it was a reading requirement to find out (reasonably quickly) why it is that author Mary Kubica is in the ‘must read’ stable of so many crime and mystery readers. It didn’t take long.
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This is one that's definitely going to come down to personal taste, connection with characters (and maybe place / events).
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Another from the greatly overdue pile.
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The final from this weekend's reading pile.
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Second from the weekend's reading pile - this time about detector dog Elsie, written by her handler Steve Kelleher.
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From over the weekend's reading pile - one about the Calabrian Mafia in Australia and the largest haul of ecstasy in the world.
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This is a beautifully written, truthfully observed and engaging novel about families, friendship, love and loss.
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Another from the weekend's reading - particularly interesting as this is something I'd not known a lot about beforehand.
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Read this over the weekend in time for next week's f2f bookclub gathering (which is a change recently - I'm started and finished the book!)
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One from a long weekend pretty much spent reading.
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This is quite the doorstopper so I may be gone for sometime.
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From the recent reading list.
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Bailey is part of a vanguard of new, female Australian crime authors, and a signal that the Australian crime scene continues to flourish.
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There's nary a hitch in MARLBOROUGH MAN. The characters work, the plot is cleverly executed and the sense of place is visceral.
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There's something especially sobering about crime fiction that is obviously set in such a real, contemporary and frightening scenario.
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Enjoy a two-course lunch and author talk with award-winning author Michael Robotham.
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27th June - Join the Dymocks Literary Event program for a special luncheon with international number-one bestselling author Jeffery Deaver.
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Australian author Megan Goldin’s debut does tick off on some of the aspects of the domestic noir sub-genre indicated by the title: strained domestic relationship, creepy controlling male character and an unreliable narrator. And she does so in a way that brings something new and a little chilling to the genre.
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​The White Road is a hard novel to pigeon hole. Part adventure novel, part slacker comes of age novel and part ghost story. Sarah Lotz plumbs the depths and scales the heights in a book that is not for claustrophobes or those with vertigo.
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The Girl Who Was Taken does not have any of the domestic noir genre trappings of the current crop of ‘Girl’ books with which it might be compared (on title alone). Rather, it is an effective, page turning crime thriller with a well handled mystery and an engaging and resourceful protagonist.
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Eddie Flynn continues to be one of the great thriller protagonists of recent years. He has the skills of a conman when he needs them, the tactical brain and silk tongue of a trail lawyer and every now and then goes all action hero.
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Rachel Seiffert’s A Boy in Winter, explores the Nazi occupation of the Ukraine and the impact on its Jewish population by focusing on one small village.
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SOMETHING FOR NOTHING is a perfect example of the lighter, tongue in cheek style of true-blue Aussie Crime Fiction that is increasingly being done particularly well.
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Looks like this might be the first novel in an ongoing series which frankly is excellent news. Eva Destruction can only get better with age, wisdom and a litre or ten more of dodgy wine with her mates.
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In a short author interview at the end of Ragdoll, Daniel Cole explains how he put the novel together. He wanted something that was less po-faced that the run of the mill British television crime drama but something not as cheesy as American television crime drama like Castle.
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