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THE THREE DEATHS OF MAGDALENE LYNTON is the first in a new series from New Zealand author Katherine Hayton, followed by THE SECOND STAGE OF GRIEF and THE ONLY SECRET SHE KEEPS.
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Grattan Street's Colonial Fiction project is an outstanding idea, with 4 titles now available (Grattan Street for more)
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Well worth listening to, especially if you love a lilting Scottish accent.
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The people that were with us in the trenches of childhood have the best understanding of what it was that made us our present selves. For two little girls who lose their adored father, what happens next is horrific and alters forever the course of what might have otherwise been happy lives. Or not.
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The Parrish life appears to Amber to have absolutely every box ticked. It just doesn’t seem fair for one beautiful couple to have it all.
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Sam Grist has his intense blue eyes trained on his lecturer Kate. All that needs to happen now is for Kate to fall in with his meticulous plans. If Kate rebels or does not appreciate Sam’s efforts, there will be serious consequences for everyone in Kate’s life.
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It must be quite an experience for an author to start out on the long cycle of writing a book about crime and corruption in the financial system, and then, just as you complete the manuscript, have real life intercede in apropos fashion.
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You’ve all heard the urban legend about baby monitors being able to pick up sounds from nearby houses, right? Well, its all true kids! Can you imagine? But what if the neighbours don’t have a baby in residence and yours is the only one in the street?
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Recommendations

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

Chris Whitaker's debut novel TALL OAKS garnered a lot of positive publicity and a CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger award.

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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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It is its own form of hybrid robot, noir crime, space opera, corporate skulduggery story and when it works or when it doesn’t work it does so on its own terms.
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This is a long book so I've been reading it alongside others for a while now.
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Another from the weekend's reading - thriller set in Columbia, written with a human rights perspective.
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Read this one last week and spent most of the time reading it laughing.
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Catching up on some recently read books - this is historical romance / crime fiction from New Zealander Author, Jude Knight.
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You do want to Lily to succeed, as her clumsy and inept forays into investigating the murder of her neighbour are almost charming.
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FULL BORE, as is with the other works by this author, does leave you feeling a little bit melancholic about our shared Australian past but reassures us that life goes on and that there will always be much more to experience.
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Dennis Lehane takes a swerve away from his long running Kenzie and Genaro series (which includes Gone, Baby Gone) and his recent prohibition and gangsters trilogy to deliver a psychological thriller of sorts.
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Started reading this legal based thriller over the weekend.
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I read this recently.
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DEAD AGAIN is a different kettle of fish - it's a brave undertaking, taking a raw, real life scenario and fictionalising it.
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Another from the weekend's reading pile - which wasn't that big unfortunately this time around, bit busy and then next weekend's Eurovision so other than hiding from the media on Sunday before the telecast - will be too flat out cooking :)
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From the stack of books recently read.
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Second from the weekend's reading.
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First from the last weekend's reading.
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From the weekend's reading selections.
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Final from the weekend's pile.
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Second from the weekend's reading.
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From the weekend's reading.
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Vik and Stubø are a great pairing ..., and re-reading PUNISHMENT was an opportunity to remind myself of what a great series this is.
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Another from the over Easter pile.
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One from the Easter break where not enough reading was done.
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A very clever and absorbing book, THE GIRL BEFORE is a psychological thriller that delivers.
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Read without guilt! A SIMPLE FAVOUR scoots along at a breakneck space and is anything but predictable.
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Compulsive, entertaining and tense reading from an author to watch.
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...but if you stick with it you are given plenty of glimpses of who Otto Berliner is and where he's likely to be heading.
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