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Belfast born, Australian resident, Adrian McKinty has won the 2014 Ned Kelly Award for crime fiction for his novel IN THE MORNING I’LL BE GONE, newcomer Candice Fox won the Best First Fiction for her horror/thriller HADES, documentary maker and journalist John Safran won the best True Crime Award for MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI and the Sandra Harvey Award goes to Emma Viskic for WEB DESIGN
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1920's India, written by an author with a most interesting background (and a love of cricket?)
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Spent the weekend in exotic places - firstly with the great characters in the first Mason & Dixie thriller set in Bangkok.
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Yes, I'm reading a crime fiction / science fiction cross genre novel. It happens.
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New series, set in Amsterdam featuring, allegedly, the Dutch version of Rebus.
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Something Andrew Nette mentioned in Bendigo a few weekends ago reminded me that I had this book on my tablet, and I'd started to read it and then got distracted. So now I'm very pleased to be revisiting some of the earlier stories, and finishing off the few I'd missed.
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The first in the Diane Rowe series, read second of course.
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I'd intended on doing a lot of work around the farm this weekend. Didn't. Read this instead (if you're noticing this Michael - read EVERY word :) )
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The electrifying story of a criminal Quaker, a poisoned mistress, and the dawn of the information age in Victorian England.
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2014 Ned Kelly Shortlist was announced by ACWA tonight at the Bendigo Writers Festival
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A project for Oxfam, OxCrimes is a collection of short stories from some of the very best crime fiction writers.
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Follow up to The Marmalade Files, this book comes with some very good news.
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The Ngaio Marsh Award are running a competition where readers around the world can go into the draw to win a personally signed copy of the eventual NM Award-winning novel. There are no geographic limits on the prize.
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FOUR OUTSTANDING novels have been announced as the finalists for the 2014 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, which will be presented on 30 August following The Great New Zealand Crime Debate event at the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival.
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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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Not going to pretend that the sheer size of this is not making it a rather daunting undertaking.
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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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I've been very remiss with Paddy Richardson's books - I have quite a few of them in the shaky Mt TBR which obviously needs a darn good re-prioritising.
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It's been cold in these parts - so a good weekend for some reading.
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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.
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Debut thriller from Australian based, New York born former violinist Diane Hester who now lives in Port Lincoln. Quite a bio :)
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An Australian thriller series of three books, The Purifier is the opening salvo.
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It is always a good weekend when you get to dip into something unexpected from New Zealand.
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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.
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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.
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From the "started this over the long weekend" list - loving the sense of humour in this book.
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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.
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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.
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Debut book from a local author set in South Australian farming country.
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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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A new book from local author and ex-cop Bill Robertson - set in Melbourne and Heathcote. The area around Bendigo seems to be becoming crime fiction central in this state.
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Book 2 in the Frank Merlin series, why didn't anybody tell me about the first book....
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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This book managed quite successfully to hold my attention for a one sitting read, despite the ebb and flow of visitors in and out of the place for the last couple of weeks.
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From the WOW pile of Australian Crime Fiction.
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Number two of the over Easter / Anzac Day long long weekend reading.
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Easter / Anzac Day break meant not as much reading as I would have liked. But we had lots of visitors (fun) and lots of eating (more fun) and a bit too much red wine (fun at the time). Still firing up the Rolling Stones helped with a bit of speed reading.
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Author Talk - Shane Maloney -Frankston Library, 60 Playne St, Frankston, 3199
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Novella length crime fiction that is punching way way above it's length.
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