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Currently Reading: Land of Shadows, Rachel Howzell Hall

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Going with a something that's been on Mt TBR for too long as my second long weekend book.

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Along the ever changing border of gentrifying Los Angeles, seventeen year old Monique Darson is found dead at a condominium construction site, hanging in the closet of an unfinished unit. Homicide detective Elouise 'Lou' Norton’s new partner, Colin Taggert, fresh from comparatively bucolic Colorado Springs police department, assumes it’s a teenage suicide. Lou isn’t buying the easy explanation.

Currently Reading - GUN STREET GIRL, Adrian McKinty

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There is little better in the reading world than finding out that the end of the Trilogy, was just the third book in the series. When IN THE MORNING I'LL BE GONE was... well gone there were more than a few of us readers a bit sad. And then the announcement of a fourth book which makes it a series, and made for some very happy dancing in these parts at least.

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Currently Reading - Five Minutes Alone, Paul Cleave

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For some reason getting hold of the latest Paul Cleave books here has become a bit of a marathon - but once they arrive - straight to the top of the pile.

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In the latest thriller by the Edgar-nominated author of Joe Victim, someone is helping rape victims exact revenge on their attackers, prompting an edge-of-your-seat, cat-and-mouse chase between old friends, detectives Theodore Tate and Carl Schroder.

Over Christmas / New Year Reading

Went into work shutdown over Christmas / New Year to a) charge very spent batteries and b) stand and sniff the skyline for signs of smoke. It's going to be a long, hot, very trying summer in large parts of Southern Australia - so here's hoping we all get through the next few months.

Over the break I did manage to get a bit of reading done, although I will confess not as much as I'd hoped. No fires near us but the heat has been unbelievable and the ongoing drought does cut into leisure time (okay, it pretty well obliterates it completely). 

Currently Reading - The Missing & The Dead, Stuart MacBride

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Can't tell you how pleased I was when this arrived. There was dancing.

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One mistake can cost you everything…

When you catch a twisted killer there should be a reward, right? What Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae gets instead is a ‘development opportunity’ out in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire. Welcome to divisional policing – catching drug dealers, shop lifters, vandals and the odd escaped farm animal.

Currently Reading - Crucifixion Creek, Barry Maitland

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Robert Goodman has also just finished reading this - so looking forward to comparing review - I'll post both of them together.

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Homicide detective Harry Belltree wouldn't usually be looking too hard at an elderly couple's suicide pact. Especially now, when his brother-in-law Greg has just been stabbed to death. But it seems Greg and the old couple had ties to the same man, a bent moneylender with friends in high places - and low.

The Most Memorable Books: 2014

Because it's been such a stellar year for Crime Fiction - a Most Memorable of the Year List before Christmas seems like a plan in case anybody is thinking about books to spoil themselves / friends / family with. Of course the year isn't over yet and I fully expect a few more "memorables" between now and the end of December, if the previous 11 months have been any indication.

The ones that simply will not go out of my head:

Currently Reading - Crucifixion Creek, Barry Maitland

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New series, based in Sydney, from Barry Maitland.

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Homicide detective Harry Belltree wouldn't usually be looking too hard at an elderly couple's suicide pact. Especially now, when his brother-in-law Greg has just been stabbed to death. But it seems Greg and the old couple had ties to the same man, a bent moneylender with friends in high places - and low.

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