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2014 Ned Kelly Awards

2014 Ned Kelly Shortlist was announced by ACWA tonight at the Bendigo Writers Festival. Full list is here: http://www.austcrimewriters.com/content/2014-ned-kelly-awards

Currently Reading - OxCrimes, introduced by Ian Rankin

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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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For 2014, Oxfam and Profile have turned to crime in order to raise a further £200,000 for Oxfam's work.

Currently Reading & Cometh the Mini Series - The Mandarin Code, Steve Lewis & Chris Uhlmann

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Been reading this follow up book for a few days now, and was very pleased to get a note in my email today advising that there's a mini series on the way:

SCREEN AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR POLITICAL THRILLER MINI SERIES SET IN CANBERRA

Celebrating the 2014 Ngaio Marsh Awards with a giveaway for readers / supporters

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.

Shortlist for the 2014 Ngaio Marsh Awards announced

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. The Ngaio Marsh Award is made annually for the best crime, mystery, or thriller novel written by a New Zealand citizen or resident.

Currently Reading - Only the Dead, Ben Sanders

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So far I've read the second and now this - the third Sean Devereaux novel from NZ author Ben Sanders. Set in Auckland this is a fast paced, dry, very noir styled series.

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When a failed witness protection operation ends in multiple homicides, evidence suggests the crime is linked to a series of violent robberies in Auckland City.

Currently Reading - Joe Victim, Paul Cleave

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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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Joe Middleton has a lot on his plate, to say the least. Arrested for a whole slew of murders he says he can’t remember, Joe—a.k.a. the Christchurch Carver—has been in jail for the last year awaiting trial, charged with the task of convincing the psychiatrists interviewing him that he wasn’t of sound mind and can’t be blamed for what he did. And, incredibly, that’s the least of his worries.

Death in July, Ballarat Writers, Sisters in Crime Australia, M.A.D.E. and who cares about the weather

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When you read a lot of books, the most frequent question you seem to get is "how do you manage to read so many books". The subtext obviously being either you're a speed reader, or you somehow don't have anything better to do. (You can tell from the look on the enquirer's face.) I'm not a speed reader by any means, but since childhood, coincidentally on a farm just outside Ballarat, I have been blessed with ability to stick my nose in a book and pretty well ignore everything else around me. And I do mean blessed.

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