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Currently Reading - Maxwell's Chain, M.J. Trow

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I know - another book so not my usual reading fare, but I just felt like something a bit out of the ordinary to fill in a couple of days - so I picked up this very overdue for a read book from M.J. Trow.  In my defence the book includes a prominent cat.  That does not detect. Seems to spend a lot of its life being talked at, but it does not detect.  There are lines after all.

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Currently Reading - Blood in the Cotswold, Rebecca Tope

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Upside:  made it down to Melbourne for Friday night's Sisters in Crime event with Leigh Redhead and Wendy James.  Laughed a lot.  Great night.

Downside:  more than a bit brain dead on Saturday after a 2.00am return home and a dog induced early rise (seems we needed to be reminded of our priorities).

So I was looking for something entertaining to read on Saturday in front of the fire.  Something told me that Blood in the Cotswolds by Rebecca Tope would be just the thing.

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Currently Reading - Criminal Tendencies (forwarded by Mark Billingham)

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I really like collections of short stories but they are sometimes hard to find.  This is a really great collection with stories by a lot of very well known writers from the UK:

Currently Reading - Mosquito Creek, Robert Engwerda

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Like I'd have a book set in the Victorian Goldfields lying around here for long.   It's just fascinating to read anything set in this vast part of Victoria, in the days of the goldrush - although this book is set somewhere higher and on the other side of Bendigo from me :)  Mind you, reading about floods in the goldfields - strangely alluring after this drought...

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Under ceaseless rains, the Murray has burst its banks and engulfed the remote Mosquito Creek goldfield.  Life on the diggings just got even tougher.

Currently Reading - Nest of Vipers, Luke Devenish

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Not being much of a reader of this sort of historical fiction, it's a particularly good thing to step outside my comfort zone for an author who lives well within my comfort zone - or at least in Central Victoria :)

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Rome is bathed in blood as the Emperor Tiberius is tormented by drug-fuelled terrors of treason.   The innocent are butchered while the guilty do evil in darkness.  None are guiltier than the Emperor's devoted and deluded 'son', Sejanus.

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Currently Reading - Watch the World Burn, Leah Giarratano

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The fourth book in the Jill Jackson series, Watch the World Burn covers the subject matter that I've been hoping Leah would get to - psychopathic behaviour.  (Each of the books has a particular subject matter).

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Miriam Caine is dining with her son in an up-market restaurant when she bursts into flame.

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Thursday, 25 November 8pm   At eight pm, Troy Berrigan knew everything was going perfectly. 

And then the screaming began.

2010 Davitt Award Nominees

The list of nominees for the 2010 Davitt Awards has now been released.  More wonderful reading to catch up on!

* Marks the ones I've had the good fortune to read so far.

ADULT FICTION

Allen & Unwin - Sharp Shooter by Marianne Delacourt *

Allen & Unwin - Forbidden Fruit by Kerry Greenwood *

Allen & Unwin - Red Dust by Fleur McDonald

Arcadia - Steel River by Antoinette Eklund

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