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Currently Reading - Bruno Chief of Police, Martin Walker

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I know, I know, I'm supposed to be catching up on Davitt Award nominee books (I've got a few left to go), but I got distracted.  It happens.

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It's market day in St Denis, a small town in the Perigord region of south-west France.  The locals are on the alert because inspectors are about to make a 'surprise visit', hoping to enforce the unpopular and bureaucratic EU hygiene rules.  But for Captain Bruno Courreges, St Denis' Chief of Police, this particular market day turns into something far more serious.

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Currently Reading - Deep Night, Caroline Petit

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Caroline Petit's second Leah Kolbe book is set in Hong Kong and Macau at the time of the Sino-Japanese war and, to be perfectly frank, it's a tremendous book - I'm nearly finished after picking it up yesterday - but more asap.

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Currently Reading - The Tower, Michael Duffy

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It's always very pleasing to see a new local author popup on the shelves of the local bookshops, and Michael Duffy will be a name known already to many newspaper readers and listeners to Radio National.  It was particularly pleasing to find a previously unknown (to me at least) connection to The Saints'.  To hear The Tower's theme, The Saints' recording of Sydney crime song 'Water and Wine', go to http://www.cityofsharks.com

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Hachette Australia - Win a $1,000 crime library - Fear the Worst Promotion

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Purchase a copy of the new Linwood Barclay novel, Fear the Worst, keep your receipt and enter the competition here before the 31 August 2009 and you could win a collection of Orion crime titles of your choice (to the value of $1000 AUD).

For more - have a look on Hachette's site:

http://www.hha.com.au/promotions/feartheworst/index.php

Currently Reading - Burial, Nick Cross

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After NATURAL HISTORY, I've really been looking forward to the next novel from Neil Cross - and BURIAL arrived today.

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Nathan has never been able to forget the worst night of his life:  the party that led to the sudden, shocking disappearance of a young woman.

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The doorbell rang.

Nathan had a feeling - but he dismissed it, muted the TV and went to the door.

Currently Reading - Kickback, Garry Disher

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There's a new Wyatt on the way - so I'm catching up on the couple that I've been waiting to read for a while - Kickback being the first of them.

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Wyatt robs banks, and lifts payrolls.  Most men like him are dead or in gaol.  But Wyatt stamps a cold, pitiless style on his heists - and makes sure that he never gets caught.

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Currently Reading - Shallow Water, Stuart Black

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Stuart Black's first crime novel - SHALLOW WATER - is due out on the 24th of September, but I've been lucky enough to receive an advanced readers copy, which I've started.  More on the release date, when I'll publish a proper review.

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A lifeless body by the side of the road in Notting Hill ...  A gorgeous but high maintenance wife self destructing because she's been denied access to the family fortune ... Another death - this time in the shallows of the stunning Great Barrier Reef ...

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Currently Reading - Death in the Truffle Wood, Pierre Magnan

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Starting this book for a buddy read on Murder & Mayhem later today.  It's blurbed as being witty and melancholy by turns, if the plot of this eccentric tale of greed and witchcraft doesn't have your mouth watering, the loving descriptions of French good will.

Personally I'm fighting off a very strong urge to get a pet Truffle hunting pig just like Roseline.

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Currently Reading - Closer Still, Jo Bannister

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The 8th Brodie Farrell Mystery, Closer Still is another book in Jo Bannister's impressive list of 30 or so books.

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Detective Superintendent Jack Deacon doesn't take kindly to personal threats.  So when a local gangster starts taking an interest in his partner Brodie Farrell and their infant son, Deacon is prepared to do whatever it takes to protect them.

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It was later than he thought.  He'd been in the back room of The Rose for hours, conducting business.

Currently Reading - The Labyrinth of Drowning, Alex Palmer

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This is the third book from Alex Palmer - her second book The Tattooed Man won the Canberra Critics Circle Award, the first book Blood Redemption won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Crime Novel, the Canberra Critics Circle Award for Literature and the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award.

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Two years have passed since top cop Paul Harrigan walked away from the New South Wales Police Force to be his ownman.  Since then his life has been a gift, and his home with his partner Agent Grace Riordan and their daughter a sanctuary.

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