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The Man and His City (Shane Maloney on Peter Corris / Cliff Hardy and the latest book Deep Water)

Serendipity is a wonderous thing.

As is Shane Maloney's writing, and the way that Peter Corris can spin a yarn (wonderous I mean, although I could mean serendipitous simply because I bloody well want to).

I was pleasantly surprised when Peter Browne the editor of Inside Story dropped me a line yesterday pointing me to an article they have published from Shane writing about Cliff Hardy in particular.  The icing on the cake was when Deep Water - the latest Peter Corris lobbed on my doorstep this morning.

Life truly is too damn good sometimes.

Currently Reading - Beautiful Death, Fiona McIntosh

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Beautiful Death (Fiona McIntosh) is the follow up to Bye Bye Baby (Lauren Crow).  The first book was published under a pseudonym, the second under the author's real name.  Both of the books feature DCI Jack Hawksworth so there's a level of confusion that seems somewhat pointless and slightly tiresome.  Why?

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That Was the Week (or so) that was #37 (give or take a few numbers)

I've not been blogging much recently - definitely boring myself witless. 

Easter has been a good one (notwithstanding a new car which has meant we've been a little too prone to "oh let's just jump in the car and head over to....), but more positively, it's been a time to do some serious reading.  And himself's overseas for a week from next Sunday, so that's normally a good time for some more serious reading.  But there's some great books around at the moment which I've been lucky enough to get into to.

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Currently Reading - Crooked, Camilla Nelson

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CROOKED was actually released last year, but I've just got my hands on a copy now so I bumped it up the queue.

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Set against the backdrop of the Askin government, with events revolving around notorious crime identities Dick Reilly, Lennie McPherson and Johnny Warren, Crooked reveals the dark underbelly of Sydney during the late 1960's.

Currently Reading - The Iron Heart, Marshall Browne

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This is the second book featuring Franz Schmidt, set in Nazi Germany.  The Eye of the Abyss is the first, which received considerable acclaim t the time it was published.

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Franz Schmidt arrives in Berlin in January 1939 to take up the position of Chief Auditor at the Reichsbank, the financial heart of the Third Reich.  He has been positioned there by the enigmatic von Streck, a high-ranking member of the Nazi Party, but one who has a different agenda to that of the Fuehrer.

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Currently Reading - Blood Moon, Garry Disher

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I started reading this last night.  It was a coolish night after some horrible ones and I was looking forward to an early night and a good long sleep.  Until I started BLOOD MOON.  I was awake way later than I wanted to be and didn't mind in the slightest.

There's a bit of an edge to this latest offering - I think it would be fair to say that there are some "issues" forefront in the author's mind - to do with what's happening to the semi-rural area of the Peninsula, along with one or two politicians and the general ways of the world. 

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The Iron Heart by Marshall Browne

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The iron heart by Marshall Browne - North Sydney, N.S.W. : William Heinemann, 2009. [Our New Books - LibraryThing]

I'm a tad behind with review books at the moment (well really I'm always a tad behind where I'd like to be), but this book needs an immediate mention.

The Iron Heart is the second Franz Schmidt novel from Marshall Browne and it's one I've been really looking forward to.

A Year to Learn a Woman - Paddy Richardson

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Year to Learn a Woman, A by Paddy Richardson - Penguin Books (NZ) (2008), Paperback, 396 pages [Our New Books - LibraryThing]

This is a book that was recently suggested by a commentor on this site - and needless to say, had to get my hands on a copy which I've now done.  I'll be putting this in the database here asap - but in the short term:

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