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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.

Currently Reading - Three Murder Mysteries, Mary Fortune

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One of the interesting sessions at the 2009 Crime & Justice Festival was Lucy Sussex presenting a talk on Mary Fortune.  Mary Fortune (c 1833-1909) was a pioneer Australian crime fiction author, and for too long she's been little known / little discussed.

Currently Reading - Infiltration, Colin McLaren

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You really have to watch that blurb thing.  When I saw this book, first thing on Saturday morning in the bookshop at the Crime & Justice Festival I have got to admit that the blurb didn't do it for me "I couldn't put it down - Great!"  Mick Gatto.  I mean, what on earth does Mick Gatto normally read - would our tastes even vaguely coincide? 

Currently Reading - The Water's Edge, Karin Fossum

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Another one started and finished over the weekend (you have to love Festivals where finding a seat in the sun, out of the wind and reading is an experience to be shared with total strangers), The Water's Edge is the latest Karin Fossum book featuring Inspector Sejer (who is probably as close to a current day Martin Beck as you're ever going to find).

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Currently Reading - Meaner than Fiction, Lindy Cameron

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Okay, so it's gone past fibbing and now I'm lying.  I needed a book to fill in the train trip into Melbourne for this past weekend's Crime & Justice festival (which was fabulous incidentally).  So I took Meaner than Fiction with me and it was just perfect, and I finished it that night in the hotel.  Contains a series of stories about Failed Justice from authors Lindy Cameron, PD Martin, Kerry Greenwood, Shelley Robertson, Susan Metcalfe, Leigh Redhead, Kathryn Deans, Robin Bowles, Liz Filleul and Lucy Sussex.

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Currently Reading - Fear the Worst, Linwood Barclay

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Linwood Barclay is an author who is coming to Crime & Justice Festival in Melbourne this weekend, so I was happy to sit down yesterday and read this book.

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The worst day of Tim Blake's life started out with him making breakfast for his seventeen-year-old daughter Sydney.  Syd was staying with him while she worked a summer job at the Just Inn Time hotel, and Tim hoped this quality father-daughter time would help her deal with the after-effects of his divorce.

Currently Reading - The Semantics of Murder, Aifric Campbell

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Shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writer's Award in 2008, you can find out more about The Semantics of Murder at http://www.thesemanticsofmurder.com

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Jay Hamilton lives in a fashionable area of London, listening to the problems of the wealthy clients who frequent his psychoanalysis practice.

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