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Currently Reading - A Time of Secrets, Deborah Burrows

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It's probably the cover - which makes me sigh with how shallow that sounds - but I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. Set in Melbourne in World War II thus far it's beating expectations hands down.

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1943 is a dangerous time to fall in love...

Keeping up with the 2015 Ned Kelly Submissions - True Crime

This year I've promised myself a red hot go at reading the entire submissions list for all 3 of the Ned Kelly Categories. Preferably before the 2016 Submissions List is released although there are days when I think I might have bitten off more than I can possibly chew. Still - getting there :)

Starting out with the True Crime list because I CLEARLY have some work to do here:

Currently Reading - A Compulsion to Kill, Robert Cox

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A book I've been trying to juggle to the top of the list for a while - this is historical true crime, written in the style of a great yarn.

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The latest work from acclaimed historical author Robert Cox, A Compulsion to Kill is a dramatic chronological account of 19th-century Tasmanian serial murderers. Never before revealed in such depth, the story is the culmination of extensive research and adept craftsmanship as it probes the essence of both the crimes and the killers themselves.

Currently Reading - No Time to Lose, Matt Baak

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Debut book - high tech bank robbery!

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A bank in Los Angeles, assumed to be impregnable, has its valuable taken. No idea how or when the crime was committed.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, a woman is kidnapped but her husband does not alert authorities for three days. Why?

Currently Reading - Cooper Bartholomew is Dead, Rebecca James

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Started reading this over the weekend. Very engaging young adult novel that tackles an interesting combination of more current day problems for the younger crowd, along with much that has always been the same.

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Cooper Bartholomew's body is found at the foot of a cliff.

Suicide.

That's the official finding, that's what everyone believes.&nbsp;<br>Cooper's girlfriend, Libby, has her doubts. They'd been happy, in love. Why would he take his own life?

Currently Reading - Medea's Curse, Anne Buist

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'Tart noir has a new champion' Angela Savage is one of the quotes on the cover of this book. Tart noir is one of my very favourite things.

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Forensic psychiatrist Natalie King works with victims and perpetrators of violent crime. Women with a history of abuse, mainly. She rides a Ducati a size too big and wears a tank top a size too small. Likes men but doesn’t want to keep one. And really needs to stay on her medication.

Now she’s being stalked. Anonymous notes, threats, strangers loitering outside her house.

Currently Reading - In The Dying Days, Ken Cameron

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Second book from the weekend's reading - historical set in the timeframe and place of the Dismissal.

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Canberra, November 1975.

Gough Whitlam's Labor government is in crisis. Denied supply by a hostile Senate, distracted by the desperate moves of his wayward cabinet, Whitlam is seemingly confident of prevailing and oblivious to an opposition led plot to overthrow his government.

Currently Reading - Tell No Tales, Eva Dolan

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Weekend reading - very very good weekend reading - the 2nd in the brilliant new DS Ferreira and DI Zigic series/

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The car that ploughs into the bus stop early one morning leaves a trail of death and destruction behind it.

Currently Reading - Cold Deception, D.B. Tait

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The final of the Easter reading pile, Cold Deception is a debut crime novel from an Australian erotica and romance writer. Now I must admit I saw that and part of the blurb and wondered. But the first part of the blurb made this sound particularly interesting. So why not give it a try.

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At 20, Julia Taylor went to prison for murdering a man who deserved it. Ten years later, she's ready to put the past behind her and get on with her life. But someone won't let her. Someone will do anything to drive Julia away, including murder.

Currently Reading - Trinity, Sophie Masson

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Don't ask me to explain this but heading off to Russia over Easter felt like the thing to do... Given this is the first book in the Koldun Code series, which makes this a first book for a first-time author I was intrigued. And besides - that whole Russia thing at Easter (I don't even pretend to understand it), this book shouted loudly from the stacks anyway. 

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