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#amreading The Amazing Mrs Livesey: The remarkable story of Australia's greatest imposter, Freda Marnie Nicholls

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I will admit this is one from the absolutely intrigued me pile - so it has jumped up a little, but I'm regarding it as a treat read. 

From the Blurb:

Ethel Livesey was quite a gal.

#amreading The Sting: The Undercover Operation That Caught Daniel Morcombe’s Killer, Kate Kyriacou

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Very difficult subject matter.

From the Blurb:

The disappearance of Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe was one of the most heartbreaking and confounding child abduction and murder cases of the century, spanning almost a decade prior to the eventual arrest of known pedophile Brett Peter Cowan, one of the original persons of interest.

The story of the police sting that resulted in his confession reads like crime fiction, featuring an elaborately staged fake crime gang run by a ‘Mr Big’ that lured Cowan in with the promise of a hefty payout.

#amreading The Swap, Greg Moriarty

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About this time of the year I start madly trying to catch up with the Ned Kelly longlists. The ongoing quest is to manage to read the whole list!

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Dom Tolen craves a simple life. He keeps his head down at work, jogs off his midweek beers and busies himself with jigsaw puzzles. What riles him is his irksome twin, Donald. Separated from his wife and making his presence felt holed up in Dom’s spare room, Donald turns to pestering him to play a practical joke. 

#amreading Cold Hard Murder, Trish McCormack

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Final from a long weekend where a little more socialising than reading occurred.

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The darkness felt tangible. Like it was pressing against my blind eyes … We were going to die here. Slowly, slowly.

#amreading A Straits Settlement, Brian Stoddart

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Read over the long weekend - the latest in a series which is mystery focused, but rich with fascinating historical insight.

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In the third instalment of the Le Fanu Mystery series, the intrepid superintendent is promoted to Inspector-General of Police in 1920s Madras, which proves to be more boring than he had envisaged.

#amreading Ranger, Chris Allen

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A Novella length outing with Alex Morgan that is just the thing for some escapist reading, with a very good message.

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How far will Alex Morgan go to repay the man who saved his life?

Friends are a luxury that agents of INTERPOL's blacks ops division cannot afford, but Alex Morgan wasn't always a spy.

When a former US Army Ranger who saved Morgan's life in Afghanistan reaches out, convinced that Morgan is the only person who can help him, Morgan springs into action.

#amreading Elementary: The Ghost Line, Adam Christopher

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Quite a change of pace for me this one.

From the Blurb:

Summons to a bullet-riddled body in a Hell’s Kitchen apartment marks the start of a new case for consulting detectives Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson. The victim is a subway train driver with a hidden stash of money and a strange Colombian connection, but why would someone kill him and leave a fortune behind?

The search for the truth will lead the sleuths deep into the hidden underground tunnels beneath New York City, where answers—and more bodies—may well await them...  

#amreading The Falling Detective, Christoffer Carlsson

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The final one started over this past weekend - needing in particular a change of hemisphere although I wish now I'd read the first in the series.

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Leo Junker is back in the snake pit — aka the homicide unit — after a murder case where he was the intended victim. Still abusing prescription drugs and battling his inner demons, he’s doing his best to appear fit for duty.

#amreading The Jaded Kiwi, Nick Spill

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Next from a weekend spent getting stuck into the overdue reading list.

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The summer of 1976 in Auckland, New Zealand. 

There is a severe marijuana drought. 

Two couples; a gynecologist and a physicist, together with a violinist and an actress meet by accident in a pub and help a Maori evade the police. 

A group of Maori plans to deliver a truckload of cannabis to Auckland. 

A Chinese family has harvested four greenhouses of enhanced sensimilla. 

A criminal mastermind plots to start a drug war.