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Currently Reading - The Missing & The Dead, Stuart MacBride

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Can't tell you how pleased I was when this arrived. There was dancing.

From the Blurb:

One mistake can cost you everything…

When you catch a twisted killer there should be a reward, right? What Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae gets instead is a ‘development opportunity’ out in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire. Welcome to divisional policing – catching drug dealers, shop lifters, vandals and the odd escaped farm animal.

Currently Reading - Crucifixion Creek, Barry Maitland

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Robert Goodman has also just finished reading this - so looking forward to comparing review - I'll post both of them together.

From the Blurb:

Homicide detective Harry Belltree wouldn't usually be looking too hard at an elderly couple's suicide pact. Especially now, when his brother-in-law Greg has just been stabbed to death. But it seems Greg and the old couple had ties to the same man, a bent moneylender with friends in high places - and low.

The Most Memorable Books: 2014

Because it's been such a stellar year for Crime Fiction - a Most Memorable of the Year List before Christmas seems like a plan in case anybody is thinking about books to spoil themselves / friends / family with. Of course the year isn't over yet and I fully expect a few more "memorables" between now and the end of December, if the previous 11 months have been any indication.

The ones that simply will not go out of my head:

Currently Reading - Crucifixion Creek, Barry Maitland

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New series, based in Sydney, from Barry Maitland.

From the Blurb:

Homicide detective Harry Belltree wouldn't usually be looking too hard at an elderly couple's suicide pact. Especially now, when his brother-in-law Greg has just been stabbed to death. But it seems Greg and the old couple had ties to the same man, a bent moneylender with friends in high places - and low.

Currently Reading - Blood Med, Jason Webster

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The fourth in the series, but a first for me.

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Spain is corrupt and on the brink of collapse. The king is ill, banks are closing, hospitals are in chaos, homes are lost, demonstrators riot and right wing thugs patrol the street. The tunnels beneath the streets are at once a refuge and a source of anger. And as the blood flows Cámara roars in on his motorbike...

Currently Reading - Left Luggage, Andrew Christie

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Reading this for review at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com.au

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When John Lawrence finally finds out about his father’s dangerous legacy, it forces him to confront a family past marked by secrets and loss.

Currently Reading - Until the Debt is Paid, Alexander Hartung

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Indulging my love of translated crime fiction - this one from Germany.

From the Blurb:

Berlin detective Jan Tommen expected to wake up with a hangover—not a murder charge. But a well-known judge has been brutally killed and hard evidence places Jan at the crime scene. When disturbing gaps in Jan’s memory make finding an alibi impossible, the case against him looks open and shut.

Currently Reading - Disappeared, Anthony Quinn

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If somebody could tell me why I'm so disorganised and let things like this linger on Mt TBR for too long I'd appreciate it.

From the Blurb:

On the Irish border, Inspector Celsius Daly investigates human trafficking and a scorched corpse

Named one of 2012's 10 best crime novels by Kirkus Reviews, Disappeared is the haunting tale of Northern Ireland where the Troubles may never have ended.

Currently Reading - BENT: Australia's Crooked Cops, James Morton and Susanna Lobez

Interesting look at the level and timeframe of corruption in Australia's police forces.

From the Blurb:

Bent law officers exist in every era, sabotaging the work of their colleagues and putting the community at risk.

James Morton and Susanna Lobez have illustrated, in several Gangland books, that Australia almost certainly has out-ganged other countries. Now their spotlight is turned on corruption within the police services and identifying which state wins the bent cop handicap.

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