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Currently Reading - Flesh House, Stuart MacBride

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Stuart MacBride is one of my all time favourite authors.  I love his books, I read his blog.  I'm not so sure about his cabbage problem.  I like my husband's beard better!

Flesh House is the 4th book from him:

"No, you listen to me:  if my six year old son isn't back here in ten minutes I'm going to come round there and rip you a new arsehole, are we clear?"  Ian McLaughlin slapped a hand over the mouthpiece and shouted at his wife to turn that bloody racket down.  Then he went back to the idiot on the other end of the phone:  "Where the hell's Jamie?"

Currently Reading - Blood Sunset, Jarad Henry

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Having read his first book way late (which I loved) I've now started on the second in a new series featuring local (to Melbourne) detective Rubens McCauley.

"To get what you want, you need to know what you want."  My mother first told me this when I was a young boy.  Think hard about what you want, she said, for knowing what you want is more difficult than actually getting it."

2008 Arthur Ellis Awards Shortlist Announced by Crime Writers of Canada

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Crime Writers of Canada have announced the shortlist for the 2008 Arthur Ellis Awards for the best in Canadian crime writing and I guess you're wondering why we're announcing it on AustCrime - well Susan Parisi made the list.

The nominees include:
 
Best Novel:
Linwood Barclay, No Time for Goodbye (Bantam)
Terry Carroll, Snow Candy (Mercury Press)
Maureen Jennings, A Journeyman to Grief (McClelland & Stewart)

Currently Reading - What Burns Within, Sandra Ruttan

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What Burns Within is the first novel in a series of police procedurals set in Vancouver from Sandra Ruttan, Canadian Author, blogger of repute and contributor to many of the lists and sites that I belong to.  Having been an avid reader of her posts, getting a copy of her book for review makes for interesting reading.  I'm about half way through at the moment, so more when I've finished the book.  It will be released in the North American market in May, but it is due to be available in Australia sometime after that.

Currently Reading - The Adversary, Michael Walters

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This is the second book in a police procedural series set in Mongolia, which is unusual enough to start off with.

"They are out on the steppe, miles from home.  Miles from anywhere.

It is late afternoon, early spring.  The immense sky is clear, just a few wisps of cloud against the rich blue.  Everything - even the snow tipped mountains that surround them - is dwarfed by comparison."

Currently Reading - Shatter, Michael Robotham

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It's been a busy long weekend around here so I've been a bit remiss in keeping up - I've nearly finished this book.

"It's eleven o'clock in the morning, late September, and outside it's raining so hard that cows are floating down rivers and birds are resting on their bloated bodies."

Currently Reading - The Big Score, Peter Corris

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Having finished Still Waters by Camilla Noli last night I'm off for a palate freshner in this collection of Short Stories by Peter Corris.  A great little collection in which Cliff takes the punches, doles out the retribution, untangles divorce affairs, tracks down tree poisoners and finds the killer of a local Glebe identity.  Eleven stories in all - mid morning beers, crooked cops, and Sydney.  Excellent so far.