Karen's blog

Currently Reading - Underbelly, The Gangland War, John Silvester and Andrew Rule

Well the TV show might be banned, but in Victoria you can buy the book without any problems at all.  I'm not at all sure what that says about the average juror or what it could be implying about book readers, but that's probably a discussion for another day.

"The bloodiest underworld war in the history of Australian crime began with both a bang and a whimper in a tiny park in the western suburb of Gladstone Park, near Melbourne Airport."

Currently Reading - Child 44, Tom Rob Smith

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This is out now - a book that a lot of people have been talking about.

"Soviet Union
Village of Chervoy

25 January 1933

Since Maria had decided to die her cat would have to fend for itself.  She'd already cared for it far beyond the point where keeping a pet made any sense.  Rats and mice had long since been trapped and eaten by the villagers.  Domestic animals had disappeared shortly after that."

Currently Reading - The Russian Passenger, Gunter Ohnemus

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This is one of the books that himself bought back from LA for me.  Mind you, he read it first - for some reason this is the book that he picked to read waiting in the airport and finished in the days after he got home (once the flu had subsided and he could mind you!)  And I can see why he sat down and read it - I managed over 100 pages last night and really only gave up when I couldn't keep my eyes open for another minute.

Currently Reading - The Dead Place, Stephen Booth

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I've had this book in Mt TBR for quite a while now, quietly hoarding it, having picked it up at an MWF a couple of years ago when Stephen Booth was one of the guests.  Reading it now for a discussion on the online list Murder & Mayhem.

"Soon there will be a killing.  It might happen in the next few hours  We could synchronize watches and count down the minutes.  What a chance to record the ticking away of a life, to follow it through to that last, perfect moment, when existence becomes nothing, when the spirit parts with the physical."

Pulp Fiction Press Announcement - Café la Femme

Just noticed on the Pulp Fiction Press website this announcement:


Announcing Café la Femme

Hungry for new mysteries? Craving comedy?

Tansy Rayner Roberts, best known as a fantasy writer, has written us a honey of a crime novel – Café la Femme.  

It introduces Tabitha Darling, policeman’s daughter, professional cook and amateur detective, who’s finding love (and trouble!) in Tasmania. It will debut later in 2008 - stay posted for updates.

Currently Reading - The Pyjama Girl Mystery, Richard Evans (True Crime)

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"Sydney March 1944

The dead woman's face is starkly pale, especially in contrast to the rest of her body, stained a deep mahogany brown after nearly ten years soaking in a formalin bath."

The Pyjama Girl was an unknown woman, found dumped by a road near Albury in 1934.  She had been brutally murdered.  Who she was, and who killed her, become Australia's great unsolved crime for decades.  The body was preserved in formalin, her image circulated around the world.

Currently Reading - When She Was Bad, Jonathan Nasaw

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The prologue for this book is valid as it's headed "Three Portraits of Lily"

"Are you sure you're going to be all right now?"

"I'll be fine, Grandma."

"I hate to go off and leave you."

Lily rolls her eyes.  "Grandma, I'm seventeen years old, I can take care of myself for two days."


Currently Reading - Shooting Star, Peter Temple

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Text have recently released SHOOTING STAR - originally published in 1999 and re-reading it is absolutely no chore whatsoever.

"The house was in a street running off Ballarat Road.  Doomed weatherboard dwellings with rusting roofs and mangy little patches of lawn faced each other across a pocked tarmac strip.  At the end of the street, by the feeble light of a streetlamp, two boys were kicking a football to each other, uttering feral cries as they lost sight of it against the almost-dark sky."