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#amreading Romeo's Gun, David Owen

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This has been languishing on the pile for Way. Too. Long.

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One year on and Pufferfish - aka Detective Inspector Franz Heineken - remains haunted by his failure to apprehend the killer of a young Hobart woman. Every time he sees a merchant vessel leaving the city's port he thinks of Angie, because that's how her murderer escaped. And that merchant seaman may still be coming and going with impunity, waiting for another opportunity.

#amreading The Dark Lake, Sarah Bailey

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Another from last week's reading - to be reviewed at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com

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A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets, waiting to explode. A brooding, suspenseful and explosive debut that will grip you from the first page to the last.

#amreading Wimmera, Mark Brandi

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Had a bit of a break from work last week so I'm behind with posting these. This was one of those books that I have been looking forward to, set in a part of the world that's not a million miles from home - then and now.

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In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends.

#amreading Stranger, Peter A Stankovic

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Started reading this one from the badly neglected to be read pile last night.

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Political journalist Nick Hunter suddenly loses his memory. He can't find his wallet, his computer password or even his name. When it comes to women it's even more confusing. Does he have a lover or a wife?

#amreading Spare Me the Truth, C.J. Carver

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Re-started this late on Sunday, the first in the Dan Forrester series.

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Dan Forrester, piecing his life back together after the tragic death of his son, is approached in a supermarket by a woman who tells him everything he remembers about his life - and his son - is a lie.

Grace Reavey, stricken by grief, is accosted at her mother's funeral. The threat is simple: pay the staggering sum her mother allegedly owed, or lose everything.

#amreading - Red Herring, Jonothan Cullinane

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Late in mentioning this one, particularly as I've been reading and re-reading it a couple of times now.

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Murder, political intrigue, bent cops and the fate of a nation - a thriller set in the murky underworld of 1951 New Zealand.

A man overboard, a murder and a lot of loose ends ...

In Auckland 1951 the workers and the government are heading for bloody confrontation and the waterfront is the frontline. But this is a war with more than two sides and nothing is what it seems.

#amreading Murder at Myall Creek, Mark Tedeschi

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Was extremely fortunate to read this over the weekend. Beautifully written story about not just the trial but the legal mind behind so much that we take for granted (and should be grateful for) in this country.

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One of the most shocking murder trials in Australia's legal history, and the tribulations of the man who conducted it

#amreading The Drowned Man, Brendan James Murray

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Another from the greatly overdue pile.

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A chance encounter in a fish-’n’-chip shop set Brendan Murray on the trail of a mystery. Had a gay man been secretly murdered on HMAS Australia during the Second World War?

The veteran he spoke to was certain. ‘I knew about it,’ he said. ‘We all did.’

But was the story true? If so, who was the dead man? And why was it so hard to find out?

#amreading Mayhem, Matthew Thompson

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The final from this weekend's reading pile.

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Meet BADNE$$. He's the enigmatic, impulsive, exasperating, destructive, big-hearted Aussie outlaw who stole millions of dollars in daring bank robberies and became a folk hero as big as Ned Kelly when he masterminded two spectacular prison breaks in the space of six weeks.