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Currently Reading - Black Butterfly, Mark Gatiss

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This book has been lurking on Mt TBR for a while, and was exactly the thing as a fun, quick filler read for the early days of December, where it's actually RAINING here (YEAH)

From the Blurb:

He's tall, he's dark and, like the shark, he looks for trouble.

Or so he wishes.  For with Queen Elizabeth newly established on her throne the now elderly secret agent is reaching the end of his scandalous career.  Despite his fast-approaching retirement, however, queer events leave Box unable to resist investigating one last case.

Currently Reading - All the Dead Voices, Declan Hughes

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This is the 4th book in the Ed Loy series - a book I've been very much looking forward to.

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Ed Loy has made some changes.  He has moved into a flat in Dublin's city centre, leaving the family home behind.  Maybe now he can break free from the ghosts of his past.

But when a fifteen-year-old murder case is re-opened, Loy is hired by the victim's daughter to investigate the suspects ignored by the first investigation; a rich property developer, an ex-IRA man and Loy's least favourite sociopath, George Halligan.

Currently Reading - Italian Shoes, Henning Mankell

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Not a crime novel, this is an book about life, love, loss, redemption, reparation and restoration.  Thought-provoking, sad, reflective, fascinating.

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Once a successful surgeon, Frederick Welin now lives in self-imposed exile on an island in the Swedish archipelago.  Nearly twelve years have passed since he was disgraced for attempting to cover up a tragic mishap on the operating table.  One morning in the depths of winter, he sees a hunched figure struggling towards him across the ice.  His past is about to catch up with him.

Currently Reading - Into the Shadows, Shirley Wells

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New book from a new author - being read for a discussion on Murder & Mayhem.

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When Rodney Hill, wrongly arrested for a series of murders, hangs himself, Jill Kennedy, the forensic pscyhologist whose profile led to Hill's arrest, gives up her work with the police and moves to the peaceful village of Kelton Bridge to write self-help books, enjoy a quiet life with her cats and perhaps an occasional flutter on the horses.

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Currently Reading - The Fortunes of Mary Fortune, Lucy Sussex (ed)

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At the last Crime & Justice Festival way back whenever that was (feels like a hundred years ago), Lucy mentioned this book, and that it was a bit of a rarity.  And I was kicking myself as I had seen a copy of it earlier in the bookshop but somebody more awake than me bet me to it.

So a bit of a quest was launched (I do so love a quest), and was lucky enough to track down a copy in a very nice secondhand bookshop in Ballarat - no luck alas with a brand new copy.

Boy I'm glad I did - even if I had to drive from Bendigo to Ballarat in one day!

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