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Currently Reading - The Anniversary Man, R.J. Ellory

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Every now and again a daft scheme plays out in your favour.  This is my second "E" book in this sweep, and it is an absolutely fantastic book to read.  (Yes I am well aware of how odd that sounds when the central theme is about a serial killer).  This isn't, however, one of those inside the head of the serial killer books - which we're all well over by now - but it's about the investigation side, and a glimpse into the life of a man who survived an attack years before.  So far it's wonderful, and the book that I can blame this week's disrupted sleep on.  It's proving very hard to put down.

Currently Reading - Dougal's Diary by David Greagg

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I'm breaking my new regime here a little, but what's the point of making up your own rules if you can't blithely ignore them when the whim takes you.

But I went to the Launch of Clan Destine Press on Saturday night (disclaimer - I'm the web worrier for this fantastic new venture), and listening to David read our Dougal's speech (Dougal drew the short straw and had to stay home and mind the babies... wattle birds that is) so David was deputising, even an old hard boiled noir fan like me couldn't resist this book any longer!

Currently Reading - Last Nocturne, Marjorie Eccles

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I will stick with this catchup plan - I will even though I'm catching up with some books that are way outside my comfort zone.

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What could make a successful, happily married man like Eliot Martagon take a gun and shoot himself?  What made Theo Benton, a young artist on the brink of fame, throw himself to his death?

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Currently Reading - The Serbian Dane, Leif Davidsen

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This is one of those books that I've had sitting on MtTBR for a long time, so I was very pleased to finally get a chance to pick it up. 

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Vuk has swapped identities so many times in order to survive that he can no longer see himself as anything other than a highly efficient killing machine.  His victims, however, hardly get to see him at all, and by then it's too late.  They're already dead.

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Currently Reading - The Burning Wire, Jeffery Deaver

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Ahem.... system still working.  I'm so proud of myself at the moment, normally I can't remember the new "system" for more than 10 minutes - but so far I'm managing to catch up on some review books that perhaps I wouldn't normally get around to picking up.

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Manhattan's electricity grid has been the victim of a horrific attack ... and more are planned.

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Currently Reading - Caught, Harlan Coben

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Is discipline impressive or what!  Second "C" book as intended - this time one from the review pile.  Now all I have to do is catch up with posting reviews and I can have a momentary smirk until the wheels fall off and I'm behind on everything again.

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Currently Reading - If it Bleeds, Duncan Campbell

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So far my alphabetical procession is still on track - and it's books like this one that make the idea work really.  Bit of a treat this.

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Britain's best known gangster, Charlie Hook, wants to tell his life story and chooses crime reporter Laurie Lane as reluctant ghost.  But the next day Hook is dead, his blood and hair on the walls of his north London mansion.

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Laurie recognised the voice at once, although the only two words he had ever heard him utter were 'not' and 'guilty'.

Totally OT - well sort of, Sisters in Crime and Limping Ducks

Okay, so this is an odd subject, but at the recent SIsters in Crime Gathering (with Sulari Gentill, Angela Savage and Pam Newton), the subject of our mad mob of animals came up - and I mentioned limping ducks (we've got two now)... and I promised photos:

http://blogs.sakienvirotech.com/index.php/dirt/2010/10/25/limping-ducks-...

Currently Reading - Through Black Spruce, Joseph Boyden

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I will admit that this is not the first time that I've picked up this book (actually I think it's about my fifth attempt to read it).  I've had enormous trouble getting it to stay with me, probably because I ended up having to read the blurb to figure out what was going on.  The book has 2 main viewpoints, chapter about an older man and his niece.  They talk about themselves, their lives, and their families - in particular there's another niece - the younger sister who is missing.  Took me ages to get who was who straight - and that, and the incredibly slow pace had me completely bamboozled