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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!

Trailer - The Killing Hands, P D Martin

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Book trailer for PD Martin's The Killing Hands, book 4 in the Sophie Anderson series. In The Killing Hands, a victim has literally had his throat ripped out and the trail leads back to LA's underworld and a brilliant killer who's carved a trail of death in organized crime across the U.S.

Wander over to YouTube for a look :  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGo8fHdKAM0

Currently Reading - Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait, K.A. Bedford

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This is a most unexpected pleasure - cross genre, nicely twisty and bendy, just flat out entertaining at points.

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Currently Reading - A Question of Power, Michelle Schwarz

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A Question of Power - The Geoff Clark Case is a book on the story of a man who spent his life gaining power only to be accused of its ultimate abuse.

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Geoff Clark was once the most powerful Aboriginal man in Australia.  As chairman of ATSIC, he was at the pinnacle of his career when, in 2001, newspaper reports revealed that four women accused him of rape.  The crimes they described were brutal - but the claims, dating back to the 1970s, were difficult to test.

Currently Reading - My Life, Roberta Williams

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The death of my beautiful German Shepherd Phoenix earlier this week means I'm looking for books at the moment that distract, and to be honest I wasn't convinced I wanted to read My Life by the wife of Carl Williams - Roberta.  Tied up with the gangland wars in Melbourne, Roberta was married to Carl at a time when he became one of the most prolific killers in Melbourne's history.  This book is very much told in her own voice, but more on that when I get a chance to put some semi-coherent comments together.

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Children's Author Fired up over Neglect of 'Tweens' Literature

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CHILDREN’S AUTHOR FIRED UP OVER NEGLECT OF ‘’’TWEENS’ LITERATURE

Melbourne children’s writer, Goldie Alexander, is so fired up about the lack of media and critical attention to ‘‘tweens’ books – for readers between eight and twelve  – that she’s surprised hedges all over Melbourne haven’t gone up in smoke in sympathy . 

Currently Reading - The Billionaire's Curse, Richard Newsome

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Text have started an annual prize to be awarded to an outstanding unpublished manuscript, aiming to discover wonderful new books for young adults and children by Australian and New Zealand writers.  The Billionaire's Curse is the first winner.

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Gerald has become the richest thirteen-year-old on the planet.  The world's most valuable diamond has been stolen, and it seems there has been a murder.  Now Gerald's life is in danger.

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'Nothing ... is ... certain!'

Currently Reading - Innocent Blood, Elizabeth Corley

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Having really enjoyed an earlier book by this author, I'd been looking at this one on the review stack for a while now.  (And I have read it now, I'm doing a spot of catching up around here).

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DCI Andrew Fenwick is on a tough case.  The Choir Boy investigation, a project outside ordinary police jurisdiction, aims to expose an infamous and increasingly powerful paedophile ring.  Moreover, with eleven-year-old schoolboy Sam Bowyers missing every second counts.

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