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Currently Reading - Gunshot Road, Adrian Hyland

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I'm lying again - I picked this up over the long weekend, meant to blog post about it, got reading.  Didn't put it down again until I'd finished it.  Review on its way.

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Emily Tempest.  Small, black, snaky as a taipan's tooth: the woman least likely to pursue a career in policing.

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I closed my eyes, felt the ragged harmonies flowing thorugh my head.

Currently Reading - King of the Cross, Mark Dapin

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The blurb gives you the general outline, this is flagged as an explosive, gritty, hilarious and truly original book.  It's definitely an unexpected styling.  Still making up my mind about the rest of the claims :)

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Currently Reading - Conspiracy 365 January

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Every now and then along comes something that just makes you go WOW!

Conspiracy 365 is a WOW series.  Written by well-known Australian Crime Writer, Gabrielle Lord, this is a one book a month set designed for ages 9+ and most definitely likely to appeal to boys.

Currently Reading - A Few Right Thinking Men, Sulari Gentill

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Set in 1930's Australia, this book is a combination crime fiction, combination historical look at a very worrying and frankly weird as period of Australian history - between the 2 world wars, the Fascist power struggle against the supposed Communist threat. 

From the Blurb:

Rowland Sinclair is an artist and a gentleman.  In Australia's 1930s, the Sinclair name is respectable and influential, yet Rowland has a talent for scandal.

Currently Reading - The Diggers Rest Hotel, Geoffrey McGeachin

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As nice as it is to catch up with a favourite series character, it's also really interesting to see a favourite author branching out in a new direction.  The Diggers Rest Hotel introduces a new central character - Charlie Berlin and the blurb to this book is very intriguing.

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Currently Reading - No Weather for a Burial, David Owen

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Like there would be a new Pufferfish mystery in the house that I wouldn't pick up immediately.  Especially as this wasn't the easiest book in the world to get hold of.

But the joy of a new Pufferfish entry is just fantastic.

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How long should long service leave be?

Currently Reading - Thrill City, Leigh Redhead

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It's been a little bit of a wait since Cherry Pie, but Thrill City is finally here.  And there's more than a touch of the dryly funny about the opening scenario - a Crime Writer, after arranging to shadow PI Simone Kirsch to add authenticity to his next book, meets up with his ex-wife and her new lover on a panel at a Writers Festival, after which everything goes very pear-shaped.

The latest outing from Leigh Redhead is definitely showing some serious series development and it's just an out and out joy to be spending time with Simone and Chloe again.

Currently Reading - In The Dark, Mark Billingham

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The really good thing about finally getting some wet weather in these parts is that you get some reading done!  So I'm really doing some catching up.  IN THE DARK is a standalone from the wonderful Mark Billingham which has been lurking here for quite some time.

From the Blurb:

A deadly crash

A dangerous quest

A shocking twist

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Helen Weeks was used to waking up feeling sick, feeling like she'd hardly slept, and feeling like she was on her own, whether Paul was lying beside her or not.

Currently Reading - Ravens, George Dawes Green

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Doing some more catching up, this is flagged as the second book from the author of International Bestseller, The Juror (which I haven't read).

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When grifters Shaw and Romeo pull up at a convenience store in Georgia, their only thought is to fix a faulty tyre and be on their way to Florida.

But this happens to be the store from which a $318 million jackpot ticket has just been sold - and when the pretty clerk accidentally reveals the identity of the winning family, Shaw hatches a terrifyingly audacious plan.

Currently Reading - Random, Craig Robertson

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There is absolutely no such thing as absolutes.

Which probably means that sentence doesn't exist.  Or something.

But a while ago I decided I was totally over books that put you directly in the mind of a serial killer.

And then I get RANDOM by Craig Robertson and I'm not totally over being in the mind of all serial killers.

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