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CR - The Midnight Promise, Zane Lovitt

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Interesting short story collection subtitled "A Detective's Story in Ten Cases" revolving around Private Inquiry Agent John Dorn.

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John Dorn's Yellow Pages ad says "Private Inquiry Agent".

That's what his father used to call himself - before his business went under and his wife left him... and he drank himself to death.

But John's not going to end up like his father. He doesn't have a wife, or much business. He doesn't really drink either. Not yet.

AustCrime - March Wrap Up

This March wrap up is, of course, late. But then, I'm the reader and a lousy blog writer. The books that are keeping me distracted are written by those writer type people. This month has been an interesting bag of ups and downs, highlights and potential. Apologies to those for whom I'm very late with reviews. It's been ridiculously hectic in these parts - what with himself overseas, and the ongoing "dry spell". (Lovely bit of spin that, nicely pitched as a tad of an inconvenience rather than the actuality of bugger all rain for 10 months and counting).

CR - Antidote to Murder, Felicity Young

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It's always the way, there's a book arrives that you really want to shuffle to the top of the TBR Mountain and somehow or other the piss you off fairy gets out of their cage and spends the whole weekend getting in the blasted road. So I'm not as far into this as I wanted to be.

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CR - Dead Girl Sing, Tony Cavanaugh

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Second Darian Richards book, with a "companion" short story The Soft Touch, I'm back with my local author run and I have to admit thoroughly enjoying this.

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Darian Richards knew he should have let the phone keep ringing. But more than two decades as a cop leaves you with a certain outlook on life. No matter how much he tried to walk away, something, or someone, kept bringing him back to his gun.

One phone call. Two dead girls in a shallow water grave. And a missing cop to deal with.

CR - The House of Dark Shadows, Digger Cartwright

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This is the first book I've read from this author - based around the scenario of internet dating which, thinking about it, isn't something I've come across a lot in my recent reading.

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CR - Red Dirt Talking, Jacqueline Wright

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I was, I admit, intrigued when this showed up on the Miles Franklin lists. So it shunted to the top of the Easter reading pile without any effort whatsoever. What I didn't expect was how absolutely difficult it was to put it down again).

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It’s build-up time in the north-western town of Ransom, just before the big wet, when people go off the rails.

In the midst of a bitter custody battle, an eight year old girl goes missing.

CR - Murder on the Home Front, Molly Lefebure

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The remarkable memoir of Molly Lefebure, secretary to the Home Office's chief forensic pathologist during the Second World War. NOW ADAPTED FOR TELEVISION!

It is 1941. There may be a 'war of chaos' in the skies over London, but 'the perpetual war against the underworld of crime' must nevertheless continue on the streets below.

CR - Jennifer Shot The First Shot, Patricia Kristensen

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Set in Tasmania, with a particularly "Pink!" cover, I'm guessing we are a tad outside my normal comfort zone :) :) :)

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Murder, cannibalism, kidnapping and breach of copyright hit the sleepy state of Tasmania.

To make ends meet, law student Jennifer Shot rents rooms to Nathan, Rod and Cindy, two oversexed fellow law students, and a police officer with personal issues. Things start going wrong when Jennifer takes a job as a private detective searching for a missing senator's daughter and stumbles onto an elaborate mob retirement plan.