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Currently Reading - Naming the Bones, Louise Welsh

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Do you have one of those favourite authors, that you know is still writing, and you simply cannot resist their books when they arrived.

Louise Welsh is one of those for me and I was really really pleased to see NAMING THE BONES show up.

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Knee-deep in the mud of an ancient burial ground, a winter storm raging around him, and at least one person intent on his death:  how did Murray Watson end up here?

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Currently Reading - Tooth and Claw, Nigel McCrery

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Just finished this really so a full review to come, but this is the second book featuring synaesthesia suffering DCI Mark Lapslie, although if you missed the first book that shouldn't matter - there's a lot of information built into the narrative about Lapslie's background and condition.

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Currently Reading - Buried for Pleasure, Edmund Crispin

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Originally published in 1948 this is part of a beautifully packaged reprint of the entire Gervase Fen series from Vintage Books.  It's also one of my "read whatever I bloody want" treats.  (Not that reading review books / discussion books etc isn't a privilege, it's just sometimes you just want to read on a whim!)

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Currently Reading - Rough Justice, Robin Bowles

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Sometimes I look at Mt TBR and realise that it's more of a hoarders paradise than anything else.  And every year I promise myself that I will go back and read some of the books that are lurking there, that have been lurking there for a long long time.  And sometimes I actually do get around to that.  I really need to work out a way to read more books.  I mean I've given up housework and all those other unnecessary tasks - obviously something else has to go.

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Currently Reading - The Ignorance of Blood, Robert Wilson

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Okay, I'm lying again.  I'm actually listening to this on my MP3 player.  Which is extremely instructive as it would be fair to say my grasp of Spanish pronunciation isn't good.  My English pronunciation isn't good let's face it.

Currently Reading - Wyatt, Garry Disher

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Well there is absolutely no point in pretending I was a dispassionate observer when WYATT wandered across the threshold earlier this week.  To be honest if the book I was reading hadn't been absolutely tremendous I doubt I'd have been able to restrain myself from putting it aside in favour of this one.  Needless to say from the time that Garry Disher mentioned this book was on the way at last year's Crime & Justice festival I have been keenly anticipating its arrival.  Staying up late last night to get stuck into the book was no hardship at all.  Not being able to sit down and pick it u

Congratulations Maris Morton - Inaugural CAL Scribe Fiction Prize Winner

Congratulations to long-time Sisters in Crime member Maris Morton from Uki NSW who won the inaugural CAL Scribe Fiction Prize at the age of 70! She wins $12,000 but more importantly Scribe will publish her novel, A Darker Music. She was highly commended for her short story "Hawk's Hill" in the 2009 Scarlet Stiletto Awards. Well done Maris!

10th Davitt Awards to be presented by Val McDermid

In great news from the Sisters in Crime Convenors - Val McDermid is to present the 10th Davitt Awards - 7pm Saturday August 28, Celtic Club Melbourne. Put it in your diary now. Bookings will open in June.

I think I will need a Master Class in not being a blithering idiot in the presence of such an influential and important author!

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