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Currently Reading - The Case of the Man Who Died Laughing, Tarquin Hall

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I'm running very very late in reading this (probably should have been concentrating and read this as my last weekend comfort read...).  For a 4MA discussion, and simply because this is another lovely, quirky, amusing series.

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Early one morning, on the lawns of a grand boulevard in central Delhi, a group of professionals are attending their therapeutic Laughing Club when a twenty-foot apparition of the goddess Kali appears, and strikes one of their number dead.

Currently Reading - Slash and Burn, Colin Cotterill

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It was one of those weekends. Firstly it was cold. Seriously cold for these parts (one online weather reporting whatsit said it got to -6). That might not be cold in some places in the world but here it froze the duck baths, bird baths, chook waterers and hoses. Killed numerous plants instantly, blew up parts of our watering system which meant we had water fountains squirting everywhere when everything started to defrost, and made your eyes water badly when trying to go anywhere that wasn't plastered to the front of the fire. Two nights in a row.

Currently Reading - Midnight in Peking, Paul French

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It was a cold weekend - not exactly wet, but definitely cold. So I managed to get some reading done. This intrigued when it arrived so it jumped a few spots in the queue.

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January 1937: Peking is a heady mix of privilege and scandal, lavish cocktail bars and opium dens, warlords and corruption, rumours and superstition - and the clock is ticking down on all of it.

Currently Reading - London Boulevard, Ken Bruen

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This is another "have now read" rather than currently reading, but I felt an urge for something taut, dark and pointed. So where else would you turn.

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When Mitchell is released from prison after serving three years for a vicious attack he doesn't even remember, Billy Norton is there to pick him up. But Norton works for Tommy Logan, a ruthless loan shark lowlife with plans Mitchell wants nothing to do with.

Currently Reading - The Mistake, Wendy James

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It slipped down the back of the couch. The dog ate the cover. Somebody hid it on me. Really I have no idea why it's taken me so long to get to THE MISTAKE. Honestly there are days when I wonder whether it's my brain down the back of the couch....

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Jodie Garrow is a teenager from the wrong side of the tracks when she falls pregnant. Scared, alone and desperate to make something of her life, she adopts out the baby illegally - and tells nobody.

2012 Ned Kelly Nominations online

Ned Kelly nominations for 2012 have shown up here:

http://www.nedkellyawards.com/index.php/news-feeds

And here I was thinking I was keeping up with Australian Crime Fiction - it's fantastic to know that there are still more great books I've got to read / need to write up!

Best First Fiction

Currently Reading - Paving the New Road, Sulari Gentill

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This series is set in a period of time that simply didn't happen as far as my history education was concerned. (Anglo-Saxon villages in England presumably being much more relevant... ) so I've always been grateful to Sulari, and her expert husband for the research, woven into the fictional world that Rowland Sinclair inhabits.

Having said that - I also look forward to the arrival of these books as I'm always very interested to see what sort of development the series will undergo (this being book number 4 so far).

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Currently Reading - Hell's Fury, P D Martin

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Started this ebook last night - awake much later than I should have been as a result which is always an interesting sign....

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She lies in an Afghani prison cell, disowned by the CIA and regularly tortured. Seven months into her prison term, a lone operator stages a daring extraction. But who is Decker, the mysterious man behind her rescue?

Currently Reading - The Namesake, Conor Fitzgerald

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I will confess I'm struggling to get interested in "yet another Mafia story", but this book does have Fitzgerald flagged as "filling the gap left by Michael Dibdin" so we press on.

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When magistrate Matteo Arconti's namesake, an insurance man from Milan, is found dead outside the court buildings in Piazzo Clodio, it's a clear warning to the authorities in Rome - a message of defiance and intimidation.

Currently Reading - Black Wattle Creek, Geoffrey McGeachin

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Sometimes a lurgy is a very good thing, although I must admit I didn't get anywhere near as much reading in as I wanted to yesterday, but.. it was very good to start the second Charlie Berlin book.

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