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Currently Reading - Zero Hour in Phnom Penh, Christopher G Moore

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Winner of the German Critics Award in 2004 and the Spanish Premier Special Director's Award Semana Negra in 2007, that pedigree alone seems as good a reason as any to have a look at this. But that doesn't make allowances for the setting which is fascinating, and the style which is an interesting combination of descriptive, lyrical noir.

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Currently Reading - In Her Blood, Annie Hauxwell

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A new Australian author is always a very happy event in this house, and one who comes from the Central Goldfields has an even nicer feel to it (it's always good to see a local show up, and Castlemaine is not that far from our neck of the woods!)

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Everyone is hooked on something.

It's not that easy to kick the money habit. After the world meltdown forces London's bankers to go cold turkey, people look elsewhere for a quick quid: the old fashioned East End.

Currently Reading - This is How, M.J. Hyland

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F2F Bookclub read for discussion in May - found this much more interesting than I was expecting - should be a very very good bookclub meeting!

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When his fiancée breaks off their engagement, Patrick Oxtoby leaves home and moves to a boarding house in a seaside town. But in spite of his hopes and determination to build a better life, nothing goes to plan and Patrick is soon driven to take a desperate and chilling course of action.

Distractions.. Dougal's Diary Website

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I'm very very behind with reviews at the moment. Mostly because I've been having a lot of fun with website - the latest of which we're really chuffed about.

Dougal the Giant Black and White Kitten has his own website!

http://www.dougalsdiary.com.au

Joining his fanclub means that you can chat directly to Dougal, plus you'll get a discount pressie :)

Currently Reading - The Wreckage, Michael Robotham

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I shouldn't really complain that this is another series that I'm behind with as the option of so many wonderful books to read really does spoil one for choice!

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Ex-cop Vincent Ruiz rescues a young woman from a violent boyfriend but wakes next morning to find that she's robbed him. It was a set up – an elaborate scam. Setting out to find Holly Knight, Ruiz discovers her boyfriend's tortured body and realises that powerful men are looking for the same girl. What did she steal that was so important?

Currently Reading - Bella's Run, Margareta Osborn

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Okay, I'm bowing to peer pressure. There's only so long you can work on somebody's website (http://www.margaretaosborn.com.au) and watch the phenomena that has been BELLA'S RUN, before you just have a sneaking suspicion you might be missing out on something. Now I don't normally read romance, so I'm way outside my comfort zone here - but really everyone has been talking about this book!

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Currently Reading - Silent Valley, Malla Nunn

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I've been looking forward to this one.

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The body of a seventeen-year-old girl has been found covered in wildflowers on a hillside in the Drakensberg Mountains, near Durban. She is the daughter of a Zulu chief, destined to fetch a high bride price. Was Amahle as innocent as her family claims, or is her murder a sign that she lived a secret life?

Currently Reading - The Case of the Missing Servant, Tarquin Hall

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A little bit of a palate cleanser before I start on the much anticipated Silent Valley by Malla Nunn!

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The portly Vish Puri is India’s most accomplished detective, at least in his own estimation, and is also the hero of an irresistible new mystery series set in hot, dusty Delhi. Puri’s detective skills are old-fashioned in a Sherlock Holmesian way and a little out of sync with the tempo of the modern city, but Puri is clever and his methods work.

Currently Reading - The First Shift - Crime Factory Presents

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I've actually been dipping into this book for a little while now, so this is more of a Just Finished, than a Currently Reading.

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They broke free from their workstations and ran giggling down the factory hallways, stopping only to scrawl crude missives on the walls. Transcribed here for your amusement, the most original voices in crime fiction from around the world offer you 27 tales of revulsion, hearbreak and violence.