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Currently Reading - The Priest of Evil, Matti Joensuu

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The first book from the "J" pile is one that I've been meaning to pick up for quite some time now. 

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There have been a strange succession of violent deaths at Helsinki tube stations.  The police are baffled:  nobody has seen anything and the tapes from CCTV show nothing.

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Someone called out his name:  rapidly, over and over, as if they were thrashing him over the head with a twig.  'Mikko!  Mikko!'

Currently Reading - Murder on the Eiffel Tower, Claude Izner

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I am still reading, even though this is such a frantically busy time of the year.  What I don't seem to get any time to do is post reviews though.  Apologies but I will do a big catch up once the festivities are over in these parts.

In the meantime - my book from the "I" pile.

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The brand-new Eiffel Tower is the glory of the 1889 Universal Exposition.  But one sunny afternoon a woman collapses and dies on this great Paris landmark.  Can a bee-sting really be the cause of death?  Or is there a more sinister explanation?

Currently Reading - Madigan Mine, Kirstyn McDermott

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Given I have no overdue "I" review books, I'm treating myself to a book that I've been eager to pick up for a few weeks now.  Not the least because himself read this recently and couldn't put it down - I can't remember the last time I've seen him in that situation with a book - didn't matter what he could have / should have been doing - he read this in record time.

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Thank you Random House Australia - Sony Touch Ereader

A while ago I noticed a competition on Random House Australia's website to win a Sony EReader.  So I entered.  Bit of a reflex action I must admit, but I was so very very thrilled when I got an email recently that let me know I'd won a Sony Touch EReader.

The beautiful, shiny new EReader arrived yesterday and it really is a very nice thing.  Touch Screen, very clear reading screen - I'm looking forward to using it immensely.

Currently Reading - Blood Men, Paul Cleave

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I've put aside my last book for a day or so to catch up with BLOOD MEN for a Murder & Mayhem bookclub discussion.  Which is no trial.

Paul Cleave is one of my very favourite authors.  Goodness knows why because he seems to go out of his way to frighten me witless.  The last 2 of his books I read had me leaving the lights on all night.  I started this one last night and was awake half the night because I simply couldn't put it down. 

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Currently Reading - City of Lost Girls, Declan Hughes

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Look how grown up I'm being about this alphabetical challenge.  At least for this book - next up I'm going to blithely break my own rules.  In the meantime - the latest from one of my favourite series.

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Currently Reading - The Third Rail, Michael Harvey

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Keeping on the Alphabetical regime, and catching up with an overdue review book - The Third Rail by Michael Harvey is the book that stuck out in the H pile.

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A woman is shot as she waits for her train to work.  An hour later, a second woman is gunned down as she rides an elevated train through the Loop.  Two hours after that, a church becomes the target of a chemical-weapons attack.  The city of Chicago is under siege.

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Currently Reading - A Death in Tuscany, Michele Giuttari

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Okay, back on track in the Alphabet Regime - this is the second of the Michelle Giuttari books I've read now - reviewing a A Florentine Death in 2008.  It'll be interesting to see if the author has got the blatant self-promotional portrayal balanced out this time.

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Currently Reading - Scream, Nigel McCrery

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Another break from my Alphabetical regime for a discussion book on the Murder and Mayhem list.  This is the 3rd Mark Lapslie (Lapslie is a DCI with synaesthesia).

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You need to listen to this.  DCI Mark Lapslie receives an anonymous email bearing this strange subject line.  Opening the attachment, he hears a woman scream twenty-seven times before her final death rattle.

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Currently Reading - Die a Little, Megan Abbott

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Okay, so my Alphabet Rule appears to be failing - but there's a reason I picked this book up.  Which won't make sense to anybody else much, but there's been this conversation, and somebody asked, and I knew I had but hadn't read, so I said I'd bring them with me, and thought, what the hey - I've got a night, I'll read the first one.  So I did.

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