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Currently Reading - The Singapore School of Villany, Shamini Flint

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Inspector Singh is home - and how he wishes he wasn't.  His wife nags him at breakfast and his superiors are whiling away their time by giving him his usual 'you're a disgrace to the force' lecture.  Fortunately for Singh there is no rest for the wicked when he is called out to the murder of a senior partner at an international law firm, clubbed to death at his desk.

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Currently Reading - Containment, Vanda Symon

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Chaos reigns in the sleepy village of Aromoana when shipping containers wash up on the beach and are looted.

Detective Constable Sam Shephard knows first-hand the desperation of the scavengers - she's got the scars to prove it.

Plus a skull in the sand.

And a body pulled from the ocean.

The undercurrents from one morning's madness are far-reaching.  Who else will be caught in the backwash?  Can Sam stem the tide?

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Currently Reading - Kinglake-350

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Black Saturday, February 7, 2009.

Roger Wood is the cop on duty at Kinglake when the most devastating fire in the nation's history roars through the ranges onto his beat.  His task is to defend his town against the colossus that threatens to destroy it.

And, over the course of one nightmarish day, that is what he will do.  Even at the risk of his own life.

Even after he receives the dreadful phone call telling him his own wife and kids are caught on the front line of the inferno.

Currently Reading - Death of the Mantis, Michael Stanley

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When a Kalahari ranger is found dead in a dry ravine, his corpse surrounded by three Bushmen, the local police arrest the nomads.  Botswana's Detective 'Kubu' Bengu investigates the case and is reunited with his old school friend Khumanego, a Bushman and advocate for his people.  Khumanego claims the nomads are innocent and the arrests motivated by racist antagonism.  The Bushmen are released but, soon after, another man is murdered in similar circumstances.  Are the Bushmen to blame, or is it a copycat murder?

Currently Reading - Bent Pollies, John Kerr

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Politicians are said to be bent for lots of reasons.

The crimes of Milton Orkopoulos are barely remembered outside NSW.  It is hard enough to stay awake when following the politicians in one's own state perhaps.  If he had restricted his criminal activity to personal possession of marijuana the chances are he would never have been charged, but he used it as a lure to insinuate his way into the lives of minors, who he used for his personal sexual gratification. He became a sexual predator.

Currently Reading - Counter Attack, Mark Abernethy

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Australia's super-spy, Alan McQueen, has been lured out of retirement.  But any dreams Mac has of a cosy office job are shattered when he's dispatched to Singapore to oversee a covert mission.  And when things go disastrously wrong, he not only has to defend his reputation in Australia but also stay out of jail in Vietnam.

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Currently Reading - Rip Off, Kel Robertson

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At the moment I'm happily posting answers to Six Quick Questions from guest authors at SheKilda 2011 next month.  One of the questions we're asking over there is about the state of Australian female crime writing.  And then I realised I'd not posted an update on what I'd been reading or about to review.