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Currently Reading - Beyond Fear, Jaye Ford

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It never fails to astound me how one person, reading all the time, can still be so very very far behind.  I should have read this ages ago.

From the Blurb:

At seventeen, Jodie Cramer survived a terrifying assault at the hands of three strangers.  Her schoolmate Angie was not so lucky ...

Now thirty-five, Jodie is a teacher and mother of two - and her past is a horror she's buried deep.  When she sets out for a weekend in the country with three friends, all she has in mind are a few laughs and a break from routine.

Currently Reading - Arms for Adonis

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A complicated classification as this is a book that I've had since Wakefield started publishing their classics of Australian crime fiction.  It's also a book that I read years ago, so this was a reread.  Which I've now finished so it's not even technically "Currently Reading"...

From the Blurb:

'The blood of Adonis, thought Sarah, remembering the church that was built like a pagan temple, Coquelicot rouge - the symbol of a dying man whose blood stained the hillside in spring.'

Currently Reading - The Preacher, Camilla Lackberg

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Somehow or other I've got behind with this series.  Urgent catchup required.

From the Blurb:

In the fishing community of Fjällbacka, life is remote, peaceful - and for some, tragically short.

Foul play was always suspected in the disappearance twenty years ago of two young holidaymakers in the area.  Now a young boy out playing has confirmed this grim truth.  Their remains, discovered with those of a fresh victim, send the town into shock.

Thank You, Mr Hill

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/books-obit...

Reginald Hill has died and The Telegraph obituary is both a lovely tribute and a reminder of why it is that Mr Hill wrote some of my all time favourite books, how it was that he will always be one of my favourite authors.

Currently Reading - The Dinosaur Feather, Sissel-Jo Gazan

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Another from the "new to me author" stack.

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How could one man inspire such hatred?

Professor Lars Helland is found at his desk with his tongue lying in his lap.  A violent fit has caused him to bite through it in his death throes.  A sad but simple end.  Until the autopsy results come through.

Memorable Books from 2011

Whilst I can normally manage to cobble together one of those dreaded "Top 10" listings for some of the mailing lists or, just before Christmas, on the Sisters in Crime website, I hate doing them.  It's such an arbitrary number, and doesn't even allow me the luxury of a favourite book per month.  So instead, a few reminders to myself on what really stayed with me from last year's reading list of 135 books.

R.J. Ellory

Currently Reading - Miles Off Course, Sulari Gentill

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The upside to days on end of 40 degrees is that there's not a lot you can do (except for the hourly firewatch patrols / hosing down animal rounds).  So we've been doing a lot of reading.  Another from the "Favourite Author" pile. 

From the Blurb:

In early 1933, Rowland Sinclair and his companions are ensconced in the superlative luxury of The Hydro Majestic - Medlow Bath, where trouble seems distant indeed.

And then Harry Simpson vanishes.

Currently Reading - She's Never Coming Back, Hans Koppel

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From the New to Me Author category (well not surprisingly probably - debut book), She's Never Coming Back comes with a very very big marketing talk up.

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When Yvla, a loving mother and wife, fails to come home from work, her husband is not initially suspicious.  But as time passes he becomes frantic with worry.  And by the time he finally contacts the police, he is almost hysterical.  Given the mysterious circumstances of her disappearance he becomes the number one suspect.

Currently Reading - Shadow Show, Pat Flower

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Selected because it's one of those books I've had around here for many years, and despite having read it multiple times now I realise I've never posted anything about it here...

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Strange coincidences entangle Richard Ross in a crime he did not commit and draw him deeper and deeper into unethical international dealings he had desperately tried to avoid.