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Currently Reading - A Man You Can Bank On, Derek Hansen

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This weekend I really needed a laugh and some distraction - and this book absolutely provided it.  Fantastic.  Review to come.

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Is it a CRIME to steal from bookies?

Can you TRUST an ex-Bank Manager?

Lambert Hampton is the man the Munni-Munni locals allturn to, and for good reason.  This former bank manager helped them transform three million dollars - stolen from bookies by a gang of robbers - into a rescue package for their dying town.

But now the day of reckoning has come.

Currently Reading - The Ghost of Waterloo, Robin Adair

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Okay so I'm catching up.  Like anyone is really surprised.  Probably would be better if I occasionally mentioned when I'm up to date with my reading, recording and reviewing. 

I loved the first Robin Adair book Death and the Running Patterer so was expecting good things.  No pressure - lived up to it though :)   Review to come.

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Currently Reading - The Pericles Commission, Gary Corby

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The first book of what seems to be intended as a series, THE PERICLES COMMISSION starts out with potential.  I can't remember any other book of this style that I've read that combines series, with a real sense of humour.  It's making Ancient Athens seem like a real place.

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Athens, 461BC.  A dead man falls from the sky, landing at the feet of a surprised Nicolaos.

It doesn't normally rain corpses.  This one is the politician Ephialtes, who only days before had turned Athens into a democracy.

Currently Reading - The Simple Death, Michael Duffy

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The second Nicholas Troy book from Michael Duffy was released originally in January.  This looks like a bit of a doorstopper of a book, but it's very quick to read.  Follows on very closely from the action in THE TOWER, although I suspect you could read them out of order if you wanted to.

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Currently Reading - A Decline in Prophets, Sulari Gentill

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It's always a lovely thing to receive a new book by an Australian author.  It's even better when it's the second book, leading on from a very promising debut.  I've been looking forward to reading A DECLINE IN PROPHETS very much.

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In 1932, the RMS Aquitania embodies all that is gracious and refined, in a world gripped by crisis and doubt.

Currently Reading - Before I Go to Sleep, S.J. Watson

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This is one of those books that seems to be starting to engender some chat.

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'Who are you?' I say.  'I'm your husband Ben,' he says.  'You had an accident a long time ago.  You have trouble remembering things.'  'What things?'  'Everything.'  'I'm scared.'  'Don't worry.  I'll look after you.  I'll always look after you.'

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The bedroom is strange.  Unfamiliar.  I don't know where I am, how I came to be here.  I don't know how I'm going to get home.

Currently Reading - The Mammoth Book of Best British Crime, ed by Maxim Jakubowski

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I've been dipping in and out of this book for a while now, so time to mention it here.  Some of the stories do overlap with those published in Crimespotting by Irvine Welsh but not enough to be bothered about, and there are some really really good examples of short story writing in here.

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Currently Reading - Whispering Death, Garry Disher

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Long weekend.... got some reading done.  Phew.  A new Garry Disher book is almost enough temptation to take a sickie!

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A rapist in a police uniform is stalking Inspector Hal Challis's Peninsula beat, a serial armed robber is headed his way, and there is a very clever, very mysterious female cat burglar who may or may not be planning something on his patch.  On top of all that, Challis has been carpeted by the boss for speaking out about police budget cuts.

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Currently Reading - Falling Glass, Adrian McKinty

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I must admit I've developed an increasing taste for Adrian McKinty's books - and FALLING GLASS hasn't dinted that admiration.  There's a change in focus with Michael Forsythe taking a bit part role in this book whilst Killian steps forward.  Fantastic book.  Review to come (yes I know I'm very very behind with writing up reviews.  If it's any consolation I'm very very behind with just about everything at the moment).  Fantastic opening lines incidentally - made me laugh.

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