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Added to MtTBR - Present Danger, Stella Rimington

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Another of those series that I really like, but am very behind with (now there's a surprise)!  In this one ... When MI5 officer Liz Carlyle arrives in Belfast, danger immediately follows - she quickly learns that the peace process in the provinces is precarious.

Currently Reading - Crooks Like Us, Peter Doyle

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The reading fairies are smiling on me from a height at the moment.  But with CROOKS LIKE US they have gone all out.  You just wouldn't expect to find a book classified as true crime that's moving, sad, funny, and just so absolutely fascinating that it's unputdownable.

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Currently Reading - Crosstown Traffic edited by Stuart Coupe, Julie Ogden & Robert Hood

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Another fantastic short story collection that I've been on the lookout for.  The title "Crosstown Traffic" gives you a bit of a hint on the concept - this is a collection of stories from well known writers at the time (and many who have endured) that blur the genre lines.  Whilst there is crime at the heart of each of these stories, the settings and often the style are very much cross-genre.

Worth it for each of the stories, and for the introduction which explains the concept and expands on the reactions of the writers.

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Currently Reading - The Old School, P.M. Newton

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Stand by for a full review - but just in a one word comment:  WOW

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Sydney, 1992.  Nhu 'Ned' Kelly is a young detective making her way in what was, until recently, the best police force money could buy.  Now ICAC has the infamous Roger Rogerson in the spotlight, and the old ways are out.  Ned's sex and background still make her an outsider in the force, but Sydney is changing, expanding, modernising and so is the Job.

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Currently Reading - Blind Fury, Lynda La Plante

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The latest Anna Travis book from Lynda La Plante, BLIND FURY, has a the bodies of two young unknown girls found near a major motorway service centre, eventually connected to the death of a well-known older prostitute.

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Currently Reading - Cops, Vikki Petraitis

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I'm really craving short story collections at the moment, and I do like unusual styles of true crime - so COPS:  True Stories from Australian Police was just the thing.

This is a series of tales from the police viewpoint - about specific cases, or generally what it's like working as a day to day policeman.  Great viewpoints and a good reality check.

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From the bizarre to the brutal to the unbelievable, truth is often stranger than fiction, as these fascinating true stories testify.

Currently Reading - Shotgun and Standover, James Morton & Russell Robinson

The only good thing about a dose of the lurgy is a spot of reading catching up, although this spot wasn't nearly as productive as I would normally like (okay so the lurgy was a bit more dramatic than I'd normally like as well)... but this is one of the books that I picked up at the recent Crime & Justice Festival, so I took the opportunity to finish it off.

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Currently Reading - Fever of the Bone, Val McDermid

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As promised - a catchup, especially required as the new book Trick of the Dark has just arrived as well.  Got to say it's no trial whatsoever to do a little Val McDermid immersion reading.

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When teenager Jennifer Maidment's murdered and mutilated body is discovered, it's clear that there is a dangerous psychopath on the loose.  But it's not long before Tony and DCI Carol Jordan realise it's the start of a brutal campaign targeting an apparently unconnected group of young people.

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