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Currently Reading - In The Dark, Mark Billingham

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The really good thing about finally getting some wet weather in these parts is that you get some reading done!  So I'm really doing some catching up.  IN THE DARK is a standalone from the wonderful Mark Billingham which has been lurking here for quite some time.

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A deadly crash

A dangerous quest

A shocking twist

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Helen Weeks was used to waking up feeling sick, feeling like she'd hardly slept, and feeling like she was on her own, whether Paul was lying beside her or not.

Currently Reading - Ravens, George Dawes Green

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Doing some more catching up, this is flagged as the second book from the author of International Bestseller, The Juror (which I haven't read).

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When grifters Shaw and Romeo pull up at a convenience store in Georgia, their only thought is to fix a faulty tyre and be on their way to Florida.

But this happens to be the store from which a $318 million jackpot ticket has just been sold - and when the pretty clerk accidentally reveals the identity of the winning family, Shaw hatches a terrifyingly audacious plan.

Currently Reading - Random, Craig Robertson

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There is absolutely no such thing as absolutes.

Which probably means that sentence doesn't exist.  Or something.

But a while ago I decided I was totally over books that put you directly in the mind of a serial killer.

And then I get RANDOM by Craig Robertson and I'm not totally over being in the mind of all serial killers.

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Currently Reading - Captured, Neil Cross

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Neil Cross rapidly hit my Must Be Read immediately list, and there's nothing whatsoever going on to indicate that he's going to drop from that (granted long) gathering anytime soon.

CAPTURED is due out "in late May" - it's another standalone story so you won't need to have read NATURAL HISTORY or BURIAL to pick this one up - but seriously - if you haven't read either of those two - you're missing out.

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Currently Reading - Golden Relic, Lindy Cameron

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Golden Relic was originally released in 1997 as an online serialised novel.  At Clan Destine Press (disclaimer - I'm the person who did the "techy" stuff in turning the manuscript into an ebook), we decided a while ago that this book deserved another Internet outing.

In the words of the author "Well, what I did in 1997 makes me a pioneer of the World Wide Web.

    Yep, me, Lindy Cameron, Australian crime writer – an Internet Pioneer. And I deserve those capital letters, because I really did boldly go where none had gone before." 

Currently Reading - On the Run, Colin McLaren

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This is the first novel from Colin McLaren, previously he has written a true crime book, INFILTRATION, about his time as one of Australia's most experienced taskforce detectives.

The story in ON THE RUN is going to ring some bells with anyone who has read INFILTRATION as there does appear to be a bit of synergy.  Which makes it just that slightly more tantalising, and ever so slightly worrying all at the same time :)

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Currently Reading - Women Who Kill, Lindy Cameron & Ruth Wykes

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I've been looking forward to this book since I first saw the very stylish cover that was produced for Lindy's latest, and Ruth's first True Crime book.  Now that I've typed that I realise how odd that probably sounds.  This is, after all, a book about Australia's worst Female murderers.

It's an odd thing but I suspect people will be slightly more disturbed by the idea of female thrill killers, opportunistic killers or simply women who kill because they can.  Probably some daft idea in society about women's role and nature. 

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Currently Reading - We Know, Gregg Hurwitz

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Okay, so I'm officially embarrassed.

I knew I'd had this book for a while, but I didn't quite realise how long.

Nor have I got a single good reason for why it took me so long to pick it up, because I liked the first book "I SEE YOU".

Lazy review housekeeping is the only excuse I've got which is why I'm so embarrassed.

Currently Reading - Blood Stain, Peter Lalor

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This is one of those true crime books that I've had here since it was published, and I've tried on a few occasions to pick it up - and the subject matter defeated me everytime.

Now I guess the question remains why on earth would you even want to read a book about such an horrific murderer.  The answer has to be that I read these things to try to get an understanding.  Sometimes it works, sometimes I'm still baffled.

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