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Currently Reading - Medical Murder, Dr Robert M Kaplan

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This is a very sobering short book that packs in a lot of information about murders by doctors.  Serial killers, genocide, overall an astounding series of cases, presented without sensationalism.

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Currently Reading - The Long Glasgow Kiss, Craig Russell

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Loved the first book in this series - LENNOX - so picking up the second with a serious sense of anticipation.  Set in post WWII Glasgow this is a really fascinating glimpse into the underworld of Glasgow in the 1950's.

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Glasgow in the 1950s - not somewhere you'd choose to be unless you were born to it.  Yet Lennox, a private investigator of Canadian descent, finds it oddly congenial.  Lennox is a man balanced between the law and those who break it - a dangerous place where only the toughest and most ruthless survive.

Added to MtTBR - The Burning, Sue Walker

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THE BURNING is Sue Walker's fourth book (THE REUNION, THE RECKONING and THE DEAD POOL are the first three).  I've been reading them since the first book and whilst this isn't a series as such, there's been an improvement in each of the books that I'm enjoying following.  Sort of a bit of a sneak up group of books these.

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Added to MtTBR - Evil in Return, Elena Forbes

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I realise this isn't really going to come as a surprise because my list of authors I simply cannot resist is actually, I'm starting to realise, ridiculously long.  Still Elena Forbes got me with her first book DIE WITH ME, and certainly didn't change my mind with the second OUR LADY OF PAIN, so the third book EVIL IN RETURN was a given as soon as it was available.

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Added to MtTBR - City of Veils, Zoe Ferraris

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Somebody recommended this author to me, and I'm really glad they did - it sounds fascinating, and is set in a place that I've not read a lot of fiction from.

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One scalding afternoon the mutilated body of a young woman, half-naked beneath her burqa, is discovered on Jeddah beach; soon afterwards Miriam Walker, a strong-minded American struggling to make a life in one of the most repressive cities on earth, is left alone and afraid when her husband suddenly disappears.

Currently Reading - Beyond Reach, Graham Hurley

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The Faraday and Winter series is very much a personal favourite, so picking up this book was a real pleasure.

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Crushed cranial vault.  Visible extrusions of brain tissue through multiple scalp lacerations.

She tried to keep up, tried to focus on the fat grey threads of jelly that laced what remained of this man's head.  Memories, she told herself.  Intelligence.

The very stuff of what we are, of what we do.  Billions of nerve cells that should have warned him to take care when crossing the road.

Currently Reading - The Half-Child, Angela Savage

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The much anticipated second book from Angela Savage, published this month in Australia.  Small shivers of happy dancing as I pick up this book.

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Jayne has been hired to investigate the alleged suicide of a young Australian woman in a seedy Thai coastal town.  But Maryanne Delbeck's death is not the only mystery awaiting Jayne among Pattaya's neon signs and go-go bars.  While working undercover at the orphanage where Maryanne volunteered, Jayne discovers something far more sinister.

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Currently Reading - Ice Cold, Andrea Maria Schenkel

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Another remarkable, sparse, fascinating offering from Schenkel - the 2nd translated (the third Bunker arrived here recently).

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Munich in the 1930s.  Young women are being raped and brutally murdered.  They are disappearing along the quiet country lanes outside the city, cycling to destinations they will never reach.  A Party member by the name of Josef Kalteis is executed for the crimes, but is he really guilty?  Could the murderer still be out there?

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Secret Reich Business

2010 Ned Kelly Winners

Sorry everyone - been up to the wazoo fighting back the flood waters (next up is a locust plague - go on / make your comparisons!) - anyway Ned Kelly's announced last night:

True Crime

Kathy Marks, Pitcairn: Paradise Lost, Harper Collins  

Best First Fiction

Mark Dapin, King of the Cross, Macmillan 

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