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Currently Reading - Rip Off, Kel Robertson

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At the moment I'm happily posting answers to Six Quick Questions from guest authors at SheKilda 2011 next month.  One of the questions we're asking over there is about the state of Australian female crime writing.  And then I realised I'd not posted an update on what I'd been reading or about to review. 

Currently Reading - The End of The Wasp Season, Denise Mina

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From the Blurb:

When millionaire banker Lars Anderson hangs himself from the old oak tree in front of his Kent mansion his death attracts no sympathy.  One less shark is little loss to a world nursing a financial hangover.  But the legacy of a lifetime of self-serving is widespread, the carnage most acute among those he ought to be protecting:  his family.  He leaves behind two deeply damaged children and a broken wife.

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Short Story America's 'Story of the Week' features Myra King's "The Trusseau Box"

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Sisters in Crime Australia congratulates member, Myra King, on having her short story, "The Trousseau Box", selected for Short Story America's 'story of the week' (it will also be in next year's print anthology).  You need to register (only takes a few seconds and is free) to log in, if you want to read it.  Log in to www.shortstoryamerica.com to see/read more.

 

Currently Reading - Don Vito, Massimo Ciancimino & Francesco Licata

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From the Blurb:

DON VITO is a voyage of no return into the infernal circles of Italy's recent history, recounting forty years of undercover relations between politicians and the Mafia.  Vito Ciancimino, 'Don Vito of Corleone', was one of the leading players in Sicilian public life in the years after the Second World War.  He was a controversial and notorious figure, the man behind the infamous 'Sack of Palermo', and for decades the crucial hinge in all the hidden machinations between the Mafia, state authorities, business and the secret services.

Another gong for Cate Kennedy, winner of the first two Scarlet Stiletto Awards

Congratulations from all of us in Sisters in Crime to Cate Kennedy for winning the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for (Poetry) for The Taste of River Water. When Cate the first and then second Scarlet Stiletto Awards back in 1994 and 1995, we had no idea we'd created such a literary juggernaut. Since then, Cate has won almost every short story competition in the land together with many other literary awards. Way to go girl!

As reported in The Age, 10/9/2011:

Currently Reading - Jane Blonde Sensational Spylet, Jill Marshall

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Things seem to have changed since Trixie Belden.

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Until now, you have been just plain old Janey Brown.  But you are going to grow and grow.  You will be what your parents have not allowed you to be.  It's in your past.  And it's in your future.  There's a whole new part of you just waiting to burst out.

You are JANE BLONDE - sensational spylet.  Welcome to our world.

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'It really is a mouse,' said the man to the kitten.

Currently Reading - Watch Out for Me, Sylvia Johnson

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There's some seriously interesting books coming out from our wonderful local authors - and it's an absolute privilege to get a peek at some of them.  (I only wish there were more reading hours in the day... must ... stop ... sleeping!)

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Readings Foundation supports 20 new Wheeler Centre Fellowships

Outgoing director of the Wheeler Centre Chrissy Sharp announced the introduction of 20 new Wheeler Centre Writers' Fellowships. These fellowships will allow twenty writers access to a desk at the Wheeler Centre, each for a two month period, along with a stipend of $1000.

Currently Reading - Razor, Larry Writer

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Tried to watch the TV series - couldn't stomach it.  Did find this book fascinating when it first came out in (I think) 2002 - and there's a new edition around now connected to the Underbelly franchise.

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In the 1920s and '30s in inner Sydney, some of the most terrifying criminals in Australia's history waged war with razor and gun over the spoils of illegal drugs and alcohol, prostitution, gambling and extortion.