Kel Robertson

Memorable Books from 2011

Whilst I can normally manage to cobble together one of those dreaded "Top 10" listings for some of the mailing lists or, just before Christmas, on the Sisters in Crime website, I hate doing them.  It's such an arbitrary number, and doesn't even allow me the luxury of a favourite book per month.  So instead, a few reminders to myself on what really stayed with me from last year's reading list of 135 books.

R.J. Ellory

RIP OFF - Kel Robertson

Author Information
Book Title: 
Rip Off
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9781742610054
Series: 
Brad Chen
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
Special Interests: 
Australian Federal Police
Location: 
ACT
Publisher: 
Pan MacMillan Australia
Year of Publication: 
2011

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. 

Smoke and Mirrors

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Blurb from the book

Ace detective Brad Chen is lured back to work by the double murder of a Whitlam government minister and the editor of his political memoirs. The body count rises as Chen uncovers the deadly secret behind the most momentous events in Australian political history. Smoke and Mirrors is the second Brad Chen novel.

ISBN: 
9780330426190
Location: 
ACT
Series: 
Brad Chen
Publisher: 
Pan MacMillan Australia
Year of Publication: 
2010

Dead Set

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Blurb from the book

Inspector Brad Chen - one-time football star and master detective - is not the man he once was.

He's on crutches, with his leg in a cast, nursing a thirst for Amaretto and a raging pain-killer addiction.

Then he's unexpectedly recalled from sick leave when the high-profile federal Minister for Immigration is found brutally murdered in her Canberra flat. Tracey Dale's proposed refugee policy was always controversial, and the list of suspects, which includes neo-Nazis, ambitious colleagues and a vengeful wife, becomes ever longer.

ISBN: 
1921145048
Series: 
Brad Chen
Publisher: 
Pan MacMillan Australia
Year of Publication: 
2011

Rip Off

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Crime Fiction

Blurb from the Book

From the winner of the 2009 Ned Kelly Award comes a sensational new novel

It's November 2007. There's sewage in the big lake at the heart of the soulless city, Canberra, the TABs have been emptied by a deadly horse virus and the longest Federal election campaign of all time still has a fortnight to run.

Sub Genre: 
Police Procedural
ISBN: 
9781742610054
Location: 
ACT
Series: 
Brad Chen
Publisher: 
Pan MacMillan Australia
Year of Publication: 
2011

2009 Ned Kelly Winners

Thank you very very much to Perry from Matilda who was at Friday night's Ned Kelly awards and kindly let me know the winners:

Non-Fiction
THE TALL MAN by Chloe Hooper

First Fiction
GHOSTLINES by Nick Gadd

Currently Reading - Smoke and Mirrors, Kel Robertson

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Am I feeling vaguely satisfied.    Yes

Do I have a slghtly silly grin on my face.  Yes

Am I drunk.  Not yet.

What I am is the happy new holder of a copy of the second Brad Chen novel - SMOKE AND MIRRORS by Kel Robertson.

Cue happy sigh and a bit of giggling.

Who is cooking dinner tonight around here.  Not me. 

I'll be in a corner reading. 

From the Blurb:

SMOKE AND MIRRORS - Kel Robertson

Author Information
Book Title: 
Smoke and Mirrors
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9780330426190
Series: 
Brad Chen
Categorisation
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Location: 
ACT
Publisher: 
Pan MacMillan Australia
Year of Publication: 
2010