Miranda Darling

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.

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THE SIREN'S STING - Miranda Darling

Author Information
Book Title: 
The Siren's Sting
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9781741759204
Series: 
Stevie Duveen
Categorisation
Category: 
Thriller
Special Interests: 
Pirates
Location: 
Venice
Somalia
Mediterranean
Azerbaijan
Publisher: 
Allen & Unwin
Year of Publication: 
2011

Currently Reading - The Siren's Sting, Miranda Darling

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The media release that comes with this mentions a publishing date of August 31st, but I did spy the book in a bookshop on Friday...... :)

From the Blurb:

Aboard a luxury yacht as the minder of the world's greatest - and most temperamental - opera star, Steview Duveen manages to thwart a pirate attack off the coast of Somalia, but soon realises the attack is merely one salvo in a ruthless campaign of terror.  Other vessels are being hijacked, and ransoms in the multimillions are being demanded as shipping lines and insurance companies run scared.

The Siren's Sting

Author's Home Country: 
Australia
Category: 
Thriller

She was not an action woman: she could not run very fast; she favoured ballet slippers over combat boots, never swore and still suffered from nightmares; she did not enjoy confrontation of any kind. She was reluctant to face risk, and it was a quality that made her very good at her job. Her art lay in her ability to pass unnoticed, to slip in and out of the cracks of life, to be quietly invisible.

ISBN: 
9781741759204
Series: 
Stevie Duveen
Publisher: 
Allen & Unwin
Year of Publication: 
2011

Miranda Darling

Author Information
Darling, Miranda

About the Author

Miranda Darling began her career as a fashion model in Paris and London, then went on to read English and Modern Languages at Oxford University.  She travelled widely in countries such as Russia, Azerbaijan, Croatia, Namibia and Indonesia before returning to Australia to complete a Masters in Strategic Studies and Defence.  She analysed new security threats for a think tank, where she published widely in newspapers and journals.  She retains an interest in international intrigue and now writes full time.

THE TROIKA DOLLS - Miranda Darling

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Book Title: 
The Troika Dolls
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
Australia
ISBN: 
9781741759150
Series: 
Stevie Duveen
Categorisation
Category: 
Thriller
Special Interests: 
Hazard limitation
Location: 
Europe
Publisher: 
Allen & Unwin
Year of Publication: 
2010

Currently Reading - The Troika Dolls, Miranda Darling

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Back in Russia, with side trips to Switzerland, England and other European locales in Miranda Darling's first book The Troika Dolls.  And this is a most unexpected pleasure.  Exactly what you'd not expect from a book that does concentrate quite a bit on the female central characters physical appearance.  But it concentrates a lot more on her abilities and her doubts and her all-round reality.  A strong female lead in a new book by a strong new female writer.  In Australia.  Happy reader here.

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