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Another that's been lingering on the reading piles way too long.

From the Blurb:

Everyone keeps telling me I have to move on. And so here I am, walking down the road where he died, trying to remember him the right way.

A year after her husband Zach's death, Lizzie goes to lay flowers where his fatal accident took place.

As she makes her way along the motorway, she thinks about their life together. She wonders whether she has changed since Zach died. She wonders if she will ever feel whole again.

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This was a brilliant reading experience, and a history lesson into the bargain. Intricate but fascinating.

From the Blurb:

Charles Levin, Detective Leo Junker’s mentor — and the same man who betrayed Leo — is dead.

Now Leo must find out why. He must follow the thread of the dead man’s own tragedies, which will lead inexorably to the betrayal of Charles Levin’s soul — and the soul of his nation.

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Another that's been lurking on the piles for way too long. Perhaps that should be the New Year's Resolution - more reading!

From the Blurb:

A gripping suspenseful thriller with journalist Noel Baker who, after reading a particularly disturbing coroner’s report, investigates the deaths of a group of abused children. The killer is still on the loose…

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This list is of standout reads from 2016, grouped into categories with no attempt whatsoever at an arbitrary number and in no particular order.

Favourite Australian Books (Crime Fiction)

 

 

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This is a series that has been on my radar for a while, and of course, I've been slow in getting to it and I'm starting with Book 2.

From the Blurb:

Sometimes reliving the past revives old demons . . .

In a Stockholm apartment, five-year-old Tilde watches from under the kitchen table as her mother is brutally kicked to death.

Meanwhile, in another part of town, psychotherapist Siri Bergman and her colleague Aina meet their new patients - a group of women, all of whom are victims of domestic violence.

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Lot of sitting around waiting recently - so an ebook, and something set in Asia for a change.

From the Blurb:

Good and bad. Life and death. Some choices aren't black and white

A grief-stricken young mother switches her dead baby for an abused child, then spends the next decade living a lie. She remarries and starts to feel safe when she gets a note: 'I know what you did'. Can she save her family from her dark secret?

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When Marshall Browne sadly died in February 2014 he had finished, and edited his final Inspector Anders novel. "Inspector Anders and the Prague Dossier" has now been released (1st December 2016) by Australian Scholarly Publishing as is available from them directly at: http://www.scholarly.info/book/524/(link is external)

A wonderful opportunity for fans of Marshall's to catch up with Inspector Anders for the final time, and my copy is on its way.

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Time to immerse myself again in Scandinavian crime fiction, although this is a re-read of a book that's been recently re-released. The first in the Stubo and Vik series.

From the Blurb:

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From the embarrassingly overdue pile...

From the Blurb:

When Brigitte and her family moved from the city, they were supposed to be happier. And safer. But soon her crime-writer ex-boyfriend turns up in town to promote his new novel, in which a woman is found dead — murdered — in a country lake. Hours later, Brigitte watches the police pull a body from the water near her Gippsland home.

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2nd in the really enjoyable Mason & Dixie series - set in Thailand and the trans-gender community. 

From the Blurb:

Bangkok private eye duo Mason & Dixie are hired to provide protection to Australian soap opera star Belle Cooper, who came under vicious attack from the moment she announced her participation in a Bangkok pageant.

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Perfect filler read around weekend activities.

From the Blurb:

1928

After eight years abroad, Rowland Sinclair has come home to a house he hates, and a city which seems conservative ... and dull. 

He longs to return to the bright lights of Europe. Until an old friend persuades him to join Sydney Art School. 

There, under the tutelage of the renowned Julian Ashton, Rowland learns to paint and finds himself drawn into the avant-garde world of Sydney’s artistic set. 

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This is one I will admit I've been trying to read for a while. Interesting snippets of life at that time, surrounded by enormous amounts of Lady this and Lord whoever type gossipy stuff that was a boring as...

From the Blurb:

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Really happy to be reading the latest from Rachel Amphlett, and first in a new series based around Detective Kay Hunter. Blog tour details in the graphic below.

Scared to Death Blog Tour

From the Blurb:

A serial killer murdering for kicks. 

A detective seeking revenge.

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October on AustCrime because I'm back getting my act together.

Read / To be Reviewed:

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil, Melina Marchetta (Aust)

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The fifth in the Dody McCleland series - murder, investigation, women's rights and some crossroads for both McCleland and Pike.

From the Blurb:

The fifth in the Dr Dodi McCleland series - Agatha Christie meets Phryne Fisher

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Time for a change as I've been reading a lot of local or straight-forward crime fiction recently. This from an author who is known for their blend of psychological horror and realism.

From the Blurb:

For generations, the urban legend of Granny Hatchet has plagued the quiet residential area of Suvikylä in northern Finland. As the story goes, this immortal killer murders her victims with a hatchet, then buries the hearts in a potato field and eats them after they’ve rotted black. But not everyone is convinced it is just a story.

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A wonderful collection of writings from a range of inmates in the Junee Correctional Centre. Heart-felt, confrontational, often extremely raw, this is the sort of collection of writings that you need to take your time with, dip in and out of, re-read and think about. More to come on this wonderful volume.

From the Press Release:

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Read both of these in preparation for our next f2f bookclub meeting. I predict an excellent discussion.

From the Blurb - To Kill a Mockingbird:

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Latest from the review pile - this time for http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com

From the Blurb:

Home can be the most dangerous place of all...

In this chilling psychological thriller, one woman’s dark past becomes another’s deadly future.

In 2003, sixteen-year-old Rebecca Winter disappeared.

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I'm an idiot and I'm now two books from different series by author Felicity Young behind. So last night I tossed a coin to decide which one comes first - Flare-Up it is, to be followed closely by A Donation of Murder.

From the Blurb:

Outback murders, dodgy thieves, organised crime and arson - a small outback community is crackling with nerves, as Cam Fraser investigates.

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19th November, St Kilda Town Hall, cnr Brighton Road and Carlisle Street, St Kilda

Fifty leading novelists, true-crime writers, screenwriters, lawyers, producers, publishers, and scholars debate crime in all its infamy.

Simultaneous panels and speed pitching sessions with publishers, agents and producers.

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I have been intrigued about this book since first mentioned.

From the Blurb:

The gripping and graphic true story of Sydney's underbelly.

The verdict is guilty.

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So far, I'm really liking this one...

From the Blurb:

Bashir “Bish” Ortley is a London desk cop. Almost over it. Still not dealing with the death of his son years ago, as well as the break-up of his marriage. 

Across the channel, a summer bus tour, carrying a group of English teenagers is subject to a deadly bomb attack, killing four of the passengers and injuring a handful of others. Bish’s daughter is one of those on board. 

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August and September combined because - yep I forgot.

Read / To be Reviewed:

The Falls, B. Michael Radburn (Aust)

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Profoundly personal retelling of a family torn apart by a suicide and then a triple murder.

From the Blurb:

This powerful, unforgettable and uplifting story is one part wrenching family memoir, and one part inspirational journey towards healing and forgiveness – but most of all, it’s an unputdownable journey through one family’s tragedy and how they refused to let it define them.

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If there's two things this last bout of extreme weather has taught me - don't try to use the much vaunted SkyMuster for anything and don't think you'll get much reading done when you're running around digging trenches for water to run off.

From the Blurb:

Peter Tanner left the flashy world of commercial law following the tragic death of his wife. Now, as a criminal defence barrister, he crosses paths with some of the less desirable but wealthy members of the nation’s underbelly.

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Another from the been waiting far too long pile.

From the Blurb:

A week of despair... a century of evil

Damaged but not yet broken, park ranger Taylor Bridges believes his ghosts are in the past - until a raging forest fire in an isolated canyon of The Falls lays bare the remains of a young woman… and a decade-old killing ground.

After the police enlist Taylor in their investigation, the evidence bizarrely points to a deranged preacher who reigned over The Falls a century ago.

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There should be no doubt whatsoever that the reason for reading this is that I'm a big fan of Candice Fox's work.

From the Blurb:

When Sydney police department sex crimes detective Harriet Blue is called into her boss’s office, she never imagined it would be to tell her that her brother is the prime suspect in the brutal murders of three women.

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Another from last week's reading - opening salvo in the Holger Munch & Mia Kruger series.

From the Blurb:

A six year old girl is found hanging from a tree. Around her neck is an airline tag which says 'I'm travelling alone'.

A special homicide unit in Oslo is re-opened with veteran police investigator Holger Munch at the helm. He must convince his erstwhile partner, Mia Kruger, an extremely talented but eccentric investigator, to leave the solitary island to which she has retreated in order to take her own life.

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Having just had a week off to work on the property, didn't quite achieve the numbers of books to be read that I'd hoped.

From the Blurb:

Carly Townsend is starting over after a decade of tragedy and pain. In a new town and a new apartment she's determined to leave the memories and failures of her past behind. 

However that dream is shattered in the dead of night when she is woken by the shadow of a man next to her bed, silently watching her. And it happens week after week.

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On Thursday 6th October, there are some events being organised around the University of Melbourne and a research project: "Genre Worlds: Australian Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century", with some great crime, romance and fantasy writers speaking!

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From the increasing true crime stacks.

From the Blurb:

When Don Osborne went to Pentridge in 1970, he found a nineteenth-century penal establishment in full working order. It held about 1200 inmates, most of them cooped up in tiny stone cells that sweltered in summer and froze in winter. Some had no sewerage or electric light.

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Catching up on the backlist as much as I can - this has been in the queue for a while now.

From the Blurb:

A suicide.

A secret.

To the grave.

That was the promise that ten girls made many years ago, and now the time has come when they will be forced to make a choice. Keep the secret and lose their lives, or reveal it and risk the lives of others.

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I've been wanting to see what the buzz was about - particularly as it's a debut and there have been some stonkingly good debuts around recently.

From the Blurb:

Sixteen years. That’s how long Clyde Barr has been away from Colorado’s thick forests, alpine deserts, and craggy peaks, running from a past filled with haunting memories. But now he’s back, having roamed across three continents as a hunter, adventurer, soldier of fortune, and most recently, unjustly imprisoned convict. And once again, his past is reaching out to claim him.

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This is more of a have read, than an am reading, as I tore through this very rapidly.

From the Blurb:

Sophie is haunted by the things she can't remember - and visions from the past she will never forget. One morning, she wakes to find that the little boy in her care is dead. She has no memory of what happened. And whatever the truth, her side of the story is no match for the evidence piled against her. Her only hiding place is in a new identity. A new life, with a man she has met online. But Sophie is not the only one keeping secrets ...

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Having had a stellar run of reading recently I've been doing a fair amount of starting, and then not being able to go on with books this week. Nothing to do with the books.

From the Blurb:

These are the true and uncensored accounts of Australia’s hardest inmates, from Australia’s hardest inmates.

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By now everyone knows that the winners of the 2016 Ned Kelly Awards were Best: Dave Warner for Before it Breaks, Best First: Emma Viskic for Resurrection Bay, Best True: Gideon Haigh for Certain Admissions and SD Harvey Short Story: Roni O'Brien for Flesh

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It was a hometown quinella on Saturday night as Paul Cleave and Ray Berard were announced as the winners of the 2016 Ngaio Marsh Awards at the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.

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Started reading this a few nights ago and as much as I say I'm not really one for paranormal, this is a great, Australian "blokey" paranormal series.

From the Blurb:

Freelance journalist Harry Hendrick is beginning to realise that you’re only as good as your last exclusive, and buzz doesn’t pay the bills, when he’s blackmailed by the police into investigating a series of bizarre suicides.

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It rained over the weekend so I gave myself a treat to celebrate.

From the Blurb:

Rebecca Thorne is a successful television journalist, but her world is thrown into turmoil when her Saturday night programme is axed because of falling ratings. Not only will she lose her job but her big story on the convicted triple murderer Connor Bligh, whom Rebecca believes is innocent, has to be abandoned.

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It was still rainy on Sunday so I continued the celebration.

From the Blurb:

Giverny. During the day, tourists flock to the former home of the famous artist Claude Monet and the gardens where he painted his Water Lilies. But when silence returns, there is a darker side to the peaceful French village.

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If somebody could explain to me why the hell I waited so long to read this book then I'd be eternally grateful.

From the Blurb:

It starts in a suburban backyard with Darren Keefe and his older brother, sons of a fierce and gutsy single mother. The endless glow of summer, the bottomless fury of contest. All the love and hatred in two small bodies poured into the rules of a made-up game.

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July on AustCrime, and another busy month of reading and reviewing. It could very well be that I'm out of sync with these postings again. Who knows.

Read / To be Reviewed:

Certain Admissions, Gideon Haigh (Aust / True Crime)

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A personal story, written by victim's friend, 40 years after the killing of a young woman in Rockhampton, Queensland.

From the Blurb:

Author Shirley Eldridge and Mima Joan McKim-Hill were friends and colleagues working for the Capricornia Regional Electricity Board in Rockhampton in 1967 when Mima

disappeared while on the job. She had been abducted, raped and murdered and her body abandoned.

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Second book read in the latter part of our week off.

From the Blurb:

A tiny tropical paradise off the coast of Australia, Norfolk Island is notoriously laid-back, its inhabitants friendly and independent-minded. They have to be—with no defences and no way to get immediate assistance from the mainland, Norfolk’s population learned to be self-reliant.

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This was from last week's holiday reading - probably should mention that it went particularly well with a very good Pyrenees Cab Sav.

From the Blurb:

Can you become someone else without the world noticing? 

When David's wife confesses that she was once a prostitute, the revelation doesn't disturb him - he considers it simply an error of youth. But the following night David collapses from a rare brain disease and within a few months his world is turned upside down.

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I will not for a moment pretend that this isn't a treat read, a reward for getting to the end of the holiday and pretty much avoiding everything that we were supposed to do.

From the Blurb:

Sergeant Logan McRae is in trouble…

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To be reviewed at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com.au

From the Blurb:

WHO REALLY KILLED THE HADLER FAMILY?

Luke Hadler turns a gun on his wife and child, then himself. The farming community of Kiewarra is facing life and death choices daily. If one of their own broke under the strain, well ...

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Perfect little filler and lead in to Drainland

From the Blurb:

A political operative in search of a Senator’s wayward son. A vice-ridden tropical island. This case is way, way too much…

John Dannen is a mysterious and violent man, employed by a powerful Senator. The Senator’s son is causing trouble and even worse, he’s doing it on Tunnel Island, a neon hell-hole run by gambling conglomerates, organized crime and a corrupt police force. But the case is simple enough: hand-deliver a message, get out alive..

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Another from this week's reading pile, which is, to be honest, from the very overdue section.

From the Blurb:

The Alo Release is a thriller exposing the potential for public opinion to be manipulated during an international crisis.

Nine days before the global release of a genetically modified seed coating set to make starvation history, the IT advisor for an environmental group receives a cryptic email from an old friend working for the seed corporation.

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Attempting a bit of a week off work - which should mean a bit of catching up on reading. She says hoping.

From the Blurb:

On the night Leo Stone returns—notionally from the dead, in reality from the Democratic Republic of the Congo—Cass Tuplin gets a call from Gary Kellett. A call about an actual dead person: Gary’s daughter, killed in a car crash. Gary’s adamant it wasn’t an accident.

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For the last couple of years I've had the enormous privilege of being one of the judges on the New Zealand Crime Fiction Ngaio Marsh Awards, and I'm not joking when I call it a privilege. I've always been a fan of the work of New Zealand's fine band of Crime Fiction writers, but in the last couple of years, there's something going on over there that demands close attention. There's a sense of risk taking, of boundary pushing that's now palpable, along with an increasing pride in place and culture that's just wonderful.

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The Australian Crime Writers Association today announced the shortlists for the 2016 Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing.