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Started this NZ based story on the weekend.

From the Blurb:

The New Zealand government – led by autocratic Prime Minister Wynyard Nairn – approves the establishment of a USA naval facility, and in the middle of Wellington’s pristine harbour.

Given the anti-nuclear stance in the country, all hell breaks out!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Another from the go away I'm busy pile...

From the Blurb:

'It was suffocatingly hot, and the audience of howling children was viciously indifferent to the violence being done to my integrity as an artist by every ghastly syllable I was obliged to utter and by every mincing step I was obliged to take. As the foul smell of the ancient wig I was wearing wafted into my nostrils, I began to view the bombing of Darwin with something like nostalgia.'

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Due out in September, but there's only so much alluring sitting around a book like this can do before a reader just has to sit down and read the thing.

From the Blurb:

A heist thriller set in Queensland, Melbourne and Thailand. Think Richard Stark's Parker, Garry Disher's Wyatt, and Wallace Stroby's Crissa Stone. Add a touch of Surfers Paradise sleaze and a very dangerous stopover in Asia.

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From now until the final page is turned on this one be warned. I really don't care what anybody else wants, unless it's a life-threatening emergency, I'm busy.

From the Blurb:

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I was "patiently" waiting for my partner to finish this one after we were lucky enough to see the author talk about the book at an event in Dunnolly. And then a heap of other books snuck in front. I've still got some that should be being read right now, but I really wanted to read this so it's my "treat of the month".

From the Blurb:

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Last night I was all set for a watch of Le Tour de France. Love the stages in the mountains, for the scenery as much as the tactical team riding. But then I picked up DEVOUR, devoured the first 50 pages and lost track of the tour shenanigans completely. Fell asleep with the book on my nose.

From the Blurb:

Their greatest fear was contaminating an ancient Antarctic lake, buried beneath the ice for millions of years. They little knew about the catastrophe they were about to unleash.

Welcome to the high octane world of Olivia Wolfe.

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Attempting to read this one over the weekend for our next f2f bookclub gathering.

From the Blurb:

As a young woman, Roseanne McNulty was one of the most beautiful and beguiling girls in County Sligo, Ireland. Now, as her hundredth year draws near, she is a patient at Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital, and she decides to record the events of her life.

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Whilst it's a huge privilege to be able to read a lot of review books, every now and again it's nice to treat yourself to one just because you want to read it. Although this is the first in the series, prompted because of a review opportunity with the second.

From the Blurb:

Jana Matinova entered the Czechoslovak police force as a young woman, married an actor, and became a mother. The regime destroyed her husband, their love for one another, and her daughter’s respect for her. But she has never stopped being a seeker of justice. 

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Next up from the ridiculously large and embarrassingly behind schedule, review pile.

From the Blurb:

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Second in the Sammi Willis series, she's back at work after avoiding a serial killer's grasp in the first novel.

From the Blurb:

A marked man. A damaged cop. A town full of secrets.

After her abduction and near death at the hands of a sadistic killer, Constable Samantha Willis is back in the uniform. Despite being on desk duty, rumours reach Sammi that Someone in Angel's Crossing has been hurting little girls, and before long a mob is gathering to make sure justice is served.

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A long weekend treat read that turned out to be a very good treat indeed.

From the Blurb:

"Still, he looked for hoof prints, glad there was nobody to laugh at him for doing so. He shaded his eyes and squinted at a dark object, half covered in sand, then began to walk towards it. He should have been wearing sunglasses to protect his eyes, but he never thought of things like that. It was a woman's coat, black, or at least it had been."

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Debut from Tasmanian author Barry Weston, first in the Tasmanian Private Investigation Trilogy.

From the Blurb:

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Second from the long-weekend's read pile - a local debut set in Queensland.

From the Blurb:

Cadet journalist Stacey McCallaghan is struggling to find anything newsworthy to report on in the small country town of Toomey. Front-page stories consist of the price of cattle and lawn bowls results, and Stacey spends more time laying out the crossword than covering actual news.

Until the first dead body turns up.

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Started this debut novel from a local author last night.

From the Blurb:

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It was, at best, mildly damp in these parts over the weekend (unlike some parts that got hammered) but the hell with it - got some reading done anyway.

From the Blurb:

USS Ulysses: State-of-the-art nuclear submarine. Deterrent. Target.

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The 7th in the "byte" series from NZ author, Cat Connor.

From the Blurb:

Washington D.C. is burning, blowing up before SSA Ellie Conway’s eyes. More than ever she needs her controversial connections to prevent more terror attacks and horrifying deaths. 

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Had a bit of a free-range around the Ned Kelly list while waiting for himself to finish one of the true crime entrants we got hold of recently ... which I'm looking forward to reading.

From the Blurb:

PI Harry Kenmare is a prehistoric private detective in an unfriendly modern world.

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Reading this one for http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au and thinking a lot about the experiences of women from previous generations.

From the Blurb:

Inspired by the true events of an unsolved murder

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Lot's of things I should have been doing over the weekend, but I started this book and got nothing done.

From the Blurb:

Chief Prosecutor Sigurd Halvorsrud's wife is found dead in front of the fireplace in the family living room. The cause of death is instantly apparent - she has been brutally decapitated. Halvorsrud immediately falls under suspicion. Then a journalist at one of Oslo's largest newspapers is found beheaded. What links these two horrifically violent crimes?

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Quite a change of pace for me this one.

From the Blurb:

Summons to a bullet-riddled body in a Hell’s Kitchen apartment marks the start of a new case for consulting detectives Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson. The victim is a subway train driver with a hidden stash of money and a strange Colombian connection, but why would someone kill him and leave a fortune behind?

The search for the truth will lead the sleuths deep into the hidden underground tunnels beneath New York City, where answers—and more bodies—may well await them...  

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Something from the very different indeed pile. Swedish, noir, set in 1930.

From the Blurb:

An ultra-gritty piece of contemporary Swedish noir, set in a decrepit, highly atmospheric 1930s Stockholm that is a far cry from the modern, egalitarian capital city of today. 

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Step away from the New Zealand and Australian piles at the moment for a f2f bookclub book.

From the Blurb:

Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo Nesbø’s antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back: in a bone-chilling thriller that will take Hole to the brink of insanity. 

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Eurovision weekend is always a good one in these parts, although having something good to read on the side helps. This debut is quite a find.

From the Blurb:

Music promoter Billy Lime is in trouble.

The tour of rock legends, The Pagan Virtue, is the biggest in music history. Their concerts in Australia should be a career highlight if Billy can keep the warring musicians off the drugs, out of the bars and on the stage.

When lead singer Jet Kelly is poisoned, Billy's world starts to crumble.

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I've been wandering around in the Ned Kelly Submission list a bit recently - will be returning back to the Best Crime list asap as there's a few books on it I've yet to read as well. 

From the Blurb:

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As I'm working my way through all 6 episodes of this - a combined mention :)

From the Blurb:

Lethal in Love is a steamy romantic suspense about an instinct-driven detective and a sexy, scoop-hungry reporter, both on the hunt for a sadistic killer. 

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Packaged as a series of novellas (episodes), Lethal in Love is a romantic suspense police story with a serial killer hunt at it's heart.

From the Blurb:

Lethal in Love is a steamy romantic suspense about an instinct-driven detective and a sexy, scoop-hungry reporter, both on the hunt for a sadistic killer. 

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I will admit this is one from the absolutely intrigued me pile - so it has jumped up a little, but I'm regarding it as a treat read. 

From the Blurb:

Ethel Livesey was quite a gal.

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About this time of the year I start madly trying to catch up with the Ned Kelly longlists. The ongoing quest is to manage to read the whole list!

From the Blurb:

Dom Tolen craves a simple life. He keeps his head down at work, jogs off his midweek beers and busies himself with jigsaw puzzles. What riles him is his irksome twin, Donald. Separated from his wife and making his presence felt holed up in Dom’s spare room, Donald turns to pestering him to play a practical joke. 

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Read over the long weekend - the latest in a series which is mystery focused, but rich with fascinating historical insight.

From the Blurb:

In the third instalment of the Le Fanu Mystery series, the intrepid superintendent is promoted to Inspector-General of Police in 1920s Madras, which proves to be more boring than he had envisaged.

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Final from a long weekend where a little more socialising than reading occurred.

From the Blurb:

The darkness felt tangible. Like it was pressing against my blind eyes … We were going to die here. Slowly, slowly.

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2nd from the long weekend's reading, and in New Zealand.

From the Blurb:

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A Novella length outing with Alex Morgan that is just the thing for some escapist reading, with a very good message.

From the Blurb:

How far will Alex Morgan go to repay the man who saved his life?

Friends are a luxury that agents of INTERPOL's blacks ops division cannot afford, but Alex Morgan wasn't always a spy.

When a former US Army Ranger who saved Morgan's life in Afghanistan reaches out, convinced that Morgan is the only person who can help him, Morgan springs into action.

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Next from a weekend spent getting stuck into the overdue reading list.

From the Blurb:

The summer of 1976 in Auckland, New Zealand. 

There is a severe marijuana drought. 

Two couples; a gynecologist and a physicist, together with a violinist and an actress meet by accident in a pub and help a Maori evade the police. 

A group of Maori plans to deliver a truckload of cannabis to Auckland. 

A Chinese family has harvested four greenhouses of enhanced sensimilla. 

A criminal mastermind plots to start a drug war. 

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The final one started over this past weekend - needing in particular a change of hemisphere although I wish now I'd read the first in the series.

From the Blurb:

Leo Junker is back in the snake pit — aka the homicide unit — after a murder case where he was the intended victim. Still abusing prescription drugs and battling his inner demons, he’s doing his best to appear fit for duty.

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2nd from the weekend's pile.

From the Blurb:

Melbourne is a city living in fear. 

A sadistic killer is on the loose. 

Policewomen are being targeted and the count stands at seven. 

Detective Jake Miller and Criminal Psychologist Brodie Foxx head the task force. 

As they race to find the killer, the body count continues to rise, leading them deep into a world of pure evil. 

Will they succeed where all others have failed? 

Or will the hunters become the hunted? 

Will they pay the ultimate price? 

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From the piles and piles of things I've got queued up at the moment.

From the Blurb:

Boom and Bust is a violent hard-boiled crime novel about a man forced into acts of desperation and depravity by debt. He is over-committed in the property market and is changing careers to have a crack as a real estate agent just as the Global Financial Crisis is about to hit. His timing couldn't be worse and the bodies are piling up around him as he tries to shoot his way out of trouble. 

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Being a solo farmer for a week normally I dodge anything too "confrontational" in my reading matter - a) because it's usually impossible to get time to devote to something that's going to require concentration, and b) there's no point in scaring yourself witless if you don't have to (things have a tendency to go bump in the night around here). But this was a most unexpected experience, it was absolutely riveting, confrontational, difficult reading, but illuminating, moving.

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So having had my socks blown off by one New Zealand / Ngaio Marsh contender, the next book in the queue was intriguing, another most unusual slow burner of a read with all sorts of potential to go in all sorts of directions. That, needless to say, was the end of all but essential chores for the rest of the weekend.

From the Blurb:

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I've been doing some very determined juggling recently as this is a book I've been very keen to read - particularly as the 2nd in the series is now also out. Wonderful sense of place.

From the Blurb:

Steve West, mining engineer and ex-footy star, just wants a dirty weekend in town, but he can't stop people telling him their secrets. When crusading Kara incites a breakout in the desert, Westie finds himself her reluctant accomplice. Soon he's got a runaway asylum seeker in tow, and all the world, it seems, on his tail.

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The final from the Easter reading pile.

From the Blurb:

The year is 1900, and photographer Beatrix Spencer has just opened her photographic studio in the bustling colonial metropolis of Sydney. But it is a turbulent time to start a new business. A deadly outbreak of bubonic plague is threatening the city, causing public panic, putting ships into quarantine and causing unrest on the wharves. The colony is preparing to send soldiers to the Boer War. Women are struggling to gain rights and recognition.

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Loved the opening of this - too much hollandaise is indeed a crime, hangover or no hangover.

From the Blurb:

One spring morning a woman is found dead in a Brunswick alley adorned with symbols of the occult. Catherine Kint, milliner, gin enthusiast and raconteur, has no reason to be involved until her friend is under investigation. Armed with her sharp wit, a crime scene background and a barman named Boris, Catherine walks into a world of new age prophecies, curses and money. Honestly, it would drive a girl to drink.

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Grant Nicol is originally from New Zealand but his fiction is set in Iceland, where he now lives. This is a bit more of a novella.

From the Blurb:

Everybody Makes Mistakes!

A mutilated body is found on a lonely street in Reykjavík.

Detective Grímur intends to see that justice is done.

Kjartan Jónsson vows that his daughter’s killer will be punished. And that the punishment will fit the crime.

Prime suspect Gunnar Atli desperately needs to prevent his own dark secrets from coming to light. And he’s not the only one.

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This year I've really made an attempt to keep up with debut Australian crime novels - although a few, as with this one, have dodged my faulty radar. Catching up now needless to say.

From the Blurb:

An astute novel about Australian racism — and about humanity prevailing over entrenched prejudice.

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Wanted something that's guaranteed to be a bit of fun - so this seemed perfect - being from a very good cosy series.

From the Blurb:

Six romance writers
Five secrets
Four poison pen letters
Three stolen manuscripts
Two undercover journalists
One over-complicated love life
Way too many teacups and tiny sandwiches

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Used to think I'd be able to keep up with the local crime writing output. Didn't realise I was quite that delusional. This is one from last year that I blinked and missed.

From the Blurb:

When Dimitri Telegonus is promoted to the Serious Unsolved Crime Unit to investigate the disappearance of a beautiful blonde escort, he thinks he’s finally made the big time. He’d always wanted to do detective work; thought it was his destiny.

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I've been shuffling this book up the stack for a while now, and somehow it keeps not quite making it to the top. Which is so annoying, that sometimes you have to knock the whole teetering pile to the floor and read what you bloody well want to read.

From the Blurb:

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Dear reader, you may know of my love of Japanese crime fiction.

From the Blurb:

SIX FOUR. 
THE NIGHTMARE NO PARENT COULD ENDURE. 
THE CASE NO DETECTIVE COULD SOLVE. 
THE TWIST NO READER COULD PREDICT.

For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter's kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again.

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Look I can't explain why I'm reading it either.

From the Blurb:

A woman is attacked in strange circumstances on a midnight street in Valletta, Malta. An island country known for its history of early civilisations and military might is the backdrop for a series of distant relations and revelations as we follow Jack Sant; a Knight of Malta, on his quest to solve some of the country’s worst cold cases. 

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This one has had me a little intrigued and a little uncomfortable as it's edged it's way to the top of the queue. Part romance, part detective story, investigating the perils and exhilaration of young love...

From the Blurb:

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Love a good thriller, so jumped at the chance to read this new offering from Pantera Press.

From the Blurb:

Stepan Volkov forfeited his future when he was paid to forget his past.

Forced to adapt, he ultimately became the world's most wanted killer... feared, vicious and brutal.

A tool of the Organizatsiya, a Russian crime syndicate that forged him into 'The Wolf', he's pursued by American spies and Australian agents, torn between his need to survive and his desire to be free.

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I've been wading around on the darker side for a while now, and this is very light, cosy stuff with a humorous side which kind of appealed over the weekend.

From the Blurb:

It was supposed to be the holiday of a lifetime ...

When Nell Forrest's life hits a speed bump (which is most definitely not a midlife crisis) a cruise around the Mediterranean seems like just the ticket.

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I did jump this up the queue. A lot. I just love short story collections, and there are some wonderful writers in this.

From the Blurb:

Is there really such a thing as an innocent person?

Teachers, cops, mothers, wives, everyone has their breaking point; that moment where it could go either way. From the prostitute with no way out, to the bitter author, and a cop who just wants his leave, the characters in this collection will baffle and bewilder you at every turn.

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Been hearing lots and lots of whispers about how good this interesting approach to true crime is. 

From the Blurb:

In 2004, the body of a young Perth woman was found on the grounds of a primary school. Her name was Rebecca Ryle. The killing would mystify investigators, lawyers, and psychologists - and profoundly rearrange the life of the victim's family.

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From earlier in this week - something I've wanted to read for a while, so one of my "just because" reads for this month.

From the Blurb:

Called to a woman's refuge to take a routine witness statement, DI Marnie Rome instead walks in on an attempted murder.

Trying to uncover the truth from layers of secrets, Marnie finds herself confronting her own demons.  Because she, of all people, knows that it can be those closest to us we should fear the most . . .

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The 2nd in the Harry Belltree trilogy and the book I finished this afternoon when I should have been working.

From the Blurb:

Detective Sergeant Harry Belltree, back on the job after a near-fatal confrontation with corrupt colleagues, has become a departmental embarrassment. The solution is a posting away from Sydney and a quiet life in Newcastle.

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This book, from India, has such a wonderful sense of place and culture, partially due to the "tone" of the writing, which is beautifully lyrical.

From the Blurb:

The mysterious and alluring Pramila, resident of Avantika Heights, is brutally murdered. Sudhir Das, the security guard from the Golden Red Security Agency, is caught red-handed. 

In steps Sudhir's boss, young Orko Deb, the hesitant avenger. 

His cautious sleuthing, all over Kolkata, throws up more questions than answers. 

Who is Pramila? 

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Somewhere in the middle of the month - actually remembered to post some best of's for 2015. Other than that, this is a combination of books read, read and reviewed, and reviews caught up with, because I didn't really keep track of what was what. I was on holidays - from computers and PM tools if nothing else. 

Reviewed in December:

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It's always a Good New Year when you open a book from Adrian McKinty and from the starting paragraph you're hooked. 

From the Blurb:

It’s just the same things over and again for Sean Duffy: riot duty, heartbreak, cases he can solve but never get to court. But what detective gets two locked-room mysteries in one career?

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Technically I'm not here - we're taking a few weeks off from computers to try to recharge battered batteries. It's been so bloody hot here we've nearly melted and nope it hasn't rained. Not a bloody drop.

Which has meant some reading time in amongst the hourly trips outside to make sure the poultry at least are surviving this appalling weather.

American Blood, Ben Sanders

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Read this one over the weekend. Review to come.

From the Blurb:

BRISBANE, 1984. Jim Harris is a hard-drinking Australian detective on his way to a nervous breakdown. Every day, he works alongside corrupt cops and dangerous crooks. That is, until a brutal murder case unravels his career, bringing past indiscretions to light. Alone, afraid, and out of control, Harris makes a pact with himself: Four days to locate the killer. Four days to take revenge. Four days to find redemption.

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Reading this for a series review at Newtown Review of Books.

From the Blurb:

When Rowland Sinclair is invited to take his yellow Mercedes onto the Maroubra Speedway, renamed the Killer Track for the lives it has claimed, he agrees without caution or reserve.

But then people start to die.

The body of a journalist covering the race is found in a House of Horrors, an English blueblood with Blackshirt affiliations is killed on the race track. and it seems that someone has Rowland in their sights.

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Didn't get a heap of reading done over the weekend (went to see The Dressmaker yesterday which took a big chunk out of the day), but I did start this one last night.

From the Blurb:

You can run from everything but your fears.

Three years after a gang brutally murdered his wife and son, Sergeant Cam Fraser has returned with his daughter Ruby to the country town where he was raised - a town too small for trouble. But then a body is found on the school grounds, badly burned and unrecognisable. Who in Glenroyd could possibly be a murderer? And why?

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A change of setting and some very high paced action.

From the Blurb:

A high-octane thriller with a heart-stopping conclusion about a mysterious American woman who disappears into the Cambodian underworld, and the photojournalist who tracks her through the clues left in her diary.

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From the "should probably have already read this" but now reading for next f2f bookclub meeting...

From the Blurb:

Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

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Debut from Kiwi based writer Ray Berard, which came with a very big rap from Craig Sisterson.

From the Blurb:

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2nd book in the DI John Mahoney series, set in Tasmania.

From the Blurb:

Tasmania is in trouble. 

While mainland Australia surges through the backwash of the GFC the island state is struggling. Political infighting, bureaucratic ineptitude and a lack of investment have curtailed progress. Too many people are lodging on ‘Struggle Street’. 

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The 3rd Cormoran Strike novel, and the 2nd that I've read in the last week :)

From the Blurb:

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible--and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

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Having just had a week of holidays (well partially holidays / partially off-air because we hit the limits of our Internet data cap and have been desperately trying to avoid being shaped which meant no non-essential online activity), got a fair bit of reading done! Stand by for more on this book in December.

From the Blurb:

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Set in Australia, written by an English author, from the world of international diplomacy.

From the Blurb:

Diplomat Jess Turner is the British Consul in Canberra. When a British businesswoman is brutally murdered in a Queensland resort, Jess travels to Brisbane to liaise with the police, and help the victim’s next of kin, her journalist sister, Susan. 

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A debut novel steeped in archaeology and librarianship, very much from the cosier end of the crime fiction scale.

From the Blurb:

Yearning for her former life as an archaeologist, Australian librarian Dr. Elizabeth Pimms is struggling with a job she doesn’t want, a family she both loves and resents, and enforced separation from her boyfriend.

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One of those books that I could have sworn I'd read, but then couldn't find a note of it anywhere. Got into it and realised, nope, hadn't read it. 

From the Blurb:

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

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There's nothing like a new Wyatt to make a reader very happy.

From the Blurb:

Wyatt needs a job.

A bank job would be nice, or a security van hold-up. As long as he doesn’t have to work with cocky idiots and strung-out meth-heads like the Pepper brothers. That’s the sort of miscalculation that buys you the wrong kind of time.

So he contacts a man who in the past put him on the right kind of heist. And finds himself in Noosa, stealing a painting for Hannah Sten.

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No idea what to expect with this one but felt like something a little different. Got that.

From the Blurb:

The Euganean Hills golf community in northern Italy is a golfer’s paradise. With a perpetual smell of freshly cut grass, rolling green plains, and bright blue skies, it seems nothing could go wrong for the tight-knit group that lives there.

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Latest thriller in the Dan Taylor series, which I will admit to really liking.

From the Blurb:

Dan Taylor has survived two attempts on his life. The rest of his team are missing, and now a terrorist group has stolen a radioactive isotope from a top secret government project.

Can Dan survive long enough to prevent a nuclear disaster on British soil?

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Having got out of order on these, now going back to read the first of the Ash Henderson books.

From the Blurb:

The tabloids call him the Birthday Boy. He snatches girls just before their 13th birthdays. One year later the family get a homemade card in the post - 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!' scrawled in blood-red ink above a Polaroid photograph of the missing girl. Detective Constable Ash Henderson is seconded to the investigation.

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Debut book from Australian author for review at Newtown Review of Books.

From the Blurb:

Introducing Stella Hardy, a wisecracking social worker with a thirst for social justice, good laksa, and alcohol.

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I started this a while ago and had to put it aside due to scheduling, but it stayed with me. Now real life is intruding on finishing it in a most annoying manner.

From the Blurb:

Oliver Ryan is a handsome and charismatic success story. He lives in the suburbs with his wife, Alice, who illustrates his award-winning children's books and gives him her unstinting devotion. Their life together is one of enviable privilege and ease - enviable until, one evening after supper, Oliver attacks Alice and beats her into a coma.

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Author that lives in Brisbane, who has written a book set in a particularly brutal part of the New Zealand wilderness.

From the Blurb:

“The Maori call this place Ata Whenua—Shadow Land.”

Television reporter Callie Brown likes safe places with good coffee. But she joins friends from the past on a trek into New Zealand’s most brutal wilderness, in the hope of healing a broken heart.

What she doesn’t know is that someone wants them all dead.

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irst from a long, hot weekend of reading. Did I mention hot. It's OCTOBER and it's stinking. Sigh.

From the Blurb:

"Do you think it's possible to live again, Monsieur? ... I mean ... is it possible to die and then ... live again in someone else?"

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Got quite a bit of reading done over the weekend what with the heat and daylight saving meaning I had an extra hour of a night to get a few things done. He's off to Amsterdam middle of this week though so I'm not promising this can / will continue.

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The final from the week off's reading, a book I've been looking forward to very much.

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Have taken a week away from the computers so a bit of "whatever I want" reading is being fitted in around farm chores.

From the Blurb:

Mumbai, murder and a baby elephant combine in a charming, joyful mystery for fans of Alexander McCall Smith and Rachel Joyce.

On the day he retires, Inspector Ashwin Chopra inherits two unexpected mysteries.

The first is the case of a drowned boy, whose suspicious death no one seems to want solved.

And the second is a baby elephant.

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As is always the way when we take a week off in Spring to get started on fire season preparations, there's an arctic blast that drives freezing cold winds through. No rain of course, but lordy it's cold out there so we all (me / him when he's not in the shed doing mysterious things, Meg the old dog, Mambo the Puppy, and Injira the new terrier, 2 hiding cats) are in front of the fire. They're snoring. I'm reading. There is red wine.

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Second from a weekend's reading of taking it very easy.

From the Blurb:

Terry Pratchett’s fantasy classic Wyrd Sisters, a novel in the Discworld series, is the story of Granny Weatherwax, the most highly regarded non-leader a coven of non-social witches could ever have.

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First from this NZ based, Swedish born author.

From the Blurb:

Karen's life is abruptly thrown into chaos when her flatmate is gunned down in front of her in the street where they live.

Within days she is forced to take drastic action to ensure her own safety. She criss-crosses New Zealand to evade the killers, changes her appearance and settles into a small community as 'Cara'. But danger still stalks her and she is forced to make dramatic choices in the face of threats and brutal violence.

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From the Ned Kelly nomination list, and the winner of the 2015 Best Adult Davitt - this one's been sitting here for a while now for re-read / review.

From the Blurb:

'I guess it started with the mothers.'

'It was all just a terrible misunderstanding.'

'I'll tell you exactly why it happened.'

Pirriwee Public’s annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. Was it murder, a tragic accident...or something else entirely?

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This debut from the 2014 Ned Kelly S.D. Harvey Award for Short Story writing is for review at Newtown Review of Books.

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The second from a quieter reading weekend than usual (honestly whoever came up with this idea of having to work around the place...)

From the Blurb:

When a major Parisian modern art event gets unexpected attention on live TV, Chief of Police Nico Sirsky and his team of elite crime fighters rush to La Villette park and museum complex. On the site of the French capital's former slaughterhouses, the blood is just starting to flow, and Sirsky finds himself chasing the butcher of Paris, while his own mother faces an uncertain future.

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I should be reading lots of other things, but damn it, I'm reading this.

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Reading this for review at Newtown Review of Books - you can read Robert's review of the book in the meantime.

From the Blurb:

I close my eyes and feel my heart begin racing

Someone is coming

They're going to find me

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A first for me from this author, written in a very engaging manner.

From the Blurb:

For Keiko Nishisato, leaving Tokyo is a rare adventure, but it’s living in the quiet little town of Painchton, Scotland, that shows her how far she is from home.

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From the "no idea why but let's read it anyway pile".

From the Blurb:

If it had another name, I never knew, but the locals called it the Loney - that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune where Hanny and I went every Easter time with Mummer, Farther, Mr and Mrs Belderboss and Father Wilfred, the parish priest.

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Flagged as a number 1 bestseller in Sweden, this is a very unusual book featuring a most unexpected protagonist.

From the Blurb:

A naked and bloody seven-year-old girl walks into a bank, clutching a grubby teddy bear. She plays a threatening recording, demanding money. No one dares intervene. 

The child leaves the bank and disappears, without leaving a trace of evidence.

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Another series I'm slow off the mark with, unfortunately.

From the Blurb:

A Greek gangster arrives in Stockholm, only to be murdered in a macabre fashion at Skansen zoo, his body consumed by animals.

As the Intercrime Unit – a team dedicated to solving international violent crime – investigate what brought him to Sweden, eight Eastern European women vanish from a refugee centre outside of the city while an elderly professor, the tattooed numbers on his arm hinting at his terrible past, is executed at the Jewish cemetery.

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Reading for this for f2f bookclub this weekend.

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Slight change of pace before heading back into the stacks of crime fiction around here.

From the Blurb:

BEHIND THE WALLS OF GOULBURN JAIL

An unprecedented spate of murders in the 1990s – seven in just three years – earned Goulburn Jail the ominous name of ‘The Killing Fields'. Inmates who were sentenced or transferred to the 130-year-old towering sandstone menace declared they had been given a death sentence. 

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It was cold this weekend, dry because ... you know non-existent drought in Victoria ... but reading weather because frankly too cold to battle it out the vague pointlessness of the garden.

From the Blurb:

Joel Fitch used to be a con artist.

That is, until his scam paid off but his life went belly up. Now, two years later, at the ripe old age of 22, Joel has a mattress full of cash and no idea what comes next. The movies never tell you what to do after you’ve walked into the sunset.

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Right - subject matter of this one's been a bit of an issue in getting started, but big girl's pants on and reading underway.

From the Blurb:

The hunt is on

A GRUESOME GAME

A madman is kidnapping women to hunt them for sport.

A FRANTIC SEARCH

Detective Janine Postlewaite leads the investigation into the disappearance of Samantha Willis, determined not to let another innocent die on her watch.

A SHOCKING TWIST

The killer's newest prey isn't like the others. Sammi is a cop. And she refuses to be his victim.

Karen Chisholm

To be honest I was leery about another Darian Richards book being so completely over the utterly mad serial killer thing. But this is different and I'm finding it very hard to put down.

From the Blurb:

Darian Richards is an ex-cop, a good one. He did whatever it took to solve a crime and stop the bad guy. Whatever it took! But after sixteen years as the head of Victoria's Homicide Squad, he'd had enough of promising victims' families he'd find the answers they needed. He had to walk away to save his sanity.

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One from a cold weekend's reading

From the Blurb:

Set in Queensland, this debut crime novel Double Madness by Caroline de Costa, takes us into a sordid underbelly of psycho-sexual depravity. 

As local residents and authorities in Far North Queensland assess the damage in the aftermath of Cyclone Yasi, a woman's body is found in bizarre circumstances deep in the rainforest.

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Soji Shimada, author of over 100 mystery novels, is a designer, musician, and astrology writer. Let's hope this isn't the only one of his books translated because it is wonderful.

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A debut novel from Melbourne based author - to be reviewed at http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au(link is external)

From the Blurb:

Kurt Cobain stands at the top of the stairs, wearing the brown sweater. ‘Please don’t leave me,’ she yells up at him. But it’s too late; he’s turning away as the tram slows for the stop out on the street.

Then she’s lying on the road. Car tyres are going past, slowly. Somebody is screaming. A siren howls.

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The first of last weekend's reading.

From the Blurb:

Rebecca Wilding, an archaeology professor, traces the past for a living.

But suddenly, truth and certainty is turning against her. Rebecca is accused of serious fraud, and worse, she suspects – she knows – that her husband, Stephen, is having an affair.

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Sneaking in a "want to read" rather than a "have to read" as a bit of a reward for good behaviour. When I say good behaviour of course I mean sticking to the must read piles, as opposed to actual good behaviour. Don't want anybody to get the wrong idea. I'm ridiculously behind / out of order with this series which has been frustrating to say the least.

From the Blurb:

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An unusual cross genre book - to be reviewed at http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au/(link is external)

From the Blurb:

When washed up journalist Harry Hendrick wakes with a hangover and a strange symbol tattooed on his neck, he shrugs it off as a bad night out.

When more tattoos appear — accompanied by visions of war-torn Afghanistan, bikies, boat people, murder, bar fights and a mysterious woman — he begins to dig a little deeper.

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In a weekend where reading was somewhat brief and fleeting, this was such a lucky choice. Fascinating little book.

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Second from this weekend, this author says his influences are John Mortimer, PG Wodehouse and William Boyd and you can definitely see that :)

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A new book from Crickey correspondent, set in the world of corporate / government cyber-terrorism.

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Been looking forward to this one immensely. Readers who haven't discovered this series yet - can't recommend it highly enough. For review at http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au(link is external)

From the Blurb:

The fourth engrossing mystery in the acclaimed Dr Dody McCleland series, featuring Britain's first female autopsy surgeon.

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Nothing more annoying than knowing you've loved the first book in a series, and despite promises, haven't read the 2nd until there's now 3 and 4 out. Sheesh.

From the Blurb:

DI Helen Grace returns in Pop Goes the Weasel, the electrifying new thriller from M. J. Arlidge.

The body of a middle-aged man is discovered in Southampton's red-light district - horrifically mutilated, with his heart removed.

Hours later - and barely cold - the heart arrives with his wife and children by courier.

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This book was sitting on one of the hillocks in front of Mt TBR around the place when last weekend my partner happened to pick it up (the hillock was close the couch and he was somewhat movement hampered by 3 dogs demanding nurses). From the first chapter he was extolling its virtues so I thought I should take a look :)

From the Blurb:

At a remote military base in the Indian Ocean, the CIA is trying to get a prisoner to confess. But the detainee, a suspect in an Islamist-inspired terror attack in the United States, refuses to talk.

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For our f2f bookclub, this won the 2013 Ned Kelly True Crime Award.

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Another from the Ned Kelly nomination - this time the Best First category.

From the Blurb:

One dark secret. Two troubled souls. The lie that brings them together could tear them apart.

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Another from the 2015 Neddies Best First category read over the weekend.

From the Blurb:

When a battered wife disappears from a women's crisis shelter after her husband's murder, guilt-driven journo Lexie Reed, has to push the already besieged DSS Wil Saddington to help as she uncovers human trafficking of Melbourne's most vulnerable.

If her husband hadn't been murdered - would anyone have noticed she was missing?

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We've all been waiting a very long time for this and boy does it not disappoint. To be reviewed at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com.au/(link is external)

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Another from the 2015 Neddies Submission List - this time the True Crime section.

From the Blurb:

How did a father with no criminal history come to be on trial for the brutal murder of his wife? All marriages have their secrets. Things started to unravel for Gerard Baden-Clay the night his wife Allison vanished. Within days everything private would become public.

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From Crime Factory Publications, started this last night and it's dark, brutal and fascinating, with just a hint of something odd going on :)

From the Blurb:

1948 Portvieux City. A scandal photographer shoots a brutally murdered woman through his lens.

But only he can see her.

As the Photographer uncovers the truth about the invisible woman, he delves into the seedy city, where a missing photographer leaves a legacy of lust, and the border between dreams and reality slowly dissolves like a negative in acid.

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Another from my quest to read all nominees this year :)

From the Blurb:

Once an artist and teacher, Jen now spends her time watching the birds around her house and tending her lush sub-tropical garden near the small town where she grew up. The only person she sees regularly is Henry, who comes after school for drawing lessons.

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Felt like a bit of a change of pace and style, and an excuse to crave a glass or two of wine.

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First from a bitterly cold weekend's reading. This is another entry from the Ned Kelly submissions to be reviewed at http://www.reviewingtheevidence.com(link is external)

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Look I don't know why these books appeal but they make me laugh!

From the Blurb:

Rainbow's got the blues. His girlfriend's dumped him; his assassin mate Rory's found God; his Aunt Rube's as sick as a bad joke; and his ex-wife's thrown up a barricade - all right, a cordon bleu - around his daughter Imogene.

So when a snake's let loose in a laboratory, his ballet teacher's under siege and a nasty little joker by the name of Cock Robin cops it, Rainbow climbs into the ring because it's his job - but also because he needs the distraction.

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A young adult book, written from the viewpoint of Luca, a young man found guilty of murdering his mother and stepfather when he was 13 years old.

From the Blurb:

Based on a real-life story where a 24-year-old Tennessee man was executed for murdering his mother and stepfather when he was 13.

He had been on drugs and had access to a gun.

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A debut book that people have been talking up very loudly.

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Another picked up because of this year's Ned Kelly Awards submissions list, I've got to get to the Davitt's list next! 

http://www.sistersincrime.org.au/content/davitt-readers-choice-voting-2015(link is external)

From the Blurb:

National Parks ranger Erin Taylor loves her job, is falling for her colleague, Simon, and is finally leaving her past behind . . .

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The last from my currently reading pile - the latest from Karin Fossum.

From the Blurb:

The new Inspector Sejer novel

‘He'd just learnt to walk,’ she said. ‘He was sitting playing on his blanket, then all of a sudden he was gone.’

A 16-month-old boy is found drowned in a pond right by his home. Chief Inspector Sejer is called to the scene as there is something troubling about the mother’s story. As even her own family turns against her, Sejer is determined to get to the truth.

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Another book from both the Davitt's and Ned Kelly listings.

From the Blurb:

Still hurting after a painful divorce, Joanna leaves the city, moving with her six-year-old daughter Mia to a country town. She’s looking for a better, happier life, and when she meets farmer Chris Youngman, she discovers the possibility of a future as a farmer’s wife.

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Something for our f2f bookclub gathering on Sunday. Looking forward to the discussion of this one very much.

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The latest Jack Emery book this officially brings to an end my current binge of these three :)

From the Blurb:

What is the true cost of security?

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"The true story of Australia's first female serial killer" as it says on the cover, is absolutely fascinating.

From the Blurb:

'Never before in the hundred year history of Australia has a female prisoner become so notorious as Louisa Collins.' - Evening News.

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4 days away from the day jobs (so will catch up with some emails etc next week) so I'm treating myself to something I've been wanting to read since it arrived.

From the Blurb:

On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. 168 out of 169 passengers are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a three-month-old baby girl. Two families, one rich, the other poor, step forward to claim her, sparking an investigation that will last for almost two decades. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie?

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The third in the DS Allie Shenton series this the second for me.

From the Blurb:

When one of the notorious Johnson brothers is murdered and a bag of money goes missing, a deadly game of cat and mouse is set in motion.

DS Allie Shenton and her team are called in to catch the killer, but the suspects are double-crossing each other and Allie has little time to untangle the web of lies.

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Set in Africa, this is a series that I've been very remiss in keeping up to date with.

From the Blurb:

Safari guide and private investigator Hudson Brand hunts people, not animals. He's on the trail of Linley Brown who's been named as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy.

Linley's friend, Kate, supposedly died in a fiery car accident in Zimbabwe, but Kate's sister wants to believe it is an elaborate fraud.

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Second in the Jack Emery series, I'm having a bit of a binge :)

From the Blurb:

A chance lightning strike. A reporter in the right place. A scandal that will rock America.

Journalist Jack Emery has seen it all. Embedded for the New York Standard with the 8th Marine Regiment in the heart of Afghanistan, he has covered everything from firefights to the opening of new schools. But nothing has prepared Jack for the story that is about to explode right in front of him.

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There are a lot of books I should be reading right now, but this one shouted loudest.

From the Blurb:

He who holds the pen holds the power.

When a corrupt think tank, The Foundation for a New America, enlists a Taiwanese terrorist to bomb a World Trade Organization conference, the US and China are put on the path to war.

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Look I know I shouldn't like these books - they should be the sort of thing I run a mile from. And yet....

From the Blurb:

It’s the beginning of a hot, hot summer in Hobart. Tabitha Darling is in love with the wrong man, and determined to perfect the art of ice cream. Playing amateur detective again is definitely not on the cards—not even when her friends try to lure her into an arty film noir project in the historical town of Flynn.

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It looks like in order to get a reasonable number of books read, you also need to have a very busy weekend. It felt a bit like Spencer Street Station here this weekend which you'd normally think not conducive to much reading - but got a lot done. Must of been sitting down waiting for the next group to drop in :)

From the Blurb:

Some people love goodbyes...

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Another one from the weekend's reading.

From the Blurb:

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

Ben and his sidekick, Mikey, run the Target Ball stand in a ramshackle carnival travelling up the east coast. Ben is trying to put his time in the army behind him and make some money. Mikey—AKA Mekong Delta, Fremantle’s answer to Fifty Cent—wants to work on his flow and impress girls.

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Started this on the weekend, new book from the collaboration of Linda Olsson and Thomas Sainsbury.

From the Blurb:

When budding writer Brent Taylor dies a horrific death in the Auckland University Library, his friend, sex worker Jade Amaro, refuses to believe it is suicide. She seeks help from Sam Hallberg, a former government advisor on terrorism, now working as a mechanic.

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First of my weekend's reading.

From the Blurb:

'Why do some people decide to get married when everyone around them would seem to agree that marriage, at least for the two people in question, is a terrifically bad idea?'

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Another book from the weekend's reading pile.

From the Blurb:

Miranda shrank away from him, arm pressed to the driver's door. ‘What's your name?' ‘I'm already dead. That's my name now. That's what they called me. I'm Already Dead.'

Journalist Miranda Jack is finally attempting to move on from the death of her husband by relocating up the coast with her young daughter, Zoe. Then a single event changes everything.

On a Monday afternoon as she waits at traffic lights, a stranger jumps into her car and points a gun at her chest.

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Head down catching up with some of the books I've had here for too long and contributing to my quest for the Neddies 2015 Best First Crime entries.

From the Blurb:

Something is very rotten in the state of Tasmania.

Brad Finch, the marquee player of the Tassie Devils Football Club, is the victim at the heart of a new murder mystery. Intense media interest, interfering superior officers and corrupt business interests all threaten to derail the homicide investigation conducted by the Serious Crimes Squad.

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The third book in the Peter Clancy series sees him in London, working for one of the "red-top" gossip newspapers and getting his love life all out of control. Not sure why these books aren't getting more attention - it's a great series.

From the Blurb:

Australian journo Peter Clancy is in London this time, working for a notorious scandal sheet. While writing salacious stories on celebrities, Clancy poses as a biographer to dig the dirt on drug- and alcohol-raddled Olivia Michaels, once a star of the screen.

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Started reading this over the weekend. Very engaging young adult novel that tackles an interesting combination of more current day problems for the younger crowd, along with much that has always been the same.

From the Blurb:

Cooper Bartholomew's body is found at the foot of a cliff.

Suicide.

That's the official finding, that's what everyone believes.&nbsp;<br>Cooper's girlfriend, Libby, has her doubts. They'd been happy, in love. Why would he take his own life?

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A book I've been trying to juggle to the top of the list for a while - this is historical true crime, written in the style of a great yarn.

From the Blurb:

The latest work from acclaimed historical author Robert Cox, A Compulsion to Kill is a dramatic chronological account of 19th-century Tasmanian serial murderers. Never before revealed in such depth, the story is the culmination of extensive research and adept craftsmanship as it probes the essence of both the crimes and the killers themselves.

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'Tart noir has a new champion' Angela Savage is one of the quotes on the cover of this book. Tart noir is one of my very favourite things.

From the Blurb:

Forensic psychiatrist Natalie King works with victims and perpetrators of violent crime. Women with a history of abuse, mainly. She rides a Ducati a size too big and wears a tank top a size too small. Likes men but doesn’t want to keep one. And really needs to stay on her medication.

Now she’s being stalked. Anonymous notes, threats, strangers loitering outside her house.

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Weekend reading - very very good weekend reading - the 2nd in the brilliant new DS Ferreira and DI Zigic series/

From the Blurb:

The car that ploughs into the bus stop early one morning leaves a trail of death and destruction behind it.

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Second book from the weekend's reading - historical set in the timeframe and place of the Dismissal.

From the Blurb:

Canberra, November 1975.

Gough Whitlam's Labor government is in crisis. Denied supply by a hostile Senate, distracted by the desperate moves of his wayward cabinet, Whitlam is seemingly confident of prevailing and oblivious to an opposition led plot to overthrow his government.

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Don't ask me to explain this but heading off to Russia over Easter felt like the thing to do... Given this is the first book in the Koldun Code series, which makes this a first book for a first-time author I was intrigued. And besides - that whole Russia thing at Easter (I don't even pretend to understand it), this book shouted loudly from the stacks anyway. 

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The final of the Easter reading pile, Cold Deception is a debut crime novel from an Australian erotica and romance writer. Now I must admit I saw that and part of the blurb and wondered. But the first part of the blurb made this sound particularly interesting. So why not give it a try.

From the Blurb:

At 20, Julia Taylor went to prison for murdering a man who deserved it. Ten years later, she's ready to put the past behind her and get on with her life. But someone won't let her. Someone will do anything to drive Julia away, including murder.

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It jumped out at me, it literally jumped out at me ... It's not so much queue jumping as me being chronically unable to resist temptation. And a new Cato Kwong is too much temptation. Love this series, and if what I've read so far of this is any indication - oh this is a good one.

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The third in the Jennifer Shot series, Shot Through the Heart is set in Tasmania.

From the Blurb:

Summer sizzles as Jennifer Shot, law student and private detective, begins her end-of-year vacation. But serial killers don’t take holidays. The bodies of beautiful dead women are washing up on Tasmanian beaches. Hunter, an American mercenary, who Jennifer has worked with on other cases, is tracking an international drug trafficking ring and enlists her help.

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Bookclub book - this year's resolution is to read the book club books! (and not just show up and drink wine).

From the Blurb:

Margery Blandon has led a life of principles. Now she finds herself sitting on the 43rd floor of the Tropic Hotel, preparing to throw herself to her death.

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Over the weekend I picked up Databyte, which is the sixth book in the Byte Series, none of which I've read before.

From the Blurb:

When information becomes misinformation, how much of what you see should you believe?

Wanted for a murder she didn't commit and on the run from the FBI and Metro, Special Agent Ellie Conway has to protect an actor with close ties to Delta A from a serious threat as well as trying to clear her name.

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The second book from a weekend's reading - started this on Sunday after being momentarily distracted by Sherlock on the TV.

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Such a fabulous author of thrillers, I always end up kicking myself when I let these books linger too long.

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A mesmerising tale of three women who must overcome the past and beat the odds to find hope for the future.

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The third in the Intrepid / Alex Morgan series these thrillers are part James Bond (Daniel Craig's version), part crime fiction, part real life action hero.

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Alex Morgan is back and he isn't playing by the rules.

Policeman, soldier and spy for INTREPID, black ops agent Alex Morgan is hunting the Night Witch—the head of a shadowy criminal empire spanning the four corners of the globe and connected to Chinese triads, corrupt cops, and the Russian mafia.

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Inspired by a true story, set in Victorian London, this book is about a scandalous accusation and the subsequent trial.

From the Blurb:

The Victorian gossipmongers called them The Petticoat Men. But to young widow Mattie Stacey, they are Freddie and Ernest, her gentlemen lodgers. It is Mattie who admires their sparkling gowns, makes their extravagant hats and laughs at their stories of attending society balls dressed up as the glamorous 'Fanny' and 'Stella'.

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Right - there's stuff in the fridge that's probably edible. Work it out people, I'm reading.

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Final book on my ebook to be read list for this week - the first book in the Peter Clancy series.

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It is 1987 and Peter Clancy, a hard-drinking, hard-living Melbourne Truth journalist returns to his hometown to settle his mother's estate. Peter's two-day visit to Clarke's Flat stretches to eight as he is unwillingly drawn into the sinister secrets of this outback town

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The third Mitchell Parker book from Helen Goltz, this is my first look at this series.

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There's nothing like another weekend where it's hot enough to melt bitumen to ensure some reading gets done. This books follows on from The Holiday Murders.

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Historical New Zealand Crime fiction - with the central thread being corruption, land grabs and bad behaviour over money. Seems like some things never change...

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The most dangerous people are those with the most to lose.

It is 1887. The young colony of New Zealand is in the grip of a deep depression. Insolvent speculators conspire with corrupt politicians while Maori land slips from the hands of its owners.

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A debut book using an unusual device - the story from the perspective of 4 people involved in a series of child abduction and murders.

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I've been trying to get to this book in the stacks forever, and I can't tell you how pleased I was to get a quiet weekend.

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There's nothing like a third book in the series being released to make me sit down and catch up with the second. Sigh. My bad.

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James Mycroft has just left for London to investigate a car accident similar to the one that killed his parents seven years ago...without saying goodbye to Rachel Watts, his 'partner in crime'.

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How utterly astounding to realise that this is the 40th Cliff Hardy novel from Peter Corris. (Out in stores 25th February). How gratifying to see the series holding up so strongly. This was a one sitting read on the weekend - but more in a review to come.

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There are days when the trick of putting the book in one browser window and "work" in the other so you can flick backwards and forwards is very tempting.

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How far would you go to protect a secret?

How far would you go to expose a lie?

Will Fletcher seems to have it all – perfect job, perfect life. Then in one act of extreme violence, his world is turned upside down.

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Given the 45% reference I've definitely decided to mention that this short story is from Scotland (and not just the UK :) )

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It’s the night of the big Referendum, and all Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae has to do is find a missing ‘No’ campaigner. Should be easy enough…

But, as usual, DCI Steel has plans of her own. As the votes are counted there’s trouble brewing in the pubs and on the streets of Aberdeen.

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Something from the much lighter side, set in Sydney in the world of a book club (seemed appropriate as our own version kicked off for this year on Sunday).

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When Alicia Finlay walks out on her boring old book club and decides to start a new one—one devoted to her favorite mystery writer Agatha Christie—little does she know her new club is about to stumble into a mystery of their own. It's a mystery so baffling it would leave even the Queen of Crime scratching her head...

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I'm juggling a few books at the moment and currently this is the one that I can't put down. As opposed to the next one I'll mention that I can't put down. (Whoever invented having to work when there are books is a meanie).

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When David's 11-year-old nephew goes missing and he finds the finger pointed at him, he has no choice but to strike out on his own – an unlikely vigilante running away from the police and his own family, and running towards what he hopes desperately is the truth about Andrew's disappearance.

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The final (for now) in the Ella Marconi series is the perfect bittersweet read for a particularly bittersweet time in life.

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Paramedic Stacey Durham has an idyllic life; her dream job, a beautiful house, and a devoted husband. Until her car is found abandoned and covered in her blood.

Detective Ella Marconi knows information is key in the first twenty-four hours, questioning the frantic husband James, jealous sister Marie, and Rowan, the colleague who keeps turning up in all the wrong places.

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New to me author of psychological thriller, The Life I Left Behind.

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Did I mention it was a good weekend for getting some reading done? Didn't quite finish this one, but certainly got started on the 2nd book in this series.

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A man’s body is found on a canal towpath. In his pocket, a plastic magnet in the shape of an E.

Days later, a second victim is found, this time with the letter V tucked into her clothing.

As the body count rises, the eerie, childlike clues point to a pattern that sends DS Allie Shenton and her colleagues into full alert.

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A new to me Scandi-Author, this is the first in a new trilogy featuring bodyguard Hilja Ilveskero

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Can't tell you how pleased I was when this arrived. There was dancing.

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One mistake can cost you everything…

When you catch a twisted killer there should be a reward, right? What Acting Detective Inspector Logan McRae gets instead is a ‘development opportunity’ out in the depths of rural Aberdeenshire. Welcome to divisional policing – catching drug dealers, shop lifters, vandals and the odd escaped farm animal.

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New series, based in Sydney, from Barry Maitland.

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Homicide detective Harry Belltree wouldn't usually be looking too hard at an elderly couple's suicide pact. Especially now, when his brother-in-law Greg has just been stabbed to death. But it seems Greg and the old couple had ties to the same man, a bent moneylender with friends in high places - and low.

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Reading this for review at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com.au(link is external)

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When John Lawrence finally finds out about his father’s dangerous legacy, it forces him to confront a family past marked by secrets and loss.

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The fourth in the series, but a first for me.

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Spain is corrupt and on the brink of collapse. The king is ill, banks are closing, hospitals are in chaos, homes are lost, demonstrators riot and right wing thugs patrol the street. The tunnels beneath the streets are at once a refuge and a source of anger. And as the blood flows Cámara roars in on his motorbike...

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Indulging my love of translated crime fiction - this one from Germany.

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Berlin detective Jan Tommen expected to wake up with a hangover—not a murder charge. But a well-known judge has been brutally killed and hard evidence places Jan at the crime scene. When disturbing gaps in Jan’s memory make finding an alibi impossible, the case against him looks open and shut.

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Loved HADES, loved EDEN. I think there's a pattern emerging here.

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'I fool myself that Eden has a heart – that she would at least have trouble killing me...'

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Catching up on the over the weekend reading.

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Blood makes you related. Loyalty makes you family.

In the underbelly of Soho's organized crime ring, everyone knows that retired boxer Harry Woods is not one to mess with. And that goes double for his family.

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If somebody could tell me why I'm so disorganised and let things like this linger on Mt TBR for too long I'd appreciate it.

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On the Irish border, Inspector Celsius Daly investigates human trafficking and a scorched corpse

Named one of 2012's 10 best crime novels by Kirkus Reviews, Disappeared is the haunting tale of Northern Ireland where the Troubles may never have ended.

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A standalone novel from Jo Nesbo, THE SON is a story about the escape of a young man in jail for crimes he did not commit.

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Normally I pay not a jot of attention - but this is a particularly beautiful cover don't you think.

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In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

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This weekend I thought I'd dip back into Mt TBR and randomly pick something that's been lurking there for quite a while.&nbsp;

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Set in Japan, this thriller came highly rated. I just wish I could remember who told me about it as I'd like to thank them.

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Iwasaki Shiro, a 46 year old salaryman in Tokyo is having a midlife crisis. Unexceptional in his IT job, he works in the shadow of his boss’s charisma. His children are embarrassed by his mediocrity and his wife rarely thinks of him as an individual. He has nothing to show for decades of conformity and doing the right thing.

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This seems to have been lurking in the shelves for a while. I really should tidy up more frequently.

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Number 1 read from the long weekend we granted ourselves. A thriller, set in Canberra. Very realistic (and that's even allowing for a bit of wish fulfilment hereabouts).

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Fast-paced Australian political fiction, Challenge unfolds over three days in an atmosphere of treachery and deceit, amid a looming federal leadership challenge.

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Another from the long weekend break.

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A favourite series that I'm out of order and all over the place with - but sick of waiting until I get it sorted. I'm now reading whichever one comes to hand from Mt TBR.

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I've got a lot staked on the final line of the blurb: "And it explains the one lie that binds them all – sex." Otherwise it's feeling a lot like a tawdry gossip at the moment.

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Between the sheets with Australia's powerful, rich and famous

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Now we've planted plenty of trees on the final resting place of beloved animals / chooks etc - but this is a different slant. As you'd expect from a Nell Forrest book.

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Not crime, unless you regard some of the things that ASIO got up to as criminal, as opposed to ridiculous....

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In this moving, funny and sometimes chilling book, leading Australians open their ASIO files and read what the state's security apparatus said about them. Writers from across the political spectrum including Mark Aarons, Phillip Adams, Nadia Wheatley, Michael Kirby, Peter Cundall, Gary Foley and Anne Summers confront – and in some cases reclaim – their pasts.

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Book 2 of the over the holiday's reading - not one for fans of cozies....

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Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies. But this one is unique even by Detroit's standards; half-boy, half-deer, somehow fused. The cops nickname him "Bambi," but as stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, how can the city hold on to a reality that is already tearing at its seams?

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Holiday reading thriller which was badly overdue, and a pleasure to finally get to.

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The terror cells have been activated and elite bombers from ETA and the Real IRA are already making their move, intent on using a device that will cause carnage on an unimaginable scale…

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Another holiday week read.

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I haven't touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.

I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.

They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide... my lust for blood, my love of death.

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I've had a week off work and did a spot of reading catchup - so now I'm doing a spot of posting catchup, which will be followed by a spot of reviewing catchup. But the best thing was a chance to read this departure from the expected from Adrian McKinty.

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With hindsight possibly not a good choice right after a non-fiction book about the "war on terror"... a thriller set right in the middle of that territory :)

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A nuclear device the size of a briefcase has been developed in Pakistan. The scientist responsible has disappeared with it. The CIA believes the target is on US soil.

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Sometimes you can only put off the inevitable for so long. In one way I've dreading reading this book. Even knowing there's a spinoff series which I ABSOLUTELY MUST GET TO, it's still the end of an era and I've loved the Faraday / Winter books so much.

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As ex-drug baron Bazza Mackenzie runs for parliament, ex-cop Paul Winter knows that his time with Bazza must, at whatever cost, come to an end, in the 12th in this highly acclaimed series of police procedurals

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Been hoarding this one a little bit - as the published date is the 1st November and it doesn't seem fair to get everyone excited too far out :)

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The black sheep of a wealthy grazier dynasty, gentleman artist Rowland Sinclair often takes matters into his own hands. When the matter is murder, there are consequences.

For nearly fourteen years, Rowland has tried to gorget, but now the past has returned.

A newly-discovered gun casts light on a family secret long kept... a murder the Sinclairs would prefer stayed unsolved.

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If ever there was a book that you'd want to be fiction, if there could have been a reason for even less respect for the Howard Government and the purposeful devaluation of the political process... well.

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On a beautiful, balmy evening in Cuba in 2007, David Hicks walked out of Guantanamo Bay, in that moment ceasing to be a detainee of the United States and regaining his rights as an Australian citizen. Watching on was the man who had fought for four long years for Hicks's right to go home: Major Michael Mori.

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A new book out of WA - there's something in the water over there.

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4 novellas in one, with (not surprisingly) Cars and Girls as the central themes, although sex and violence also get a big outing.

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Bad things happen. Everybody dies. But the girl in the red dress kicks against the pricks. Four merciless and compelling stories by emerging writers from Canada, the UK, and USA.

From behind the wheel of her father's lovingly restored Barracuda, a waitress will protect her baby sister at all costs.

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Should have got a lot of things done over the weekend. Couldn't put this down instead.

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Dirty Cops. Lying Politicians. Vampire Gigolos . . . An Unbelievable True Story.

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Right, so I'm a rev-head and a massive fan of the yearly Mount Panorama race. So the opening sequence of QUICK not only appealed, it works. It describes the action on one of those mad opening laps like you were there.

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Strap in for a breathtaking, tyre-peeling, high-octane adventure ride by rising star of action trillers.

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Another New Zealander writing crime fiction - this time set in Turangi, featuring the beautiful Tongariro River and fly fishing. Honestly!

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Over the weekend I found it very difficult to put this one down.

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Criminal, murderer, raconteur, author . . . mythmaker?

Mark Brandon 'Chopper' Read is undoubtedly Australia's best-known criminal. Author of many bestselling books about the underworld he inhabited, and subject of a smash-hit film, his story has become part of the country's culture. And Read certainly knew how to spin a yarn.

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Disclosure Number 1: I'm a Clan Destine Minion. Disclosure Number 2: I got to read this when it was a submission. Disclosure Number 3: I barracked a lot for us to publish this. Loudly. Ask Lindy. I think I might have pleaded.

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Picturesque Daylesford has a darker side.

Melbourne writer Georgie Harvey heads to the mineral springs region of central Victoria to look for a missing farmer.

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Have been lucky enough to read a few of the books from Le French Book - French crime fiction translated and they have all been different and really interesting - so looking forward to this police procedural styled story.

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Winner of France's prestigious Prix du Quai des Orfèvres prize for best crime fiction, named Best Crime Fiction Novel of the Year, and already an international bestseller with over 150,000 copies sold.

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Second in the Lexie Rogers series from ex-cop Karen Davis.  

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A young nurse’s body is found at Clovelly Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Apart from a puncture wound in her neck, she is in perfect condition. But she’s also clutching a rose in her hands – and there’s an empty packet of prescription drugs in her pocket.

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Having first come across the author when he was known as "The Honest Conman" talking on ABC Regional Radio - I'm going to take a guess at the idea he might know what he's talking about here.

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Friendship and fraud is a dangerous mix

Joel Fitch has watched every twist-happy movie there is about con men, and he thinks he knows it all. After nineteen years of being a sucker, Joel’s going to take everything he’s learned from the screen and finally get his. He’s going to be a master con artist.

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Still catching up with some excellent local books - it's so exciting to think that no matter HOW many good books I read, there are more piling up.

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It was a butcher on smoko who reported the man stashing the kid in the car boot. He didn't really know whether he'd seen anything at all, though. Maybe an abduction? Maybe just a stressed-out father.

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Did some reading over the weekend - in the sun - worse ways to spend a day.

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And Sunday evening saw this book started.

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1920's India, written by an author with a most interesting background (and a love of cricket?)

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Spent the weekend in exotic places - firstly with the great characters in the first Mason & Dixie thriller set in Bangkok.

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In Bangkok anything – or anyone – can be had for a price.

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Yes, I'm reading a crime fiction / science fiction cross genre novel. It happens. 

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SOCIETY IS DIVIDED. Silicon Valley has taken virtual sex to the extreme, encouraging men to act out their darkest and most violent sexual fantasies. Militant feminists and churches are bitterly opposed. Powerful corporations battle for market control. In the midst of a fierce protest campaign, a bomb goes off in San Francisco.

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The first in the Diane Rowe series, read second of course. I think this might be my "thing". Never ever ever getting my act together well enoug to read a series in order.

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"A detective as tough as the country she comes from..."

Missing persons expert Diane Rowe is used to making sense of other people's lives. It's just a pity she's not having much luck with her own.

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Something Andrew Nette mentioned in Bendigo a few weekends ago reminded me that I had this book on my tablet, and I'd started to read it and then got distracted. So now I'm very pleased to be revisiting some of the earlier stories, and finishing off the few I'd missed.

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New series, set in Amsterdam featuring, allegedly, the Dutch version of Rebus.

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Introducing Inspector Jaap Rykel in a crime debut that does for Amsterdam what Rankin did for Edinburgh

A murdered policeman, a dead businessman hanging from a hook, a building burnt to the ground in an arson attack and a missing girl - identity unknown.

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I'd intended on doing a lot of work around the farm this weekend. Didn't. Read this instead (if you're noticing this Michael - read EVERY word :) )

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The electrifying story of a criminal Quaker, a poisoned mistress, and the dawn of the information age in Victorian England.

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A project for Oxfam, OxCrimes is a collection of short stories from some of the very best crime fiction writers.

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For 2014, Oxfam and Profile have turned to crime in order to raise a further £200,000 for Oxfam's work.

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Been reading this follow up book for a few days now, and was very pleased to get a note in my email today advising that there's a mini series on the way:

SCREEN AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR POLITICAL THRILLER MINI SERIES SET IN CANBERRA

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So far I've read the second and now this - the third Sean Devereaux novel from NZ author Ben Sanders. Set in Auckland this is a fast paced, dry, very noir styled series.

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When a failed witness protection operation ends in multiple homicides, evidence suggests the crime is linked to a series of violent robberies in Auckland City.

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I will admit to having been looking forward to this book immensely. So no pressure...

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The Cleaner absolutely blew me away, and Joe Victim is a follow up to that book. Sounds good to me :)

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Joe Middleton has a lot on his plate, to say the least. Arrested for a whole slew of murders he says he can’t remember, Joe—a.k.a. the Christchurch Carver—has been in jail for the last year awaiting trial, charged with the task of convincing the psychiatrists interviewing him that he wasn’t of sound mind and can’t be blamed for what he did. And, incredibly, that’s the least of his worries.

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Honestly, it does not matter how many books you read in the world, there always seems to be more that you should have read. Somehow I missed the first in this series so have some catching up to do - which I'm doing back to front and out of order, as usual.

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I've been very remiss with Paddy Richardson's books - I have quite a few of them in the shaky Mt TBR which obviously needs a darn good re-prioritising.

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It's been cold in these parts - so a good weekend for some reading.

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Spent last night chasing bulls, ducks and geese around in circles in the dark and the rain - so it was a relief to get back inside, in front of the fire and read something that is much better than the blurb indicates.

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Tony is worried. His wife, Anna, isn't coping with their newborn. Anna had wanted a child so badly and, when Jack was born, they were both so happy. They'd come home from the hospital a family. Was it really only six weeks ago?

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Debut thriller from Australian based, New York born former violinist Diane Hester who now lives in Port Lincoln. Quite a bio :)

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It's been two years since Shyler O'Neil's beloved son Jesse was killed - but his final moments are as vivid to her now as they were that dreadful day. Suffering from post-traumatic stress, and convinced she did not do enough to protect him, she retreats to an isolated cabin in the woods of northern Maine.

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An Australian thriller series of three books, The Purifier is the opening salvo.

From the Blurb:

The Purifier is the story of a fanatical priest with ideas of world dominance, and his two power hungry children.

The Purifier is Paavan Chandra, a priest who is excommunicated from the Zoroastrian Church and who founds his own religion in India which spreads his word around the globe. Paavan’s mission is to destroy capitalism, and to form world government.

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Over the weekend I managed to get some reading done for a change.. thankfully the bull stayed in his paddock, the cats didn't attempt any escape routines and the Guinea Fowl (mostly) stopped chasing the chooks around in circles. Don't ask what the sheep did - you can't win all of them.

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Rachel Watts has just moved to Melbourne from the country, but the city is the last place she wants to be.

James Mycroft is her neighbour, an intriguingly troubled seventeen-year-old who is also a genius with a passion for forensics.

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It is always a good weekend when you get to dip into something unexpected from New Zealand.

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When Johno comes out of prison, he resolves never to go back again. But his new life is not easy, especially as he soon finds himself in sole charge of his strange young son, Danny. Danny isn't the kind of son he would have chosen, but, in caring for the boy, Johno finds new meaning and new direction.

But what do you do when the world you've so carefully built comes crashing down? Can you ever escape your past?

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First for me, but fifth in the Wiki Coffin series, it's always a huge pleasure to get my hands on a book from New Zealand. To accompany it I'm having a bit of a flashback to my Dragon fandom days.

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From the "started this over the long weekend" list - loving the sense of humour in this book.

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If God is too indifferent, or too non-existent to take care of His creation, then clearly it's up to Me.

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The good part about long weekends is a chance to do some reading catch up - and I've been trying to get this book to the top of the stack for ages now.

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Torn was a pretty average sort of kid, as far as kids go, but as he grabbed his lucky red cap, flew up the stairs two at a time, and scoffed his pancakes that morning, he had absolutely no idea of how un-average his day was going to be. His Mum was taking him to see someone who, for Torn, was probably the most coolifying person in the whole world.

He was going to see his hero.

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I've no idea how to describe this one, except to say I've been champing at the bit to get to read it.

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Cambridge linguist Edvard Tøssentern, presumed dead, reappears after a balloon crash. When he staggers in from a remote swamp, gravely ill and swollen beyond recognition, his colleagues at the research station are overjoyed. But Edvard’s discovery about a rare giant bird throws them all into the path of an international crime ring.

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Debut book from a local author set in South Australian farming country.

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Vietnam Veteran Joe Gillespie is slow to anger but today, revenge drives his mood. He has had cattle stolen in the past twelve months and the police seem clueless.

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Debut book looking at crime from the forensic technician's point of view - with a twist.

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SARAH ARDEN is a forensic technician with a special talent and a medical abnormality. She can profile a person’s passions from a fingerprint, yet due to disease has no classifiable fingerprints of her own.

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Have to admit that the references right at the start to the Truth Newspaper had me smiling.

From the Blurb:

It is Melbourne 1989. While investigating organised crime, Peter Clancy is caught up in a sinister plot involving drug importation, police corruption, and some very kinky sex.

Along the way, Peter meets a young lawyer and is instantly besotted with her—unlike his friends and colleagues who see something disturbing beneath her wholesome exterior.

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The third in the Charlie Berlin series, which has been a) much anticipated and b) a one weekend read.

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It's 1967, the summer of love, and in swinging Melbourne Detective Sergeant Charlie Berlin has been hauled out of exile in the Fraud Squad to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl, the daughter of a powerful and politically connected property developer. As Berlin's inquiries uncover more missing girls he gets an uneasy feeling he may be dealing with the city's first serial killer.

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A new book from local author and ex-cop Bill Robertson - set in Melbourne and Heathcote. The area around Bendigo seems to be becoming crime fiction central in this state.

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Book 2 in the Frank Merlin series, the first seems to have passed me by completely. Hopefully it's as good as this one is, a sort of crime fiction, police procedural, historical, not quite spy but nonetheless sneaky goings on story.

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December 1938. Moscow. Josef Stalin has lost some gold. He is not a happy man. He asks his henchman Beria to track it down.

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There's opening sequences in books, and then there's the opening sequence in this book!

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David Forrester and Elle Nolan are sophisticated, mature people who don’t understand love. They live in a world where love is revered but marriages commonly end in divorce, or worse.

When jaded lawyer David meets Elle, he decides she’s his last chance of happiness and does everything he can to woo her and keep her. Everything, that is, except face his demons.

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The fourth Emmanuel Cooper book, due out in June, I'm giving into that no impulse control thing again and reading this now.

From the Blurb:

Set in the corrupt, unforgiving world of apartheid South Africa, this novel in the Detective Emmanuel Cooper series follows Cooper as he faces a test of loyalty and friendship.

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Apparently I have poor impulse control. And this is supposed to be news. But really, the latest Catherine Berlin was always going to be very hard to resist.  Apologies to other authors waiting for reviews - I've been bad as A MORBID HABIT isn't actually due out until July but I simply could not help myself.

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Easter / Anzac Day break meant not as much reading as I would have liked. But we had lots of visitors (fun) and lots of eating (more fun) and a bit too much red wine (fun at the time). Still firing up the Rolling Stones helped with a bit of speed reading.

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Number two of the over Easter / Anzac Day long long weekend reading.

From the Blurb:

Wesley Weimer, a twice-divorced prison guard and failed father of two, realizes that his life has grown lifeless. Child support payments suck him dry and so he’ll never finish that degree. Most of his free time is spent tending to his crippled mother or else writhing through painful visits with his children.

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From the WOW pile of Australian Crime Fiction.

From the Blurb:

Hades Archer, the man they call the Lord of the Underworld, surrounds himself with the things others leave behind. Their trash becomes the twisted sculptures that line his junkyard. The bodies they want disposed of become his problem for a fee. Then one night a man arrives on his doorstep, clutching a small bundle that he wants 'lost'. And Hades makes a decision that will change everything...

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This book managed quite successfully to hold my attention for a one sitting read, despite the ebb and flow of visitors in and out of the place for the last couple of weeks.

From the Blurb:

Nick Smart is fresh out of school, a wet-behind-the-ears jackaroo on a gap year. But at Palmenter Station, nothing is what it seems. Nick is about to discover there’s a lot of grey between black and white, between legal and illegal and between right and wrong.

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The third book in the Benjamin Cooker Winemaker series out of France. Needless to say I've got the cart before the horse again and now have to read the second. Fabulous, cosier, wine focused series for fans of any combination of the above.

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Novella length crime fiction that is punching way way above it's length.

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I'm currently slightly obsessed with Elgar's Violin Concerto in B Minor, Op. 61 - have now got so many versions of it that I'm having trouble deciding which one I like the best. But this does mean that I'm looking for ebooks to read as they are all on the Android Tablet. Which is no problem these days if you're looking for books by local authors.

From the Blurb:

A brutal murder in a country town uncovers a complex web of love, envy and betrayal.

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The 5th Gideon Fell mystery, re-released by Open Road Media - originally written in 1935.

From the Blurb:

John Dickson Carr, a master of the Golden Age British-style mystery novel, presents Dr. Gideon Fell’s most chilling case, in which a clock-obsessed killer terrorizes London

A clockmaker is puzzled by the theft of the hands of a monumental new timepiece he is preparing for a member of the nobility. That night, one of the stolen hands is found buried between a policeman’s shoulder blades, stopping his clock for all time.

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Flagged as the case that gripped a nation, it's not one that I'd heard of on this side of the ditch, before starting this book. Seems like a very sad series of events all round.

From the Blurb:

Scott Guy was a good man, a great dad, a salt-of-the-earth farmer who was gunned down at his front gate for no conceivable reason.

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The second book featuring DC Nat Kershaw and PI Janusz Kiszka, I've been looking very forward to this one. Following the pattern as well, I'm listening to Chopin (predictable I know but I couldn't think of another Polish composer in a hurry).

From the Blurb:

When masked men brutally stab one of his closest friends to death, Janusz Kiszka – fixer to East London’s Poles – must dig deep into London’s criminal underbelly to track down the killers and deliver justice.

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Supplied by the author, this ebook has a very intriguing blurb.

From the Blurb:

The Cabinetmaker, Alan Jones’ first novel, tells of one man’s fight for justice when the law fails him. Set in Glasgow from the late nineteen-seventies through to the current day, a cabinetmaker's only son is brutally murdered by a gang of thugs, who walk free after a bungled prosecution.

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Went to see Alexander McCall Smith in conversation with Robert Gott on Friday night and got an immediate urge for a re-read (first book is on loan to a friend who joined us there).

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Continuing my "Australia Day" local reading... as opposed to my everyday local reading ... ;)

From the Blurb:

Erica Jewell reckons being a part-time vigilante is stressful enough, without the added pressures of a demanding day job, annoying family and bossy cat. Now her mysterious lover has vanished on some clandestine mission, without leaving a forwarding address. Erica thinks that's pretty typical of hired gun Jack Jones – he'd rather risk his life than his heart.

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Australia Day long weekend - so Australian author reading of course.

From the Blurb:

When a teenage boy is killed in a targeted shooting, the events that unfold rock the lives of the migrant families of Cringila. School friends Jimmy and Piggy have witnessed the violent crime, but need to protect their fledgling drug business.

After seasoned police detective Gordon Winter is assigned the murder case, his investigations uncover long-buried secrets and an entrenched culture of loyalty and fear.

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Having a bit of a true crime binge.

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Dabbling once more in the fabulous Green Classic Penguin offerings.

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Tempted by the idea of duck shooting, Carruthers joins his friend Davies on a yachting expedition in the Baltic. But Davies has more on his mind than killing fowl. As they navigate the waters and treacherous, shifting sands on board the Dulcibella, Carruthers learns the real reason behind their trip – and how the safety of Britain depends on it. The Riddle of the Sands is full of danger, double-crosses, and discoveries on which the fate of nations hangs by a thread.

Karen Chisholm

Very very happy to have had a chance to read this... 

From the Blurb:

In 1994 Sisters in Crime Australia realised that one of the best ways to uncover, encourage and foster a new generation of women crime writers was to host a writing competition.

The Scarlet Stiletto Awards for women's crime and mystery writing was born.

Little did we - the Convenors of Sisters in Crime, aka the Stiletto judges - know what we were in for or just how successful the competition's primary mission would be.

Karen Chisholm

Extremely interesting thriller set in New Zealand.

From the Blurb:

When Abraham Khan releases an e-book condemning radical Islam, the consequences hit him fast and hard -- an armed fanatic smashes into his home one evening, trying to kill him. He survives the harrowing attempt. Just barely. But will he survive the next one?

Maya Raines is the security operator brought in to protect Abraham. She is tough and committed. The very best at what she does. Always one step ahead of the threat.

Karen Chisholm

For review at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com(link is external) this is the first of the Rainbow books

From the Blurb:

She's a surgeon, she's beautiful and she desperately wants Mister Rainbow to shed some light on her husband's past. But when he does, she wishes he hadn't. Because what Rainbow discovers is a handless hood - and a whole lot of murders.

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Ninth (really!) book in the Anna Travis series. A series, to be honest, I lost interest in a while ago - but this was sent to me, so I thought it was worth checking to see if I've been missing out.

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No idea why I picked up this book - but very glad I did.

From the Blurb:

Janusz Kiszka, unofficial 'fixer' to East London’s Polish community, and a man with his own distinctive moral code, has been hired to track down a missing waitress. Meanwhile, DC Natalie Kershaw, a rookie detective who’s not afraid of breaking a few rules, investigates the suspicious deaths of two Polish girls.

They hail from very different worlds, but Kiszka and Kershaw are set on collision course…

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A beautiful couple of kid's ebooks - I will admit I tore through the first of the series last night and loved it. But will review properly asap.

From the Blurb:

Sleuth Astrid is a hi tech, mind-reading chook who rides a Harley, uses a z-com and solves mysteries like finding the magician’s lost sense of humour.

Sleuth Astrid (e-books) junior mystery easy-to-read series. Designed and illustrated by Jane Connory.

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A beautiful couple of kid's ebooks - After tearing through the first, will be sitting down with the second tonight.

From the Blurb:

Astrid has to find the Voice of the Coach in time for the Saturday Grand Final.

Sleuth Astrid is a hi tech, mind-reading chook who rides a Harley, uses a z-com and solves mysteries like finding the footy coach's lost voice. Hazel researched with footy fans and went to a match. Zany illustrations with chapter picture clues by Jane Connory.

Karen Chisholm

A pseudonym for two journalist brothers, Max Landorff's Tretjak comes for the "Fixer" subgenre of crime fiction.

From the Blurb:

Gabriel Tretjak is the "fixer," hired by rich clients to fix their lives, to challenge fate on their behalf. He does so without moral limitations or scruples. His methods draw on the latest research into the human brain and advances in psychology. His prices are high, but his clients are always willing to pay. No matter how desperate their situation, they want a happy ending; but happy for whom?

Karen Chisholm

A special treat read and hurried because the latest one was released last week. I'm fairly sure I'm never going to catch up every again.

From the Blurb:

It's been some time since Rebus was forced to retire, and he now works as a civilian in a cold-case unit. So when a long-dead case bursts back into life, he can't resist the opportunity to get his feed under the CID desk once more. But Rebus is as stubborn and anarchic as ever, and he quickly finds himself in deep with pretty much everyone, including DI Siobhan Clarke.

Karen Chisholm

Way back in the deep dark past of my reading habits I will admit that I did kind of like the odd Charlotte MacLeod style book. Even wandered around in Maggody for a while, before developing a taste for the darker things in life (red wine / dark chocolate / dark storylines). But the occasional dip into the cozy world has actually worked a few times this year, so I thought why not another go. And besides, Bendigo and the word "nefarious". One of my favourite words.

From the Blurb:

Welcome to the sleepy town of Majic, where neighbourhood watch is a killer …