Sticks and Stones
ISBN
9781760893026
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Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Shifting Landscape
ISBN
9781760686444
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Book Number (in series)
3
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Karen Chisholm
Cutting the Cord
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ISBN
9781920727932
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Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

Phillipa Nefri Clark

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Phillipa grew up around lonely Australian beaches with wild seas and misty cliffs. From a young age she wrote stories and dreamed of being a writer. There were many detours along the way as she trod paths as diverse as a travelling sales rep to singing and acting. 

Fascinated by film, Phillipa wrote five feature length screenplays, one which was optioned. Now living in regional Victoria on a small acreage close to a mountain range, she markets the family business a few days a week and writes the rest of the time. 

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Natasha Molt

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Dr Natasha Molt is a criminal policy lawyer and thriller writer. She is currently the Director of Policy at the Law Council of Australia, specialising in Criminal and National Security Law. Prior to this she worked as a legal officer for the Australian Government. She has published crime fiction reviews for The Canberra Times and her short stories have been shortlisted twice for the Annual Scarlet Stiletto Award. In 2007 she was awarded a Varuna Longlines Mentorship for her first unpublished thriller manuscript. Recently, Natasha completed her PhD in creative writing, which forms the basis of her debut novel, Cutting the Cord.

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Karen Chisholm

Two men.
One woman.
A blood feud.
The birth of the Italian mafia in Australia.

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9781925227581
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Karen Chisholm

Katherine Firkin

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Katherine Firkin is a Melbourne journalist, currently with CBS New York.

She has over a decade of experience and has worked across every medium – print, online, television and radio.

Katherine began her career at the Herald Sun newspaper (News Corp), where she specialised in sports reporting (winning an AFL Media award in 2008), before moving to breaking news, including crime and court reporting. During this time, she covered some of Victoria’s most notorious criminal affairs, including the death and funeral of underworld figure Carl Williams.

She has also worked for Seven West Media (7 News, 7 Sport), 3AW Radio, the Nine Network's Today show, and Network Ten, and has been a regular international correspondent for multiple global outlets.

Katherine has been writing fiction from a young age, and she studied literature and journalism at university. Her debut novel is inspired by the many criminal trials she has covered.

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Darkness For Light
Author
ISBN
9781760685812
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Book Number (in series)
3
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Karen Chisholm
Riptides
ISBN
9780143792086
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

Anna Downes

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ANNA DOWNES was born and raised in Sheffield, UK, but now lives just north of Sydney, Australia with her husband and two children. She worked as an actress before turning her attention to writing. She was shortlisted for the Sydney Writers Room Short Story Prize (2017) and longlisted for the Margaret River Short Story Competition (2018). 

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Kirsty Manning

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Kirsty Manning grew up in northern New South Wales. She has degrees in literature and communications and worked as an editor and publishing manager in book publishing for over a decade. A country girl with wanderlust, her travels and studies have taken her through most of Europe, the east and west coasts of the United States and pockets of Asia. Kirsty’s journalism and photography specialising in lifestyle and travel regularly appear in magazines, newspapers and online.

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Annette Marner

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Dr Annette Marner is an award-winning poet, novelist, fine art nature photographer and ABC radio broadcaster from South Australia's Southern Flinders Ranges. In 2018, she won the Arts South Australia Wakefield Press Unpublished Manuscript Award at the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature for A New Name for the Colour Blue. Her first book, Women with Their Faces on Fire, won the Unpublished Manuscript Award for Poetry for Friendly Street/Wakefield Press and was on the reading list at Flinders University.

Since launching her fine art nature photography in 2017, Annette has exhibited her work in galleries including solo exhibitions and had her images published internationally. Annette is an Associate Member of the Royal South Australian Society for Arts (qualifying in 2019 for her photography) and has a PhD in creative writing from Flinders University.

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Carmel Reilly

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Carmel Reilly writes for children and adults. She has worked as an educational writer for almost two decades and is the author of more than 300 titles of fiction and non-fiction for children and young teens. In 2011 she won the Partners in Crime Short Story award and in 2016 she was awarded a Varuna Residental Fellowship to develop her first novel, Life Before. Born in New Zealand, she now lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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City Without Stars
Author
ISBN
9780571338337
Publisher
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
A Tropical Cure
ISBN
B0772J24BP
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Karen Chisholm

S.J. Morgan

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S.J. Morgan has been writing for many years and, in addition to short stories and articles, has written several novels.

She grew up in England but has spent most of her adult life overseas. Trained as an Occupational Therapist, she lived in New Zealand for ten years before settling in South Australia. She has won prizes for short fiction and was awarded a mentorship from the Australian Society of Authors for her children’s writing.

S.J. Morgan currently lives in the Adelaide Hills with her partner, her daughters and two slovenly greyhounds.

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Julian Leatherdale

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Julian Leatherdale’s first love was the theatre. On graduation from a theatre studies degree at the University of NSW, he wrote lyrics for four satirical cabarets and a two-act musical. He discovered a passion for popular history as a staff writer, researcher and photo editor for Time-Life’s Australians At War series. He later researched and co-wrote two Film Australia-ABC documentaries Return to Sandakan and The Forgotten Force shown on the ABC and overseas. He was an image researcher at the State Library of NSW before joining the NSW Cabinet Office writing policy briefs for the Premier. For some years he was the public relations manager for an international hotel school in the Blue Mountains where he lives with his wife and two children.

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Stephen Kinnane

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Stephen Kinnane is a Marda Marda from Mirriwoong country in the East Kimberley. He has been an active writer and researcher for more than 25 years as well as lecturing and working on community cultural heritage, curatorial and development projects. Kinnane co-wrote and produced The Coolbaroo Club(1996), an ABC TV documentary awarded the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Human Rights Award for the Arts, and collaborated with Lauren Marsh and Alice Nannup on When the Pelican Laughed (1992), the story of Mrs Alice Nannup (Fremantle Press).

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Karina Kilmore

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Karina Kilmore is an author, finance writer, mum and lifesaving volunteer. Where The Truth Lies, her fiction debut, will go on sale in March 2020. Where The Truth Lies is a fast-paced suspense story set against the gritty backdrop of Melbourne's inner-city streets and industrial waterfront.

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Kiss My Assassin
Author
ISBN
B07RQLD35W
Book Number (in series)
1
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Sisters
ISBN
B07W8WY88T
Publisher
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Gerard Hardy's Misfortune
ISBN
9780648416579
Book Number (in series)
3
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Peace
Author
ISBN
9781922268150
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
2
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Tunnel Vision
Author
ISBN
B07FSNXFP5
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
2
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Death by Tradition
Author
ISBN
9780994571939
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
2
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
State of Fear
Author
ISBN
9781925640953
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
2
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

Sherryl Clark

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Some of my first short stories were crime fiction, and although in the last 20 years I have focused a lot more on writing children's and YA books, I've kept going with my crime writing. The first two novels are now stowed somewhere in the back of my filing cabinet!
But "Trust Me, I'm Dead", first draft written in 2009, is to be published by Verve Books in the UK. What a journey with that novel. I love the character, a grumpy woman (secretly modelled on a young Judi Dench), and couldn't let go of the story. Nine drafts later ...

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Fallen: The inside story of the secret trial and conviction of Cardinal George Pell
ISBN
B07PFHSMS8
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Karen Chisholm

Janet Roger

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Janet Roger was apprehended for the first time at age three, on the lam from a strange new part of town. The desk sergeant looked stern, but found her a candy bar in his pocket anyway. Big mistake. He should have taken away her shoelaces. She's been on the run ever since.

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Walking Towards Thunder
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ISBN
B07TLT496V
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Karen Chisholm

Lucie Morris-Marr

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British-born investigative journalist, writer and broadcaster Lucie Morris-Marr was twice highly commended as Young Journalist of the Year at the British Press Awards while working on domestic and international assignments for the Daily Mail in London. In 2006 she moved to Sydney as Associate Editor of Marie Claire where she focused on long form investigative journalism. She went on to work as a senior writer for the Herald Sun in Melbourne where she became the first reporter in the world to uncover a secret police investigation into Cardinal George Pell regarding child sexual abuse allegations. The author covered the subsequent legal case for The New Daily and CNN.

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Blood River
ISBN
B07KPKB63Q
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
1
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
You're Never The Same
Author
ISBN
9781925652628
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
2
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

Peter Fox

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Former Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox is a hero in many people's eyes. A police officer with 36 years' service in the Hunter region, he rose to national prominence in 2012 for his major role in speaking out for the victims of abuse within the church. He had been at the coalface fighting these heinous crimes for decades. He had worked with the victims and supported their families. He knew an enquiry was long overdue. His decision to become a whistle blower helped trigger Prime Minister Julia Gillard's historic decision to establish a far-reaching Royal Commission into the sexual abuse of children in institutions.

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See You At The Toxteth
ISBN
9781176087563
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
43
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Karen Chisholm

Cover reveal time, with the announcement from newly formed Corella Press (https://www.austlit.edu.au/corellapress) of their upcoming initial releases: BRIDGET'S LOCKET AND OTHER MYSTERIES by Waif Wander (aka Mary Fortune) and THE MILLWOOD MYSTERY by Jeannie Lockett.

These beautiful covers were created by Kathleen Jennings (https://www.kathleenjennings.com/) whose paper cut silhouettes are amazing.

Corella Press state on their website:

Jeannie Lockett

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Born Jane Beattie (NSW birth registration #702/1847 V1847702 550). She married Thomas Lockett in 1868 (#3527/1868). She possibly worked in Narrandera as a primary school teacher, 1880-circa 1888. She died in Sydney in 1890 (NSW death registration #1669/1890).

 

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Jason K. Foster

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Jason Foster is an author, poet, journalist and History teacher at Jamison High School in Sydney’s western suburbs. He holds a Masters Degree in History and is currently studying a Diploma in Languages (Spanish). He has taught in Australia, the United Kingdom, Spain and Argentina. He has been published in American History magazines, Australian travel magazines and poetry anthologies in the United Kingdom. Seven Bones is his first major true crime novel.

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Karen Chisholm

The Mentone Public Library are  showcasing local crime fiction author Alison Knight.

Time: 11am-1.30pm

Date: Saturday, 31 August 2019

Venue: Mentone Public Library

Address: Rear, 36 Florence Street, Mentone VIC 3194

Entry: Gold coin (for tea, coffee, biscuits)

Alison will be discussing her three crime novels:

1) Peter Stone
2) The Close
3) The Undiscovered Room and Other Stories

Shoot Through
Author
ISBN
9781925713848
Book Number (in series)
3
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Goodwood
Author
ISBN
9781760293734
Publisher
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Flamekeeper
Author
ISBN
9780994265166
Book Number (in series)
5
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

Sarah Thornton

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Sarah cast off the lines to her law career not long after being awarded Australian Corporate Lawyer of the Year in 2016. She now lives with her husband aboard a 43-foot sailing catamaran, exploring this most magnificent blue planet and chasing an endless summer. She took up writing novels as a way to liberate her imagination after twenty years in the structured confines of legal and corporate life. Her debut novel, Lapse, is the first of a series featuring former corporate lawyer Clementine Jones. 

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Death on Paradise Island
Author
ISBN
B01M1A9VUF
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
1
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Why Neville Shot Gus
Author
ISBN
9780648417927
Publisher
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

Ben Hobson

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Ben Hobson lives in Brisbane and is entirely keen on his wife, Lena, and their two small boys, Charlie and Henry. He also has a superb pooch named Lincoln, which Charlie forced him to write about in his biography. He currently teaches English and Music at a Queensland High School, and has a keen interest in philosophy, theology, writing and reading. 

Born in Gippsland, Victoria, Ben grew up surrounded by the sights and smells of the country. His early interest in creativity saw him pursue music both academically and artistically, graduating from QUT in 2011 with a degree, and travelling the country with Sounds Like Chicken, a ska/rock/hardcore hybrid.

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Tim Ayliffe

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Tim Ayliffe has been a journalist for almost 20 years and is the Managing Editor of Television and Video for ABC News. He has also worked as TV News Editor for ABC News and the Executive Producer of ABC News Breakfast. 

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The Chain
ISBN
9780733642517
Publisher
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Bordertown
Author
ISBN
9780648490616
Book Number (in series)
1
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Autumn Murders
Author
ISBN
9781925713466
Book Number (in series)
3
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Nancys
ISBN
9781760527334
Publisher
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Boxed
ISBN
9781925713657
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

Paul Howarth

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Paul Howarth was born and grew up in Great Britain before moving to Melbourne in his late twenties. He lived in Australia for more than six years, gained dual citizenship in 2012, and now lives in Norwich, United Kingdom, with his family. 

In 2015, he received a master’s degree from the University of East Anglia’s creative writing program, the most prestigious course of its kind in the UK, where he was awarded the Malcolm Bradbury Scholarship.

55
Author
ISBN
9781471177538
Publisher
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Dying Trade
Author
ISBN
0449130304
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
1
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Class Act
Author
ISBN
9780994178688
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Night Dragon
ISBN
9780702260209
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Scholar
ISBN
9781460708682
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
2
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm

Gregory James

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Gregory James is a former detective who – while waiting for his real life to begin (cue: Colin Hay) – took up writing to turn real life stories and concepts into fiction. 

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Painting in the Shadows
ISBN
9781760685775
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
2
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Into the Night
Author
ISBN
9781760297480
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Review Written By
Gordon Duncan
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Jake Lynch

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Jake Lynch is Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney, and the author of seven books and over 50 refereed articles and book chapters. Over 20 years, he has pioneered both research and practice in the field of Peace Journalism, for which he was recognised with the 2017 Luxembourg Peace Prize, awarded by the Schengen Peace Foundation.

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Jay Darby

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Jay is an Australian author, and creator of Dan Porter in the original crime thriller, BIG WHITE LIES. He's a keen traveller, amateur photographer, and a bit of a sports tragic. He believes in writing what you know...

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Rippling Red
Author
ISBN
9781545068046
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
3
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Gone By Midnight
Author
ISBN
9781473563650
Book Number (in series)
3
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Amnesiac's Guide to Espionage
Author
ISBN
B01KYGF19O
Publisher
Book Number (in series)
2
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
A Greater God
ISBN
9780648393801
Book Number (in series)
4
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
The Arsonist
Author
ISBN
B07DV7J5BH
Publisher
Review Written By
Karen Chisholm
Karen Chisholm

I'm actually half way through this extremely promising piece of writing.

From the Blurb:

Jessica James had the perfect life. She had a good job, supportive friends, and her husband Geoff and her son Jack both adored her. Everything changed the moment she found out she was having another child. 

B.M. Allsopp

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I grew up in suburban Sydney, on the edge of the South Pacific Ocean. Armed with an Arts degree and eager for exotic adventure, I signed on to teach in Papua New Guinea (PNG) for two years. The Papuan children in my first primary class won my heart and that fabulous land became an absorbing interest.

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Karen Viggers

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Karen Viggers was born in Melbourne, Australia, and grew up in the Dandenong Ranges riding horses and writing stories. She studied Veterinary Science at Melbourne University, and then worked in mixed animal practice for seven years before completing a PhD at the Australian National University, Canberra, in wildlife health from which she published numerous scientific papers.

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Kirsty Ferguson

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Kirsty Ferguson is a crime and mystery writer who lives in Melbourne, Australia. She has been writing stories ever since a life-changing brush with Stephen King’s Cujo. When she’s not writing about unspeakable things, reading or cooking, she can be found spending time with her son, teaching him about the joys of reading and writing.

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J.P. Pomare

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J.P. Pomare is an award-winning writer who has had work published in journals including MeanjinKill Your DarlingsTakahe and Mascara Literary Review. He has hosted the On Writing podcast since 2015 featuring bestselling authors from around the globe. He was born in New Zealand and resides in Melbourne with his wife.

 

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Michael McGuire

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Michael McGuire has worked as a journalist in Sydney and Adelaide for The AustralianThe Sunday Mail and The Advertiser​, with a couple of forays into the state and federal politics as an advisor. 

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Karen Chisholm

Second in the Rory James series from Bendigo based author Colin King.

From the Blurb:

When a Melbourne couple in witness protection are found assassinated in their bed, zoology student Josh Marshall recognises the address. He quickly realises he had inadvertently been an unseen witness to a bent cop divulging the couple's location to the hitman ... and he has the hard evidence to prove it.

Karen Chisholm

I'm very behind with posting things - got some major website work under way so I'm behind, I'm disorganised and I'm very distracted at the moment. I finished this book night before last - coming out later in November from Echo Publishing, but more on that when the review is posted.

From the Blurb:

An atmospheric crime novel with a burning moral dilemma at its heart.

Karen Chisholm

Started this one last night and what with the heat and never-ending dry it feels like home... ;)

From the Blurb:

For Cass Tuplin, proprietor of the Rusty Bore Takeaway (and definitely not an unlicensed private investigator), it’s weird enough that her neighbour Vern has somehow acquired a lady friend. But then he asks Cass to look into the case of the dead rats someone’s dumped on Joanne’s doorstep.

Karen Chisholm

Started reading the third Georgie Harvey / John Franklin novel by Sandi Wallace last week ... this time set in the Dandenong Ranges, which was a bit of a blast from past - rain / storms / fog / trees down / cold. Vaguely remember how all of that worked.

From the Blurb:

How could police lose three children?

Three missing children.

A wild storm.

A long way from home.

Melbourne journalist Georgie Harvey is on hand when three children disappear from a police-run camp in the Dandenong Ranges.

Karen Chisholm

Cato Kwong is back in the much anticipated fourth novel in the series, and I'm blissfully happy about that.

From the Blurb:

Holly Throsby

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Holly Throsby is a songwriters, musician and novelist from Sydney, Australia. She has released five solo albums, a collection of original children's songs, an album as part of the band, Seeker Lover Keeper, and has been nominated for four ARIAs. 

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Terry Smyth

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Terry Smyth is an award-winning journalist, playwright, scriptwriter and songwriter. The youngest son of Irish immigrants, he was born and raised in the Hunter Valley, and is now based in Sydney. He has, in his time, worked as a builder's labourer, steel worker, cotton mill hand, psychiatric nurse, professional musician, actor and advertising copywriter.

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Lawrence Hebb

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Lawrence is an ex soldier who also spent a number of years in the Middle East working with an Evangelical Christian relief and development organization. This gives me a unique perspective on things that I believe are reflected in my writing. An ability to 'look behind' what's happening and give a unique perspective reflected in the stories I write.

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Karen Zelas

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Karen Zelas lives in quake-struck Christchurch. A former psychiatrist and psychotherapist, she returned to university, taking creative writing papers at Canterbury University in preparation for giving up her day job.

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Shankari Chandran

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Shankari Chandran is a dystopic thriller writer and a lawyer. Shankari worked in the social justice field for a decade in London. She was responsible for projects in over 30 countries ranging from ensuring representation for detainees in Guantanamo Bay to training lawyers in Rwanda to advising UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  Her work helped her understand the role and limitations of international humanitarian law in conflicts. It also showed her what happens to society when governments subvert civil liberties. These issues form major themes in her writing.

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Connell Nisbet

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Connell Nisbet is a Sydney-based novelist with more than 15 years’ experience as a writer and copy editor on some of Australia’s most respected magazines. A Willing Executioner is his first novel. His second novel, The Ember Room, will be available in late 2018.

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Robert Jeffreys

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Robert Jeffreys has worked as an actor, teacher, builder, labourer, cleaner, real estate agent, personal security agent and playwright of the professionally produced stage plays Cox Four, Covert, The Simple Truth and The Messenger. ABC Radio National featured his radio plays Covert, which received an AWGIE award, and Bodily Harm. He has also published a poetry anthology, Frame of Mind. 

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Ashley Kalagian Blunt

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Ashley Kalagian Blunt has written for Griffith ReviewMcSweeney’s and Right Now. Her travel memoir, The Pomegranate’s Daughter, was awarded a 2015 Varuna Publisher Introduction Fellowship. She teaches writing and public speaking, and has lived and worked in Canada, Peru, Mexico and South Korea.

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Karen Chisholm

From the shamefully overdue pile (turns out I have quite a few shameful piles...)

From the Blurb:

Cocaine. Construction. Corruption.

The unholy trinity of Sydney

Self-made property mogul Tina Leonard has already lost her business, her home and custody of her children because South East Banking Corporation left her bankrupt. Now it appears she is being framed for the murder of her banker Oliver Randall, a senior executive of the corporation. Her motive? Revenge for ruining her life and her business.

Karen Chisholm

Another from the was reading pile (I've been computer avoiding for a few days).

From the Blurb:

Four years ago, in the small town of Birravale, Eliza Daley was murdered. Within hours, her killer was caught. Wasn’t he?

So reads the opening titles of Jack Quick’s new true-crime documentary. A skilled producer, Jack knows that the bigger the conspiracy, the higher the ratings - and he claims Curtis Wade was convicted on flimsy evidence and shoddy police work. Millions of viewers agree.

Karen Chisholm

This is the latest in the rural noir pile, and 50 or so pages in feels like a very good entry indeed.

From the Blurb:

Perhaps if Sweetapple hadn’t stopped to help the idiots who had just near run him off the road in their ute, things may have gone entirely differently.

Karen Chisholm

From the just finished pile.

From the Blurb:

An outsider detective. The vigilante killer with a message. A cold case they both want solved.

From Amazon Bestseller S.D. Rowell comes a heart-pounding crime mystery that will keep you thinking until the final page… 

Karen Chisholm

In 1942 Peter Corris was born in Stawell Victoria. 122ks away, I arrived in a similar part of the world sometime later. In 1980 I was newly arrived in Melbourne, and by absolute happenstance, a crime fiction fan, living around the corner from Murder Inc in Auburn Road, Hawthorn. My delight at that stage was the discovery of a ready source of John Wainwright's books. And then Malcolm, the lovely and profoundly knowledgeable gentleman who ran Murder Inc, asked me if I'd like to try something local for a change. The Dying Trade was my first Cliff Hardy novel.

Karen Chisholm

So on the weekend we (as in the ACWA Committee(link is external) - Rochelle Jackson, Robert Goodman, David Whish-Wilson, Louisa (LA) Larkin, Andrea Thompson, Jacqui Horwood, Deb Crabtree, Georgina Heydon, Meg Vann and I) did a thing.

Karen Chisholm

From the heaving great pile of reading matter that I'm very behind with.

From the Blurb:

When Andy and Mel’s double date turns into a snuff film, Andy fights back, killing one of her attackers, leading to an unwanted aftermath of attention and threats. 

Detective Daniel Connor links the attack to the recent discovery of six female bodies found buried in bushland on Sydney’s Northern Beaches – three double homicides now thought to be part of an organised snuff-film ring. 

Richard Anderson

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Richard Anderson is a second generation farmer from northern New South Wales. He has been running a beef-cattle farm for twenty-five years, but has also worked as a miner and had a stint on the local council. 

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Karen Chisholm

There's a LOT of buzz going around about this one.

From the Blurb:

In an isolated country town brought to its knees by endless drought, a charismatic and dedicated young priest calmly opens fire on his congregation, killing five parishioners before being shot dead himself. 

Karen Chisholm

Slight (okay extreme) change of pace.

From the Blurb:

Rebecca wondered if she was looking at an elaborate hoax. She wasn't.

Along with a dozen other journalists and food-industry celebrities, she had just witnessed the unveiling of the baked head of one of Adelaide's most celebrated chefs. The head of Leong Chew sat on a pewter platter. The cloche had just been removed, revealing Leong Chew, clearly not at his best.

Karen Chisholm

One that I finished over the weekend - review to come asap.

From the Blurb:

A fugitive in the present. A runaway in the past.

Eliza Carmody returns home to the country to work on the biggest law case of her career. The only problem is this time she’s on the ‘wrong side’ – defending a large corporation against a bushfire class action by her hometown of Kinsale.

Karen Chisholm

So I read this one over the weekend but it's another that a review will come out in the next day or so, in the meantime ... read it.

From the Blurb:

‘Her name is Sammy Went. This photo was taken on her second birthday. Three days later she was gone.’

On a break between teaching photography classes, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home twenty-eight years earlier. He believes she is that girl.

Karen Chisholm

Twenty-five years ago, serial killer Paul Denyer terrorised the Melbourne bayside suburb of Frankston.

It began on 11 June 1993 when Elizabeth Stevens was murdered on her way home from the library. Then, on 8 July, Debbie Fream left her new baby boy with a friend while she dashed out for milk. She was abducted and killed.

True crime writer Vikki Petraitis was researching her second book, after writing The Phillip Island Murder (Kerr Publishing, 1994), when she unexpectedly found herself in the middle of the hunt for a serial killer.

Karen Chisholm

Catching up on some of the true crime books stacked about the place.

From the Blurb:

Career criminal John Killick was involved in the most audacious prison break in Australian history when he escaped from Sydney’s Silverwater prison after his partner in crime Lucy Dudko commandeered a scenic helicopter flight at gunpoint.

Australia’s ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ spent 45 days on the run before being caught… Killick was sentenced to 23 years jail; Dudko to ten. After his release, the pair meet up again but are they the same people? Is the magic still there?

Karen Chisholm

Following on from Gideon Haigh's A Scandal in Bohemia, a factual account of the life and fate of Molly Dean, now The Portrait of Molly Dean, a fictional look back and Molly's life from the point of view of independent art dealer Alex Cayton. A fabulous read.

From the Blurb:

An unsolved murder comes to light after almost seventy years...

Karen Chisholm

Finished this late last night because I wanted to read it and because next up (after a bookclub read) it's Katherine Koviac's book The Portrait of Molly Dean.

From the Blurb:

An unsolved murder takes one of Australia’s foremost writers of non-fiction into the 1930s Bohemian demi-monde, exploring the fate of a talented young woman trying to make her way in that artistic, sexualised, ‘liberated’ world.

Karen Chisholm

Turns out that injury to my partner (he's okay) is something that will bite into your reading time. Things ground to a bit of a halt last week what with himself managing to require hospitalisation for a back injury. He's feeling a lot better now and might have got off with one of those dreaded "you're not as young as you think you are" warnings over a back which we all know is dodgy. Anyway, this has been lurking on the reading pile for way too long.,

From the Blurb:

Karen Chisholm

Started this one last night.

From the Blurb:

Not all murder victims are mourned, but the perpetrator must always be punished ...

For Robert Church, superintendent of the Parramatta Female Factory, the most enjoyable part of his job is access to young convict women.Inmate Grace O'Leary has made it her mission to protect the women from his nocturnal visits and when Church is murdered with an awl thrust through his right eye, she becomes the chief suspect.

Karen Chisholm

I am sort of keeping pace with myself again, having just finished this book...

From the Blurb:

All she wanted was to escape. But why does she still feel trapped. A gripping psychological drama by the author of Mothers and Daughters and Into My Arms.

Karen Chisholm

Another from the pile up of things I should have mentioned a week ago.

From the Blurb:

A top executive dies suddenly.

An accident?

A murder?

An inside job?

Hundreds of suited suspects in one city office.

Detective Sergeant Brian Shaw is recalled from Yorke Peninsula.

From sleepy country town to throbbing city throngs, clashing personalities, old scores to be settled, frustrated ambitions, jealousies, and something new: female tellers.

A hotbed of suspicions from managing director to tea lady.

Karen Chisholm

 

Latest, just finished read. Hopefully this is the start of another series.

From the Blurb:

The young detectives call Alan Auhl a retread, but that doesn’t faze him. He does things his own way—and gets results.

He still lives with his ex-wife, off and on, in a big house full of random boarders and hard-luck stories. And he’s still a cop, even though he retired from Homicide some years ago.

Karen Chisholm

I am actually reading this one right now. I'm all caught up in other words!

From the Blurb:

Ten years after surviving special operations in Afghanistan, Danny Clay is working as a scriptwriter in the emotional war zone of TV production. His best mate and editor is Vietnamese neighbour Zan who may or may not have killed a man with her bare hands. When their writer friends start dying in mysterious circumstances, Danny must resurrect his old army sapper skills to prevent himself and Zan becoming the next victims.

Karen Chisholm

Another from the have read pile - this is the 3rd book in the Natalie King series.

From the Blurb:

Natalie King has been hired to do a psychiatric evaluation for the children’s court. A custody dispute. Not her usual territory, but now that she’s pregnant she’s happy to do a simple consult.

Turns out Jenna and Malik’s break-up is anything but simple. He claims she’s crazy and compulsive; she claims he’s been abusing their daughter Chelsea.

Karen Chisholm

Okay so there's a spot of catching up going on - I have been so busy reading, I've forgotten to post updates.

From the Blurb:

Three bodies… three killers? 

A taxi driver disappears, his burnt-out cab the only evidence of his last stop. In the same desolate area, a body is found in the boot of a stolen car half-submerged in a muddy creek. It’s not the cab driver… 

Karen Chisholm

Really like the way that Ellie Marney creates the settings for these books - they feel very real and the people in them authentic.

From the Blurb:

Boozer, brawler, ladies’ man – nineteen-year-old Harris Derwent is not a good guy.

Karen Chisholm

Nearly caught up now - finished this earlier this week.

From the Blurb:

Meet Timothy Blake, codename Hangman. Blake is a genius, known for solving impossible cases. He's also a psychopath with a dark secret, and the FBI's last resort.

A 14-year-old boy vanishes on his way home from school. His frantic mother receives a terrifying ransom call. It's only hours before the deadline, and the police have no leads.

Karen Chisholm

It's been quite a while since I caught up with these listings as you can probably tell by now.

From the Blurb:

In a single day, a simple mistake will have life-altering consequences for everyone involved.

A moment of distraction, an unlocked car and a missing baby. How on earth could this happen?

All Malia needed was a single litre of milk and now she's surrounded by police and Zach has disappeared. 

Karen Chisholm

Another from the past reading pile.

From the Blurb:

Six international artists are invited to a residency in southern Spain. What could possibly go wrong? 

Writer’s block and paintings of oranges. 

Love, lust, revenge.

A sculptor left for dead on the side of a mountain. 

Part love story, part thriller and wholly page-turning, Dig Two Graves shows us once again that ‘Morwood is a classy act.’ – The Australian 

For readers who like their crime/thrillers gore-free and more refined.

Karen Chisholm

This is the third book now in the Agatha Christie Book Club series.

From the Blurb:

It was supposed to a frivolous night out. The champagne was flowing, the rugs were arranged, and the Agatha Christie Book Club had settled in to watch their favourite mystery Evil Under the Sun on the moonlit screen above. 

Yet it all comes to a crashing halt when a woman’s lifeless body is discovered lying between the jumble of picnic baskets and blankets. She has been strangled and discarded like an empty champagne bottle. 

Karen Chisholm

Set in Mexico, among the worst of the worst behaviour of the cartels, and to be frank, men, a union activist makes a stand. Tim Baker has created wonderful characters in Pilar and Fuentes.

From the Blurb:

The only thing more dangerous than the cartels is the truth...

In Ciudad Real, Mexico, a deadly war between rival cartels is erupting, and hundreds of female sweat-shop workers are being murdered. As his police superiors start shutting down his investigation, Fuentes suspects most of his colleagues are on the payroll of narco kingpin, El Santo.

Karen Chisholm

Launch by Maggie Baron (former forensic scientist): 6 for 6.30pm Wednesday 20 June

Readings St Kilda, 112 Acland Street., St Kilda

Free event, but please RSVP by Tuesday 19 June to carmel@shute-the-messenger.com

Karen Chisholm

Started this one last night, it's due for publication sometime soon and so far it's really engaging. 

From the Blurb:

Karen Chisholm

Started this one over the weekend and didn't get nearly enough reading time to finish it, which has turned out to be a bit annoying as it's very good.

From the Blurb:

Can a man who’s lived a life of crime ever escape his past? The world’s most reluctant private investigator is about to find out.

Former bad boy turned local hero, Bill Murdoch, should be happy with his little piece of paradise. After all, he’s got the fancy car and the big house by the beach. The only trouble is he’s slowly suffocating in small town life. 

Karen Chisholm

Easter reading pile number whatever I'm up to now.

From the Blurb:

“I was aware of the weight of Spoole’s head, clutched against my stomach. I hadn’t thought of a head being something that was heavy to carry. Another new thing learned.”

Karen Chisholm

From the current reading pile.

From the Blurb:

The third novel in this Australian murder mystery series takes the reader behind the friendly laid-back facade of Darwin, Australia’s northern capital, into a world where a crocodile roams the waterways in search of revenge and evil ripples in the hearts of humans.

Karen Chisholm

And finally, from the past weekend.

From the Blurb:

Chapman Bouttell, an Australian homicide detective, is drawn violently back into a conspiracy he thought he’d escaped while serving in the Vietnam War when members of his former army unit were found murdered. 

Karen Chisholm

A quick departure from the #yeahnoir pile.

From the Blurb:

“The Claremont”, an outdated, run-down apartment building, is thrown into turmoil when its latest and most celebrated resident, Crispin Fairchild, conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, is found murdered. 

Karen Chisholm

I'm not going to pretend that today's been a day like any other. When the news of the death of the master of Australian Crime Fiction Peter Temple reached us yesterday, courtesy of a fellow august Australian writer it was a blow. It wasn't totally unexpected sure, there'd been rumours, but it was still one of those moments where a glass of whiskey and a short contemplation was required.

Sally Hepworth

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Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives (2015), The Things We Keep (2016) and The Mother's Promise (2017), and The Family Next Door (Feb 2018). Sally's books have been labelled “enchanting” by The Herald Sun, “smart and engaging” by Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Giffin have praised Sally’s novels as “women’s fiction at its finest” and “totally absorbing”.

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Kelly Rimmer

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Kelly Rimmer is the USA Today bestselling women’s fiction author of five novels, including Me Without You and The Secret Daughter. Her most recent release is Before I Let You Go. She lives in rural Australia with her husband, 2 children and fantastically naughty dogs, Sully and Basil. Her novels have been translated into more than 20 languages. 

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Michael Veitch

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Michael Veitch spent much of his youth writing and performing in television sketch comedy programs, before freelancing as a columnist and arts reviewer for newspapers and magazines. For four years he presented Sunday Arts, the national arts show on ABC television, and produced two books indulging his life-long interest in the aircraft of the Second World War, Flak and Fly. He lives in Hobart, where he presents ABC radio.

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First Dog on the Moon

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First Dog on the Moon (Andrew Marlton) is a Cartoonist for The Guardian Australia, the best and most interesting news website/paper ON THE FACE OF THE EARTH.

He cartoons there most days holding the nation to account for its folly. First Dog on the Moon is a sneering elitist, and devilishly handsome.
 

Meg Keneally

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Meg Keneally started her working life as a junior public affairs officer at the Australian Consulate-General in New York, before moving to Dublin to work as a sub-editor and freelance features writer. On returning to Australia, she joined the Daily Telegraph as a general news reporter, covering everything from courts to crime to animals' birthday parties at the zoo. She then joined Radio 2UE as a talkback radio producer. 

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John Rosanowski

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John Rosanowski was born in Reefton and studied history at the University of Canterbury. He has written articles on West Coast history for newspapers,magazines and the NZ Journal of History.

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Rosa Fedele

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Australian author and artist Rosa Fedele, known for her portrait and figurative work, was born in Sydney and studied at the prestigious Julian Ashton Art School. A member of Portrait Artists Australia, Australia’s largest industry association for professional portraitists, her work has been exhibited in NSW Parliament House and Parliament House Canberra, as well as numerous galleries and exhibitions in Australia and worldwide.

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Karen Chisholm

Promised myself this would be my Boxing Day Test reading this year - which turned out to be the perfect choice, what with that awful wicket.

From the Blurb:

Say it's not so, but detective squads still put their faith in the whiteboard and texta, brainstorming difficult cases. Like this:

Karen Chisholm

I started this the other night and was enthralled from the start. For our first 2018 f2f bookclub gathering.

From the Blurb:

Heartbreaking, joyous, traumatic, intimate and revelatory, Reckoning is the book where Magda Szubanski, one of Australia’s most beloved performers, tells her story.

Karen Chisholm

I'm behind with everything and bloody hate coming up with Top howevermany's so I'm not pretending to try anymore. Instead, a list of books that just nailed it this year. In no particular order, or quantity, although I have had a go at combining them into geographical locations so you know - result.

Australia

Fiction

Too Easy, J.M. Green (review to come at Newtown Review of Books, but this is the second book in the Stella Hardy series and it's required reading).

Karen Chisholm

Having now officially completely lost control of Mt TBR I'm randomly picking things based on some criteria or another. So I started this one over the weekend. Not sorry.

From the Blurb:

What happens when a drug dealer is forced to turn detective?

Meet Bill Murdoch, the world's most reluctant private investigator.

Karen Chisholm

This has been sitting on the to be read pile for way too long.

From the Blurb:

Five women reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking along the muddy track. Only four come out the other side.

The hike through the rugged Giralang Ranges is meant to take the office colleagues out of their air-conditioned comfort zone and teach resilience and team building. At least that is what the corporate retreat website advertises.

Karen Chisholm

It's been busy in these parts but I have been getting a bit of reading done. Particularly pleased it was this one, straight from the very hard to put down camp.

From the Blurb:

When 25-year-old Bella Michaels is brutally murdered in the small town of Strathdee, the community is stunned and a media storm descends.

Karen Chisholm

I've jumped this up the queue because I needed a bit of a kickstart to get reading seriously again. It's working.

From the Blurb:

In 1999, a number of young women go missing in the Perth suburb of Claremont. One body is discovered. Others are never seen again. Snowy Lane (City of Light) is hired as a private investigator but neither he nor the cops can find the serial killer. Sixteen years later, another case brings Snowy to Broome, where he teams up with Dan Clement (Before It Breaks) and an incidental crime puts them back on the Claremont case.

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Roger Rogerson hasn't been a police officer for more than 20 years.  Yet his name makes him the most well-known 'detective-sergeant' in Australia. He has been the subject of articles, appearances, profiles and books; portrayed in TV dramas; and recorded by covert listening devices at home for months. Rogerson took up his own pen in prison.  Out, he walked the club and pub speaking circuit, where he found a ready audience for his tales of law and mayhem.  He now writes for newspapers.

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Lola Lowe

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Lowe lives in Sydney and is currently working on Stripped Down, the sequel to Stuck Up. She is totally unable to relax, is slightly unhinged and likes baking cupcakes, especially ones that involve glitter.

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Steve P. Vincent

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Steve P. Vincent lives with his wife in a pokey apartment in Melbourne’s north-west, where he’s forced to write on the couch in front of an obnoxiously large television. When he’s not writing, Steve keeps food and flat whites on the table working for the man. He enjoys beer, whisky, sports and dreaming up ever more elaborate conspiracy theories to write about. He has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Political Science and History. His honours thesis was on the topic of global terrorism. He has travelled extensively through Europe, the United States and Asia.

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Denis Ryan

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Denis Ryan is the former Victorian Police officer who sought to bring the pedophile priest Monsignor John Day, to justice and break the nexus that extended police protection to the priest.

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Kate Kyriacou

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Kate Kyriacou has been a journalist since 2001. She has written for newspapers around the country, including the Sunday Herald-Sun, the Adelaide Advertiser and Sunday Mail, and Brisbane’s Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail. She has been the Courier-Mail’s chief crime reporter since 2012 and has won awards, at both a state and national level, for her work as a crime writer.

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Jack Heath

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Jack Heath is the pen name of a bestselling and award-winning author. His twenty action-packed novels have been translated into several languages and optioned for film and television.

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Barry Weston

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Born a Capricorn in Paddington – ‘The Paddo’ Brisbane, Queensland, Barry Weston now lives with his wife and two chocolate Labradors on a few acres on a small island south of Hobart, Tasmania overlooking the Great Southern Ocean. In previous lives, he gained employment as various means of survival; as a car-park attendant, stereotyper, advertising salesman, commercial printer, private art teacher, railway porter, an ‘outee’ Painter and Docker, roof-painter, sign writer, cleaner, hotel barman and ‘security attendant’ (read that as bouncer). Through such employment and friendships, he came in contact with a cast of varied characters, from solicitors, professional thieves, police officers and hard-men. These experiences and yarns from such people feed into his fictional crime writing, and have assisted in developing an insight and understanding of the ethics of the ‘knock-about’ bloke, and the up/down side of the wrong/right coin. He is a graduate of the University of Tasmania with a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts. His forty odd year career within the visual arts consists of thirty-eight solo/group exhibitions, regionally, nationally and internationally. He has taught visual arts at tertiary level at a few Australian universities, and Artist-in-Residence at a few others. After resigning his position at La Trobe University, Bendigo as Head of Department in 1999 and relocating to an island life-style, he has left the studio doors ajar, but now focuses primarily upon writing.

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Heath O'Loughlin

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Heath O'Loughlin is the son of a former member and 'Sons of God' Chief Inspector. Having earned the trust of members of the Special Operations Group, he is now telling their remarkable stories for the first time. Heath began his journalism cadetship at the Seven Network in Melbourne in 2001. In is time there, he covered some of Melbourne's most infamous crimes including underworld killings and other high-profile cases. He crossed to the Nine Network in 2006 to report on sport and co-anchor the weekend bulletin. After eight years in television news, he became General Manager of Media, Communications and Marketing at the North Melbourne Football Club in the AFL where he has been since 2008.

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Michalia Arathimos

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Michalia Arathimos is a Greek / New Zealand writer who lives in Melbourne with her partner and two sons. She is a prize-winning author of short stories and essays, and winner of the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards, 2016. She works as a freelance editor and is the fiction reviewer for Melbourne magazine Overland.

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Katie Rowney

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Katie Rowney started out as a journalist in a small country town and saw her first dead body on her second day on the job. After shifting through several community newspapers and freelancing for Fairfax, she joined the dark side as a media officer for the emergency services. Her job involved everything from evacuating towns during cyclones to trying to train firefighters not to swear during live to air interviews. She's currently a senior communications officer at a QLD university, helping engineers and scientists with no social skills share their findings with the world.

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M.T. Ellis

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M.T. Ellis is a Brisbane based crime/ thriller writer. She has just published her debut novel, Azrael, and is currently writing her second book.

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M.J. Tjia

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M.J. Tjia has a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studes. Her novella The Fish Girl won Seizure's Viva la Novella, 2017. She has been shortlisted for the Josephine Ulrick Short Story Prize, Overland's Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize, Fish Short Story Prize, and the Luke Bitmead Bursary and longlisted for the CWA daggar awards. Her work has appeared in Review of Australian Fiction, Rex, Peril and Shibboleth and Other Stories.

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Bill Bateman

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Bill Bateman practiced medicine for 25 years on Victoria's rugged south-west coast, before moving with his family to the city. Currently he works at an inner suburban GP practice and a drop in clinic for the homeless. He was the author of a fortnightly (hopefully funny) column in The Australian Doctor, a national medical magazine, and now turns his pen to novel writing. The characters and setting of Hard Labour will appear in Bill's future books.

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Megan Daymond

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Megan Daymond is a crime author, writer and advocate for survivors of childhood cancer. Her debut crime novel ‘Just Play Along’ is the first book in the Andy Knight Series, based in Sydney’s Northern Beaches – published February 2018. Megan is an advocate for survivors of childhood cancer, raising awareness of the long-term side effects of childhood cancer treatments. Through her blog Megan shares the challenges of her own journey as a survivor of childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia; writing about her own personal experiences in the hope that other survivors may be able to relate to them as well as raising awareness about certain issues that face adult survivors of childhood cancer today.

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Rusty Young

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Rusty Young (born 1975) is the Australian-born author of the international bestseller Marching Powder, the true story of an English drug smuggler in Bolivia’s notorious San Pedro Prison and the bestselling novel, Colombiano, a fact-meets-fiction revenge thriller about a Colombian boy who sets out to avenge his father’s death.

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Dervla McTiernan

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Dervla McTiernan was born in County Cork, Ireland, to a family of seven. She studied corporate law at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the Law Society of Ireland, and practised as a lawyer for twelve years. Following the global financial crisis, she moved with her family to Western Australia, where she now works for the Mental Health Commission. 

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Neil A. White

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Born in Melbourne, Australia, I studied accounting in College before the allure of a career in tennis led me to make a tough decision.  Remain home and become a CPA, or travel the world playing tennis?  Did I say, tough decision?  I accepted a tennis scholarship to America and graduated with a degree in Economics & Finance in 1985. After graduation, and with the dream of a playing career cut short by injury, it was time for a new challenge.  Thus, began a ten-year stint with a major U.S. airline traversing the country in numerous roles.  More recently, before the writing bug took hold, I toiled for fifteen years as a bank executive in Dallas, Texas.    

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John Hollenkamp

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John Hollenkamp created The Darren Mangan Thriller Series with STEALTH, followed by A TROPICAL CURE. Darren is a dry-witted, good-looking Queenslander, (some people think he resembles the chap in Magnum PI, Tom Selleck) except a cabdriver doesn't make the same coin as a Hollywood actor. And that's where Darren's life runs a fine balance between good and a little bad...

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Kate Lyons

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Kate Lyons was born in 1965 in outback New South Wales. She has had her short fiction and poetry published in a range of Australian literary journals. Her first novel, The Water Underneath, was shortlisted in the 1999 The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award and was published by Allen & Unwin in 2001. Her second novel The Corner of Your Eye was published by Allen & Unwin in 2006. 

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S.D. Rowell

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S.D. Rowell is an Australian crime mystery author, born in Adelaide, South Australia. A graduate of both the University of South Australia and Flinders University, the author is interested in the interplay between culture, morality and truth, which is explored within the novel, "The Echo of Others".

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Benjamin Stevenson

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Benjamin Stevenson is an award-winning stand-up comedian and author. He has sold out shows from the Melbourne International Comedy Festival all the way to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has appeared on ABCTV, Channel 10, and The Comedy Channel. Off-stage, Benjamin has worked for publishing houses and literary agencies in Australia and the USA.

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Gabriella Coslovich

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Gabriella Coslovic is a Melbourne based journalist with more than 20 years' experience, including 15 years at The Age newspaper where she specialised in arts writing and developed an extensive network of contacts in the arts world. 

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Robert Engwerda

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Robert Engwerda was born in the Netherlands, his family later settling in northern Victoria. His occupations have included fruit picker, factory worker, clerk, secondary school teacher and educational publisher. His first novel, Backwaters, was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2005, and in 2007 he won a place in the Australian Society of Authors' highly regarded mentorship program. Robert currently lives in Melbourne.

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Leah Giarratano

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Dr Leah Giarratano has had a long career as a psychologist.  An expert in psychological trauma, sex offences and psychopathology, she has had many years' experience working with victims and psychopaths.  She has worked in psychiatric hospitals, with the Australian Defence Force, and in corrective services with offenders who suffer severe personality disorders.  She has assessed and treated survivors of just about every imaginable psychological trauma, including hostages; war veterans; rape, asult, and accident victims; and has worked with police, fire and ambulance officers.

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Darren Williams

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Darren Williams grew up on the far north coast of New South Wales. He had long wanted to be a writer and in 1992, Darren took time off work to begin his first novel, Swimming In Silk. He describes the process as 'months and months of hard work punctuated by moments of pure exhiliaration'.

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Ruth Starke

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Ruth Starke has worked in public relations and travel marketing, and at a great variety of other jobs - of which the most interesting, she says, were selling French perfume in Harrods, cooking on the radio, taking tourists to Kashmir, and interviewing Grand Prix drivers. She turned to fiction writing in 1992, and since then has written over a dozen novels for young people, including the best-selling NIPS XI which was recently named Honour Book (Younger Readers) in the 2001 CBC Awards, The Twist in the Tale, winner of an Aurealis award, and Coming Out, a CBC Notable Book (1998). For a complete list of titles visit the Books section of this website. Ruth lives in Adelaide where she teaches English at Flinders University and creative writing at TAFE. She reviews for Viewpoint and Australian Book Review magazines, has been a judge for the National Festival Awards for Children's Literature since 1995, and is deputy chair of the South Australian Writers' Centre.

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Harry Ledowsky

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Harry Ledowsky is one of Australia’s most awarded Creative Directors and has been a judge on every major Advertising Award in Australia. Creator of “Oils Ain’t Oils” for Castrol, “Aussie Cossie” for Speedo, “Happy Joe Happy” for the NRMA and “The Bundy Bear” for Bundaberg Rum. He was National Creative Director and head of the Worldwide Creative Directors for Young & Rubicam and was named as “the second most outstanding individual in Advertising” by the Financial Review. He has won over 150 National & International Advertising Awards and been nominated to the Australian Advertising Hall of Fame, who said he was: “A master of drama, pathos and humour .” Having retired from the ad industry he now presents the Morning show on 99.3 Northside Radio.

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Iain Ryan

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Iain Ryan grew up in the outer suburbs of Brisbane, Australia. His debut novel 'Four Days' is now available from Broken River Books. His work is previously published by Akashic Books (New York) and Crime Factory (Melbourne).

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A.C. Efverman

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Swedish crime fiction author A.C. Efverman was born Anna Charlotta Efverman in Stockholm, year 1972. She lived and worked in many countries before she finally settled in Australia in 1996. During her time of travel she saw and experienced many things - in one horrific moment she had a gun pointed at her head. She writes from her experience of being a victim of crime, as well as drawing from her extensive imagination, plus many hours' research of real life murderers, police procedures and forensic data. Her novels contain the same main characters and the stories are set in her adopted home town Sydney. A.C. Efverman is also an artist - she is a graduate of Stockholm School of Arts - and she utilizes her artistic view of the world in her writing. Her books are available world wide in both English and Swedish. 

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Kelly Brooke Nicholls

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Kelly Brooke Nicholls’ fascination with other cultures was instilled in her early years growing up on a boat in the south pacific islands. She’s been passionate about human rights from an early age and following a stint as a journalist at Australian Associated Press she moved to Latin America when she was 23. From there she was compelled to make a difference and help people affected by conflict, abuse and extreme poverty. She has over 15 years’ senior leadership experience working for NGOs ranging from Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders to a small indigenous-led organisation in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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John Daysh

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John is a sixth generation New Zealander through his maternal blood lines and the Great, Great, Great, Grandson of John Daysh whom arrived in New Zealand in 1841 from Hamshire, England. Just two years after the Treaty of Waitangi which granted Britain dual sovereignty (with the indigenous Maori) over New Zealand. He is a proud New Zealander who knows Thailand well.   http://www.chiangmaicitylife.com/news/keeping-track-of-john-daysh-an-int...

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Kylie Ladd

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Kylie Ladd is a novelist and freelance writer. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Age, Griffith Review, O Magazine, The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Medicine, Kill Your Darlings, The Hoopla and MamaMia, among others. Kylie's first novel, After the Fall , was published in Australia, the US and Turkey, while her second, Last Summer, was highly commended in the 2011 Federation of Australian Writers Christina Stead Award for fiction. Her previous books are Naked: Confessions of Adultery and Infidelity and Living with Alzheimer's and Other Dementias. Kylie’s third novel, Into My Arms, has been selected as one of Get Reading’s Fifty Books You Can’t Put Down for 2013. She holds a PhD in neuropsychology, and lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband and two children.

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Tony Jones

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Tony Jones was still at school when Lionel Murphy raided ASIO. After an ABC cadetship, he joined the television program Four Corners as a reporter in 1985, and then went to Dateline at SBS in 1986. He subsequently was an ABC foreign correspondent, for a time in London and later in Washington. Inter alia, he covered the war crimes in Bosnia. For many years he presented the ABC TV current affairs program Lateline. Today he hosts Q&A on ABC TV on Monday nights. 

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Ron Elliott

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Ron Elliott is a scriptwriter, director and academic. His directorial credits include a feature film, Justice, and episodes of ABC programs such as Australia, You’re Standing In It, The Gillies Report and Studio 86. Ron has written for Home and Away, Bush Patrol, Ship to Shore and many more children’s television series. In 2001 he wrote the AFI nominated telemovie Southern Cross. Ron is currently a lecturer in Film and Television at Curtin University.

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Sofie Laguna

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Sofie Laguna originally studied to be a lawyer at the University of New South Wales, but after deciding law was not for her, she moved to Melbourne to train as an actor. Sofie worked for a number of years as an actor at the same time as completing a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Sofie is now an author and playright writing for both adults and children.

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Matt Neal

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Matt Neal is an Australian journalist, musician and Rotten Tomatoes accredited film reviewer. He posts a song every few weeks on his blog Doc’s Anthology. He lives in Warrnambool with his wife and son but will probably be run out of town when this is published. Bay of Martyrs is his first book. Dedicated to Danni and Reggie – my two true.

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Nikki Crutchley

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After seven years of working as a librarian in New Zealand and overseas, Nikki now works as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. She lives in the small Waikato town of Cambridge in New Zealand with her husband and two girls.  Nikki has been writing on and off her whole life and recently has had success in flash fiction. She has been published in Flash Frontier, Flash Fiction Magazine and Mayhem Literary Journal. Crime/thriller/mystery novels are her passion. Nothing Bad Happens Here is her fist novel (but hopefully not her last), set on the Coromanadel Coast of New Zealand.

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Jennifer Lane

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I had my first taste of literary success at the age of eleven when I won St Michael’s Primary School’s Year Six creative writing competition with my dramatic World War II piece, Dominic Finds a Way. Twenty-four comparatively unsuccessful years later, I was one of the winners of NZ Book Month’s Six Pack Twocompetition with Scout’s Honour, an extract from an early draft of what was to become All Our Secrets. My short stories have been published in journals and magazines both here and across the Tasman, including Southerly: Writers and their Journals (Australia), Pulp (NZ), Viola Beadleton’s Compendium (NZ) and Island (Australia).

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John Lang

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John Lang (1816-1864) was the first Australian-born novelist, often lauded as the first known writer of detective fiction in the Anglophone world. He is best known for his collection of short stories in Botany Bay: True Tales of Early Australia (1859) and for his career as a barrister. His grandfather was transported to Australia in the First Fleet for stealing eight silver spoons. Lang spent most of his professional career in India. There, he launched an anti-government magazine called The Mofussilite, where he published his novels in serial form. These were often anonymous, and Lang is widely believed to be the author of Violet the Danseuse (1836), making him the first Australian to publish an international best-selling novel.

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Blair Denholm

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Blair Denholm is a freelance writer, editor and translator who has lived and worked in New York, Moscow, Munich, Abu Dhabi and Australia. He speaks fluent Russian and smatterings of other languages with varying degrees of success.

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Mike Boshier

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Born in Bristol, England, I was always an avid reader. I've worked in Europe and travelled fairly extensively. I have written various sailing articles and had them published in magazines. Having lived and worked in the Middle East for a number of years, I believe I have a good understanding of the region. I used that experience to write my first full novel 'The Jaws of Revenge' quickly followed by my second, 'Terror of the Innocent'. Both star US Navy SEAL John Deacon and some of his colleagues in the Pentagon. Both also feature his adversary, Saif the Palestinian - an ex-Navy traitor whose mission in life is to destroy the West and, in particular, the USA.

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Katherine Kovacic

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Katherine Kovocic was a veterinarian but preferred training dogs to taking their temperatures. She seized the chance to return to study and earned an MA, followed by a PhD in Art History. Katherine spends her spare time writing, dancing and teaching other people's dogs to ride skateboards.

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Aiden L. Bailey

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Aiden L. Bailey lives in Adelaide, Australia. His varied career has included roles as a corporate communications officer for the Australian Submarine Corporation, a technical writer for a several defense contractors, an engineer on a remote desert petroleum pipeline, a magazine editor and art director, and as a marketing manager in diverse industries such as information technology, mining, petroleum, healthcare and construction. In his twenties he travelled widely, predominately in Australia, Africa and South America, and returned home with some stories to tell.

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There is no way in this world that a Rowland Sinclair book is going to lurk long on the reading piles around here - started this one last night. Want a Chrysler Airflow already.

From the Blurb:

Book 8 in the Rowland Sinclair Mystery Series.

Set against the glamorous backdrop of the 1930s in Australia and overseas, A Dangerous Language is the latest in the much loved, award winning Rowland Sinclair Mysteries.

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I'm blatantly cherry picking from the piles now.

From the Blurb:

Terrorism, politics and betrayals collide in this unputdownable, fast-paced thriller from a highly recognisable political insider.

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Picking a few random self-published books from the Ned Kelly submissions in 2017 leds me to the third Inspector West book from SA author, Peter Mulraney.

From the Blurb:

Murder. Arson. Revenge. 

Detective Inspector West investigates the grisly deaths of two elderly priests: one in a suspicious fire; the other obviously murdered. 

The inspector is not the only one hunting the priest killer. 

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From the recent reading piles I've been catching up with - strong first book in what's intended as an ongoing series.

From the Blurb:

London, 1863: Women in Waterloo are turning up dead, their sexual organs mutilated and removed. When another girl goes missing, fears grow that the killer may have claimed their latest victim.

The police are at a loss and so it falls to courtesan and professional detective, Heloise Chancey, to investigate.

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One from this year's Ned Kelly submission list, set around Warrnambool in Victoria.

From the Blurb:

After a medical mishap, Dr Vince Hanrahan crashes professionally and personally, is all but struck off, and the Medical Board kicks him all the way down the Princes Highway to be a rural GP. Supervised. On notice. He rents a dump, lives off takeaway, and plans to see out his time before regaining his rightful position on the specialist pedestal. 

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Bittersweet reading. On the one hand I've sort of been hoarding it a little, knowing that this will be the last ever Inspector Anders book, but on the other hand I've been keen to read it. 

From the Blurb:

Inspector Anders of the Rome Police became a hero when he closed down an anarchist group years ago. But in the action he lost a leg - and his nerve. Since then, he's made his moral compromises. Now, battle-weary, he'll do one last job.

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Fell over the first in the series via the Ned Kelly listings in recent years - particularly pleased to see a 2nd novel in the series now out.

From the Blurb:

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From last week's reading pile.

From the Blurb:

When a body is found buried near the desolate forest road of Kellers Way, Detective Melanie Carter must identify the victim if she is to have any chance of finding the killer. That's no easy task with fragmentary evidence from a crime committed years earlier and a conspiracy of silence from anyone who might have information.

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From the weekend's pile - really liked the earlier one in this series.

From the Blurb:

Wisecracking social worker Stella Hardy returns, and this time she’s battling outlaw bikie gangs, corrupt cops, and a powerful hunger for pani puri.

On a stormy Halloween night, Stella gets a call from her best friend, Detective Phuong Nguyen. Phuong has a problem. Or rather her lover, Bruce Copeland, does.

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Second from this weekend's reading pile.

From the Blurb:

A fast-paced international thriller by top Melbourne author of fiction and non-fiction, Roland Perry. This is a sequel to Perry’s first book titled The Honourable Assassin (2015) in a new series of thrillers that incorporate actual events, criminal organisations and key figures in the underworld of Asia as they play out globally, involving international law enforcement and intelligence operations.

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Started this one last night.

From the Blurb:

Neve Ayres has always been so careful. Since her mother’s death when Neve was seven, she’s learned to look after herself and to keep her cards close. But now her deliberately constructed world has collapsed: her partner’s left her when she was eight months pregnant. And so, alone with her newborn son, she’s retreated to her cliff-top holiday house in coastal Flinders.

There, another child comes into her life. 

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Really enjoyed the first of this series, Through a Camel's Eye.

Bobby lay curled like a seahorse, like a puppy… red marks round his throat… facing Swan Island.

The local senior constable, Chris Blackie and his deputy Anthea Merritt, expect the murder investigation to be handled by Geelong-based detectives from the Criminal Investigation Unit. But they’re blind-sided by the interest personnel from the secret military training base on Swan Island take in the case, strongly suspecting that the Detective Inspector may be taking direction from them.

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I did some housekeeping over the weekend. The sort where you sweep all the books off the pile to be read and pluck out one that you really want to read. I did restack the pile again and promise I'm doing some catching up with badly overdue review books. But it was nice to get some tidying up done :)

From the Blurb:

Deaf since early childhood, Caleb Zelic is used to meeting life head-on. Now, he’s struggling just to get through the day. His best mate is dead, his ex-wife, Kat, is avoiding him, and nightmares haunt his waking hours.

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One from the should have read this ages ago pile.

From the Blurb:

To her clients and colleagues, Iris is a therapist in a city psychology practice. But to the police and fire services, she is the Fire Lady – a profiler of arsonists.

After a troubled young man burns down her office, Iris just wants a quiet life. But her peace is shattered when a bomb goes off at a local school. Called in to help, Iris meets James, delusional and dangerous, and Chuck, a lone investigator tracking a serial arsonist he calls Zorro.

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Whilst not "strictly" crime fiction this is a fascinating intertwining tale that had me up way past when I should have nodded off last night.

From the Blurb:

When Madeleine d’Leon conjures Ned McGinnity as the hero in her latest crime novel, she makes him a serious writer simply because the irony of a protagonist who’d never lower himself to read the story in which he stars, amuses her.

When Ned McGinnity creates Madeleine d’Leon, she is his literary device, a writer of detective ction who is herself a mystery to be unravelled.

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Had a bit of a break from work last week so I'm behind with posting these. This was one of those books that I have been looking forward to, set in a part of the world that's not a million miles from home - then and now.

From the Blurb:

In the long, hot summer of 1989, Ben and Fab are best friends.

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Another from last week's reading - to be reviewed at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com

From the Blurb:

A hot summer. A shocking murder. A town of secrets, waiting to explode. A brooding, suspenseful and explosive debut that will grip you from the first page to the last.

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The best part about playing catchup is getting to read some very good examples of different sub-genres.

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This has been languishing on the pile for Way. Too. Long.

From the Blurb:

One year on and Pufferfish - aka Detective Inspector Franz Heineken - remains haunted by his failure to apprehend the killer of a young Hobart woman. Every time he sees a merchant vessel leaving the city's port he thinks of Angie, because that's how her murderer escaped. And that merchant seaman may still be coming and going with impunity, waiting for another opportunity.

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Was extremely fortunate to read this over the weekend. Beautifully written story about not just the trial but the legal mind behind so much that we take for granted (and should be grateful for) in this country.

From the Blurb:

One of the most shocking murder trials in Australia's legal history, and the tribulations of the man who conducted it

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Another from the greatly overdue pile.

From the Blurb:

A chance encounter in a fish-’n’-chip shop set Brendan Murray on the trail of a mystery. Had a gay man been secretly murdered on HMAS Australia during the Second World War?

The veteran he spoke to was certain. ‘I knew about it,’ he said. ‘We all did.’

But was the story true? If so, who was the dead man? And why was it so hard to find out?

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Second from the weekend's reading pile - this time about detector dog Elsie, written by her handler Steve Kelleher.

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The final from this weekend's reading pile.

From the Blurb:

Meet BADNE$$. He's the enigmatic, impulsive, exasperating, destructive, big-hearted Aussie outlaw who stole millions of dollars in daring bank robberies and became a folk hero as big as Ned Kelly when he masterminded two spectacular prison breaks in the space of six weeks.

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From over the weekend's reading pile - one about the Calabrian Mafia in Australia and the largest haul of ecstasy in the world.

From the Blurb:

Bestselling writer and organised-crime expert Keith Moor takes us behind the headlines of the world's biggest seizure of ecstasy to expose a sophisticated mafia network in Australia.

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Another from the weekend's reading - particularly interesting as this is something I'd not known a lot about beforehand.

From the Blurb:

A gritty and compelling account of an elite police group, the Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad (MEOCS).

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One from a long weekend pretty much spent reading.

From the Blurb:

The powerful true story of the first police officer to lift the lid on police corruption in Queensland and what then happened to him.

'Wherever there is power and money, there is always the risk of corruption. But everyone has a choice: to become involved or to take a stand against it.'

Colin Dillon is an extraordinary man. He was the first Indigenous policeman in Australia. But that is actually a very small part of his story.

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From the recent reading list.

From the Blurb:

'A - Assume nothing. B - Believe nothing. C - Check everything.' Ron Iddles

In an incredible twenty-five year career as a homicide detective, Ron Iddles' conviction rate was 99%. Yet that only partly explains why Iddles is known to cops and crims alike as 'The Great Man'.

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This is quite the doorstopper so I may be gone for sometime.

From the Blurb:

Ellen Kelly was born during the troubles in Ireland. When she arrived in Melbourne in 1841 aged nine, British convict ships were still dumping their unhappy cargo in what was then known as the colony of New South Wales. When she died at the age of 91 in 1923, having outlived seven of her 12 children, motor cars plied the highway near her bush home north of Melbourne, and Australia was a modern sovereign nation.

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Read this one last week and spent most of the time reading it laughing.

From the Blurb:

"Him: But he did buy you a castle. 

Her: That's okay I can build my own castle out of the fucks I no longer give." 

Meet Eva Destruction, the only thing quicker than her mouth is her talent for getting into trouble. It’s true she’s always had an eye for a bad boy but when she falls for billionaire super-villain Harry Lancing, it seems that even Eva may have bitten off more than she can chew. 

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This is a long book so I've been reading it alongside others for a while now.

From the Blurb:

This non-fiction book explores the true story of H Division, the punishment division within Pentridge Prison, Melbourne, that operated from 1958-1994, which was responsible for cultivating criminals who committed horrific crimes upon their release. 

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From the stack of books recently read.

From the Blurb:

It is almost two years since wildfires ravaged the tiny town of Bullock, and Melbourne journalist, Georgie Harvey, is on assignment in the recovering town to write a feature story on the anniversary of the tragedy.

In nearby Daylesford, police officer, John Franklin, is investigating a spree of vandalism and burglaries, while champing to trade his uniform for the plain clothes of a detective.

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A change of format / style from all the crime fiction I've been reading lately - and a local true crime book about the goings on in the Health Services Union.

From the Blurb:

Kathy Jackson was hailed as a heroine for blowing the whistle on the million-dollar fraud of Michael Williamson, the corrupt boss of the Health Services Union. While remaining steadfast in this very public ordeal, she endured bitter personal attacks from enemies in the Labor Party and the union movement.

But what if Jackson was just as corrupt as Williamson? Or worse?

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From the weekend's reading list.

From the Blurb:

On 2 December 2010, the body of a 24-year-old woman was found at the bottom of the rubbish chute in the luxury Balencea tower apartments in St Kilda Road, Melbourne, twelve floors below the apartment she had shared with her boyfriend, Antony Hampel.

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Slipping this one in as a bit of a change of pace from fiction.

From the Blurb:

In this tell-all book, discover how the justice system works and why, at times, the innocent are convicted and the guilty set free.

Bill Hosking looks back at his career as a criminal barrister in a candid account of his time at the bar. He tells the true story behind some of his most famous cases, including the Hilton bombings, ‘Toecutter’ Jimmy Driscoll’s attempt to avoid prison time, and the Anita Cobby trial.

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Part 2 of the long weekend's reading.

From the Blurb:

From 1977 to the end of 1986, Duncan McNab was a member of the NSW Police Force. Most of his service was in criminal investigation. The many unsolved deaths and disappearances of young gay men are the crimes that continue to haunt him.

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Richard Young was born and educated in Sydney.  He graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature. Most of his career has been spent in advertising, but he has also worked in teaching, journalism, marketing and with the Australian Trade Commissioner Service.  He has lived in Chile and New Zealand, and travelled extensively in Europe and Latin America.

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William McInnes

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William McInnes is one of Australia’s most popular stage and screen actors. His leading roles in Sea Change and Blue Heelers have made him a household name. The mini-series Shark Net and My Brother Jack earned him widespread critical acclaim. 

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Sally Abbott

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Sally Abbott is a former journalist and a PR Director who lives in Melbourne with her partner. She was the winner of The Richell Prize for Emerging Writers 2015. Closing Down is her first novel.

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The third Frank Swann book - the setting is wonderfully done - and oddly nostalgic :)

From the Blurb:

It’s the early 1980s: the heady days of excess, dirty secrets and personal favours. Former detective Frank Swann is still in disgrace, working as a low-rent PI. But when he’s offered a security job by the premier’s fixer, it soon becomes clear that someone is bugging the premier’s phone – and it may cost Swann more than his job to find out why.

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Bittersweet experience reading this - the last Cliff Hardy novel.

From the Blurb:

A missing teenager, drugs, yachts, the sex trade and a cold trail that leads from Sydney to Norfolk Island, Byron Bay and Coolangatta. Can Cliff Hardy find out what's really going on?

Will one man's loss be Hardy's gain?

'I'd read about it in the papers, heard the radio reports and seen the TV coverage and then forgotten about it, the way you do with news stories.'

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

From the Blurb:

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

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A senior Aboriginal woman from the Illawarra district of New South Wales, traditional lands of the Wadi Wadi people, Barbara was born on the Kemblawarra reserve at Port Kembla. As a mature age student she graduated from the University of Newcastle with a triple major in English Literature. She later went on to teach Aboriginal Studies at the University of New South Wales, a position she held for five years. Following this she took up a position at Wollongong University and was eventually appointed to as a Senior Honorary Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law at Wollongong University (UoW), an appointment she has filled since 1999. Nicholson taught Aboriginal students in State Correctional Facilities and has undertaken casual consultative social research with independent social research companies. In 2014, Nicholson was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws at Wollongong University.

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

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

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From the embarrassingly overdue pile...

From the Blurb:

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

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Perfect filler read around weekend activities.

From the Blurb:

1928

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

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

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

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

Scared to Death Blog Tour

From the Blurb:

A serial killer murdering for kicks. 

A detective seeking revenge.

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

Read / To be Reviewed:

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

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

From the Blurb:

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

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

From the Press Release:

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

From the Blurb:

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

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

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

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

From the Blurb:

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

Esther McKay

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Esther McKay is a former Detective Senior Constable of the NSW Police, retiring Medically Unfit, Hurt on Duty in 2001. She holds a Diploma of Applied Science in Forensic Investigation.

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Michael Tatlow

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Michael Tatlow was Chief-of-Staff and Pictorial Editor at the Daily Telegraph, News Editor of the Sunday Telegraph and Acting Editor of The Bulletin. He also worked as Producer and Chief-of-Staff for ABC-TV News in Tasmania.

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Melanie Casey

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Melanie Casey was born and lives in South Australia with her two young children and her husband (who didn’t know he was marrying a writer when he walked down the isle). After studying English Literature and Classical Studies, Melanie shifted in to Law, and now works in government. A chance meeting with a highschool English teacher in the supermarket made Melanie realize that she should be doing what she’d always loved, writing! Another period of study, this time at the Professional Writing School of Adelaide’s College of the Arts ensued, helping Melanie acquire the skills she needed to put her plan into action.

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Jan Richards

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This is my patch, Mooloolaba, and it's Dusty's too. It's where I get my ideas and inspiration, and where Dusty gets to make her first case. It's not the most likely environment for crime, it's a family tourist destination, but I like to imagine there's a lot more going on than you see on the surface. It might look like the perfect place to pull up a deck chair and pull out my crime novel, soak up some sun, feel the sand between your toes. But once you get into it, and see it from Dusty's point of view, you might be cautious about going into the water. That's my job, to help you see what I see, and have some fun along the way. This is Dusty's first case, the second one is coming soon.

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Jacqueline Wright

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Jacqueline Wright worked for many years as a teacher and linguist in the Pilbara and Kimberley on Indigenous Australian Aboriginal language, interpreting and cultural programs. In 2000 she took on the regional literature position promoting and developing literary activities and improving opportunities for writers in the north-west of Western Australia. Now she swings two part-time jobs working as publishing intern at Magabala Books and a sports producer at ABC Radio, Broome. She completed a Creative Arts Doctorate at Curtin University.

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Chris Uhlmann

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Chris Uhlmann is one of Australia's best known and most respected political broadcasters. He began his career in journalism at the Canberra Times as the world's oldest copy-kid, after failed stints as a student priest, storeman and packer and security guard. He was editor of the Canberra Weekly before joining the ABC in 1998. As political editor of the ABC's flagship current affairs program, 7.30, he has earned a reputation for his fearless pursuit of the nation's politicians.

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Nicholas J Johnson

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Nicholas J Johnson knows scams. After decades of rubbing shoulders with fraudsters and liars, he now works as a performer, writer and consultant, educating the public about the tricks of the con artist's trade.

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Roger Monk

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Roger Monk was born in Adelaide and grew up in country South Australia. He spent many years in banking, latterly as bank secretary before joining the University of South Australia where he has spent the last 25-plus years specialising in organisational behaviour and the psychological implications of business practices, and as a supervisor of honours, masters and Ph.D. students. He has done substantial overseas research and lecturing, holds a doctorate in human and organisational psychology and is a fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Whilst the author of numerous academic papers and articles, The Bank Inspector is his first venture into crime writing. He lives in the foothills above Adelaide with his wife, Valerie, a registered nurse, and enjoys writing, reading historical and modern biographies and murder mysteries, gardening and fishing. He has grown and made his own dry Riesling at their property in the Barossa hills.

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Paul E. Hardisty

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Paul is a writer, chartered environmental engineer, university professor, and triathlete. He lives in Perth, Western Australia, with his wife Heidi, and sons Zachary and Declan. His first novel, The Abrupt Physics of Dying, has just been published by Orenda Books. It is a story of greed, corruption, and the power of redemption

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Richard Osborn

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I spent thirty years in the advertising industry with Australia's largest advertising agency, George Patterson, in Sydney and throughout Asia. Since retirement I have written several (non crime) books including Milli the Magpie and the Penguin Guide to Retirement Hotspots. I also paint abstract artworks combining oils and airbrushing. I have three children and five grand children and live in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs with Judy, my partner of over twelve years. The idea for my first book began on 29th July 2011 when I visited a new up market restaurant in Sydney's Kings Cross, where friends and I observed cocaine dealing going on around us despite a strong police presence in the street outside. I had also experienced a murder in my own home some years earlier. Just a week later there was an armed siege in the house next door to where I live, which to me was just further proof of how all our lives are intertwined. And I thought...'There's definitely a book in this'.  This is my first attempt at a crime novel.

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Richard Patterson

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Born in Melbourne in 1970, Richard Patterson independently determined that Thompson may be the Ripper in 1997.  Patterson's continued research has made him a guest speaker at the 2005, UK Jack the Ripper Conference, held in Brighton. Has has been invited to speak again on his book and his latest findings at the 2016  Conference to be held in London. He has had articles published on the theory in newspapers, magazines and journals. He authored the Francis Thompson page on the Ripper Casebook, the world's most visited Ripper website. His research into this suspect has made news headlines around the world. Media interest includes, The UK Express, The Lancashire Evening Post, The UK Daily Mail, The UK Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor Magazine, The New York Daily News, The UK Sun, The UK Daily Star, The Examiner.com, The UK North West Tonight News & Sydney’s 2UE Radio Station, The Echo, and The Northern Star.Patterson's research relies on press reports, police documents, letters, biographies, uncut-volumes, and the first hand examination of historical and artifacts relating to the case. These include the Ripper’s infamous ‘Dear Boss’ letter of which Patterson personally handled, at London’s Kew Archives. He also visited the Burns Library at Boston College in the US, where Patterson read Thompson’s notebooks of 1888, and many other original documents including Thompson's private letters.

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Ray Mooney

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Ray has been a freelance writer and lecturer in creative writing for three decades, specialising in novels, plays, film scripts and non-fiction books. He’s one of a handful of writers with major success in each category.  His plays have been produced throughout Australia. His novel, A Green Light, became Penguin’s second biggest fiction seller for 1988. His screenplay, Everynight Everynight, co-written with director Alkinos Tsilimidos, won awards throughout the world and his recently published non-fiction book, A Pack of Bloody Animals, sensationally revealed another side to the Walsh Street murders.  Ray specialises in crime and social injustice. His articles have appeared in many national and local publications including The Age, The Sunday Age and The Crime Factory.  As an educator Ray lectured in novel, playwriting, screenwriting and short story writing at Holmesglen Institute, Box Hill TAFE and the VCA Film and Television School. Recently he completely rewrote A Green Light, regarded by many as Australia’s best crime book, into three stand-alone eBooks. His latest non-fiction book, The Ethics of Evil, about H Division, Pentridge, is due for release as an eBook.

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Ged Gillmore

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Ged Gillmore grew up in the Midlands of England before moving to London where he completed degrees in languages and literature at the University of London. After graduating, Ged worked in France, Germany and Italy before returning to London for eighteen years where he gained experience in a variety of roles including the police service, the film industry and banking. Fancying a change to sunnier climes, Ged made the leap to Sydney in early 2004. When he's not falling off his surfboard at Bondi or dabbling with a day job which pays the bills he sits at his laptop and bashes out fiction.  In October 2017, Ged launches Headland - the first book in the new 'Bill Murdoch Mystery' series. Headland kicks off the hard-boiled adventures of Bill Murdoch, a lovable English rogue, as he tries to leave his criminal past behind him and adapt to a new life as a private investigator in small town Australia. Murdoch will return in the sequels, Class Act, and Base Nature (in late 2017 / early 2018). 

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J.L. O'Rourke

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A romantic mystery set at a beautiful lake in the South Island of New Zealand. Andrea North is looking forward to a job at Lake Waihola as a way to escape from a man who tried to control her life, but an easy task is soon complicated by a house with a secret hoard, dead birds, and a close encounter with a callous but good looking pig hunter. When the campground dog pulls a gruesome object from the lake, Andy discovers who she can trust as the police and the pig hunter involve her in their hunt for a missing man.

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Alison Goodman

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Alison is the author of Singing the Dogstar Blues, a science-fiction comedy thriller, which won an Aurealis Award for Best Young Adult Novel, was listed as a Children's Book Council Notable Book, and was shortlisted for the 1999 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Young Adult Fiction. In 2003 it was also published in the UK, Germany and the US and was recently listed as an American Library Association Best Young Adult Book of 2004. Alison lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her husband, Ron, and their two exuberant Parson Russell Terriers, Xander and Spike. She was the 1999 D. J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellow at Melbourne University, holds a Master of Arts, and teaches creative writing at postgraduate level. Alison is currently working on a fantasy duology based on Imperial China; the first volume will be published in 2007 in Australia by HarperCollins and Spring 2008 by Viking in the US.

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Sandra Winter-Dewhirst

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A journalist for more than 30 years, Sandra spent 10 years as the state director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in South Australia, overseeing a branch of 350 people across television, radio, and online production. Educated at Adelaide University and the University of South Australia and graduating with degrees in the arts and journalism, she has sat on a range of arts boards and advisory councils within the media industry. In 2008 she was named one of South Australia’s 50 most influential people by Adelaide’s daily paper, The Advertiser. Sandra has a passion for food and wine and all things Adelaide and South Australian.

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Ron Thomas

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Ron Thomas grew up in Punchbowl, a working-class suburb in Sydney's west. As a boy, he would spend many a Saturday waiting for his grandfather's racing pigeons to arrive home from faraway places. Waiting by grandad's vegetable patch, various old mates would tell tall tales and true to while away the hours, and a boy's imagination did the rest. One long, hot afternoon, Sid, one of the oldies, told stories of his formative years in what he called 'Razorhurst'. Many of Sid's recollections are embedded in Dark Angels.

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Edward Berridge

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Edward Berridge came to Australia with his family in 1975. On leaving school, he worked in a number of jobs before completing a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Sydney, where he also edited Honi Soit.

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Angus McLean

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I'm a Police officer and writer, a student of life and a fan of crime and adventure fiction. I grew up watching the TV private eye and cop shows of the 80's, rocking to the music of the 80's and reading classic crime and action stories-some of these were written in the 80's. Did I mention the 80's rocked?

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Chris Hammer

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Chris Hammer was a journalist for more than thirty years, dividing his career between covering Australian federal politics and international affairs. For many years he was a roving foreign correspondent for SBS TV's flagship current affairs program Dateline. He has reported from more than 30 countries on six continents. In Canberra, roles included chief political correspondent for The Bulletin, current affairs correspondent for SBS TV and a senior political journalist for The Age.  His first book, The River, published in 2010 to critical acclaim, was the recipient of the ACT Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Manning Clark House National Cultural Award.  Chris has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Charles Sturt University and a master's degree in international relations from the Australian National University. He lives in Canberra with his wife, Dr Tomoko Akami. The couple have two children.

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Sarah Myles

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Sarah Myles began to write fiction after graduating in literature from Monash University, and studying at the University of Western Australia. She has trained and worked as a nurse, travelled through Europe, the Americas and Africa. She is the author of Transplanted.  Currently she divides her time between writing and family, living in inner Melbourne and on the west coast of Victoria.

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Michael Brissenden

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Currently ABC Correspondent in Washington, Michael Brissenden has been a political journalist and a foreign correspondent for the ABC since the 1980s. He has reported from Russia, the Middle East, South East Asia, Europe, the Pacific and the Americas and has covered many of the biggest international stories from all corners of the globe. 

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Kel Robertson

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Kel Robertson grew up in country New South Wales. He has worked as a barman, labourer, industrial advocate and policy adviser. He is a graduate of a number of Australian universities and lives and works in Canberra. Dead Set is his first novel.

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Catherine Titasey

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Catherine Titasey was born in Sydney, raised in Papua New Guinea and travelled widely with her family and as a young adult. She studied law at the University of Queensland and then worked as a solicitor before taking an extended overseas adventure that ended on Thursday Island, a multicultural community in the Torres Strait. There she fell in love with a local fisherman and they now have six children. In 2012, Catherine won the Queensland Literary Award for Emerging Queensland Author for the manuscript of this novel.

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Aaron Sterns

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Aaron Sterns was the co-writer of the film Wolf Creek 2 and script editor of Rogue. A former lecturer in Gothic and Subversive Fiction, editor of The Journal of the Australian Horror Writers, and researcher in postmodern horror, Sterns is the author of stories both Aurealis Award–nominated and Year's Best Fantasy & Horror–recommended. He lives in Melbourne with his partner of fifteen years and their newly brewed daughter, the third of the 'Wolf Creek babies'.

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Julie Szego

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Julie Szego began her career as a lawyer before she switched to journalism. She spent 12 years at The Age newspaper where she held various roles including social affairs reporter, senior writer, leader writer and columnist.

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Ann Turner

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Ann Turner is an award-winning screenwriter and director, avid reader, and history lover. She is drawn to salt-sprayed coasts, luminous landscapes, and the people who inhabit them all over the world. She is a passionate gardener. Her films include the historical feature Celia starring Rebecca Smart—which Time Out listed as one of the fifty greatest directorial debuts of all time, Hammers Over The Anvil starring Russell Crowe and Charlotte Rampling, and the psychological thriller Irresistible starring Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, and Emily Blunt. Ann has lectured in film at the Victorian College of the Arts. Returning to her first love, the written word, in her debut novel The Lost Swimmer Ann explores themes of love, trust and the dark side of relationships. She is currently working on her second novel, Out of the Ice, a mystery thriller set in Antarctica. Ann was born in Adelaide and lives in Victoria.

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Anne Buist

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Anne Buist is the Chair of Women's Mental Health at the University of Melbourne. She has over twenty-five years' clinical and research experience in perinatal psychiatry, and works with protective services and the legal system in cases of abuse, kidnapping, infanticide and murder. Medea's Curse is her first thriller.

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Anne Davies

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Anne is a teacher with 20 years experience who understands what young adults want to read. Taught at Hamilton High for 10 years, then Applecross High. Member of Society of Women’s Writers WA.

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Ayman Kole

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Ayman studied intensively at the University of Sydney, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a triple major: English, Performance Studies, and Studies in Religion. He also completed an MA in English in 2006, from the same university and wrote the short story "The Mirror" which was the Phoenix Journal finalist, published by Sydney University Press. He has worked as a writer for various publications and as a lecturer in English, Film and Creative Writing at various universities. He has completed his PhD in History, English and Creative Writing from Charles Stuart University.

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Anna Jaquiery

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Anna Jaquiery was born in France 39 years ago and is of French-Indian descent. She has lived in many places, from Russia to New Zealand, due to personal and professional circumstances. She is currently based in Melbourne, Australia.

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Ray Berard

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Ray Berard is a Canadian-born Kiwi writer based in Christchurch, New Zealand. A McGill University graduate and five-year member of the NZ authors association, writing has always been his passion, and in recent years a full-time one. 

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Deborah Rogers

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Deborah Rogers is a fan of all good suspense, mystery and true crime books. She has a Graduate Diploma in Scriptwriting, and graduated cum laude from the Hagley Writers' Institute. When she's not writing American psychological thrillers, she likes to take her chocolate Labrador for walks on the beach and make decadent desserts.

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Gail Jones

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Gail Jones is the author of two short-story collections, a critical monograph, and the novels BLACK MIRROR, SIXTY LIGHTS, DREAMS OF SPEAKING, SORRY and FIVE BELLS. 

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Lindsay Tanner

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Lindsay Tanner was the minister for finance and deregulation in the Rudd-Gillard governments, and held the seat of Melbourne for the ALP from 1993 to 2010. Having retired from politics at the 2010 federal election, he is now a special adviser to Lazard Australia, and is a vice-chancellor's fellow and adjunct professor at Victoria University. 

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Terry R Barca

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I’m an author who lives and works in the Dandenong Ranges, on the eastern edge of Melbourne Australia. I take one day at a time but occasionally I’m attacked by several days at once. My amazing wife and I have lived in The Hills for forty years. My favourite colour is green and so is my favourite car. I started my working life as a Primary School Teacher in the early 1970s. Since then I have been a stained glass craftsman, furniture restorer, restorer of Player Pianos and music rolls, author (one book so far another on the way), photographer, basketball trading card manufacturer, basketball coach, basketball player, basketball referee, part-time shop assistant, newspaper columnist, homeschool dad, husband, father, grandfather, and a few other bits and pieces, and not in this order. I’m fascinated by people, but I prefer the company of dogs. I’m not frightened of dying, but sometimes life scares the hell out of me. I think that birds are cool but I don’t believe that they spend any time thinking about me, even though I give them lots of stale bread, and the occasional pizza crust........ ungrateful bastards!

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Angus Gillies

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Angus Gillies is the author of books about All Black Justin Marshall, Blackcaps cricketer Adam Parore, Kiwis rugby league player Matthew Ridge, his father former Celtic footballer Iain Gillies and pop star John Rowles. He has also written the three volume true crime series Ngati Dread, crime novella The Lizard Song and a journalism book about TV news coverage of the death of Princess Diana. He is a TV producer at 3 News in New Zealand. He is married to the artist Tui Emma Gillies and they have three children together, plus Angus has an older son.

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Adam Christopher

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Adam Christopher was born in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2006, he moved to the sunny North West of England, where he lives in domestic bliss with wife and cat in a house next to a canal. Adam’s short fiction has appeared in Pantechnicon, Hub, and Dark Fiction Magazine. Adam's debut novel, Empire State, is due from Angry Robot in January 2012. When not writing Adam can be found drinking tea and obsessing over Dark Shadows, DC Comics, and 1960s Doctor Who. Adam is also very bad at épée but knows that Thibault cancels out Capa Ferro, unless the enemy has studied his Agrippa. Which he has.

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Anna Westbrook

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Anna Westbrook is a Sydney-based writer and critic. She holds a PhD in creative writing and lectures at New York University Sydney. She was shortlisted for theAustralian/Vogel Literary Award at the age of twenty-one, and has also been a recipient of an Australian Society of Authors mentorship (where she worked with Fiona McGregor, author of Indelible Ink) and an Australian Poetry Poet in Residence award. Her work appears in publications in Australia, the United States, and France. Dark Fires Shall Burn is her first novel.

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Melina Marchetta

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Melina Marchetta was born in Sydney Australia. Her first novel, Looking For Alibrandi was awarded the Children's Book Council of Australia award in 1993 and her second novel, Saving Francesca won the same award in 2004. Looking For Alibrandi was made into a major film in 2000 and won the Australian Film Institute Award for best Film and best adapted screen play, also written by the author. On the Jellicoe Road was released in 2006 and won the WAYRBA voted by teenagers in Western Australia in 2008. It also won the US Printz Medal in 2009 for excellence in YA literature. This was followed up by Finnikin of the Rock in 2008 which won the Aurealis Award for YA fantasy, The Piper's Son in 2010 which was shortlisted for the Qld Premier's Lit Award, NSW Premier's Lit Award, Prime Minister's Literary Awards, CBC awards and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Her follow up to Finnikin, Froi of the Exiles will be released in Australia in October and the US in March 2012.

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Adam K. Childs

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Adam Childs was born in Kent, England in 1960. He emigrated to Canada in 1973 and to New Zealand in 2010. He has travelled extensively, much of it as part of his work with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). He has been interested in writing since he was a teenager but never found the time until now: Despite having written many academic articles, reports and analyses for work purposes, Schrödinger's Cabinet is his first published fiction novel. Although he is a great fan of detective fiction, he never intended to write in that genre; he was motivated to write Schrödinger's Cabinet more for its political aspects than the detective angle. That said, he found the process so much fun he plans on continuing to write novels featuring Detectives King and Pasternak.

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Sarah Bailey

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Sarah Bailey is a Melbourne-based writer with a background in advertising and communications. She has two young children and currently works as a director of creative projects company Mr Smith. 

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Brendan James Murray

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Brendan Murray grew up on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula and has been writing for as long as he can remember. Though his first love is nonfiction, he also enjoys writing creatively; his short stories have twice received National Literary Awards from the Fellowship of Australian Writers. 

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Carolyn Pethick

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It is now 2016 and I have recently retired from the Victoria Police Force after nearly thirty years of service. I have enjoyed much of my time during these thirty years and believe the police force is a great career. Over the past few years it has become a great career for women who are now mostly treated as equals to the male members. I often recommend it as a great challenging career for women when I give talks to many different groups. When I joined, only approximately fourteen percent of the police force were women. This number has now grown to about forty percent. Although this book will show some of the horrific conditions policewomen had to work through during the early years, I must also add that I had some of the greatest times in my life whilst working in the Victorian Police Force.

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Steve Kelleher

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Steve Kelleher worked as an Australian Customs Dog handler for 16 years, including 6 years in Tasmania. He believes that working with dogs is preferable to working with people. He has travelled extensively and studied nature conservation while attempting to become a park ranger. He has an appetite for good stories and believes that a journey isn’t over until the stories of it have been written, so he has taken care to write his adventures down. Work is a long and often overlooked journey that most people have little to show for.

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Dave Sinclair

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Dave is a novelist, a screenwriter and a really excellent parallel parker. He lives in Melbourne with his partner and two crazy daughters. His debut novel, The Barista’s Guide to Espionage isn’t the first novel he’s written. Let’s call the other ones practice runs. A prolific writer, he spent a lot of time trying to break into the publishing world*. Dave isn’t a full time writer.  He just has too much spare time on his hands. By day he’s a corporate stooge, by night he’s a (two finger) typing fool. He’s also an award winning filmmaker. A title that sounds much more impressive than it really is. He won a best comedy screenplay and cinematography award for one of the short films he wrote and directed, though at the time he didn’t really know what cinematography was. A completed screenplay is currently doing the rounds.

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Lexi Landsman

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Lexi Landsman is an Australian author, journalist and television producer. Her debut novel, The Ties That Bind, published by Penguin Random House, came out in 2016. Her second novel, The Perfect Couple is a psychological suspense thriller set in Florence. It will be released on 28 August 2017.

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Bill Wicks

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The author, Bill Wicks is an ex-soldier and officer and semi retired surveyor, teaching surveying at the local polytechnic. Apart from being an enthusiastic home brewer he is also a very bad guitarist and surfer.

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Rob Langdon

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Rob Langdon served in the Australian Army for almost fifteen years, before becoming a security contractor working in Iraq and Afghanistan. In July 2009 Rob was protecting a convoy when he shot and killed an Afghan guard during a heated argument after the guard drew a pistol on him. Rob's claim of self-defence was dismissed by a court in Kabul that refused to hear any of his evidence or call any of his witnesses, and he was sentenced to death in a matter of minutes.  Rob's death sentence was later changed to 20 years in jail, to be served in Afghanistan's most notorious prison, Pol-e-Charkhi, described as the world's worst place to be a westerner. Rob was there for seven years, and every one of those two thousand five hundred days was an act of survival in a jail run from the inside by the Taliban and filled with some of Afghanistan's most dangerous extremists and criminals.  In 2016 Rob was pardoned and released. The Seventh Circle is his extraordinary account of what it took to stay alive and sane in almost unimaginable circumstances. 

Karen Chisholm

I have been intrigued about this book since first mentioned.

From the Blurb:

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

The verdict is guilty.

Karen Chisholm

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

From the Blurb:

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

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

Karen Chisholm

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

From the Blurb:

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

Karen Chisholm

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

From the Blurb:

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

Karen Chisholm

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.

Karen Chisholm

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.

Karen Chisholm

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.

Karen Chisholm

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.

Karen Chisholm

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

From the Blurb:

A suicide.

A secret.

To the grave.

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

Karen Chisholm

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

From the Blurb:

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

Karen Chisholm

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

Karen Chisholm

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

From the Blurb:

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

Karen Chisholm

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

From the Blurb:

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

Karen Chisholm

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

Read / To be Reviewed:

Certain Admissions, Gideon Haigh (Aust / True Crime)

Karen Chisholm

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

From the Blurb:

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

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

Karen Chisholm

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.

Karen Chisholm

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 ...

Karen Chisholm

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..

Karen Chisholm

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.

Karen Chisholm

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.'

Karen Chisholm

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.

Karen Chisholm

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:

Karen Chisholm

After managing to keep this up for quite a few months - I forgot to do May and now I'm late with June.... 

Read / To be Reviewed:

The Long Con, Barry Weston (Aust)

Karen Chisholm

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:

Karen Chisholm

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.

Karen Chisholm

I started reading this before this current cold snap - but now it's feeling oddly apocalyptic.

From the Blurb:

When environmental scientist Laura Alvarado is sent to a remote Antarctic island to report on an abandoned whaling station, she begins to uncover more than she could ever imagine.

Reminders of the bloody, violent past are everywhere, and Laura is disturbed by evidence of recent human interference. Rules have been broken, and the protected wildlife is behaving strangely.

Karen Chisholm

This book jumped the queue. Pushy.

From the Blurb:

Jason Ginaff doesn’t get out much. Partly because of the anxiety, mainly because he works at home. Researching people on the internet. Job candidates doing bucket bongs on Instagram accounts they thought they’d deleted; the prospective new head of sales stripping for a hens’ night…

He’s been searching for something on his own time, too.

Now he’s found it: the phone number of the man he believes to be his father.

Karen Chisholm

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.

Karen Chisholm

2016 is indeed going to be a good year for Pufferfish fans with a new novel - A 13-Point Plan for a Perfect Murder due out in early July (Fullers Publishing) and another in November sometime (title as yet unknown).