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Emma Viskic's second Caleb Zelic novel.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
THE PROMISED LAND delivers another confident dose of elegantly constructed crime writing that is both insightful and challenging to unravel. Tuck yourself in, you’re in good hands.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
It is impossible to escape your own past. That other self, the one you were before, will always be with you, wherever you go. Attempt to shake her off to your peril.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
The new ‘horror’ is in acknowledging what is happening in the world today, in our supposedly advanced age. We’ve come so far, but so far in aid of whom exactly?
Posted by Andrea Thompson
CALL ME EVIE is however a powerful psychological thriller, exploring the complications of memory (as hinted at in the opening quotations). But it's memory in all it's false, guilty, happy, searching, fragmented, convenient and confrontational guises.
Posted by Karen
Winner of the 2018 Ned Kelly Award.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
The strength of RIVER OF SALT is definitely in the idea of a stranger in a strange land, back in the days when communications weren't instant, and people could reinvent themselves to some extent. It's exploring just how far you can go with that idea, and how much of the old you will never go away.
Posted by Karen
When you are next thinking of accessing a portal to another dimension, perhaps you should consider the shower block?
Posted by Andrea Thompson

Recommendations

Emma Viskic's second Caleb Zelic novel.
Winner of the 2018 Ned Kelly Award.
Peter Temple's 2nd novel and my latest summer favourite.
Holly Throsby's excellent 2nd novel.
I've been trying to think of somebody else that could write books about abalone fishing quotas, cricket, asylum seekers and now early white Australian settlement, convicts, rum runners and shipwrecks and make them all equally compelling, memorable, and ... crime fiction.
The murderous adventures of Maud, an 88 year lady living in Gothenburg, Sweden
The winner of the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for best Scottish crime book.
The second Jack Parlabane novel.

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Emma Viskic's second Caleb Zelic novel.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
Book Review
THE PROMISED LAND delivers another confident dose of elegantly constructed crime writing that is both insightful and challenging to unravel. Tuck yourself in, you’re in good hands.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Book Review
It is impossible to escape your own past. That other self, the one you were before, will always be with you, wherever you go. Attempt to shake her off to your peril.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Book Review
The new ‘horror’ is in acknowledging what is happening in the world today, in our supposedly advanced age. We’ve come so far, but so far in aid of whom exactly?
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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I'm actually half way through extremely promising piece of writing.
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CALL ME EVIE is however a powerful psychological thriller, exploring the complications of memory (as hinted at in the opening quotations). But it's memory in all it's false, guilty, happy, searching, fragmented, convenient and confrontational guises.
Posted by Karen
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Winner of the 2018 Ned Kelly Award.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
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Lots and lots of noise about this one.
Posted by Karen
Books
Posted by Karen
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The strength of RIVER OF SALT is definitely in the idea of a stranger in a strange land, back in the days when communications weren't instant, and people could reinvent themselves to some extent. It's exploring just how far you can go with that idea, and how much of the old you will never go away.
Posted by Karen
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When you are next thinking of accessing a portal to another dimension, perhaps you should consider the shower block?
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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David Whish-Wilson is best known for his historical crime fiction set in Perth and surrounds, but The Coves takes us to 1849 San Francisco, gold fever and the Australian gangs who controlled the part of it known as Sydney-town. Newtown Review of Books
Posted by Karen
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The Rowland Sinclair series is an interesting one. It's gentle and funny in places. It's characters are vivid, it's sense of place and time light and breezy, yet peppered with reminders of where the world was heading.
Posted by Karen
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Peter Temple's 2nd novel and my latest summer favourite.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
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Australian independent booksellers, members of Leading Edge Books, are thrilled to announce their Shortlist for the Indie Book Awards 2019, for the best Australian books published in 2018!
Posted by Karen
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Sunday 20 January 2019, 3.00 p.m., Australian Youth Hotel (Nude Bar upstairs), 63 Bay Street, Glebe, NSW
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Holly Throsby's excellent 2nd novel.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
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I've been trying to think of somebody else that could write books about abalone fishing quotas, cricket, asylum seekers and now early white Australian settlement, convicts, rum runners and shipwrecks and make them all equally compelling, memorable, and ... crime fiction.
Posted by Karen
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Absolutely no doubt about it - Pankhurst and what she does for a living are fascinating stories.
Posted by Karen
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The second in the Cass Diamond series MISSING PIECES is set in far North Queensland, with Cass Diamond investigating connected cold case disappearances.
Posted by Karen
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It's been a while since the last Brock & Kolla outing (THE RAVEN'S EYE in 2013 to be precise) and this reader has missed them. They are one of the great, solid, reliable, enduring duo's of crime fiction and it's good to see THE PROMISED LAND indicating there is some fuel left in their combined tanks.
Posted by Karen
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Crime Scene Asia is an accounting of a series of cases within various locations in Asia, where forensic evidence was a large part of the court proceedings in particular.
Posted by Karen
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The sub-heading says it all "Powerful and Disturbing Stories of Murdered Sex Workers".
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Post 9-11 it's hard to think that there hasn't been speculation about the next shock and awe campaign. I bet nobody thought there'd be an Australian, rough and tumble ex-commercial pilot come spy at the centre of it all.
Posted by Karen
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Given how long it took me to get the spelling of reminiscences right, I think I'm still in holiday mode. Or a lousy speller. Let's go with holiday mode.
Posted by Karen
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WAITING FOR ELIJAH is a respectful and meticulously put together account of the enormity of a single loss.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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The murderous adventures of Maud, an 88 year lady living in Gothenburg, Sweden
Posted by Gordon Duncan
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The winner of the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for best Scottish crime book.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
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The second Jack Parlabane novel.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
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5th in the Discworld series - listened to during the year.
Posted by Karen
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4th in the Discworld series - listened to during the year.
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Opening with a breathtaking first-person account of the car accident that killed Matthew Cave's wife and unborn daughter, THE GIRL WITHOUT SKIN isn't as straight-forward an undertaking for fans of Nordic Noir as it might seem.
Posted by Karen
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Based around an event that followers of the Underbelly wars in Melbourne will likely recognise, this tale is the second outing for Detective Sergeant Rory James, based in part around the Bendigo region.
Posted by Karen
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A nice comic styled novella just because.
Posted by Karen
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It is thirty years from now and we have colonised the moon.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
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Third in the Dan Forrester series, we're into classic thriller mode now with this series.
Posted by Karen
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...populated by more than enough sub-plots and intrigue to keep a reader on their toes.
Posted by Karen