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It is a sometimes violent, sometimes dangerous, sometimes poetic and insightful debut Australian novel.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Written by an author who has spent some time in Pentridge as a worker / teacher this is one of those books that's really fascinating when it's getting into the nitty gritty of life behind bars ...
Posted by Karen
The follow up to a fascinating book Australia's Most Murderous Prison, AUSTRALIA'S TOUGHEST PRISONS: INMATES tells the story of a number of people in prison - for a change not all of the usual role-call of participants that show up in these sorts of books.
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The historical context not only highlights how attitudes have changed since the 1940s but how the attitudes of those times are still not far from the surface.
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There's room in Australian crime fiction for two lone-wolf anti-hero types, and Wyatt's got some serious competition now.
Posted by Karen
While Underground Airlines shares much of its messaging with recent books and films about slavery it also joins a list of provocative alternate histories such as Fatherland and The Yiddish Policeman’s Union which use crime fiction tropes to explore and expose their worlds.
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BLOOD WEDDING is gripping and very cleverly constructed.
Posted by Karen
Needing something that would be reliably good recently, TRACES OF RED was just the thing as Paddy Richardson is a particularly talented writer of psychological thrillers.
Posted by Karen

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Michel Bussi is a renowned crime fiction writer and winner of many awards in his native France, BLACK WATER LILIES being the second of his books translated into English.
As much as I'd love to say that if you're a new reader to this series than just get on with it, it's one that you really have to read in order.
For a cricket obsessed reader, fond of the assertion that test cricket is a metaphor for life, THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET made me wonder about that just for a moment.
There is a very good reason for all the buzz around about The Dry, another great debut thriller from an Australian writer. Review at Newtown Review of Books
Pufferfish is one of my all time favourite Australian Crime Fiction identities. He's taciturn, reticent and often recalcitrant. He's frequently obtuse, often slightly grumpy, addicted to strong espresso and liquorice all-sorts and finally, he's back.
It's dark, it's classic noir, it's very Australian and it's about as pitch perfect as you can get.
For reasons that escape me, Paul Cleave doesn't seem to have the profile, or the world-wide awareness that he absolutely and utterly deserves.
Inspired by the true events surrounding an unsolved murder, Dark Fires Shall Burn is set in Sydney’s Newtown in the aftermath of World War II. - Full review at Newtown Review of Books

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It is a sometimes violent, sometimes dangerous, sometimes poetic and insightful debut Australian novel.
Posted by Robert Goodman
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Written by an author who has spent some time in Pentridge as a worker / teacher this is one of those books that's really fascinating when it's getting into the nitty gritty of life behind bars ...
Posted by Karen
Book Review
The follow up to a fascinating book Australia's Most Murderous Prison, AUSTRALIA'S TOUGHEST PRISONS: INMATES tells the story of a number of people in prison - for a change not all of the usual role-call of participants that show up in these sorts of books.
Posted by Karen
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On Thursday 6th October, there are some events being organised around the University of Melbourne and a research project: "Genre Worlds: Australian Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century", with some great crime, romance and fantasy writers speaking!
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Another from the been waiting far too long pile.
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There should be no doubt whatsoever that the reason for reading this is that I'm a big fan of Candice Fox's work.
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Another from last week's reading - opening salvo in the Holger Munch & Mia Kruger series.
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Having just had a week off to work on the property, didn't quite achieve the numbers of books to be read that I'd hoped.
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The historical context not only highlights how attitudes have changed since the 1940s but how the attitudes of those times are still not far from the surface.
Posted by Robert Goodman
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From the increasing true crime stacks.
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There's room in Australian crime fiction for two lone-wolf anti-hero types, and Wyatt's got some serious competition now.
Posted by Karen
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While Underground Airlines shares much of its messaging with recent books and films about slavery it also joins a list of provocative alternate histories such as Fatherland and The Yiddish Policeman’s Union which use crime fiction tropes to explore and expose their worlds.
Posted by Robert Goodman
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Catching up on the backlist as much as I can - this has been in the queue for a while now.
Posted by Karen
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BLOOD WEDDING is gripping and very cleverly constructed.
Posted by Karen
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I've been wanting to see what the buzz was about - particularly as it's a debut and there have been some stonkingly good debuts around recently.
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This is more of a have read, than an am reading, as I tore through this very rapidly.
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Needing something that would be reliably good recently, TRACES OF RED was just the thing as Paddy Richardson is a particularly talented writer of psychological thrillers.
Posted by Karen
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BAD BLOOD is accessible crime / thriller / paranormal / action packed day to day life style storytelling.
Posted by Karen
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Michel Bussi is a renowned crime fiction writer and winner of many awards in his native France, BLACK WATER LILIES being the second of his books translated into English.
Posted by Karen
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As much as I'd love to say that if you're a new reader to this series than just get on with it, it's one that you really have to read in order.
Posted by Karen
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Having had a stellar run of reading recently I've been doing a fair amount of starting, and then not being able to go on with books this week. Nothing to do with the books.
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Everything in TWO DAYS indicates that DRAINLAND is going to be a hell of a read...
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It's a question that has preyed on a lot of people's minds over the years - why do women fall for the worst possible men?
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On Sunday 28th August, we announced the 2016 Ned Kelly Award winners at a "star studded event" in Melbourne...
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It was a hometown quinella tonight as Paul Cleave and Ray Berard were announced as the winners of the 2016 Ngaio Marsh Awards at the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.
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Started reading this a few nights ago and as much as I say I'm not really one for paranormal, this is a great, Australian "blokey" paranormal series.
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In a leadup event to the 2016 Bendigo Writers Festival, Gideon Haigh came to Dunolly for a discussion with Rosemary Sorensen about CERTAIN ADMISSIONS.
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It was still rainy on Sunday so I continued the celebration.
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It rained over the weekend so I gave myself a treat to celebrate.
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It's great to see something as topical as genetic modification of food crops set in somewhere that's not normally known as a big threat / big risk location.
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Caleb Carr is probably best known for his historical crime fiction debut The Alienist. That book, and its sequel, Angel of Darkness, set around turn of the century New York City and, later upstate New York, explored the early days of criminal psychology.
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For a cricket obsessed reader, fond of the assertion that test cricket is a metaphor for life, THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET made me wonder about that just for a moment.
Posted by Karen
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There is a very good reason for all the buzz around about The Dry, another great debut thriller from an Australian writer. Review at Newtown Review of Books
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An astounding debut novel, this was a most unusual, and very rewarding read.
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DEAD MEN DON'T ORDER FLAKE obviously comes from the entertaining side of crime fiction.
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Look for the sly sense of humour in these books (which frequently tipped over into outright laughter for this reader), and past the bombastic outer shell of William Power, because THE SERPENT'S STING is a worthy addition to a series of novels that must come highly recommended.
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MIMA is a profoundly personal recounting of the death of a friend.
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July on AustCrime, and another busy month of reading and reviewing.
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A personal story, written by victim's friend, 40 years after the killing of a young woman in Rockhampton, Queensland.
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If somebody could explain to me why the hell I waited so long to read this book then I'd be eternally grateful.
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L.A. Larkin’s third thriller takes readers back to Antarctica, the setting of her last novel Thirst, but with a new cast of characters and a new global threat.
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... enjoyable for what it is and thriller fans will be kept happy as the pages turn.
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I will not for a moment pretend that this isn't a treat read, a reward for getting to the end of the holiday and pretty much avoiding everything that we were supposed to do.
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Second book read in the latter part of our week off.
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