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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
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
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
Peter Temple's 2nd novel and my latest summer favourite.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
Holly Throsby's excellent 2nd novel.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
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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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.
It is thirty years from now and we have colonised the moon.

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Another series I've restarted in audio format.
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Second in the Rory James series from Bendigo based author Colin King.
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Oppression takes the form of one hundred words a day only. That is all the women are allowed to say. The men, however, can say as much as they want.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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A real act of terrorism in Sydney in the 1980s inspired Ashley Kalagian Blunt to write My Name is Revenge (a finalist in the 2018 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award). Full review at Newtown Review of Books
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These people are real, this situation is real and in THE LOST MAN Harper has created another astounding work that perfectly evokes a complicated, heart-breaking, all-too-believable family tragedy.
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What a year its been for Australian true-crime authors.
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... delivered in the classic pared down, matter of fact manner that's part of expectations that a reader is well within their rights to have when picking up the latest Wyatt novel.
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This was a career criminal who seemed often to be inviting capture, whilst being equally clever – or charmed - at avoiding it.
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Second in the DCI Daley series - I've been listening to this one recently - really enjoying the slight touches of humour in this series.
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The author's bio mentions that S.D. Rowell is interested in the interplay between culture, morality and truth, explored in THE ECHO OF OTHERS. Can't disagree with any of that, THE ECHO OF OTHERS is an outstanding debut novel.
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This has been the most fascinating listening. So fascinating I did a ridiculous amount of unpicking of sewing seams over the weekend.
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After listening to the first two books in the Lewis Trilogy pretty much one after the other, I've done it at all the wrong time of the year.
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Because life isn't complicated enough - this is my in car listening at the moment. I will die if I keep laughing this much.
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An excellent wartime thriller by Kate Atkinson.
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The best thriller you've never heard of, does such a thing exist? Kolymsky Heights may just be that book.
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Educational and informative true crime writing at it's best.
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There's something very satisfying about the emergence of a new crime series set in Australia - this time 1960's Perth.
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If you're a fan of fast paced, fun thrillers and haven't clued into the Jeff Bradley Thrillers from New Zealand based author Thomas Ryan yet then you are in for a treat.
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One reader's darkly comic domestic noir is another reader's vegan sausage.
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Into everyone's life a Cass Tuplin should blunder, yoyo's in hand, sorting it out once and for all on her mind.
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It's been way too long for such an impressive book to garner a mention hereabouts.
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Listening to this in the car was both a joy and a threat to life and limb.
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... an effective playout of tension and unpredictability in the plot and THE GIRL IN KELLERS WAY is worthwhile pursuing - for fans of domestic noir and psychological thrillers.
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For the record - I'm no longer on the ACWA Committee
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This second book in the Ted Conkaffey series clearly demonstrates why Candice Fox has won two Ned Kelly Awards for crime writing. Full Review: Newtown Review of Books

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Started this one last night and what with the heat and never-ending dry it feels like home... ;)
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Just finished this one really.
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Sometimes you start reading a series book about a favourite character, and really start to wonder if the author is annoyed with them, subconsciously punishing them for being too popular, or just enjoying applying the thumb screws for a change.
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Find out where it all began for George Smiley.
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A debut police procedural from Melbourne based, ex-Ballarat dweller, JM Simpson, A BODY OF WORK makes good use of both of those locations. (Review republished / book republished).
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You have to hand it to our Rebus. No one sidelines this particular Scotsman. If there’s something going on in his town, retired or not, Rebus still manages to place himself in the thick of it.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
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Could you walk the along the East Coast of Australia from Gippsland to Sydney? In 1797 seventeen shipwreck survivors set out on this journey, only three survived. One of the men has a diary which tells their tale, Preservation tells a much darker tale.
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A really good choice for fans of legal thrillers in particular, and a good one for fans of general Australian thrillers as well.
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NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU has moments of great insight and clarity into the nature of small towns, small communities, and the people who can slip under the radar in those situations.
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There's a good sense of the place, the climate, the local residents and the terrain in INTO THE FOG. It's a real strength of this novel - this is a place that Wallace obviously knows well and the idea that kids could simply vanish up there makes sense, and is well supported by the god awful weather that's being experienced.
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Another day, another school shooting.
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As always, debut novels need a little slack cut, and there is potential here
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Cato Kwong is back in the much anticipated fourth novel in the series, and I'm blissfully happy about that.
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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.
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If you discovered the murdered body of your married lover on a secluded beach would you hope no-one was watching and run?
Posted by Gordon Duncan
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While there was little doubt after her debut, The Lost Man shows Harper cementing her place as a major, important talent in Australian crime fiction.
Posted by Robert Goodman