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The Student is fast-paced, dry as dust, gritty Australian regional noir. Full Review at Newtown Review of Books.
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A family drama / saga styled novel, with crime overtones, DAYS ARE LIKE GRASS is beautifully written. Moving, descriptive, populated by fully realised characters there is much in this novel that is thought-provoking, and profoundly affecting.
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HARD LABOUR's an interesting undertaking of an unusual crime and background, introducing an unusual sort of protagonist.
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THE SQUAD is very interesting reading indeed.
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An escapist thriller for your summer holiday, LIE TO ME will keep you guessing and wondering just who it is you are supposed to feel for – the missing, or the one that remained?
Posted by Andrea Thompson
THE LAST TIME WE SPOKE will leave readers thinking about consequences long after the novel has come to an end.
Posted by Karen
"Now he must choose between exoneration and condemnation, justice and vengeance." Readers are all too often left wondering which one he gets to choose, and which one he deserves.
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Right on the money as he always is, Stephen King - with his co-writer son Owen King - addresses here a premise that is ridiculously and soberingly topical. What is it that could bring down society in such a dramatically short space of time? The withdrawing of the women.
Posted by Andrea Thompson

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THE LAST TIME WE SPOKE will leave readers thinking about consequences long after the novel has come to an end.
"Now he must choose between exoneration and condemnation, justice and vengeance." Readers are all too often left wondering which one he gets to choose, and which one he deserves.
The bright shiny lives of Louise’s friends, ex colleagues and acquaintances are cyber surreal to her and the friends that were once vitally important in the school years have now become just posts on her phone screen. The ‘friend request’ received from a dead school mate rocks Louise straight back to those school days of fake friends, neuroses and crushing peer pressure.
If the universe wants to be particularly nice to us, it will make sure that A DARK SO DEADLY is the start of a new series from Stuart MacBride.
Paul Strom is quite the guy and supremely confident that he is the master of his own destiny. The man who other men want to be, and the man who women want to be with. As it turns out, not so much.
Police Scotland has created a “dumping ground” for those officers who don’t quite fit; the ill, those who have faced disciplinary action, those who refuse to play by the rules.
Rural Australia is both developing and narrowing. The selling out of Australia to foreign interests has resulted in multitudes of country towns closing down and officially ceasing to exist. Centralizing the displaced has become the solution to the increasing shortage of food and resources. Generational land ownership comes to a forced end, and for the residents of the bush communities, the country of their birth is becoming unrecognizable.
It is quite possible to fall in the love with someone who has not yet been born. It is also quite possible that you would be willing to die for them.

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SHE BE DAMNED should leave you looking forward to the next instalment with pleasurable anticipation.
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I'm blatantly cherry picking from the piles now.
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I will admit to being mightily intrigued by this biography mostly because of the reputation of the subject.
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Everything I've been fortunate enough to read by Sabine Durrant has left me with heaps of questions, and a lot of thinking to be done.
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Quirky, fun, engaging and hugely entertaining, JINX, PACHYDERM and Catherine Kint are a really good combo - here's hoping there's more intended in the series.
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Her is, overall, an effective and moving historical novel.
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This is one of those books that has been needling away, wanting to be read.
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A sensationalised combination of fact, speculation, assumption and extremely over the top fictionalisation, MRS KELLY by Grantlee Kieza is a grand undertaking that seems to be telegraphing a lot more than it actually delivers.
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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.
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The bonus about being laid low by illness has definitely been the excellent books to read - this was one of them.
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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.
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One from this year's Ned Kelly submission list, set around Warrnambool in Victoria.
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It may now be the mid-20th century but progress in the remote Irish community seems to have stalled somewhere around a hundred years earlier; there’s no electricity, phones, shops or amenities on this unforgiving little island. The stalwart remaining residents of St Brigids are dwindling in numbers and have been resolutely advised by mainland authorities that the end is near. The entire population of St Brigids to be relocated.
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Eleanor is a pragmatic working mother of two who sees the sense in buying a rundown Victorian to move her young family into. There is plenty of room in their new home for all of their things and it is certainly in a desirable location. Odd how they managed to snag such a good deal though.
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Three Days and a Life is a masterful psychological study and a compulsive, page turning thriller.
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Bittersweet reading this one.
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Just in time for f2f bookclub reading.
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This one has been sitting there on Mt TBR for a while now, just winking and asking to be read.
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Emma Viskic explores difference, and its consequences, in this sequel to Resurrection Bay. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books
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Rural Australia is both developing and narrowing. The selling out of Australia to foreign interests has resulted in multitudes of country towns closing down and officially ceasing to exist. Centralizing the displaced has become the solution to the increasing shortage of food and resources. Generational land ownership comes to a forced end, and for the residents of the bush communities, the country of their birth is becoming unrecognizable.
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Miranda Rader once was known as Randi the problem teen. Rejected by her family after a brush with the law, Randi’s life seemed to then be heading down all the wrong roads. Fortunately, the time spent in youth detention becomes the making of her.
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It is quite possible to fall in the love with someone who has not yet been born. It is also quite possible that you would be willing to die for them.
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Wrapping up the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards
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Finn Bell made quite an impact on the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards with two shortlistings - his first novel DEAD LEMONS in Best First Novel, and PANCAKE MONEY in Best Crime Novel.
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Coming not long after Steve Uhlmann and Peter Lewis’ Marmalade Files and hot on the heels of Tony Jones’ The Twentieth Man, Michael Brissenden, another ABC journalist, has penned a thriller.
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Prepare the hot cocoa and grab all of the house cats as this is one of those books you are going to need to rug up for to absorb in a quiet space.
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A few years ago, Adam Christopher had a fantastic idea based on a dare from a long dead author.
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THE DIRECTION OF OUR FEAR is such an interesting idea - multiple characters living separate lives, getting on with their day to day existences, moving through place and time without knowing each other, or even being aware that there will come that intersecting point ...
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PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB comes with a wonderfully evocative sense of place and people, delivered with an affectionate comic touch.
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THE LAST TRAIN is a really good novel for fans of crime fiction in general, and Asian crime in particular.
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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.
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From the weekend's pile - really liked the earlier one in this series.
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From last week's reading pile.
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The death of Maria Turquand had all the ingredients that would have appealed to the salacious public forty years ago; a beautiful woman, gangsters, drugs and rock stars.
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Pursued, bedded and betrayed by her husband the King, Anne Boleyn's story is equally as complex as it is tragic. Anne through both whim and circumstance comes to possess exactly the same ambitions as her bullish husband - to rule absolute, and to provide an heir to the English throne.
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A take on a noir romp with stylised good cop / bad cop characters, humour is a huge part of GOOD COP BAD COP.
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Some promise shown here.
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THE ASSASSIN ON THE BANGKOK EXPRESS is the second book in a series sub-titled "The Honourable Assassin", the first (with that title) released in 2015.
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Whether or not this should be marketed as YA is debatable, but either way it is a great Scandi-crime novel that almost demands to be read in a single sitting.
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... weighted heavily on the romance side, with a tendency towards a showy style of descriptive text to reinforce the period setting.
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The verdicts are in: new Kiwi voices dominate among 2017 Ngaios finalists
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