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Completing the AustCrimeFiction trifecta, my turn to read this excellent debut novel.
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Fans of MADE TO KILL will already know all about Ray Electromatic, Ada and his line of work.
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It has been another great year for Australian crime debuts and Derval McTiernan’s The Rùin continues this run. Much like Adrian McKinty, McTiernan sets her first Cormac Reilly novel in the old country, aka Ireland. But her take, while still procedural, is more contemporary and less overtly political.
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DIG TWO GRAVES relies heavily on a descriptive, languid writing style, full of portents and observations, internal musings and a lot of that angst, longing and regret. This will be a novel that works incredibly well for fans of that style.
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Author Michalia Arathimos has Greek-New Zealand heritage which is strongly reflected in her novel AUKATI. Set in New Zealand, this is a crime novel based around the scourge that is fracking.
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Australian Rural Crime novels are the new big thing, and Scrublands is the one that everyone is talking about.
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Feeling very much like an advertisement for gourmet South Australia with a slightly incongruous crime fiction element (wouldn't that turn potential visitors off...) THE POPEYE MURDER by Sandra Winter-Dewhirst is the first Rebecca Keith mystery.
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Lynne Vincent McCarthy’s debut novel Lonely Girl is a thriller with a bit of a gender swap. Gone is the femjep woman kept in a basement. Instead, McCarthy turns the tables on this tired trope and in this psychological thriller puts the woman in charge.
Posted by Robert Goodman

Recommendations

Cop-turned novelist, Nathan Blackwell (true identity hidden due to covert police operations) has written a debut novel, THE SOUND OF HER VOICE, which is intense, unsparing, realistic, brutal and will stay with the reader for a long time.
If you're a fan of any of Stuart MacBride's books - the Logan McRae series, the Ash Henderson series, his Christmas series (I kid you not), or his standalones then you will have hot footed it to the bookshop for this one already. If for some reason you missed it, then off you go.
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR reinforces the notion that despite being constantly surrounded by people, you can often feel alone. Deep suburbia provides such a huge source of material and is finally in drama fiction being recognized for that richness.
Where are the women here? They support, they assist – and they prosecute. Accused of raping a young woman in an elevator at Parliament, James is suddenly no longer bullet proof. His wife is no longer by his side. His government may no longer be so benevolent. Those he crossed in the past will no longer be silent.
It has been a very long time since Anna has been able to put foot outside her own door. But this does not mean that she does not observe life outside.
The good news is I'm so far behind with this review, that the second book in the series is out now. Which means you've got a series on your hands!
Leaping with confidence straight out of the gates, DEAD LEMONS has a cracking opening chapter that will stay with you for quite some time. You just can’t go past a man hanging over a cliff, hanging upside down in his wheelchair, thinking such dire and witty thoughts.
Author David Lagercrantz confidently continues his commissioned task of continuing the Millennium series, two novels in after the death of fellow Swedish author Stieg Larsson.

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Another from the weekend's reading - thriller set in Columbia, written with a human rights perspective.
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Read this one last week and spent most of the time reading it laughing.
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Catching up on some recently read books - this is historical romance / crime fiction from New Zealander Author, Jude Knight.
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You do want to Lily to succeed, as her clumsy and inept forays into investigating the murder of her neighbour are almost charming.
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FULL BORE, as is with the other works by this author, does leave you feeling a little bit melancholic about our shared Australian past but reassures us that life goes on and that there will always be much more to experience.
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Dennis Lehane takes a swerve away from his long running Kenzie and Genaro series (which includes Gone, Baby Gone) and his recent prohibition and gangsters trilogy to deliver a psychological thriller of sorts.
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Started reading this legal based thriller over the weekend.
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DEAD AGAIN is a different kettle of fish - it's a brave undertaking, taking a raw, real life scenario and fictionalising it.
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Another from the weekend's reading pile - which wasn't that big unfortunately this time around, bit busy and then next weekend's Eurovision so other than hiding from the media on Sunday before the telecast - will be too flat out cooking :)
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From the stack of books recently read.
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Second from the weekend's reading.
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First from the last weekend's reading.
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From the weekend's reading selections.
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Final from the weekend's pile.
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Second from the weekend's reading.
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Vik and Stubø are a great pairing ..., and re-reading PUNISHMENT was an opportunity to remind myself of what a great series this is.
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Another from the over Easter pile.
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One from the Easter break where not enough reading was done.
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A very clever and absorbing book, THE GIRL BEFORE is a psychological thriller that delivers.
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Read without guilt! A SIMPLE FAVOUR scoots along at a breakneck space and is anything but predictable.
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Compulsive, entertaining and tense reading from an author to watch.
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...but if you stick with it you are given plenty of glimpses of who Otto Berliner is and where he's likely to be heading.
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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.
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Final dip into the #yeahnoir pile for the weekend.
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Second from the NZ list over the weekend - this is another in what's an increasing number of books from that part of the world exploring consequences.
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A bit of a chilly, sometimes showery weekend meant any excuse for some reading - and this was the standout of the entire bunch.
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Part history lesson, part social exploration, the Sean Duffy series from Irish-Australian writer Adrian McKinty is required crime fiction reading. Reviewed at: Newtown Review of Books
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Police at the Station… continues to be the best of crime fiction. McKinty uses the genre to effectively open a window into a time and place, using the mystery and Duffy’s travails to further illuminate the history that he is so effectively conveying.
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