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The second in Dorothy Johnston's Sea-Change series, THE SWAN ISLAND CONNECTION sees local senior constable Chris Blackie and his deputy Anthea Merritt developing their working relationship into something with more understanding, trust and respect for each other.
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When Kathy Jackson was revealed as the whistle-blower on million-dollar fraud in the Health Services Union it's hard to believe she couldn't have foreseen her own fate.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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A debut novel set in a small Australian town, The Dark Lake is a police procedural with a hefty dose of romantic tension. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books

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Good murder mysteries for young adults are hard to find and City of Saints and Thieves is, if nothing else, a great murder mystery.
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City of Crows is an unpredictable book, and yet each twist and turn is completely understandable in the context of its characters.
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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.
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.
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.
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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THE SILENT INHERITANCE strides with purpose for the bulk of the novel as the field narrows and possibilities are discarded.
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Even though BOOM AND BUST is not as hard-boiled as could be expected from the blurb, it was entertaining reading.
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The Girl in Green is not only a page turner, it is an important novel that tries to convey not only the drivers of the headlines but also the situation that remains when the news cycle moves on.
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This book jumped the queue. Pushy.
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Attempting to read this one over the weekend for our next f2f bookclub gathering.
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The third book in the Audrey Murders series, THE MURDER TRAIL is set in a very picturesque location in the far north of New Zealand.
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The second Jeff Bradley novel from New Zealand author, Thomas Ryan, certainly made me really want to shunt my as yet unread copy of the first (The Field of Blackbirds) up in priority.
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Next up from the ridiculously large and embarrassingly behind schedule, review pile.
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Whilst it's a huge privilege to be able to read a lot of review books, every now and again it's nice to treat yourself to one just because you want to read it.
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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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The book of the TV show, ELEMENTARY: THE GHOST LINE is based around the characters of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Joan Watson.
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It's a character study, wrapped up in a police procedural, with a very strong sense of place, and, one would hope, a long-term future as a series.
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The Dry is a strong debut. A classic crime novel in a classic Australian setting, with strong characters dealing with universal issues.
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... having seen the early publicity for BLACK SAILS, DISCO INFERNO I was expecting it to be good. It exceeded good by a very big measure.
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Read for our f2f bookclub, every book by Jo Nesbø reminds you to read the rest of the series.
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One for fans of high-threat action, who would appreciate a strong female central character, don't mind a hefty dose of romance and that spot of paranormal into the bargain.
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Second in the Sammi Willis series, she's back at work after avoiding a serial killer's grasp in the first novel.
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The novella THE MISTAKE is short, sharp, packed with a punch crime fiction set in Iceland, written by ex-pat New Zealander Grant Nicol.
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Lots of things I should have done over the weekend but the first mention of Funky Town and I was gone for all money....
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FRONT PAGE NEWS is the debut novel from former Australian journalist Katie Rowney.
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MADE TO KILL comes straight from the "well I wasn't expecting that pile", and even better, it looks like the opening salvo in a trilogy that will be well worth following.
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Having both had the opportunity of reading The Legend of Winstone Blackhat, a compare and contrast review set by Deb Wood and myself.
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THE LEGEND OF WINSTONE BLACKHAT is not a "traditional" crime novel in the same way that many early psychological thrillers were not regarded as traditional crime novels...
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The Legend of Winstone Blackhat, is an outstanding achievement by a writer at her peak
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2016 is a going to be a good year for Pufferfish fans!
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Debut from Tasmanian author Barry Weston, first in the Tasmanian Private Investigation Trilogy.
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Built around the worlds of art fraud, forensic accounting, law and the European Mafia DEATH OF A FRIEND is the debut novel of Australian author Desmond L Kelly.
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For those who like more action and less smooching in their romantic suspense reads, DARKNESS is a fast paced novel of danger and love in the snow. Plus you will pick up a thing or two about what to put in your survival pack next time you head out camping.
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THE DEATH RAY DEBACLE is fiction built around unexpected facts from the period leading up to World War II. New Zealand inventor Victor Penny ran a bus company by day and at night he worked on producing a death ray.
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Best selling author Nora Roberts excels in churning out the whip fast reads, and THE OBSESSION is another book where the dialogue is snappy, we have a savvy and feisty heroine, and the love interest is uber masculine and good with his hands.
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... readers will be able to distract themselves with the sumptuous descriptions of wine and food along the way ...
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Second from the long-weekend's read pile - a local debut set in Queensland.
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A long weekend treat read that turned out to be a very good treat indeed.
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Started this debut novel from a local author last night.
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Even the name of this novel gives the hint that this is a mash up of two genres. Modern day police procedural meets Victorian-style ghost story on the streets of (where else?) London.
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A record number of entrants and a kaleidoscopic range of crime tales illustrates the growth of New Zealand crime writing but provided a real challenge for the judges of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, who have revealed the longlist for their 2016 award today.
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Can anyone help identify this book?
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