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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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About this time of the year I start madly trying to catch up with the Ned Kelly longlists. The ongoing quest is to manage to read the whole list!
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Final from a long weekend where a little more socialising than reading occurred.
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2nd from the long weekend's reading, and in New Zealand.
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Read over the long weekend - the latest in a series which is mystery focused, but rich with fascinating historical insight.
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In a particularly poignant touch, all round good guy and saver of the world Alex Morgan shows an unsurprising side in RANGER with his care and concern for a returned vet who needs help.
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Thank goodness the earlier books in this series are now available, because understanding Hanne Wilhelmsen requires back story.
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There is so much to like about the Café La Femme series (of which THE BLACKMAIL BLEND is #1.5).
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A Novella length outing with Alex Morgan that is just the thing for some escapist reading, with a very good message.
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Quite a change of pace for me this one.
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The final one started over this past weekend - needing in particular, a change of hemisphere although I wish now I'd read the first in the series.
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Highly recommended if you like your noir on the darkest of dark sides.
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Next from a weekend spent getting stuck into the overdue reading list.
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2nd from the weekend's pile.
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One from this weekend's reading stack.
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The pairing of Spencer and Blair fits well, is unforced and seems to be preparing the basis for a good investigative team.
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From the piles and piles of things I've got queued up at the moment.
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The March update is very late - it's been a tad busy hereabouts.
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Another extremely rewarding unexpected experience.
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This was a most unexpected experience.
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COMFORT ZONE is the debut novel from Ex Federal Minister for Finance and long-time Labor true believer Lindsay Tanner.
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Buist has delivered a well constructed mystery around Natalie King that manages to keep twisting through to the last couple of pages.
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I've been doing some very determined juggling recently as this is a book I've been very keen to read - particularly as the 2nd in the series is now also out. Wonderful sense of place.
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With a true story behind it, The Death Ray Debacle is set in New Zealand in the 1930's.
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The circumstances that gave rise to the 2011 riots have not all gone away and Ten Days is, if nothing else, a timely reminder of the fragility of the social contract that underpins our day to day existence.
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