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Can you imagine? Another potential horror of the modern age. It IS possible for your house to be sold to another party without your knowledge. If there is a way to defraud and steal, there will always be an enterprising criminal out there willing to take it to the next level.
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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.
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Setting in this novel is obviously a major factor, and post earthquake Christchurch looms large.
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One day the blackbirds begin to fall. Naturally, this is something of a spectacle and attention is drawn to the small Pennsylvanian town of Mount Oanoke. With this new focus comes the media and a visiting journalist inadvertently witnesses an encounter that is later viewed as something quite sinister.
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THE THREE DEATHS OF MAGDALENE LYNTON is the first in a new series from New Zealand author Katherine Hayton, followed by THE SECOND STAGE OF GRIEF and THE ONLY SECRET SHE KEEPS.
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Grattan Street's Colonial Fiction project is an outstanding idea, with 4 titles now available (Grattan Street for more)
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Well worth listening to, especially if you love a lilting Scottish accent.
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The people that were with us in the trenches of childhood have the best understanding of what it was that made us our present selves. For two little girls who lose their adored father, what happens next is horrific and alters forever the course of what might have otherwise been happy lives. Or not.
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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.

Too Easy continues an absolutely terrific series that falls on the noirish side of comic farce. Full Review at:  Newtown Review of Books

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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.
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Shortlisted for the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards, this is the story of a very impressive man.
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A quick departure from the #yeahnoir pile.
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From the NZ piles about the place - an historical novel set in Dunedin.
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Remembering Peter Temple's work.
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Second from the reading pile from yesterday.
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An enforced day off yesterday with the power out for maintenance meant some reading catching up.
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A novella squeezed in amongst other things. Okay other things I should have been doing but still...
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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!
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Another from the staggeringly varied #yeahnoir pile
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Turned into the perfect read for a hot Saturday afternoon.
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In 2016, Thomas Mullen delivered one of the crime novels of the year with Darktown. ... Lightning Men picks up a couple of years after the events of Darktown.
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Tara and David are typical “Hollywooders” in that appearances are everything. What looks flashy and successful from the outside is all actually a bit of a façade.
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And we're caught up for the moment - currently reading this one.
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Another from the previously reading pile.
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Another from the past overdue for mention pile.
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From the was reading pile, this is fascinating.
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Savages – The Wedding is the first book in French author Sabri Louatah’s Saint-Etienne Quartet. Originally written in 2011, the subject matter is if anything more relevant now than it was then, given the terrorist attacks in France over the last few years.
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The follower of this blog will realise that I'm not prone to personal posts, but I need to apologise.
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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, the debut novel by Stuart Turton has so many influences it is hard to know where to begin.
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From the piles of reading, sod all blogging I've been doing recently.
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Readers get what is promised on the cover – well written, smart and engaging action.
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From the wonderfulness that is the pile of New Zealand Crime fiction.
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It's that time of the year where posting becomes erratic and reading consumes every spare moment. Sometimes life is hard ;)
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Started this over the weekend - new crime fiction after a long break from Stella Duffy.
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