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Sometimes you start reading a series book about a favourite character, and really start to wonder if the author is annoyed with them, subconsciously punishing them for being too popular, or just enjoying applying the thumb screws for a change.
Posted by Karen
Find out where it all began for George Smiley.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
A debut police procedural from Melbourne based, ex-Ballarat dweller, JM Simpson, A BODY OF WORK makes good use of both of those locations. (Review republished / book republished).
Posted by Karen
You have to hand it to our Rebus. No one sidelines this particular Scotsman. If there’s something going on in his town, retired or not, Rebus still manages to place himself in the thick of it.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Could you walk the along the East Coast of Australia from Gippsland to Sydney? In 1797 seventeen shipwreck survivors set out on this journey, only three survived. One of the men has a diary which tells their tale, Preservation tells a much darker tale.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
A really good choice for fans of legal thrillers in particular, and a good one for fans of general Australian thrillers as well.
Posted by Karen
NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU has moments of great insight and clarity into the nature of small towns, small communities, and the people who can slip under the radar in those situations.
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There's a good sense of the place, the climate, the local residents and the terrain in INTO THE FOG. It's a real strength of this novel - this is a place that Wallace obviously knows well and the idea that kids could simply vanish up there makes sense, and is well supported by the god awful weather that's being experienced.
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Recommendations

Find out where it all began for George Smiley.
Could you walk the along the East Coast of Australia from Gippsland to Sydney? In 1797 seventeen shipwreck survivors set out on this journey, only three survived. One of the men has a diary which tells their tale, Preservation tells a much darker tale.
If you discovered the murdered body of your married lover on a secluded beach would you hope no-one was watching and run?
While there was little doubt after her debut, The Lost Man shows Harper cementing her place as a major, important talent in Australian crime fiction.
Ted Lewis's Jack's Return Home, the book which Get Carter, arguably one of the greatest gangster films of all time, was based upon.
Well paced out, populated by flawed but approachable characters, set in a location that doesn't feel manipulative or convenient, GREENLIGHT is about crime, greed, money, influence, bad decisions and human frailty and nastiness.
... this is good rural-noir. It comes from the place and the people that it's written about and it's got the authority, and the touch that comes from living in the world that it's describing.
Completing the AustCrimeFiction trifecta, my turn to read this excellent debut novel.

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A testament to the legacy of lifelong friendships, MY HUSBANDS LIES is a clever page turner about childhood alliances and their evolution over time.
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THE INNOCENT WIFE is a conceivable nightmare with nothing to cushion the inevitable fall. If you’re in the mood for some harsh lighting in your crime reading, THE INNOCENT WIFE will deliver.
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Finished this late last night because I wanted to read it and because next up (after a bookclub read) it's Katherine Koviac's book The Portrait of Molly Dean.
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The Escape Room does what a good thriller should do. It takes something new and faddish, in this case escape room games, and makes it sinister.
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The Nowhere Child is an assured, page-turning debut.
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I've been doing a lot of "required reading" recently, so indulging myself in random dips into the Discworld series on audio book.
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Turns out that injury to my partner (he's okay) is something that will bite into my reading time.
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Started this one last night.
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I am sort of keeping pace with myself again, having just finished this book...
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I am actually reading this one right now. I'm all caught up in other words!
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Latest, just finished read. Hopefully this is the start of another series.
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Nearly caught up now - finished this earlier this week.
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It's been quite a while since I caught up with these listings as you can probably tell by now.
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Another from the pile up of things I should have mentioned a week ago.
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Another from the have read pile - this is the 3rd book in the Natalie King series.
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Really like the way that Ellie Marney creates the settings for these books - they feel very real and the people in them authentic.
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A memoir originally published in 2015 I listened to Sue Perkins on the audio version of this and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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Another from the past reading pile.
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Okay so there's a spot of catching up going on - I have been so busy reading, I've forgotten to post updates.
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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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Having just posted a media announcement on the 2018 Ngaio Marsh longlist - a few personal comments.
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Two authors who returned to crime writing after more than a decade away have today been named among an eclectic longlist for the 2018 Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Novel.
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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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The Parrish life appears to Amber to have absolutely every box ticked. It just doesn’t seem fair for one beautiful couple to have it all.
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Sam Grist has his intense blue eyes trained on his lecturer Kate. All that needs to happen now is for Kate to fall in with his meticulous plans. If Kate rebels or does not appreciate Sam’s efforts, there will be serious consequences for everyone in Kate’s life.
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It must be quite an experience for an author to start out on the long cycle of writing a book about crime and corruption in the financial system, and then, just as you complete the manuscript, have real life intercede in apropos fashion.
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Set in Mexico, among the worst of the worst behaviour of the cartels, and to be frank, men, a union activist makes a stand. Tim Baker has created wonderful characters in Pilar and Fuentes.
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2nd in the Lewis Trilogy, I've pretty much started this one straight after the first, The Blackhouse.
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You’ve all heard the urban legend about baby monitors being able to pick up sounds from nearby houses, right? Well, its all true kids! Can you imagine? But what if the neighbours don’t have a baby in residence and yours is the only one in the street?
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Event - Launch of Liz Porter's latest true crime book - Crime Scene Asia.
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Started this one last night, it's due for publication sometime soon and so far it's really engaging.
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