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Peter Temple's 2nd novel and my latest summer favourite.
Posted by Gordon Duncan
Holly Throsby's excellent 2nd novel.
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I've been trying to think of somebody else that could write books about abalone fishing quotas, cricket, asylum seekers and now early white Australian settlement, convicts, rum runners and shipwrecks and make them all equally compelling, memorable, and ... crime fiction.
Posted by Karen
Absolutely no doubt about it - Pankhurst and what she does for a living are fascinating stories.
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The second in the Cass Diamond series MISSING PIECES is set in far North Queensland, with Cass Diamond investigating connected cold case disappearances.
Posted by Karen
It's been a while since the last Brock & Kolla outing (THE RAVEN'S EYE in 2013 to be precise) and this reader has missed them. They are one of the great, solid, reliable, enduring duo's of crime fiction and it's good to see THE PROMISED LAND indicating there is some fuel left in their combined tanks.
Posted by Karen
Crime Scene Asia is an accounting of a series of cases within various locations in Asia, where forensic evidence was a large part of the court proceedings in particular.
Posted by Karen
The sub-heading says it all "Powerful and Disturbing Stories of Murdered Sex Workers".
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Recommendations

Peter Temple's 2nd novel and my latest summer favourite.
Holly Throsby's excellent 2nd novel.
I've been trying to think of somebody else that could write books about abalone fishing quotas, cricket, asylum seekers and now early white Australian settlement, convicts, rum runners and shipwrecks and make them all equally compelling, memorable, and ... crime fiction.
The murderous adventures of Maud, an 88 year lady living in Gothenburg, Sweden
The winner of the 2018 McIlvanney Prize for best Scottish crime book.
The second Jack Parlabane novel.
It is thirty years from now and we have colonised the moon.
This was without a doubt, one of the most intriguing books I've encountered this year and it reminded me, yet again, that Antti Tuomainen is a writer who deserves (and now has) a much higher position on the must read list.

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The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) announced the winners of the 2018 Ned Kelly Awards at a packed event at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival on 26 August.
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Rural seems to be the new black in Australian crime fiction.
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Big change of pace, but I'm actually reading something written by someone who is not from our neck of the woods!
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Always present, always watching. The Tall Man comes for your daughters. What to do when you have given yourself over to the Tall Man, and then you have a daughter of your own? You disappear.
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RETRIBUTION is an elegantly written novel that convincingly takes the reader to a place of both great beauty and deep ugliness.
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From the heaving great pile of reading matter that I'm very behind with.
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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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I've been wanting to read this interesting analysis for sometime now so yesterday sat down and did so.
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We are nothing if not predictable here at AustCrimeFiction - and it's my turn to read this now.
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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.
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TAKE ME IN is an immersive read of guilt, deflection and the tangled webs we weave when everything goes wrong in our lives at once.
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How quickly your life can change from one of everyday normality to one of outright horror.
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The Seventh Cross is not only an important historical novel it is a timely one. It shows how a whole society can be turned by the lure of fascism.
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In the close quarters of an overcrowded ship packed with English, Irish and Scottish emigrants, disease waits.
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When Eliza Carmody returns to the small seaside town she grew up some things have changed, and a lot hasn't. Often the way when you return to the small town of your youth.
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He never once plays the "I was badly treated / it wasn't me" card. He was what he was, and he is now what he's made himself.
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There's a LOT of buzz going around about this one.
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Only Killers and Thieves is an accomplished debut. Howarth manages to shine a stark light on a disturbing and often ignored aspect of Australian history – the systematic ‘dispersal’ of Aboriginal people to allow for the spread of agriculture.
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Keeping it all close and personal, GIVE ME YOUR HAND is a carefully crafted work that drip feeds dread directly into the veins.
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My round up of the 2018 Ned Kelly Awards shortlist is now at Newtown Review of Books
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THE NOWHERE CHILD is pointed commentary on fundamentalism of all persuasions, and a good reminder that the past doesn't always go quietly.
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Slight (okay extreme) change of pace.
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So I read this one over the weekend but it's another that a review will come out in the next day or so, in the meantime ... read it.
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One that I finished over the weekend - review to come asap.
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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.
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An immersive and convincing novel about secrets and survival set in one of the harshest of environments – an Australian outback town during an extended drought.
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Powerful and poetic, life affirming and heart wrenching. Welcome again to the dark world of the private detective Charlie Parker.
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THE OTHER WIFE is the latest bittersweet entry in an excellent series that progressively takes a little bit more of your heart with each encounter.
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