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...this is extremely entertaining and engaging crime fiction - with a great central character to boot.
Posted by Karen
Read for this month's face to face bookclub, another book that divided opinion which is always a good thing.
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If ever there was a book that shows that the Best Swedish Crime Novel award needs to be closely followed, QUICKSAND is it.
Posted by Karen
Debut author Anna Snoekstra has taken on one of the more difficult challenges in writing fiction - creating an engaging, morally ambiguous central character, who sometimes borders on unlikeable. Reviewed at Reviewing the Evidence
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The world seems to be full of highly trained, disaffected, black ops, renegade loners who are trying to do good deeds while being hunted down by their government.
Posted by Robert Goodman
... compelling and frequently discomforting reading.
Posted by Karen
The fact that this subject is handled in this manner, within a plot that's multi-levelled, that involves the members of the self-help trial group, and the facilitators equally is cleverly done, and it's seamlessly delivered.
Posted by Karen
Author Tony Cavanaugh has had a long and illustrious career in film and tv and thus brings that excellent crafting of place and character to his crime novels. All of his creations are wholly convincing and though sketched with typical Australian economy, they are entirely recognizable in their landscape.
Posted by Andrea Thompson

Recommendations

If ever there was a book that shows that the Best Swedish Crime Novel award needs to be closely followed, QUICKSAND is it.
Author Tony Cavanaugh has had a long and illustrious career in film and tv and thus brings that excellent crafting of place and character to his crime novels. All of his creations are wholly convincing and though sketched with typical Australian economy, they are entirely recognizable in their landscape.
It's been a while since finishing a debut book made me mildly miffed I'd have to wait a while for the second in the series.
If two Ned Kelly Awards and one short-listing hasn't given you a big enough hint already, CRIMSON LAKE should absolutely confirm that Candice Fox is an Australian writer of immense ability.
... this is a series for fans of crime fiction. It's introspective, considered, thoughtful, insightful and brilliant.
BLOOD WEDDING is a great novel to take with you on your next long journey or to indulge in over one or two sittings. The time will fly!
Ignore all the book comparisons as it doesn’t do this clever little mystery justice; it is all about the journey here and the big reveal is not the tantalizing part of the read. THE LAST ACT OF HATTIE HOFFMAN is a very satisfying read and deservedly one of the buzz books of the summer.
Sometimes a book just simply drops out of nowhere straight into the best of the year list with minimal fanfare. TELL THE TRUTH, SHAME THE DEVIL is undoubtedly going to remain one of the best things I've read this year for a whole lot of reasons.

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Read both of these in preparation for our next f2f bookclub meeting. I predict an excellent discussion.
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People who love the golden age of detective fiction, who, as Susan puts it, like to curl up with a cosy mystery when it is raining outside knowing that everything will be explained at the end, or who spend their Friday nights in Midsomer (a place which gets named checked far too many times in this novel) will love Magpie Murders.
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Even if you've only had a very fleeting interest in the goings on of one of Australia's most (in)famous cops, then ROGER ROGERSON is going to be an extremely intriguing read.
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Styled as a thriller from the legal world, CYANIDE GAMES introduces Peter Tanner - criminal defence barrister, widower, father. Very much one of the good guys, one of those that takes on a hell of a lot and seems to pull results together despite the odds.
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SheKilda3: One-Day Crime Spree - Sisters in Crime Australia's 25th Anniversary Convention
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James Patterson has been working with a number of crime writers recently, producing these co-authored books, so it's hard not to read each one playing a sort of "who wrote what" game in your head.
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Sometimes you just can't shake the idea that an author really doesn't like their characters much. Flaws and troubles aplenty are one thing - but weighing everybody down in a story with just about every possible problem known is another kettle of fish altogether.
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I have been intrigued about this book since first mentioned.
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KILLING LOVE is one of the most profoundly personal stories that you're going to come across in True Crime reading.
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NOTHING SHORT OF DYING is the debut release from author Erik Storey, which arrived with considerable fanfare. It's flagged as something that will have Lee Child's Reacher watching over his shoulder which clearly flags this is action packed, with a lone hero up against it from all sides central character.
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So far, I'm really liking this one...
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... as the pieces fall into place it is clear that Maitland has had tight control on his overarching plot from the beginning of this series so that Slaughter Park is both a compulsive and satisfying conclusion.
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In an age of throwaway domestic thrillers with the word “Girl” in the title, Dead in the Water shows the breadth of the Australian crime fiction scene.
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August and September combined because - yep I forgot.
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'Watch out Jo Nesbo!' is printed in a bright red circle on the front of I'M TRAVELLING ALONE. It seemed like a rather brave claim to be making before starting this book, and bordering on rash having now finished it.
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If there's two things this last bout of extreme weather has taught me - don't try to use the much vaunted SkyMuster for anything and don't think you'll get much reading done when you're running around digging trenches for water to run off.
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Profoundly personal retelling of a family torn apart by a suicide and then a triple murder.
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It is a sometimes violent, sometimes dangerous, sometimes poetic and insightful debut Australian novel.
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Written by an author who has spent some time in Pentridge as a worker / teacher this is one of those books that's really fascinating when it's getting into the nitty gritty of life behind bars ...
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The follow up to a fascinating book Australia's Most Murderous Prison, AUSTRALIA'S TOUGHEST PRISONS: INMATES tells the story of a number of people in prison - for a change not all of the usual role-call of participants that show up in these sorts of books.
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On Thursday 6th October, there are some events being organised around the University of Melbourne and a research project: "Genre Worlds: Australian Popular Fiction in the Twenty-First Century", with some great crime, romance and fantasy writers speaking!
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Another from the been waiting far too long pile.
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There should be no doubt whatsoever that the reason for reading this is that I'm a big fan of Candice Fox's work.
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Another from last week's reading - opening salvo in the Holger Munch & Mia Kruger series.
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Having just had a week off to work on the property, didn't quite achieve the numbers of books to be read that I'd hoped.
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The historical context not only highlights how attitudes have changed since the 1940s but how the attitudes of those times are still not far from the surface.
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From the increasing true crime stacks.
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There's room in Australian crime fiction for two lone-wolf anti-hero types, and Wyatt's got some serious competition now.
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While Underground Airlines shares much of its messaging with recent books and films about slavery it also joins a list of provocative alternate histories such as Fatherland and The Yiddish Policeman’s Union which use crime fiction tropes to explore and expose their worlds.
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Catching up on the backlist as much as I can - this has been in the queue for a while now.
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BLOOD WEDDING is gripping and very cleverly constructed.
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I've been wanting to see what the buzz was about - particularly as it's a debut and there have been some stonkingly good debuts around recently.
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This is more of a have read, than an am reading, as I tore through this very rapidly.
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Needing something that would be reliably good recently, TRACES OF RED was just the thing as Paddy Richardson is a particularly talented writer of psychological thrillers.
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BAD BLOOD is accessible crime / thriller / paranormal / action packed day to day life style storytelling.
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Michel Bussi is a renowned crime fiction writer and winner of many awards in his native France, BLACK WATER LILIES being the second of his books translated into English.
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As much as I'd love to say that if you're a new reader to this series than just get on with it, it's one that you really have to read in order.
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Having had a stellar run of reading recently I've been doing a fair amount of starting, and then not being able to go on with books this week. Nothing to do with the books.
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