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The opening salvo in what's to be an ongoing series, THE AGENCY introduces the character of Dan Calder.
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There's a particularly interesting idea at the heart of A MOMENT'S SILENCE.
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Hats off to the author for working so well within the constraints that would have been present when writing NOT A SOUND.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
Your reviewer is new to this (incredibly popular) author so it was a reading requirement to find out (reasonably quickly) why it is that author Mary Kubica is in the ‘must read’ stable of so many crime and mystery readers. It didn’t take long.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
This is one that's definitely going to come down to personal taste, connection with characters (and maybe place / events).
Posted by Karen
This is a beautifully written, truthfully observed and engaging novel about families, friendship, love and loss.
Posted by Robert Goodman
Bailey is part of a vanguard of new, female Australian crime authors, and a signal that the Australian crime scene continues to flourish.
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There's nary a hitch in MARLBOROUGH MAN. The characters work, the plot is cleverly executed and the sense of place is visceral.
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Hats off to the author for working so well within the constraints that would have been present when writing NOT A SOUND.
Your reviewer is new to this (incredibly popular) author so it was a reading requirement to find out (reasonably quickly) why it is that author Mary Kubica is in the ‘must read’ stable of so many crime and mystery readers. It didn’t take long.
Eddie Flynn continues to be one of the great thriller protagonists of recent years. He has the skills of a conman when he needs them, the tactical brain and silk tongue of a trail lawyer and every now and then goes all action hero.
SOMETHING FOR NOTHING is a perfect example of the lighter, tongue in cheek style of true-blue Aussie Crime Fiction that is increasingly being done particularly well.
Looks like this might be the first novel in an ongoing series which frankly is excellent news. Eva Destruction can only get better with age, wisdom and a litre or ten more of dodgy wine with her mates.
FULL BORE, as is with the other works by this author, does leave you feeling a little bit melancholic about our shared Australian past but reassures us that life goes on and that there will always be much more to experience.
A very clever and absorbing book, THE GIRL BEFORE is a psychological thriller that delivers.
Read without guilt! A SIMPLE FAVOUR scoots along at a breakneck space and is anything but predictable.

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Everything in YOU wrong-foots the reader, creating a challenging reading experience of very intimate personal time with rather unpleasant people, wrapped up in obsession, fuelled by the manipulation of technology to control.
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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.
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Lot of sitting around waiting recently - so an ebook, and something set in Asia for a change.
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THE GREAT SWINDLE is a fascinating book. It's not universally uplifting and it's not overbearingly depressing. It is, however, unerringly clever.
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Sanders shows a keen ability to capture the American vernacular, speech patterns and settings and proves he is able to play in the same weapon-filled sandpit as some of his more famous American counterparts.
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This comes with a lot of very positive press and comments.
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Candice Fox announced herself as an Australian crime writer to watch with her Ned Kelly Award winning debut Hades, followed up a year later by its award winning sequel Eden.
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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.
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Sanders shows a keen ability to capture the American vernacular, speech patterns and settings and proves he is able to play in the same weapon-filled sandpit as some of his more famous American counterparts.
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Garry Disher has two successful major crime series out – very different from each other, both of the highest possible standard. Full Review At Newtown Review of Books

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... this is a series for fans of crime fiction. It's introspective, considered, thoughtful, insightful and brilliant.
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Anyone taking bets on a third featuring these characters would probably shorten the odds at a rapid rate of knots after reading this.
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Sometimes life is very unreasonable.
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In The Girl From Venice, Cruz Smith effectively captures a point in time.
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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!
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This is a book that feels like it wants to tear the blinkers off and really make you think about the manner in which society tends to treat victims in particular.
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It's taken a long while to write this review, simply because this has been a collection of writing that I've wanted to go back to frequently in order to get my head around much of it.
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The key aspect of this structure is that Kill the Next One keeps readers guessing and despite becoming a little frustrating at times, it is very hard to put down.
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The Girl Before ticks all of the Girl book boxes in spades. It has two unreliable female narrators, a supporting cast of abusive and potentially violent men and plenty of domestic thrills.
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Australian readers are likely to still know Melina Marchetta for her breakout young adult novel Looking for Alibrandi (1992). Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil is crime genre novel. But while it relies on some of the genre conventions it also manages to subvert some of them, particularly with its focus on some teen protagonists.
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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.
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As the teen struggles to deal with both the mental and physical trauma, Jenny’s parents make the decision to allow medics try a new drug on their daughter that will serve to delete the immediate painful memories of the attack.
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OLD SCORES is a great entry in what, overall, is a tremendous series that reminds us again how keen the eye and how sharp the observation of really good crime writers like David Whish-Wilson is.
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Cliff Hardy is back in the forty-second and now final book in this much loved, admired series.
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There is no denying Peter Corris’ status as the godfather of modern Australian crime. Corris took the American private investigator corner of the crime genre and made it uniquely Australian. Still going now after 33 years, gumshoe and Sydney icon Cliff Hardy is back in action for the forty-second time in Win, Lose or Draw.
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The third Frank Swann book - the setting is wonderfully done - and oddly nostalgic :)
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This list is of standout reads from 2016, grouped into categories with no attempt whatsoever at an arbitrary number.
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Another that's been lurking on the piles for way too long. Perhaps that should be the New Year's Resolution - more reading!
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This was a brilliant reading experience, and a history lesson into the bargain. Intricate but fascinating.
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Another that's been lingering on the reading piles way too long.
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Bittersweet experience reading this - the last Cliff Hardy novel.
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This one came highly recommended so I've been trying to shuffle it up the list for a while now.
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This was a bit of a personal treat read.
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Have been hiding out from computers, reading a lot and catching up on a lot of nothing in the lead up to returning to work tomorrow. So a catchup on the reading list before then.
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Robert Goodman shared his Top Five Crime novels of 2016 late last year at http://pilebythebed.com/index.php/2016/top-five-crime-2016/
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