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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.
Posted by Andrea Thompson
A Legacy of Spies builds heavily on leCarré’s world and it would help to be familiar with all of the side stories and back stories of the characters, developed over the earlier Smiley books.
Posted by Robert Goodman
A new Pufferfish novel will always be a thing of joy - whiteboard lists or no whiteboard lists.
Posted by Karen
Sometimes you just have to get ready.
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Bluebird Bluebird is top notch crime fiction.
Posted by Robert Goodman
I will catch up with all these mini-reviews, mentions, the backlist from hell. I will....
Posted by Karen
Jack Heath is well known for plenty of books for children and young adults but, clearly, some elements were missing. These included, among other things – violence, blood, drugs and serial killers. And so we get Hangman, which has lashings of all of these elements and is a cracking read full of well crafted twists and turns.
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As one American family enjoys their break at their Scottish holiday home, a terrible sickness is released when blood is spilt on ancient magical land.
Posted by Andrea Thompson

Recommendations

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

Chris Whitaker's debut novel TALL OAKS garnered a lot of positive publicity and a CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger award.
A terrific thriller, FROM THE SHADOWS, is fast-paced and populated by extremely interesting characters embroiled in a clever story plot that twists, turns and sneaks around more than enough to keep the reader guessing until the end.
It's probably not going to come as any surprise to find that DON'T LET GO jumped up the reading queue as quickly as possible, because every novel from Michel Bussi I've read now has been clever, different and intriguing.
The re-examining of the murder of Charles Buhrman brings Josie and her family to the fresh attention of a voracious new content hungry generation who are keen for the thrill and less interested in the damage that was done to the two young children in the house at the time of the murder.
ALL OUR SECRETS is strongly voiced, has a great sense of place and character all round, and an excellent plot. It's an absolute gem.

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When two young people go missing, it's first thought by the police that young love could be the reason why. Amaya and Kamal's respective families both had other plans for their future, and the control wielded over the lives of their children was both archaic and suffocating. Did the two leave their controlling families behind in order to map out their own lives? Or has someone taken them?
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Well worth a look ... especially as a reminder that there is a world of difference between an autocrat and a strong leader.
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Called to attend a crime scene in his own apartment complex, Wolf is faced with a cadaver that is nothing like he or anyone else in his division has ever seen before.
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A slight change of setting - moving to Tokyo and a book by an American Professor of Literature and author resident in Tokyo.
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I did some housekeeping over the weekend. The sort where you sweep all the books off the pile to be read and pluck out one that you really want to read. I did restack the pile again and promise I'm doing some catching up with badly overdue review books. But it was nice to get some tidying up done :)
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Hate it when a new book from a much loved series lingers too long on the reading pile simply because of competing priorities.
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One from the should have read this ages ago pile.
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In 2016 the unpublished manuscript of Wimmera won the UK Crime Writers’ Association debut dagger – now it’s published and we can see why. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books
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Whilst not "strictly" crime fiction this is a fascinating intertwining tale that had me up way past when I should have nodded off last night.
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Written by New Zealand based author Cat Connor, PSYCHOBYTE is book 8 in the Byte series based around FBI Agent Ellie Conway.
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THE ICE SHROUD is a very promising debut fictional novel from New Zealand wildlife photographer and non-fiction writer Gordon Ell.
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This is another finely tuned psychological thriller form Robotham, with the psychology of its protagonists front and centre and firmly driving the thriller element.
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The unaware, vaguely idiotic central character provides a deep mine of material for any type of slightly tongue in cheek story-telling, and UNFAITHFUL UNTO DEATH uses the premises in setting up Dr Cyril Peabody from the outset of the novel.
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Mark Brandi’s Wimmera comes with an impressive pedigree even before it was published. It won a Debut Dagger from the British Crime Writer’s Association while still unpublished.
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This has been languishing on the pile for Way. Too. Long.
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The best part about playing catchup is getting to read some very good examples of different sub-genres.
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Another from last week's reading - to be reviewed at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com
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Had a bit of a break from work last week so I'm behind with posting these. This was one of those books that I have been looking forward to, set in a part of the world that's not a million miles from home - then and now.
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Agatha has already inserted herself into the life of Meghan Shaughnessy and now it’s just a matter of waiting the pregnancy out. What Agatha desires most will be hers very soon.
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Jody mourns the loss of what she felt could have been the most important relationship she has ever had. Her world that had begun to show so much hope with a blossoming new friendship has once again become a dark place. The other flat residents of the converted church had generally kept to themselves and it was only Abe who had made an effort to connect to the shy and lonely Jody.
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Started reading this one from the badly neglected to be read pile last night.
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Tongue in cheek in style, there's an unlikeable central character and a tell don't show style - mimicking that idea of talk back.
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There's something deliciously intriguing about the idea that a top spy could lose a briefcase, which, rather than chock full of official secrets and classified documents, instead contains three mince pies, two fruit pies, the NZ Listener, a Penthouse magazine, and unfortunately a diary chock full of gossip.
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Miranda Rader once was known as Randi the problem teen. Rejected by her family after a brush with the law, Randi’s life seemed to then be heading down all the wrong roads. Fortunately, the time spent in youth detention becomes the making of her.
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Re-started this late on Sunday, the first in the Dan Forrester series.
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When Sergeant Schultz used the "I know nothing line" he was trying to be funny.
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Late in mentioning this one, particularly as I've been reading and re-reading it a couple of times now.
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The Baltimore Boys is a family saga hooked around the mysterious tragedy (every action at some point seems to presage this event). But while it is often engaging on the surface it is not very satisfying.
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It's in the shadows of Nick's personality that there's particularly interesting hints.
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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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Was extremely fortunate to read this over the weekend. Beautifully written story about not just the trial but the legal mind behind so much that we take for granted (and should be grateful for) in this country.
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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.
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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.
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This is one that's definitely going to come down to personal taste, connection with characters (and maybe place / events).
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Another from the greatly overdue pile.
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