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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.
Posted by Karen

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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Engaged to be married to a wonderful woman, Finn has worked hard and built up enough cash reserves to be able to work from home, support his dog and live the quiet life in an English village. Life for Finn is extremely good. How quickly things can change.
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Four caravans, four families inside waking up to a horrifying new reality. They, their cars and caravans, even their pets, are no longer where they were located when everyone went to bed the night before.
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It has been a very long time since Anna has been able to put foot outside her own door. But this does not mean that she does not observe life outside.
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Shortlisted for the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards, this is the story of a very impressive man.
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A quick departure from the #yeahnoir pile.
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From the NZ piles about the place - an historical novel set in Dunedin.
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Remembering Peter Temple's work.
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Second from the reading pile from yesterday.
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An enforced day off yesterday with the power out for maintenance meant some reading catching up.
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A novella squeezed in amongst other things. Okay other things I should have been doing but still...
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The good news is I'm so far behind with this review, that the second book in the series is out now. Which means you've got a series on your hands!
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Another from the staggeringly varied #yeahnoir pile
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Turned into the perfect read for a hot Saturday afternoon.
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In 2016, Thomas Mullen delivered one of the crime novels of the year with Darktown. ... Lightning Men picks up a couple of years after the events of Darktown.
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Tara and David are typical “Hollywooders” in that appearances are everything. What looks flashy and successful from the outside is all actually a bit of a façade.
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And we're caught up for the moment - currently reading this one.
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Another from the previously reading pile.
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Another from the past overdue for mention pile.
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From the was reading pile, this is fascinating.
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Savages – The Wedding is the first book in French author Sabri Louatah’s Saint-Etienne Quartet. Originally written in 2011, the subject matter is if anything more relevant now than it was then, given the terrorist attacks in France over the last few years.
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The follower of this blog will realise that I'm not prone to personal posts, but I need to apologise.
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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, the debut novel by Stuart Turton has so many influences it is hard to know where to begin.
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