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Cold-case detectives are everywhere these days, but the latest creation from Garry Disher, Alan Auhl, is not as straightforward as some might expect. Full review at Newtown Review of Books
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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.
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Having now listened to the first couple of books in the series, I think I'll stick with them in audio format as the dialogue, the place names, even the thought patterns of the characters are quintessentially Scottish and part of the enjoyment was hearing it in just the right accent.
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There's plenty to this plot, to Sam Andie himself, and to events around the time that he was murdered to keep a reader involved and occupied.
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ABSOLUTE PROOF is a rare thing in these parts - a "did not finish".
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This is an embarrassingly overdue mention of the second novel in a series which is going from strength to strength.
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On the lighter than air side of the cozy spectrum this is a series that will appeal to readers who like a bit of self-aware silly in their crime fiction.
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Hard going, with an authentic voice that makes it emotionally challenging and confronting, COLOMBIANO is well worth pursuing - even if the size is off-putting. This reads, feels and is telegraphed in the prologue as something this author was passionately driven to produce.
Posted by Karen

Recommendations

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.
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.
If you're a fan of any of Stuart MacBride's books - the Logan McRae series, the Ash Henderson series, his Christmas series (I kid you not), or his standalones then you will have hot footed it to the bookshop for this one already. If for some reason you missed it, then off you go.
THE FAMILY NEXT DOOR reinforces the notion that despite being constantly surrounded by people, you can often feel alone. Deep suburbia provides such a huge source of material and is finally in drama fiction being recognized for that richness.
Where are the women here? They support, they assist – and they prosecute. Accused of raping a young woman in an elevator at Parliament, James is suddenly no longer bullet proof. His wife is no longer by his side. His government may no longer be so benevolent. Those he crossed in the past will no longer be silent.

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Police Scotland has created a “dumping ground” for those officers who don’t quite fit; the ill, those who have faced disciplinary action, those who refuse to play by the rules.
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I've not been getting much reading done for the last couple of weeks as I'm solo farming at the moment. Hopefully that will sort itself out in the next couple of days when my partner returns from an overseas work trip, and I'm taking to a relaxing chair for a few days :)
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A debut novel set in a small Australian town, The Dark Lake is a police procedural with a hefty dose of romantic tension. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books

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Good murder mysteries for young adults are hard to find and City of Saints and Thieves is, if nothing else, a great murder mystery.
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City of Crows is an unpredictable book, and yet each twist and turn is completely understandable in the context of its characters.
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There is no way in this world that a Rowland Sinclair book is going to lurk long on the reading piles around here - started this one last night. Want a Chrysler Airflow already.
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Caleb Zelic is a man between worlds. Caleb’s wife has left him, his small business is struggling with only Caleb to run it and frequent nightmares are leaving the investigator exhausted and traumatized. Caleb’s former business partner is on the run after her many betrayals and the death of Caleb’s friend Gary is a horror re-lived every time he takes pause. There is much on this man’s plate.
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The highs of Rachel’s work in journalism brought her excitement, fulfilment and an outgoing husband to boot. She could not see how that could ever change. Until one wartime assignment took Rachel’s confidence, her career and the life of a young girl.
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A drama told from four family member's viewpoints, Lexi Landsman's THE PERFECT COUPLE is an interesting title choice for a book that's about anything but the perfect couple.
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There's absolutely no doubt that author Matthew Thompson intended MAYHEM to be a fast paced, gonzo styled expose of Australian outlaw Christopher Binse.
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Nicely done, BAY OF MARTYRS is a very entertaining outing in what seems likely to be an ongoing series from UK based author Tony Black and local Matt Neal.
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LET THE DEAD SPEAK is the 7th novel in the Maeve Kerrigan series.
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SHE BE DAMNED should leave you looking forward to the next instalment with pleasurable anticipation.
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I'm blatantly cherry picking from the piles now.
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I will admit to being mightily intrigued by this biography mostly because of the reputation of the subject.
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Everything I've been fortunate enough to read by Sabine Durrant has left me with heaps of questions, and a lot of thinking to be done.
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Quirky, fun, engaging and hugely entertaining, JINX, PACHYDERM and Catherine Kint are a really good combo - here's hoping there's more intended in the series.
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Her is, overall, an effective and moving historical novel.
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This is one of those books that has been needling away, wanting to be read.
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A sensationalised combination of fact, speculation, assumption and extremely over the top fictionalisation, MRS KELLY by Grantlee Kieza is a grand undertaking that seems to be telegraphing a lot more than it actually delivers.
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Picking a few random self-published books from the Ned Kelly submissions in 2017 leds me to the third Inspector West book from SA author, Peter Mulraney.
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The bonus about being laid low by illness has definitely been the excellent books to read - this was one of them.
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From the recent reading piles I've been catching up with - strong first book in what's intended as an ongoing series.
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One from this year's Ned Kelly submission list, set around Warrnambool in Victoria.
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It may now be the mid-20th century but progress in the remote Irish community seems to have stalled somewhere around a hundred years earlier; there’s no electricity, phones, shops or amenities on this unforgiving little island. The stalwart remaining residents of St Brigids are dwindling in numbers and have been resolutely advised by mainland authorities that the end is near. The entire population of St Brigids to be relocated.
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Eleanor is a pragmatic working mother of two who sees the sense in buying a rundown Victorian to move her young family into. There is plenty of room in their new home for all of their things and it is certainly in a desirable location. Odd how they managed to snag such a good deal though.
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Three Days and a Life is a masterful psychological study and a compulsive, page turning thriller.
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Bittersweet reading this one.
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Just in time for f2f bookclub reading.
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This one has been sitting there on Mt TBR for a while now, just winking and asking to be read.
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Emma Viskic explores difference, and its consequences, in this sequel to Resurrection Bay. Reviewed at Newtown Review of Books
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Rural Australia is both developing and narrowing. The selling out of Australia to foreign interests has resulted in multitudes of country towns closing down and officially ceasing to exist. Centralizing the displaced has become the solution to the increasing shortage of food and resources. Generational land ownership comes to a forced end, and for the residents of the bush communities, the country of their birth is becoming unrecognizable.
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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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It is quite possible to fall in the love with someone who has not yet been born. It is also quite possible that you would be willing to die for them.
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Wrapping up the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards
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Finn Bell made quite an impact on the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards with two shortlistings - his first novel DEAD LEMONS in Best First Novel, and PANCAKE MONEY in Best Crime Novel.
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Coming not long after Steve Uhlmann and Peter Lewis’ Marmalade Files and hot on the heels of Tony Jones’ The Twentieth Man, Michael Brissenden, another ABC journalist, has penned a thriller.
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Prepare the hot cocoa and grab all of the house cats as this is one of those books you are going to need to rug up for to absorb in a quiet space.
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A few years ago, Adam Christopher had a fantastic idea based on a dare from a long dead author.
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