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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.
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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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Recommendations

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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Debut from Tasmanian author Barry Weston, first in the Tasmanian Private Investigation Trilogy.
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For those who like more action and less smooching in their romantic suspense reads, DARKNESS is a fast paced novel of danger and love in the snow. Plus you will pick up a thing or two about what to put in your survival pack next time you head out camping.
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THE DEATH RAY DEBACLE is fiction built around unexpected facts from the period leading up to World War II. New Zealand inventor Victor Penny ran a bus company by day and at night he worked on producing a death ray.
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Best selling author Nora Roberts excels in churning out the whip fast reads, and THE OBSESSION is another book where the dialogue is snappy, we have a savvy and feisty heroine, and the love interest is uber masculine and good with his hands.
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Second from the long-weekend's read pile - a local debut set in Queensland.
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A long weekend treat read that turned out to be a very good treat indeed.
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Started this debut novel from a local author last night.
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Even the name of this novel gives the hint that this is a mash up of two genres. Modern day police procedural meets Victorian-style ghost story on the streets of (where else?) London.
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A record number of entrants and a kaleidoscopic range of crime tales illustrates the growth of New Zealand crime writing but provided a real challenge for the judges of the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel, who have revealed the longlist for their 2016 award today.
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Can anyone help identify this book?
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John Q is an intriguing new addition to the crime scene and is likely to return, six shooters and all.
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Another debut Australian novel where the blurb will provide a good indication of the style of storytelling.
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An open homage to the noir stylings of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, with a decidedly Australian sense of humour, HARRY'S WORLD is the story of PI Harry Kenmare, told in a series of episodes.
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Once again, Cavanagh has managed to combine the tension of a series of 24 with the legal manoeuvrings and questionable lawyers out of a John Grisham novel and the suave con-artist styling of Ocean’s Eleven.
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The 7th in the "byte" series from NZ author, Cat Connor.
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It was, at best, mildly damp in these parts over the weekend (unlike some parts that got hammered) but the hell with it - got some reading done anyway.
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Extremely engaging, requiring the reader to really pay attention, one of the best things about THE FALLING DETECTIVE was the way it made this reader really regret missing the first book in the series.
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Reading this one for http://newtownreviewofbooks.com.au and thinking a lot about the experiences of women from previous generations.
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Had a bit of a free-range around the Ned Kelly list while waiting for himself to finish one of the true crime entrants we got hold of recently ... which I'm looking forward to reading.
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Set in Australia, but with a decidedly American feel to it, LETHAL IN LOVE is a serialised novel in six parts. Fascinating idea and one that I've always wondered why somebody hasn't done.
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If you've read the blurb for CLINCH and formed some conclusions about style, and outcome in your mind, then it's likely you got close in some things and miles away in others.
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THE BLOOD ON MY HANDS is a very personal story, told by Shannon O'Leary, recounting a childhood that truly could be said was hellish.
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The first thing to understand about Hideo Yokoyama’s epic police procedural Six Four is that it is not a crime novel in the traditional sense.
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The Le Fanu series from Brian Stoddart is one of those extremely elegant combinations of mystery fiction and historical lesson that also provides huge entertainment for readers.
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What a little gem AMPLIFY turned out to be. A debut novel from journalist Mark Hollands, introducing musical impresario Billy Lime and his world of sex, drugs and rock and roll.
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Something from the very different indeed pile. Swedish, noir, set in 1930.
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A quick review of the blurb to this book will give potential readers a very good feeling for the style of the novel overall.
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Facts wrapped up in fictional expansion, THE AMAZING MRS LIVESEY tells quite a tale of the life and times of Miss Ethel Swindells (aka lots and lots of other names)
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Step away from the New Zealand and Australian piles at the moment for a f2f bookclub book.
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It's an interesting idea for a debut novel - the knowing swapping of identities and the consequences from there.
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Set in Melbourne, Jasper Wolf's debut crime fiction novel has a serial killer targeting policewomen who all have very similar physical characteristics.
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Eurovision weekend is always a good one in these parts, although having something good to read on the side helps. This debut is quite a find.
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THE SECRET CHORD is a story of an ancient King in ancient times thus it absolutely demanded a magisterial narrator.
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I've been wandering around in the Ned Kelly Submission list a bit recently - will be returning back to the Best Crime list asap as there's a few books on it I've yet to read as well.
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A lot of fun to read, PROHIBITED ZONE was one of those books that this reader just could not put down.
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You knew this would be late didn't you?
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As I'm working my way through all 6 episodes of this - a combined mention :)
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Packaged as a series of novellas (episodes), Lethal in Love is a romantic suspense police story with a serial killer hunt at it's heart.
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There's so much potential in this novel that you really cannot help but hope it's either the beginning of a good new Australian series, or at least the heralding of yet more crime fiction from John Dale.
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