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Having now officially completely lost control of Mt TBR I'm randomly picking things based on some criteria or another. So I started this one over the weekend. Not sorry.
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A two sitting read from 2017 Ngaio Marsh Award winner. There's something about this author's work ...
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This has been sitting on the to be read pile for way too long.
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I've jumped this up the queue because I needed a bit of a kickstart to get reading seriously again. It's working.
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It's been busy in these parts but I have been getting a bit of reading done. Particularly pleased it was this one, straight from the very hard to put down camp.
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The usual suspects took a back seat as first-time crime writers Fiona Sussman, Finn Bell, and Michael Bennett swept the spoils at the 2017 Ngaio Marsh Awards in Christchurch on Saturday night.
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Another from New Zealand - this time set in a small town hiding lots of old secrets.
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One from the more recent piles because it intrigued, and now it's really compelling.
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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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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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I'm blatantly cherry picking from the piles now.
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This is one of those books that has been needling away, wanting to be read.
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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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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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Wrapping up the 2017 Ned Kelly Awards
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Fell over the first in the series via the Ned Kelly listings in recent years - particularly pleased to see a 2nd novel in the series now out.
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From the weekend's pile - really liked the earlier one in this series.
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From last week's reading pile.
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The verdicts are in: new Kiwi voices dominate among 2017 Ngaios finalists
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Announcement: 2017 Ned Kelly Award Shortlists
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Started this one last night.
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Second from this weekend's reading pile.
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Really enjoyed the first of this series, Through a Camel's Eye.
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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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One from the should have read this ages ago pile.
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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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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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Started reading this one from the badly neglected to be read pile last night.
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Re-started this late on Sunday, the first in the Dan Forrester series.
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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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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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Another from the greatly overdue pile.
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The final from this weekend's reading pile.
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Second from the weekend's reading pile - this time about detector dog Elsie, written by her handler Steve Kelleher.
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From over the weekend's reading pile - one about the Calabrian Mafia in Australia and the largest haul of ecstasy in the world.
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Another from the weekend's reading - particularly interesting as this is something I'd not known a lot about beforehand.
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Read this over the weekend in time for next week's f2f bookclub gathering (which is a change recently - I'm started and finished the book!)
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One from a long weekend pretty much spent reading.
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This is quite the doorstopper so I may be gone for sometime.
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From the recent reading list.
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Enjoy a two-course lunch and author talk with award-winning author Michael Robotham.
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