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Having had a stellar run of reading recently I've been doing a fair amount of starting, and then not being able to go on with books this week. Nothing to do with the books.
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On Sunday 28th August, we announced the 2016 Ned Kelly Award winners at a "star studded event" in Melbourne...
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It was a hometown quinella tonight as Paul Cleave and Ray Berard were announced as the winners of the 2016 Ngaio Marsh Awards at the WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival.
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Started reading this a few nights ago and as much as I say I'm not really one for paranormal, this is a great, Australian "blokey" paranormal series.
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It was still rainy on Sunday so I continued the celebration.
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It rained over the weekend so I gave myself a treat to celebrate.
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July on AustCrime, and another busy month of reading and reviewing.
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A personal story, written by victim's friend, 40 years after the killing of a young woman in Rockhampton, Queensland.
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If somebody could explain to me why the hell I waited so long to read this book then I'd be eternally grateful.
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I will not for a moment pretend that this isn't a treat read, a reward for getting to the end of the holiday and pretty much avoiding everything that we were supposed to do.
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Second book read in the latter part of our week off.
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This was from last week's holiday reading - probably should mention that it went particularly well with a very good Pyrenees Cab Sav.
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Another from this week's reading pile, which is, to be honest, from the very overdue section.
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Perfect little filler and lead in to Drainland
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To be reviewed at http://www.newtownreviewofbooks.com.au
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Attempting a bit of a week off work - which should mean a bit of catching up on reading. She says hoping.
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The 2016 Ngaio Marsh Shortlist has been announced - this is required reading for crime fiction fans.
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The Australian Crime Writers Association today announced the shortlists for the 2016 Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing.
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The ‘long shortlist’ for Sisters in Crime’s 16th Davitt Awards for best crime books has just been announced
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Another from the go away I'm busy pile...
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Due out in September, but there's only so much alluring sitting around a book like this can do before a reader just has to sit down and read the thing.
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From now until the final page is turned on this one be warned. I really don't care what anybody else wants, unless it's a life-threatening emergency, I'm busy.
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After managing to keep this up for quite a few months - I forgot to do May and now I'm late with June....
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I was "patiently" waiting for my partner to finish this one after we were lucky enough to see the author talk about the book at an event in Dunnolly.
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Last night I was all set for a watch of Le Tour de France. Love the stages in the mountains, for the scenery as much as the tactical team riding. But then I picked up DEVOUR, devoured the first 50 pages and lost track of the tour shenanigans completely. Fell asleep with the book on my nose.
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I started reading this before this current cold snap - but now it's feeling oddly apocalyptic.
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This book jumped the queue. Pushy.
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Attempting to read this one over the weekend for our next f2f bookclub gathering.
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Next up from the ridiculously large and embarrassingly behind schedule, review pile.
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Whilst it's a huge privilege to be able to read a lot of review books, every now and again it's nice to treat yourself to one just because you want to read it.
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Second in the Sammi Willis series, she's back at work after avoiding a serial killer's grasp in the first novel.
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Lots of things I should have done over the weekend but the first mention of Funky Town and I was gone for all money....
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Having both had the opportunity of reading The Legend of Winstone Blackhat, a compare and contrast review set by Deb Wood and myself.
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2016 is a going to be a good year for Pufferfish fans!
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Debut from Tasmanian author Barry Weston, first in the Tasmanian Private Investigation Trilogy.
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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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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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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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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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Something from the very different indeed pile. Swedish, noir, set in 1930.
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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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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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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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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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