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Exit Music, Ian Rankin

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On holidays this week (or at least himself is, although having your head stuck in a fire prevention system making sure it's all working for a week might not be some people's idea of a holiday....) but one of the bonuses is that over the weekend I read EXIT MUSIC.

Stuff and Nonsense #2

There's something profoundly, fundamentally, deep down inside satisfying about a convergence of events that indicate a change of season.  First there's the baby Kookaburra's sort of wobbling their way up and down the branches of the big ghost gum at the end of the house; then you realise that the King Parrots are calling each other from the trees on either side of the garden - and you get a sneaking suspicion that some of those King Parrots look younger than others - so the babies have hatched.  The apple trees flower and leaf, the Yucca re-emerges from the ground and the self-sown tomato s

First Tuesday Book Club - The Big Sleep

Last night's First Tuesday Bookclub on the ABC discussed On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan and The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler - keep an eye on their website:  http://www.abc.net.au/tv/firsttuesday/ because you'll be able to watch the espisode online as soon as it's posted.

Next month they are looking at Ruth Rendell's Not In the Flesh.

UNDER THE SNOW - Kerstin Ekman

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Over the weekend I felt like a brief break from review books and my gaze was drawn to UNDER THE SNOW by Kerstin Ekman.   I confess to having struggled to get started with BLACKWATER - probably one of her more well known books for reasons I'm not too sure about.  I've started BLACKWATER and put it down a few times, but UNDER THE SNOW didn't present me with that challenge (not that I've given up on BLACKWATER - I think I just need to concentrate more).

Stuff and Nonsense

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We've sort of been busy for the last few days - the day job can sometimes be such an imposition on the fun and games that you'd prefer to be doing.   Things are a bit quiet on the reading front as well, although I've started Dorothy Johnston's Eden and my current position on it can be summed up thus:  Wow.

Steve J Spears (1951 / 2007)

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Very sad news from The Age today - Steve J Spears died yesterday - 16th October.  He was 56 years old.  Amongst an enormous body of other work, Steve wrote 3 crime fiction books in the Stella Pentangeli and Investigator Ng series.  Arty, elaborate, and totally unrealistic, they are 3 light-hearted, funny and highly entertaining.

Cliff Hardy is hitting the hard streets of Sydney in another outing

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  Peter Corris has another Cliff Hardy outing Appeal Denied.  Out and about as of June this year (I'm behind as usual) and available via Allen & Unwin's website (for overseas interest). 

All I can say is I'm ignorning the ominous rumblings: 

"Dirty dealings, corrupt cops, computer geeks and a final showdown at an exclusive Sydney beach - is this Cliff Hardy's last adventure?"

NEXT UP....

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Next up will be The Western Banker by Joe Barrett.

The author is a litigation specialist in the City of London dealing with International Trade, financing and shipping.  Currently he is on a sabbatical planning his PhD on the World Trade Organisation.  His next novel is to be based on the exploitation of the environmental agenda by big business.

The blurb from "The Western Banker" is: