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#amreading The Contest, Carne Maxwell

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Another from the past overdue for mention pile.

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Martin Fallaway is dying. With no family to whom he can leave his surplus fortune, he holds a contest on his tropical island, where ten families compete to be the last team left in order to claim the prize of thirty million dollars.

#amreading The Trials of Minnie Dean : a verse biography, Karen Zelas

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From the was reading pile, this is fascinating.

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Minnie Dean: the first – and only – woman to be hanged in New Zealand. Baby farmer and child murderer, or hardworking wife and mother, supporting her family by caring for unwanted children in a society that shunned her?

Karen Zelas explores the trials of Minnie Dean using a myriad of voices, including Dean’s own, from her childhood in Scotland to the gallows in Invercargill, 1895.

#amreading Aukati, Michalia Arathimos

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It's that time of the year where posting becomes erratic and reading consumes every spare moment. Sometimes life is hard ;)

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“There was Polly’s tokotoko on the ground. Carved and polished, with its eel head, the snout inlaid with pāua. Alexia picked it up and cracked it across the cop’s shoulders. She raised it again and hit and hit. She would stop this.”

#amreading The Hidden Room, Stella Duffy

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Started this over the weekend - new crime fiction after a long break from Stella Duffy.

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Life is good for Laurie and Martha. They have three great kids, a much-loved home in the countryside, and after years of struggle, Laura's career as an architect is taking off at last. Everything's perfect.

Except, it isn't.

Someone is about to walk into their happy family and tear it apart.

#amreading Six Murders?: The Strange Case of the Welly Alley Strangler, Robert Philip Bolton

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Read this one last week. Obviously behind with the mentions!

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#amreading The Maori Detective, D.A. Crossman

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Diving into my New Zealand piles at the moment, this one became this weekend's reading for no particular reason.

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He’s lost his wife, his job, and his mana. So what now? A PI? He really couldn’t get used to it. Traipsing around after unfaithful wives and little old ladies’ lost dogs? Was this the future for Carlos Wallace? And what of the beautiful matakite? Wasn’t it a sin to fall in love with your cousin? 

#amreading Out on the Ice, Grant Nicol

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This over the weekend for a number of reasons. Firstly "ice". It was so mind-numbingly, life-threateningly hot here over the weekend I needed distraction. Then although set in Iceland, Nicol is a New Zealander and I'm back reading a lot of NZ fiction at the moment. Finally at 98 or so pages long it was a perfect filler between forays into the stinking horrible heat to try to keep livestock pointing in the right direction.

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