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What Did you Read Last Month (and which was your favourite)?
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Karen from AustCrime replied to QualityBookReviews's discussion What are you currently reading?
"Been very lucky recently to read a number of this years entries in the Ngaio Marsh Awards (NZ) - so Joe Victim by Paul Cleave, The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, The Beckoning Ice by Joan Druett, Frederick's Coat by Allan Duff, My Brother's…"
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Karen from AustCrime replied to QualityBookReviews's discussion What are you currently reading?
"Michael Duffy's got 2 out since The Tower - Simple Death features Nicholas Troy again but Drive By (the most recent) is unconnected. I must admit I've tried and tried the Anna Travis series but they don't agree with me - the last one…"
May 29
Karen from AustCrime replied to QualityBookReviews's discussion What are you currently reading?
"Somewhere in the middle of the Cliff Hardy series by Peter Corris I found them a little less appealing for some reason - perhaps not quite as edgy, perhaps a slight sense of same old same old. But recent outings, particularly since Hardy and Mr…"
May 26
Karen from AustCrime replied to QualityBookReviews's discussion What are you currently reading?
"Happily reading a heap of local books - No Witness, No Case by ex Vic-POL AC Bill Robertson, How I Became the Mr Big of People Smuggling by Martin Chambers, and last night finished St Kilda Blues by Geoffrey McGeachin - the third in the Charlie…"
May 26
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Mar 17
Karen from AustCrime replied to QualityBookReviews's discussion What are you currently reading?
"JF Cinderella Girl by Carin Gehardsen and Deserving Death by Katherine Howell - about to start The Cabinetmaker by Alan Jones and then Present Darkness by Malla Nunn"
Mar 17
Karen from AustCrime replied to QualityBookReviews's discussion What are you currently reading?
"Enjoy a trip to the past at the moment with the republish of June Wright's Murder in The Telephone Exchange - really pleasing to know somebody's going to publish most of Wright's work - very much under-known local writer."
Feb 19
Karen from AustCrime replied to QualityBookReviews's discussion What are you currently reading?
"Currently rolling around in self-indulgence - Monkey Business by Kathryn Ledson, then In The Morning I'll be Gone by Adrian McKinty, Beams Falling by P.M. Newton and Through the Cracks by Honey Brown... and that's after quite a few other…"
Jan 31

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Hometown:
Pyrenees Ranges, Victoria, Australia
About Me:
A reader. A constant reader. Less than 200 books in Mt TBR will cause me to break out in an uncontrollable panic sweat. Failure to stand in the middle of a well-stocked book store once a fortnight causes further panic attacks. The arrival of a Postpak full of review books causes uncontrollable shivers of joy. Basically I'm a simple creature - feed me books, ignore the dust and crud in the house and tell me about your favourite author.
I Am A:
Reader
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http://www.austcrimefiction.org
Books And Authors I Like:
Crime fiction in all its guises! I love Reginald Hill's books, I'm a huge fan of Scandinavian crime writers - Mankell, Wahloo and Sjowall, Nesbo, Fossum, Alvtegen, Larsson and their ilk. Indridason from Iceland is another favourite as well. Louise Welsh, Caro Ramsay, Denise Mina, Christopher Brookmyre and many Scottish authors as well.

In terms of local writers Adrian Hyland, Peter Temple, Shane Maloney, Malla Nunn, Lindy Cameron, Caroline Shaw, David Owen, Geoff McGeachin, Paul Thomas, Leigh Redhead, Katherine Howell, JR Carroll, Paul Cleave, Claire McNab and......

How long do I have?
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
TV: Unit One, Eagle - Crime Odyssey, Dalziel & Pascoe, Black Books, Spicks & Specks, Kingswood Country

Movies: Bollywood! oh and Gangster Number 1, Layer Cake, Lock Stock etc recently (don't watch many movies).


Our Clancy (the big one) and Jedda (the puppy) Australian Terriers looking angelic - it only happens when they are asleep!

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Looking for William Leonard Marshall and W. Glenn Duncan (on behalf of AustCrimeWriters.com)

All... on behalf of the Australian Crime Writers Association, we've got a member looking for William Leonard Marshall (author of the Yellowstreet novels set in Hong Kong) and W. Glenn Duncan (author of the Rafferty novels set in Texas) who may now be living in Australia (or not).

If anybody can help would you mind dropping a line to us via an …

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Posted on January 6, 2014 at 12:09pm

Australian Crime Writers Association - November is Competitions, Prizes and Members

November is ACWA’s membership month.

Australia’s premier organisation for crime, thriller and mystery writers, ACWA, is looking for members AND you don’t have to be an author to join (although our authors are really welcome :) ). Crime readers are being offered free Associate Membership with lots of prizes to be…

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Posted on October 31, 2013 at 2:30pm

Review - The Dying Beach, Angela Savage

The Dying Beach is the third Jayne Keeney book from Angela Savage, following on closely from Behind the Night Bazaar and The Half-Child. The series is set in various parts of Thailand, a country Private Investigator Keeney, originally from Melbourne, loves and feels a strong affinity for. Review at …

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Posted on August 8, 2013 at 8:54pm

Review - Dead Cat Bounce, Peter Cotton

The body of popular Environment Minister and leadership contender Susan Wright turns up on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in the company of a recently deceased cat likewise dumped in the mud. Then a particularly unpopular government head-kicker (aka ‘advisor’) is found in similar circumstances, followed by further disappearances. including the kidnapping of our central hero – Detective Darren Glass. Review at …

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Posted on August 8, 2013 at 8:45pm

Review - Drive By, Michael Duffy

Title:  DRIVE BY

Author: Michael Duffy

ISBN: 9781743312636

Year of Publication: 2013

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Category: Crime Fiction

Location: Sydney



Book Synopsis



John Habib is the mechanic son of a Muslim Lebanese-Australian crime family in Sydney's Western suburbs. His oldest brother is in a maximum security prison, his middle brother is becoming increasingly fundamentalist, and his younger brother Rafi is on trial for a murder he swears he…

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Posted on August 6, 2013 at 7:56pm

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At 6:31am on November 23, 2010, Ian Frankland said…
Thanks for the contact Karen.
I am relieved that someone else appreciates Bill James, I have walked around the 2nd Hand bookstores of Melbourne and been told that he doesn't exist!
Regards

Ian
At 3:13pm on October 1, 2010, David Whish-Wilson said…
Thanks Karen, much appreciated...
At 1:16pm on October 1, 2010, David Whish-Wilson said…
Thanks for the welcome Karen (have been a fan austcrimefiction.org for a while), and hope you enjoy the book (if you need a review copy let me know). Looking forward to acquainting myself with crimespace better over the coming days...cheers...
At 1:58pm on September 30, 2010, Ian Edward said…
Karen, thanks for the invite from a fellow Aussie. I know exactly what you mean about finding an inner calm hanging out in the local bookstore (or any bookstore for that matter!)
At 9:54am on September 30, 2010, Lee Franklin said…
Hi Karen, nice to meet a fellow Aussie from the bush! I hope the Vic fires didn't effect you too much, we had our own here in 2007 and almost lost everything. There's nothing like country air to fuel the reading bug is there? ;)
At 12:34pm on August 2, 2010, Simon Fenn said…
Hi Karen...nice to see u :)
At 7:11pm on July 2, 2010, Vic said…
as you know - quackers = eeekkkk! I much prefer the four pawed hairy, slobbery and dopey :) And enjoying CS very much already!
At 11:23am on July 2, 2010, Vic said…
nice to see someone from the bush with an avian bent :) Just avoid the bigger quackers!
At 12:01am on July 2, 2010, Shane Maloney said…
I like your dogs.
At 10:48pm on April 15, 2010, Helene Young said…
Ha, housework is sooo over rated, Karen.

I had a fabulous night with Sisters Inc! Very nervous but they were all so lovely and Lindy kept the room buzzing so I had a ball.
 
 
 

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