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Review - The Price of Fame, R C Daniells

Book Title:  THE PRICE OF FAME

Author:  R C Daniells

ISBN: 978-0-9873419-2-1

Year of Publication: 2012

Publisher:  Clan Destine Press

Category: Crime Fiction / Paranormal

Location:  Melbourne

Book Synopsis



Where will Antonia’s search for truth lead and who will suffer?



When film and TV graduate, Antonia Carlyle sets out to make a documentary about eighties band, ‘The Tough Romantics’, she uncovers new facts surrounding the death of singer…

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Review - Rough Diamond, Kathryn Ledson

Book Title:  ROUGH DIAMOND

Author:  Kathryn Ledson

ISBN:   9781742537559

Series:  Erica Jewell

Year of Publication:  2012

Publisher:  Penguin Australia

Location:  Melbourne



Synopsis



Funny, romantic, and action-packed, Rough Diamond introduces Australia's own Stephanie Plum – the unforgettable Erica Jewell.



The shock ending to Erica Jewell's marriage left a huge hole in her bank balance and a bigger one in her heart. And now her life goals…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on March 1, 2013 at 9:14pm — No Comments

Review - The Holiday Murders, Robert Gott

This title was reviewed for the Newtown Review of Books

This novel of murder and military intelligence in wartime Melbourne is inspired by history.

While The Holiday Murders isn’t, sadly, a new William Powell book, Robert Gott has delivered another masterful crime novel steeped in Australia’s past.

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on February 26, 2013 at 10:06am — No Comments

Review - Backtrack, Jason Dean

Book Title:   BACKTRACK

Author:  Jason Dean

ISBN:  978-0-7553-8308-5

Series: James Bishop

Year of Publication:  2013

Publisher:  Headline

Location:  USA



Book Synopsis



Sometimes a man must take a step back to move forwards...



In a small, sleepy Pennsylvania town, the staff of a loan store find themselves at the mercy of a gunman who demands they hand over the store's entire cash reserves. But when the sound of police sirens shatters the…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on February 20, 2013 at 9:03pm — No Comments

Review - Dogstar Rising, Parker Bilal

Book Title:  DOGSTAR RISING

Author:  Parker Bilal

ISBN:  9781608198719

Series: Makana

Year of Publication:  2013

Publisher:  Bloomsbury

Location:  Cairo, Egypt



Book Synopsis



It is the summer of 2001 and in Cairo's crowded streets the heat is rising...



The unsolved murders of young homeless boys are fanning the embers of religious hatred.As tensions mount, Makana - who fled his home in Sudan a decade ago - has a premonition that history may…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on February 20, 2013 at 9:02pm — No Comments

Review - Web of Deceit, Katherine Howell

This title was reviewed for the Newtown Review of Books

"The lives of paramedics entwine with a police investigation to remind us just how good Australian crime writing can be.

Web of Deceit, the sixth book by…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on February 7, 2013 at 4:14pm — No Comments

Review - Hard Twisted, C Joseph Greaves

Book Title:   HARD TWISTED

Author: C Joseph Greaves

ISBN:  9781408829240

Year of Publication:  2012

Publisher:  Bloomsbury

Category:  Crime Fiction / Historical

Location:  USA

Special Interests:  Great Depression



Book Synopsis



Lucile Garrett is just thirteen when she meets Clint Palmer, a charismatic stranger who will forever change her life. The year is 1934, and as the windblown dust of the Great Depression rakes the Oklahoma plains, Palmer…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on January 31, 2013 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Review - I Hear the Sirens in the Street, Adrian McKinty

Book Title:  I HEAR THE SIRENS IN THE STREET

Author: Adrian McKinty

ISBN:  9781846688188

Year of Publication: 2013

Publisher:  Allen & Unwin

Series:  Sean Duffy

Location: Ireland

Category: Crime Fiction / Police Procedural / Historical



Synopsis:



Detective Inspector Sean Duffy returns for the incendiary sequel to The Cold Cold Ground.



Sean Duffy knows there's no such thing as a perfect crime. But a torso in a suitcase is pretty close.…

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Review - Blue Blood, Sara Baedel

Book Title:   BLUE BLOOD

Author:  Sara Blaedel

ISBN: 9780751551563

Series:  Louise Rick

Year of Publication:  2013

Location:  Denmark



Book Synopsis



In an idyllic neighbourhood of Copenhagen, a young woman, Susanne Hansson, is discovered in her apartment bound and gagged, the victim of an extraordinarily brutal rape attack. Detective Inspector Louise Rick soon learns that Susanne met the rapist on a popular online dating site, something Susanne shamefully…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on January 24, 2013 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Review - Furt Bent from Aldaheit, Jack Eden

Book Title:   FURT BENT FROM ALDAHEIT

Author:  Jack Eden

ISBN:   9781927182536

Series:  Osgood Sneddon

Year of Publication:  2011

Publisher:  Pear Jam Books

Location:  New Zealand / Australia



Book Synopsis



His name isn't Furt Bent, and he isn't from Aldaheit. He's the persona that Osgood Sneddon invented for himself to rise above the mundane, and extricate himself from trouble when a moment's misunderstanding lands him on the wrong side of the law.…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on January 16, 2013 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Review - Unnatural Habits, Kerry Greenwood

Book Title: UNNATURAL HABITS

Author:  Kerry Greenwood

ISBN:  9781742372433

Series: Phryne Fisher

Year of Publication:  2012

Publisher:  Allen & Unwin

Location:  Melbourne / Bacchus Marsh



Book Synopsis



1929: Girls are going missing in Melbourne. Little, pretty golden-haired girls. And not just pretty. Three of them are pregnant, poor girls from the harsh confines of the Magdalene Laundry. People are getting nervous. Polly Kettle, a pushy,…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on January 15, 2013 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Review - Young Philby, Robert Littell

Book Title:  YOUNG PHILBY

Author:  Robert Littell

ISBN:  9780715643280

Year of Publication:  2013

Publisher:  Duckworth

Category:  Espionage / Thriller

Special Interests:  Cambridge Spy Ring



Book Synopsis



When Kim Philby fled to Moscow in 1963, he became the most notorious double agent in the history of espionage. Recruited into His Majesty's Secret Intelligence Service at the beginning of World War II, he rose rapidly in the ranks to become the…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on January 14, 2013 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Review - White Gold, Rachel Amphlett

Book Title:  WHITE GOLD

Author: Rachel Amphlett

ISBN:  B005EHR2FU

Series: Dan Taylor

Year of Publication:  2011

Category: Eco-Thriller

Location: Australia / England / Singapore



Synopsis



A conspiracy that will end alternative energy research; an organisation killing to protect its interests – and a bomb that will change the face of terrorism...



When Sarah Edgewater’s ex-husband is murdered by a radical organisation hell-bent on protecting…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on January 9, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Review - Outerborough Blues, Andrew Cotto

Book Title:  OUTERBOROUGH BLUES

Author:  Andrew Cotto

ISBN:  9781935439493

Year of Publication:  2012

Publisher:  Ig Publishing

Location: United States

Category: Thriller / Noir



Synopsis



A beautiful young French girl walks into a bar, nervously lights a cigarette, and begs the bartender for help in finding her missing artist brother. In a moment of weakness, the bartender—a lone wolf named Caesar Stiles with a chip on his shoulder and a Sicilian…

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Review - The Golden Scales, Parker Bilal

Book Title:  THE GOLDEN SCALES

Author:  Parker Bilal

ISBN:  9781608197941

Series: Makana

Year of Publication:  2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Location:  Cairo, Egypt



Synopsis



The ancient city of Cairo is a feverish tangle of the old and the new, of the super rich and the desperately poor, with inequality and corruption everywhere. It's a place where grudges and long-buried secrets can fester, and where people can disappear in the blink of an…

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Review - The Dunbar Case, Peter Corris

Book Title: THE DUNBAR CASE

Author:  Peter Corris

ISBN:  9781743310229

Series:  Cliff Hardy

Year of Publication:  2013

Publisher:  Allen & Unwin



Synopsis



This wasn't Hardy's usual brief--uncover the mysteries of a nineteenth-century shipwreck--but he could do with an easy case and the retainer was generous.



But is it ever that simple? Not with a notorious crime family tearing itself apart, and an undercover cop playing both sides against the…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on January 3, 2013 at 2:32pm — No Comments

Review - Hunter: Intrepid 2, Chris Allen

Book Title:   HUNTER: INTREPID 2

Author: Chris Allen

ISBN:   9781743340967

Series:  Alex Morgan, Intrepid

Year of Publication:  2012

Publisher:  Momentum Books



His orders are simple: ‘The safety catch is off. Return that girl to her family and drag those bastards back to justice. Dead or alive. It makes no difference to me.’



Alex Morgan – policeman, soldier and spy for Intrepid, the black ops division of Interpol – is on the hunt for Serbian war…

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Added by Karen from AustCrime on December 19, 2012 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Review - Hard Labour, The Crime Factory

Book Title:  HARD LABOUR

Authors: Garry Disher, Leigh Redhead, Angela Savage, Cameron Ashley, Greig Johnstone, Helen Fitzgerald, JJ DeCeglie, Deborah Sheldon, David Whish-Wilson, Andrew Prentice, Finbarr McCarthy, Liam Jose, Andrez Bergen, Amanda Wrangles, Andrew Nette, Adrian McKinty, Peter Corris

Year of Publication:  2012

Publisher: The Crime Factory

Short Stories

Book Synopsis

From the Land Down Under comes seventeen dark criminal tales,…

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Review - Dark City Blue, Luke Preston

Book Title:  DARK CITY BLUE

Author:  Luke Preston

ISBN: B009DF1IBI

Year of Publication: 2012

Author's Home Country: Australia

Book Synopsis

If there's one thing worse than a crooked cop on your heels then it's a whole unit of them.

A fistful of people are murdered, fifteen million dollars is stolen and detective Tom Bishop is stuck in the middle. When he hits the street, every clue points in the same direction - his…

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Review - The Sacrificial Man, Ruth Dugdall

Book Title:   THE SACRIFICIAL MAN

Author:  Ruth Dugdall

ISBN:  9781922079091

Series: Cate Austin

Year of Publication:  2012

Publisher:  Text Publishing

Location:  United Kingdom



Book Synopsis



When Probation Officer Cate Austin is given her new assignment, she faces the highest-profile case of her career. Alice Mariani helped her lover to die, and Cate has to recommend a sentence. But first she needs to understand.



Why did Alice agree to…

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