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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.
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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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The Ned Kelly's - It's Our Birthday and 2015 Entries are Open!

The Australian Crime Writers Association is 20 years old this year and so are the Ned Kelly Awards.

We are planning a year of anniversary celebrations with special events, competitions, retrospectives and a party for the Ned Kelly Awards – honouring the very best in local crime writing.

Entries are also now open for the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards for best Fiction, First Fiction and True Crime. And we’ll have exciting news in the next few weeks about the Sandra Harvey Short Story…


Posted on February 3, 2015 at 4:30pm

2014 Ned Kelly Shortlists - Australian Crime Fiction / True Crime

Announced last night - winners to be announced in September at the Brisbane Writers Festival:







Angela Savage, THE DYING BEACH



Candice Fox, HADES

Alex Hammond, BLOOD…


Posted on August 10, 2014 at 2:00am

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 …


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…


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 …


Posted on August 8, 2013 at 8:54pm

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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!

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 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.
At 9:09pm on April 14, 2010, Helene Young said…
Hi Karen, thanks for the friend invite! Very jealous of the number of books you get to read!!

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