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On the Radar: Hotel under siege

For those who love the action genre, Die Hard is perhaps the greatest Christmas movie of all. Now imagine if Die Hard was set in Hamburg. Maybe it would be a little bit like the latest novel by Simone Buchholz, whose Chastity Riley series has…
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The Ringmaster

Written by Vanda Symon — Sharp-witted, no-holds-barred Sam Shephard is back. After leaving her previous position in Mataura, deep in the countryside on New Zealand’s South Island, she’s starting a new job at the rank of detective in Dunedin. Being promoted after only a six-month…
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Overkill

Written by Vanda Symon — Tree-lined river banks. Long, winding roads through creepy rows of corn. Secluded woods that block out the light. And houses in hard-to-reach places on the dusty plains. The rural setting is one that crime fiction lovers are passionate about at…
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Cold Desert Sky, and more...

On the Radar — With a trip back to 1946 Los Angeles, British author Rod Reynolds takes us into James Ellroy’s stomping ground in our lead book this week. How will he fare as his journalist Charlie Yates investigates the deaths of two actresses? Cara…
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The Ngaio Marsh Award 2012 shortlist

A few days ago we brought you the shortlists for Australia’s Ned Kelly Awards. Well, New Zealand too has an prize for its crime authors – The Ngaio Marsh Award. Instead of naming it after a local criminal, this gong takes its moniker from Dame…
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