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What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: November 12, 2020, 03:55:06 pm »
Had a great week of reading thusfar - started with CONSOLATION, the new one from Garry Disher, on the weekend. Then read THE SURVIVORS by Jane Harper (out in USA early 2021) then today and yesterday read STILL LIFE by Val McDermid

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: July 20, 2020, 07:02:38 am »
I've had a pretty terrific run of reading lately, with a lot of great new/upcoming books (some for review for Mystery Scene + others where I was sent ARCs etc, and others which I've just grabbed off my shelf), which is lovely given all the uncertainty and strange times we're living through.

I'd happily and heartily recommend any of these:

- THE SHADOW FRIEND by Alex North (aka THE SHADOWS in the United States)
- THE GIRL IN THE MIRROR by Rose Carlyle

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: May 26, 2020, 11:52:48 am »
Just read CAPTAINS OUTRAGEOUS, a middle-of-the-series Hap and Leonard novel from Joe R Lansdale.


I dug out a couple old Dick Francis paperbacks. I've read them all before, but this one is at least 25 years old. I think rereading it will be fun, AND in keeping with this months' feature.

Only author in history, I believe, to have won three Edgar Awards for Best Novel (the likes of James Lee Burke and John Hart have won two each - in fairness Burke probably should have won more but you get the feeling there's a bit of a 'they've had their turn' that goes on nowadays, not like in Francis's time)

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: May 10, 2020, 07:13:39 am »
Read A GATHERING DARK by Candice Fox (new LA-set dark tale from award-winning Australian author), very good) and WALLEYE JUNCTION by Karin Salvalaggio (third in her Montana-set Macy Greeley series, a few years old, enjoyable read) this week.

Now onto A CRACK IN THE WALL by Claudia Pineiro, the bestselling Argentinean crime writer. Promising thusfar.

Best wishes and kind thoughts for you and your family Becke. Hope the coming days bring good news.

What I'm Writing / Re: Southern Cross Crime
« on: April 29, 2020, 04:10:30 am »
Hey Kate, if Jon is happy to read an e-version, I can get him one now. If he prefers to read non-fiction in paperback, which I'd understand, then I can make sure he gets one later in the year when that becomes available.


I had forgotten all about NUMB3RS - loved that one! I also really liked one called LIE TO ME. I wish they'd show repeat of that one:

Ah yes, Tim Roth was excellent in that show. I think Amazon Prime has some seasons available to watch free - they did a few months ago, anyway, I remember. Good show.

What I'm Reading / Re: What I am Reading
« on: April 23, 2020, 05:04:13 am »
I really loved THE LAST ACT OF HATTIE HOFFMAN by Mindy Mejia (her first crime novel) - I think that was sold as EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE, and had a different cover in the USA. To be honest, I think the UK & Commonwealth cover & title better suited the book - an outstanding rural crime thriller.

A couple of years ago, I really enjoyed LEAVE NO TRACE, and I'm looking forward to reading STRIKE ME DOWN, which is on my shelf right now.

What I'm Reading / Re: My latest read is...
« on: April 23, 2020, 04:46:28 am »
Read FAIR WARNING by Michael Connelly last weekend - it's not out for a few weeks yet but I got an advance copy. Very good, as usual - features the return of journalist Jack McEvoy and former FBI agent Rachel Walling (THE POET, THE SCARECROW) rather than being a Harry Bosch or Mickey Haller book.

I love sports, including baseball (despite being a New Zealander), have tonnes of baseball movies in my old DVD collection and have enjoyed the Troy Soos book I read a couple of years ago. Need to read more of that series.

Given my love for sports and crime writing, I've often bemoaned there aren't more mysteries set in the sports world - it certainly seems like fertile ground given the big money, competition, egos, gambling, drugs, corruption, and other things entwined in real-life sports.

Other sports mysteries/crime novels I've read and are worth considering:

  • Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series (basketball player turned agent/investigator who gets entwined with crimes relating to some of his sports clients);
    THE FIXER by John Daniell (set in the world of French professional rugby, well written by a former professional player turned journalist)
    Dick Francis and Felix Francis' horse racing mysteries
    A SEASON IN THE SUN by Robert Rees - conspiracies and cricket in the Seychelles
    EXPOSED AT THE BACK by Arild Stavrum - murder in the European football world, written by a former pro player who delves into the locker rooms and dirty side of the game that may not be that well known (eg pro clubs and how they treat adolescent/young teenagers they sign etc).
    MATCHING THE EVIDENCE by Graham Smith - a crime novella set against the world of English football hooligans etc.
    FLASH & BONES by Kathy Reichs - a Tempe Brennan tale set against the world of NASCAR
    THE RULES OF BACKYARD CRICKET by Jock Serong - exceptional, Edgar shortlisted crime novel that's part coming-of-age tale, part crime drama, part meditation on toxic masculinity, all set against the world of cricket.

What I'm Writing / Re: Southern Cross Crime
« on: April 23, 2020, 02:18:10 am »
So SOUTHERN CROSS CRIME is out in ebook and audio download today.

The paperback had just been sent to the printers when all the COVID-19 lockdown began in the UK, so that's now been pushed back to late September - which makes sense with all physical book launch, events, and several festivals where the book would be included/showcased being cancelled.

So it's a surreal day here in London. Blue skies and warm sunshine which remind me of home. I've got a few congratulations messages from people in Australia and New Zealand (who could download teh book first because of time differences) and some crime writers I know, which is lovely. At the same time it doesn't feel particularly real - as we're in lockdown and it's all just onscreen/virtual etc.

Anyway, for those interested in Australian and New Zealand crime fiction, hope you might check it out. I'm happy to answer any questions or have a chat about anything in the book or otherwise.

What I'm Reading / Re: Quarantine Reading List?
« on: April 02, 2020, 07:25:57 am »
I'm trying to get some freelancing work done from home (I usually work from home, so that's not an issue) while homeschooling our five-year-old as the schools are all shut as part of the lockdown in the UK (I'm a Kiwi living in London).

I also have a huge pile of several dozen New Zealand crime novels - some brilliant, some good/very good, some alright, others not so much - that are entries in this year's Ngaio Marsh Awards. I'm helping with the longlisting process before the international judging panel consider the longlist and choose finalists and winners. I'm breaking up that 'have to' reading (some of which is very enjoyable, nonetheless) with a few other books.

Recently read the beguiling, unusual THE AOSAWA MURDERS by Riku Onda (translation of the winner of 2006 Mystery Writers of Japan prize for Best Novel).

Really enjoyed FIFTY-FIFTY by Steve Cavanagh, the fifth novel in his excellent and CWA Gold Dagger-winning Eddie Flynn series (out later this year).

ASH MOUNTAIN by Helen Fitzgerald, a new Australian-set novel from a Glasgow-based Australian author was terrific. 

Some great suggestions so far.

I also really enjoy:

Elvis Cole and Joe Pike (Robert Crais);
Myron Bolitar and Win Lockwood III (Harlan Coben);
Tony Hill and Carol Jordan (Val McDermid);
DI Zigic and DS Ferreira (Eva Dolan);
Harry Bosch and Renee Ballard (Michael Connelly - new pairing, fascinating dynamic), also Bosch and Mickey Haller when they collaborate in some books.


How about everyone else? What should we be renting/streaming while we're all self-isolating?

As much as I'd like to try some new series I haven't yet seen, I've found myself returning to old favourites a little during these anxious and uncertain times. So in the past week I've watched some episodes of NYPD Blue (had watched some but not all of series), and re-watched episodes from Grimm and Numb3rs, among others. I'm looking forward to the new season of Bosch, although that's not available for another couple of weeks yet.

Hope everyone is doing alright, wherever you are in the world.

Have any of you read this book? I'm intrigued!

Kia ora (hi) Becke. I've read that book - one of my favourites of that year. I actually interviewed Stuart (one of his very first media interviews) at an eatery by the Thames River in London before the book came out. I think I reviewed the book for Mystery Scene when it came out in the USA later in the year. You can read my interview with Stu, who's an interesting guy, from a New Zealand newspaper here:

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