Gory, dark but compelling

March 1, 2016
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Gory, dark but compelling

A Song for the Dying, by Stuart MacBride (HarperCollins, RRP $35) Scottish author Stuart MacBride has delivered yet another gritty, gruesome and somewhat uncomfortable murder mystery in A Song for the Dying. Detective Inspector Ash Henderson was on the trail of a brutal killer dubbed “the Inside Man”, who abducted and killed four women,...

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Mystery that will keep you guessing

February 24, 2016
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Mystery that will keep you guessing

The Stranger You Know, by Jane Casey (Ebury Press, RRP $38): Three women have been murdered in their own homes, all have been strangled with no sign of a break-in. For Detective Constable Maeve Kerrigan, it looks like the victims must have let their killer in because they knew him. And worst of all,...

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Raw look at poet’s life

February 18, 2016
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Raw look at poet’s life

Born to a Red-headed Woman, by Kay McKenzie Cooke (Otago University Press, RRP $25): Music can evoke memories and emotions and using that ability, Kay McKenzie Cooke has created a collection of poetry that highlights people and places from her past. Cooke grew up in the rural Southland of the 1950s and 60s and...

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Thriller with the good, the bad and the ugly

February 12, 2016
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Thriller with the good, the bad and the ugly

Bad Blood, by Arne Dahl (Harvill Secker, RRP $37) For years the “Kentucky Killer” managed to elude the FBI, leaving a trail of victims with terrible injuries that haunted the agents looking for him. With a method of highly specialised method of torture secretly developed during the Vietnam War, the Kentucky Killer had an...

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Guide to paradise isle

February 8, 2016
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Guide to paradise isle

Ulva Island: A Visitor’s Guide, by Ulva Goodwillie (Craig Print, RRP $39): There’s no doubt we live in a beautiful part of the world, but even a born-and-bred Southlander like me can be taken aback at times by just how beautiful it is. Drive for 20 minutes or so in any direction and you’ll...

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