Category Archives: musings

Confession time: I don’t like second hand books

A really thoughtful post about the joys of secondhand books by Prashant over at Chess, Comics, Crosswords, Books, Music, Cinema has prompted me to make this confession. Partly because I feel the need to explain my guilt and partly because … Continue reading

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Musings on 2017’s Australian crime writing awards

It’s crime fiction awards season again here in Australia (and elsewhere) and while I am not participating as a judge in any way this year I can’t help but ponder the shortlists. I’ve tried not to be too obvious about … Continue reading

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In My Secret Life

But I know what is wrong, And I know what is right. And I’d die for the truth In My Secret Life. Leonard Cohen, In My Secret Life When they hear I have a blog most people who know me … Continue reading

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The TBR Book Tag

All year I’ve been struggling with a personal goal to get my TBR below 100 books. I haven’t gotten there and I now know it’s not going to happen with less than two months to go. But I still want to … Continue reading

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The Book Club defence…and a poll

For the past couple of years I’ve been pretty restrained with my book buying. Partly due to my commitment to only buy from Australian stores (books are darned expensive here so I am selective). Partly due to my desire for … Continue reading

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Musings on the 2016 Petrona Award

The Petrona Award for the best Scandinavian crime novel published in English during the eligible period which in this instance is the 2015 calendar year. The Award is in memory of one of the first crime fiction bloggers, Maxine Clarke, … Continue reading

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A shortlist and a dilemma

The shortlist for the 2016 Petrona Award has been announced. I have a soft spot for the award because it is given in honour of a much-missed reading friend and covers a category of books I’m very partial to (Scandinavian … Continue reading

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Can I expect more from undemanding books?

I have recently finished two books about which the most polite thing I can think of to say is that they were undemanding. I baulked for a while at putting this in writing because it sounds like the very definition … Continue reading

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So Long, and Thanks for All the Books

I undoubtedly fell in love with books when my mother read them to me in those few years before I could do it for myself but my first actual memory of the happiness brought on by the presence of books … Continue reading

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Best Laid Plans

I had planned to read all six of the novels shortlisted for this year’s Petrona Award for best Scandinavian crime fiction translated into English before the winner is announced in Bristol this weekend. But real life has gotten in the … Continue reading

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