Little, Brown and BookCrossing Releasing I See You by Gregg Hurwitz into the wilds of Australia

August 21st, 2007

200 copies of debut thriller I See You by Gregg Hurwitz will be released into the wilds of Australia on 3rd September - for more see:

http://www.austcrimefiction.org/node/2354

Oh the shame...........

August 20th, 2007

You might have guessed from the "Karen" bit that I'm female. So I thought I'd better make the current obligatory Australian confession.

I have been to a strip club. I wasn't even drunk when I went - I just went.

I have been to an all male strip revue - then I was drunk - I had to go with a bunch of women on a hen's night and experience tells me the only way to cope with Hen's Nights is to do it in a bit of an alcohol induced-haze.

One of my favourite Australian mystery / crime fiction series is Leigh Redheads series - her central character is (OH THE SHOCK) a stripper. Perhaps based on her own background? Who knows - either way Simone obviously needs a damn good talking to because she doesn't seem to be all that ashamed of being a Stripper. ( http://www.austcrimefiction.org/node/1223 ) Mind you, I still think that Mark Billingham's protestations of bemusement when people react to the swearing in his books with horror is spot on. His books aren't cozies - none of the complainers seem to mind the generally high body count, the gore, the pain and suffering - but they do object to the language!

Obviously I'm going to hell in a handbasket - thank goodness - if this is the sort of discussion that drives Australian politics these days I want to be where the strippers go.

The Dante Trap, Arnaud Delalande

August 19th, 2007

The Dante Trap by Arnaud Delalande is set in 1756 Venice - for a full review please check out the main site:

http://www.austcrimefiction.org/node/2327

The Killing Hour, Paul Cleave

August 17th, 2007

In the same shopping "spree" I found the second book by NZ Author Paul Cleave - The Killing Hour was available as well. I really thought that The Cleaner was a very good debut book last year so I'm looking forward to this one as well.

http://www.austcrimefiction.org/node/2326

Scarlet Stiletto - The First Cut edited by Lindy Cameron

August 17th, 2007

FINALLY I've managed to buy myself (well find firstly) a copy of Scarlet Stiletto edited by Lindy Cameron. This book is a collection of spine-chilling crime fiction stories culled from the annual local Sisters in Crime Scarlet Stiletto Awards. For more on the book:

http://www.austcrimefiction.org/node/2239

I suspect I'll be reading this over the weekend so I'll fill you in on each of the stories as I go.