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TagsCrime (3,277), Science Fiction (725), MtTBR (684), Review (641), Fiction (502), Reference (363), Cooking (252), Thriller (191), Non-Fiction (137), Fantasy (133) — see all tags

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About meCrime fiction fanatic, reader for years and years.

About my libraryOur library is a combination of his, hers and ours. We kind of like books :)

GroupsAustralian LibraryThingers, Crime, Thriller & Mystery, Crimespace, Self-Sufficiency Thingers

Favorite authorsJohn Ajvide Lindqvist, Christopher Brookmyre, Ken Bruen, Lindy Cameron, Paul Cleave, Garry Disher, Karin Fossum, Reginald Hill, Katherine Howell, Adrian Hyland, Stuart MacBride, Shane Maloney, Henning Mankell, Jo Nesbø, Ian Rankin, Leigh Redhead, Angela Savage, Peter Temple, Paul Thomas (Shared favorites)


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Member sinceMar 27, 2007

Currently readingThe Twilight Time by Karen Campbell
Straight, Bent and Barbara Vine by Garry Disher
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It was a funny book.....seriously :)
Hello, finally read "Love, Honour and O'Brien" and loved it. It has the same quirky humour that I found in "A Man You Can Bank On" and the added bonus of referring to places in the Blue Mountains that are so familiar to me. I actually laughed out loud when Holly passes the turnoff to Katoomba Hospital and mentions that it's "the hospital, the cemetery and the tip"! Years ago I worked at the hospital and the irony of that street hadn't really hit me at the time :))

Thanks again for the great review and recommendation. "Villain" is still on Mount TBR!

Best wishes,
I'll certainly get back to you Karen...may take a while though :)
I'm generally open to any genre that's recommended to me and just from a couple of your reviews I've added "Love, Honour and O'Brien" and "Villain" to my Wishlist. The problem is Mount TBR is enormous and since I've joined some of the Aussie Readers Challenges it just keeps getting bigger!
Thanks for adding me to your list of friends. I'm still on a high from watching Cadel Evans win the Tour de France and hearing that wonderful rendition of the anthem from Tina Arena! Please don't hesitate in recommending anything you feel is a "must read" :)

Best wishes, Kim
Hey, just figured out this was you from 4MA. I had to add your library in case I ever want to deeply delve into Australian mysteries. Have we added a 4MA group on this site yet as Bfister 2007!
Raina from 4MA
Oh no! It is I who am in awe of your library! And I read your blog all of the time for reading recommends!
Hello austcrimefiction,
I want to compliment you on your excellent review of Fred Vargas' The Chalk Circle Man. I've just finished reading the book, and your review captures it very well. I'd already read all of the other Adamsberg books (as well as The Three Evangelists), so it was a special pleasure to read the first in the series. Now I'll have to go back and reread "Seeking Whom He May Devour" and the others in proper order. This series makes me wish I'd learned enough French in college to read them in the original language, then I wouldn't have to wait for the translations!
Best regards,
Enjoyed your review of 'Old City Hall'. I've just finished reading it and couldn't put it down.
Hi austcrimefiction. Thanks for adding me. I thought my collection of crime fiction books was pretty big, but yours is twice as big as mine !!! That's why I added you as well. I'm hoping to find some new authors.

Thanks! I added you because of the similar mix of interests, and in the hope of me finding good stuff for my wife which she hasn't heard of before ;)

Hello! As you are the only one listed as owning "The Man with the Lead Stomach", I thought I'd ask your opinion of the book. I have been so thoroughly delighted with the two books I own from Gallic Press: "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" and "The Suicide Shop", that I'd like to order more. Thanks for your input. Judie
Thanks for the support. I kind of figure us self-sufficiency thingers should stick together. I've created a group for like-minded people : Self-sufficiency Thingers! (OK - it's not that original and the description page is a bit dodge but I did it on the spot - may reword it a bit later).

Thought it might be useful for discussing books on our unique, all encompassing and challenging, subject.

Thanks for the comment on my gardening books - it's only a fraction of the ones I've catalogued.

If I can be of help in any way, just give us a bell :)
Thanks to you to.I recognised your username as I have been a visitor to your website well before discovering Library Thing.I should thank you to for pointing me in the direction of Peter Temple.I am a frequent visitor to markets,fairs,second hand book shops etc and could never find a Peter Temple book.I guess that shows his popularity,people dont discard his books.I eventually bought the Broken Shore new and have been hooked since.I am keen to give Shane Maloney a try as well and find the same thing,never come across them cheap. I will have to fork out for a new copy.I guess I should start with Stiff? Gary Disher is another I have yet to try. I badly need to retire to get more time for reading.
Thank you right back:-) Always nice to know where to find a great source for inspiration in crime novels.
Thanks for the encouragement. I finished the last of the antibiotics yesterday, and I seem to be back to normal; not sure if that qualifies as being "well," though:)

I finished "Black Tide" by Peter Temple this morning and a couple of hours later I got the third Jack Irish book "Dead Point" in the mail from the UK, so that was pretty excellent timing, though I think I may take a break from crime and read some sf or fantasy.

Thanks again,


Thanks so much for the great recommendations. Your "node" page is an excellent resource, too.

Please accept my apology for taking so long to get back to you. I managed to get myself extremely ill with some sort of nasty sinus infection that had been going around work. Anyway, after a head X-ray, 3 CAT scan views and multiple antibiotic I.V.'s, I'm back to some sort of normalcy; can't wait to see what the insurance company tries to wiggle out of paying, though:)

But, in between the feeling of a power drill through my head, I managed to read "The Broken Shore" and the first Jack Irish novel, "Bad Debts." I was/am very, very impressed with the quality of Peter Temple's writing, especially in the former title. I'm very much looking forward to "Truth," and to tide me over, I've ordered the 3rd Jack Irish novel and a stand-alone ("Iron Rose?") from bookdepository in the UK. The US publisher who put out the first two Jack Irish books in trade paper over here, plus "Identity Theory," doesn't seem to have plans to do any more, so I may eventually have to order the books I'm missing directly from down under or some third party. I also read two Regency period mystery novels from US writer C.S. Harris, called "What Angels Fear" and "When Gods Die;" I thought they were quite good, though I'm no expert on that time period, so there could be all sorts of flaws I didn't catch.

I'll search around for your recommendations and let you know what I think when I'm done with them. Thanks again,

Outback Cafe was hard to find! - I finally had to add the AIATSIS library and presto! - there it was. Use my library to add it :) (You reminded me I needed to add my copy, too). I'm working to scan the cover in now ... is the place you want to head. I'm eataust :)

For good Australian/Vietnamese ... *whips off for a scan* OK, I can recommend this one: Melbourne-based. Updated version came out 2005 but I love my original 1998 version ...
Bushtucker. Hoo boy ... you just hit my current obsession :). Want a forum to play in to get info on bushtucker?? (I won't spam you with it unless you ask though. It's non-commercial and made up of everyone from enthusiastic amateur to long-term professionals, but I don't want to scare you away :) ).

What cookbooks? Australian authors, specialty cuisines ... we got Jill Dupleix's "Lighten up" for Xmas and are LOVING it. Considering treating myself to Maggie Beer. Treasure my Elizabeth Davids, and promote Elizabeth Hartley to anyone who will listen ...
Actually the connection was via one of my recipe/foodie books, but I got suckered in by your fabulous library in general :)
Hello austcrimefiction,

Good to meet another right-thinking individual:)

I just know I'm going to regret exploring your library because I'm pretty sure it's going to introduce me to a bunch of authors I'll want to start collecting, thereby leading me ever faster to the poorhouse; ah well, one only lives once. Anybody you particularly recommend? I've been buying Peter Temple books for a year or so now, but haven't gotten around to reading any. I guess I could start by researching your favorite authors, since I've only read three of them (Nesbo, Hill and Brookmyre; all really good) and I'm unfamiliar with the others (except for Fossum, who's started showing up over here in the last year or so).

Take it easy,

I'm sorry for my late reply, but thank you for adding me to your interesting libraries-list!
The 136 books we share are some of my favourite ones. And I can't help but noticing your interest in Swedish crime writers. I'd like to know how you like them as opposed to Chandler, Rendell, George and Walters.
Happy New Year!
Hi austcrimefiction,

Thanks for the note. I very much enjoyed Betrayal. It's my first Alvtegen and (wow) it moved quickly. What a treat. I'll have to take a look at Shame too.

Thank you for your fast reply. It is nice to hear that you are interested in Scandinavian books. Being Swedish means of course that most of my Swedish crime fiction is in Swedish but I also have several hundred books in English. As I have recently become a member I have not registered all of my ca 2700 books yet, I am trying to register some of them every day.
I will peruse your library carefully, it seems that you have a lot of interesting books. At the moment we share 251 books and I hope we can discuss some of them through Librarything.

All the best,
It's nice to meet you! I look forward to exploring your books.
With your over 2000 crime books and my paltry, by comparison, 500, guess who's going to do the best out of any sharing of our collections. :)
Great idea about a 4MA group! I'd found some 4MAers, but it has been hit-or-miss.
Nice to see my books in there ;-)
I have indeed - but the idea of crawling around disturbing the dust frightens me witless :)
That many to catalogue? Have you looked into the strange cat shaped scanner they have available?
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