This week I've read a book that I gave my top rating of 5.
I haven't given very many of those in the 55 books I've read so far this year but A THOUSAND CUTS by Simon Lelic is a crime fiction title that will make you sit up and take notice.
It looks like you might need a reminder too that over on Fair Dinkum Crime this month we are celebrating Aussie Authors Month with the Fair Dinkum Baker's Dozen, a series of interviews with Australian authors. We've approached the author interview a little differently, trying to offer the authors (who we thought must get asked a few standard questions fairly frequently) the opportunity to share some of their lesser known secrets. Or not, it's entirely up to them. We provide the authors with 13 beginnings and, like the creative geniuses they are, they turn them into sentences (or paragraphs, or full blown essays should the urge arise).
Our first Fair Dinkum Quiz
To further help celebrate Aussie Authors Month we're offering a selection of slightly loved books (i.e. bought new, read once) from some great Australian authors as prizes for our inaugural quiz. In keeping with our baker's dozen theme there are 13 questions ranging in difficulty from 'googlable' to 'should probably have read a few posts on Fair Dinkum before attempting this quiz' to 'oh heck I hate quizzes'. Find The Fair Dinkum Quiz #1 here. Closing date for entries is midnight on 24 April 2011 (Australian central standard time which is GMT +9.5)
My other posts this week:
- Australian readers get a (kindle) e-book break!
- My top crime fiction reads so far for 2011
- Forgotten Book: DEATH OF AN ENGLISHMAN, Magdalen D Nabb
- Crime Fiction Alphabet: N or M?, Agatha Christie
- Review: DEATH AT THE PRESIDENT'S LODGING, Michael Innes
- Crime Fiction Alphabet 2011 - Letter N - week beginning April 11
- Review: TEN LITTLE NIGGERS, Agatha Christie
- 5 questions for Donna Leon
- Longlist for the CWA Dagger in the Library, 2011
- Ian Fleming and Agatha Christie lead list of UK's top-earning crimewriters
- now: DEVIL-DEVIL, Graeme Kent
- next: A GRAVE IN THE COTSWOLDS, Rebecca Tope
- then - THE FACILITY, Simon Lelic
- next on Kindle - THE LEOPARD, Jo Nesbo
- now on audio - THE JUDGEMENT OF STRANGERS, Andrew Taylor
- current Agatha Christie - SAD CYPRESS