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Carolyn’s Books of the Month – November 2016

carolyns-books-of-the-monthBest Read : A History of Loneliness by John Boyne

Crime : Hide Away by Iris Johansen

Australian Author : Evergreen Falls by Kimberley Freeman

General Fiction : The Other Child by Lucy Atkins

Thriller : If She Did It by Jessica Treadway and Saturday Requiem by Nikki French

Saga/Romance : The Shoemakers Wife by Adriana Trigiani

Don’t forget – Books to Die For, bookings going fast!


Books to Die For


Blue Mountains Library is taking a forensic look at the world of crime writing with a whole morning dedicated to exploring the many intriguing facets of this genre with some of Australia’s best-selling and award-winning authors.

Join us as we go deep inside the eclectic world of crime  as we hear from Dr Rachel Franks on the history of crime writing and the shady, fictional world of the Private Investigator. Meet well-known Australian crime and thriller novelists including Jaye Ford, the award-winning author of Beyond Fear, the highest selling debut crime novel in Australian in 2011, whose four further thrillers have been published in nine languages, and Candice Fox, multiple Ned Kelly award-winning author, who has just-released a much-anticipated collaboration, Never Never, with the best-selling crime novelist, James Patterson. Action-thriller expert, Chris Allen, will introduce us to the high-speed adventures of his Intrepid series. And, finally, take a tour of work from Peter Doyle – also a Ned Kelly award winning crime novelist – based on research into Sydney’s forensic Photography Archive at the Justice and Police Museum by Associate Professor Peter Doyle.

Tickets are just $15, include morning tea and are available from any Library branch or online, CLICK HERE.

Put the date in your diary – SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER AT SPRINGWOOD LIBRARY, 10am to 1pm

Carolyn’s Books of the Month – April 2016

carolyns-books-of-the-monthBest Read : Tears of the Cheetah by T.M.Clark

Crime : The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman

Australian Author : The Lake House by Kate Morton

General Fiction : Jakob’s Colours by Lindsay Hawdon

Thrillers : Splinter the Silence by Val McDermid and Think of a Number by John Verdon

Saga/Romance : See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Carolyns books display

The Next Great Hotbed of Crime Writing – the 2014 Ned Kelly Awards Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2014 Australian Crime Writers Association Ned Kelly Awards was announced at the Bendigo Writers Festival last weekend. The ACWA award prizes for crime fiction and true crime writing with four categories : Best Fiction, Best First Fiction, True Crime and the Sandra Harvey Short Story Award.

The winners of the 2014 awards will be announced at the Brisbane Writers Festival on Saturday September 6.

Chair of the ACWA, Michael Robotham, said of the 2014 shortlist, “I can’t remember a time when the competition was so fierce and the quality so high. Nordic crime has been huge around the world since the Stieg Larsson trilogy but I think Australia can become the next great hotbed of crime writing.”


Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher

Fatal Impact by Kathryn Fox (7th in the Dr Anya Crichton series)

In the Morning I’ll be Gone by Adrian McKinty (3rd in the Sean Duffy series)

Beams Falling by PM Newton (2nd in the Detective Nhu ‘Ned’ Kelly series)

One Boy Missing by Stephen Orr

The Dying Beach by Angela Savage



Dead Cat Bounce by Peter Cotton

Hades by Candice Fox

Blood Witness by Alex Hammond

Every Breath by Ellie Marney



Disgraced? The Cop at the Centre of Melbourne’s Gangland Wars by Paul Dale

Forever Nine by John Kidman & Denise Hofman

No Mercy: True Stories of Disaster, Survival and Brutality by Eleanor Learmonth & Jenny Tabakoff

JFK: The Smoking Gun by Colin McLaren

Outlaw Bikers in Australia by Duncan McNab

Murder in Mississippi by John Safran



Housewarming by Louise Bassett

The Scars of Noir by Darcy-Lee Tindale

Voices of SOI 22 by Roger Vickery

Splinter and Web Design both by Emma Vickic

The full list of shortlisted nominees is now published at:

The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne

The Guilty One a debut novel by Lisa Ballantyne

(London : Piatkus, 2012, 463 pages)
Found on the Adult Fiction shelves at BALLANTYNE
Plot summary : A little boy was found dead in a children’s playground…Daniel Hunter has spent years defending lost causes as a solicitor in London. But his life changes when he is introduced to Sebastian, an eleven-year-old accused of murdering an innocent young boy. As he plunges into the muddy depths of Sebastian’s troubled home life, Daniel thinks back to his own childhood in foster care – and to Minnie, the woman whose love saved him, until she, too, betrayed him so badly that he cut her out of his life.

But what crime did Minnie commit that made Daniel disregard her for fifteen years? And will Daniel’s identification with a child on trial for murder make him question everything he ever believed in? (Fantastic Fiction

Review :  The Guilty One  is really two stories in one.  I  enjoyed the parallel stories and was gripped equally by both. I thought that they complemented each other well and it was possible to draw comparisons between both stories.   Daniel’s story was very moving and also intriguing and all the way through I did not know whether Sebastian had been responsible for Ben’s death and it was impossible to predict the trial’s outcome. Ballantyne’s switchback narrative plunges us in and out of Daniel’s past and Sebastian’s trial, asking interesting questions about guilt, innocence, and complicity.

An assured and confident debut novel.

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