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The Bookseller at the End of the World by Ruth Shaw. She runs two tiny bookshops in Manapouri in the deep South. They sound simply charming and she’s clearly a great character – with a very interesting back story. She's sailed through the Pacific for years, been held up by pirates, worked at Sydney's Kings Cross with drug addicts and prostitutes, campaigned on numerous environmental issues, and worked the yacht Breaksea Girl with her husband, Lance. The stories of the customers in her bookshops are colourful and sometimes hilarious. Great piece of local publishing
Daughters of Eve by Nina D. Campbell. A real thriller set in Sydney about a group who become known as Daughters of Eve who are killing off men who, it turns out, have been perpetrators of violence against women and children and this vigilante group is out for justice. Really well written with the big reveal about exactly who these people are, and why they’re doing it – with of course the police trying to hunt them down and Detective Emelia Hart having a hard time of it both in her personal life and with her colleagues. I hope there might be another book about her, this was a great start.