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A bumpy year  by Olivia Spooner

A bumpy year

Olivia Spooner

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"Pregnant. Single. Dating. It's going to be ... a bumpy year! Trish Kirkpatrick never expected to find herself unmarried, pregnant, and not entirely sure who the baby's father is. With her ex, Pete, and her colleague, Elliot, in line for daddy duty while...

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Under Italian skies  by Nicky Pellegrino

Under Italian skies

Nicky Pellegrino

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"Stella has life under control and that's the way she likes it. But when her boss dies suddenly, Stella starts to question her life choices and finds that she has little to show for herself other than her poky London flat. In order to build the life she has...

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The Hamiltons: Brock  by Carole Brungar

The Hamiltons: Brock

Carole Brungar

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"Meet Brock. He's heading for a major collision with the past, and he can't see her coming. Is Adelaide the cause of it, or will she be the person who puts him back together? Set on the rugged and beautiful west coast of New Zealand, Brock lives an idyllic...

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Boyo  by Lynn John

Boyo

Lynn John

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"It's an engrossing discovery of the extraordinary lengths to which our young Welsh protagonist is prepared to go - up and down the entire country in his bright-red sports car as he pursues his Kiwi love on her quest to win the Miss New Zealand Beauty Contest....

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A secret never to be told  by Lynn John

A secret never to be told

Lynn John

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"Few people can keep a secret safe. For a secret to have been kept for 231 years is incredible - especially when it is about the life of such a famous person as composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. If the contention of this story is valid, it will rock the world...

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The reluctant bride  by Serena Black

The reluctant bride

Serena Black

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"Calliope Harrison might be down on her luck but the last thing she expected was her old childhood neighbour, Gabriel St Croix to turn up on her doorstep and become an aggravating thorn in her side. Then he asks for the impossible... one year of wedded...

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The Genison cavalry  by Sean Ackland

The Genison cavalry

Sean Ackland

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"Luke Sawyer is an ex-slave and former Union soldier-turned-lawman. Along with his partner, Jack McCrae, Luke is tasked with finding Charles Lee Ringo - a maniacal cult leader with a loyal army of disgruntled former confederates. In order to capture Ringo, the...

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Death on the Walk  by Wendy M. author. Wilson

Death on the Walk

Wendy M. author. Wilson

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"A body plunging off a cliff, a new craze for pedestrianism and the related gambling, a constable willing to walk ninety miles without stopping, and a testing undercover assignment for Mr. Hardy. When a race walking champion is forced off a cliff to his death,...

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One summer in Venice  by Nicky Pellegrino

One summer in Venice

Nicky Pellegrino

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"Addolorata Martinelli knows she should be happy. She has everything she thought she wanted - her own business, a husband, a child. So why does she feel as if something is missing? Then when her restaurant, Little Italy, is slated by a reviewer, she realises...

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The road to Madhapur  by David Whittet

The road to Madhapur

David Whittet

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"You will never make a doctor. The professor's harsh words threaten to end Theo Malone's medical career before he sees his first patient. The idealistic Kiwi is determined to prove the professor wrong - until the death of a child from meningitis during a...

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Kiwi yarns  by Ricky Masterman

Kiwi yarns

Ricky Masterman

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Kiwi Yarns is a book of twenty-seven short stories about New Zealanders, in New Zealand settings and themed to highlight New Zealand situations. The book contains five sections featuring Kiwis in towns, Kiwis in the country, Real Kiwi experiences, Kiwis...

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Captain's fancy  by Anthony (Suspense fiction writer) author. David

Captain's fancy

Anthony (Suspense fiction writer) author....

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"Captain's Fancy is set during four tumultuous decades in the middle of the twentieth century, a time when ordinary people did extraordinary things and heroes were marked by their deeds. Lives were framed by experiences and loves were lost due to circumstances...

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Wild places  by Katherine Mansfield

Wild places

Katherine Mansfield

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A beautiful new hardback edition of Katherine Mansfield's best stories. Katherine Mansfield was the only writer Virginia Woolf envied. Mansfield transformed the short story genre with her work, creating stories miraculous in their intensity yet seemingly so...

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For murder press 3  by Pauline Hayes

For murder press 3

Pauline Hayes

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"A phone call from the anxious husband of a murdered woman brings Private Investigator, Benedict Aberthorp, into the sinister world of his first murder case. When his new client tells Benedict he is the police's prime suspect, Benedict agrees to help him. But...

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Transit lounge  by Jenny Purchase

Transit lounge

Jenny Purchase

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"Cryptic fable, social commentary, black comedy, subverted myth, potted history, cautionary tale, psychological drama, flight of fancy, slice of life, redemption story - Transit Lounge explores the artistic possibilities of short fiction while introducing the...

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Night lark  by Nicky Webber

Night lark

Nicky Webber

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"It's just a Lark until Grace disappears and local authorities stall their investigation. Laura flies to Sicily to uncover who is behind her younger sister's mysterious disappearance. Grace's ability to hide the truth from Laura leads to a series of events...

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Fractured truth  by Karl William Fleet

Fractured truth

Karl William Fleet

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"Justin Truth isn't immune to the pressure to make profits, and his tenuous grip on reality begins to slip. Will his mistakes - deadly mistakes - become more apparent to those determined to catch and expose him? With mounting pressure on Justin, cryptic...

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Criminal truth  by Karl William Fleet

Criminal truth

Karl William Fleet

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"With no moral compass, Justin Truth aggressively seizes control of corporate giant, Soda-Cola. But being on top of the corporate world isn't enough for Justin when he compares himself to ruthless billionaire, Peter Gordon. Peter is hell-bent on making his...

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Corporate truth  by Karl William Fleet

Corporate truth

Karl William Fleet

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"From inside his high-rise office, ruthless sociopath Justin Truth surveys his panoramic view of New York City. This is his city. His country. His America. Justin is on a mission to conquer the corporate giant, Soda-Cola. He will threaten, backstab,...

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All roads lead to you  by Jackie Ashenden

All roads lead to you

Jackie Ashenden

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Finn Kelly guides hikes across the rugged wilderness he calls home. When jewelry designer Bethany Grant moves into town and proceeds to involve herself in every aspect of his life, he finds himself thinking he could use a friend. Bethany is drawn to dark,...

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An unjust death  by Terry Carson

An unjust death

Terry Carson

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''Luke, has had more than his fair share of bad luck. Orphaned at a young age and later due to a misunderstanding expelled from his missionary foster family, he is trying to make his own way in rapidly changing colonial New Zealand. On board ship returning...

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Stranded with the paramedic  by Sue. (Susan) author. MacKay

Stranded with the paramedic

Sue. (Susan) author. MacKay

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Stranded with the paramedic - It started with a storm... Will it end in for ever? Brooke Williams is taking control of her life... but the only thing this paramedic can't control is the weather! So when her beachside break is struck by torrential rain she...

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How to resist the single dad  by J.C Harroway

How to resist the single dad

J.C Harroway

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How to resist the single dad- GP trainee Stella Wright left the idyllic Cotswold village she grew up in, never planning to return...especially not to train at the local practice under Dr. Aaron Bennett. Now, being back is the least of her problems! Aaron is...

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The moonstone  by Kay Mills

The moonstone

Kay Mills

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"Avrin dreams of becoming a warrior. But Destiny has other plans. Born through the magic of the moonstone will her hands be the right ones to guide its power? A corrupt tribal leader seeks to pervert the power of the moonstone and control her Destiny. Avrin...

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Kaleidoscopes in the dark:  by B. G. Rogers

Kaleidoscopes in the dark:

B. G. Rogers

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"...The stories in Kaleidoscopes in the dark paint the more sinister elements of the psyche in technicolour. The collection writhes with black humour, remnants of fairytales and gothic themes.... Dip your toes into new dark fantasy worlds with these eleven...

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Life and death in Birkenhead  by Kim. author. Tarrant

Life and death in Birkenhead

Kim. author. Tarrant

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"Within the Auckland suburb of Birkenhead lurks a monster, one the local residents entrust with their recently departed loved ones. He has been inflicting his depraved atrocities unnoticed. But what happens when he turns his attentions to the living?"--

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From the sky  by J. M. Antony

From the sky

J. M. Antony

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"Abel Kinkade and the crew of the H.M.S. Viritus are stranded on uncharted shores. His older cousin, the fearless marine Lieutenant Vincent Luther, must hold order amongst the men before they fall to chaos and bloodshed. The lives of the innocent are at stake...

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Murder for a song  by K. M. Jackways

Murder for a song

K. M. Jackways

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"Bewitching songs and small town secrets. In the quaint town of Ledstow, Esther lives a good distance from her nosy parents, talks to anyone who will listen about musicals, and jams on her ukulele. But when murder comes to her workplace, everyone is a suspect....

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In her blood  by Nikki Crutchley

In her blood

Nikki Crutchley

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It’s been a long time since Jac Morgan was in her New Zealand hometown of Everly. She needed to be far away from her past and all the rumours about her involvement in the housefire that killed her mother. Now, though, Jac’s younger sister Charlie is missing,...

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Blood matters  by 1929- author. Renée

Blood matters

1929- author. Renée

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"Puti Derrell likes running at midnight. During lockdown it was safe but now lockdown is over and Porohiwi doesn't feel safe anymore - especially when she discovers her estranged grandfather has been murdered. Puti's already got a lot on her mind. She's the...

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Blood & bone  by Steve Hogg

Blood & bone

Steve Hogg

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"Gardeners, Sam, Danny and Rupert, live a comfortable lifestyle, supported by a more profitable side business, selling cocaine to clients in Auckland City and Waiheke Island. Their world is sent into a tailspin, when Danny is kidnapped and tortured by a Samoan...

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Submerged  by Luke Williamson

Submerged

Luke Williamson

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"Overwhelmed by life, Moses rents a beach house in a small coastal town. The ocean calls to him and his daily swims become a form of meditation. Just as Moses is starting to heal, a stranger turns up on the beach and unsettles everything. Ronnie evades even...

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The pain tourist  by Paul Cleave

The pain tourist

Paul Cleave

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"This dream doesn’t feel like a dream. He tries to lift his head. Can’t do it. There is a doorway to his left, and beyond it a brightly lit corridor. Somebody walks past – a nurse … James Garrett was critically injured when he was shot following his parents’...

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Tauhou  by Kotuku Titihuia Nuttall

Tauhou

Kotuku Titihuia Nuttall

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An inventive exploration of Indigenous families, womanhood, and alternate post-colonial realities by a writer of Maori and Coast Salish descent. Dear grandmother, I am writing this song for you. I am a stranger in this place, he tauhou ahau, reintroducing...

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City of souls  by Melanie Harding-Shaw

City of souls

Melanie Harding-Shaw

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"Bounty hunter Hel's life depends on staying below the radar and passing as human. But when the infuriating Lord of the City of Souls discovers her hidden power is the key to solving his problems, he reclaims her bond-debt and drags her into the spotlight....

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A runner's guide to Rakiura  by Jessica Howland Kany

A runner's guide to Rakiura

Jessica Howland Kany

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"A millennial New Yorker, a Stewart Island fisherman, and a WW II veteran walk into a bar... Maudie's on the run - from New York and from her past - but she runs headlong into her future when she ends up on Rakiura Stewart Island on assignment to cover...

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Dwellers on the threshold  by Stephen Lomax

Dwellers on the threshold

Stephen Lomax

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"Returning to Kent after filming a paranormal documentary at an ancient estate in Wales, the WASP team members try to resume their normal lives, but they soon become aware that something has changed. Dianna, the team’s psychic, suspects that they have brought...

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Forgotten evil  by Quill Holland

Forgotten evil

Quill Holland

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If you had the power to rewrite people's thoughts... would you? As a thirty-five-year-old farmer on a colony world, Raith is a kind and simple man, with a catch - he's only existed for two years. His previous life is a mystery; the only clue to his past is a...

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Archangel's resurrection  by Nalini Singh

Archangel's resurrection

Nalini Singh

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"For thousands of years, the passion between Alexander, Archangel of Persia, and Zanaya, Queen of the Nile, burned furious and bright, seemingly without end. But to be an archangel is to be bound to power violent and demanding. Driven by its primal energy,...

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The secrets we left behind  by Soraya M. Lane

The secrets we left behind

Soraya M. Lane

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Occupied France, 1940. When the staff at a field hospital draw straws to find out who will join the evacuation from Dunkirk, Nurse Cate is left behind. But when the Nazis arrive to claim prisoners of war, she takes her chance and flees into the night, taking...

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The axeman's carnival  by Catherine Chidgey

The axeman's carnival

Catherine Chidgey

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''Everywhere, the birds: sparrows and skylarks and thrushes, starlings and bellbirds, fantails and pipits - but above them all and louder, the magpies. We are here and this is our tree and we're staying and it is ours and you need to leave and now. Tama is...

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The toreador's dream  by Vanco. author. Ristov

The toreador's dream

Vanco. author. Ristov

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"Some people think that certain dreams can transcend time and warn about a crucial event which can have such a big impact that it can totally change one’s life. And so is the toreador’s dream, which plagues Danny’s life repeatedly, a young, troubled boy who...

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Dead before curfew  by Jenny Harrison

Dead before curfew

Jenny Harrison

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"Matthew Flint. WWII British soldier. Escaped POW. Polish Underground agent. Young Matthew Flint is intoxicated by the romance of war - until his first encounter with German invading forces. From that moment he is a man on a mission - revenge. After escaping...

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Tarquin the honest :the hand of Glodd  by Gareth Ward

Tarquin the honest :the hand of Glodd

Gareth Ward

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Tarquin the Honest, Wizard of the Silver Weasel, is a liar, a coward, a charlatan and a cheat. And, according to his diminutive roguish sidekick Lunar Nix, those are his most endearing qualities. On a perilous quest to recover. The Golden Gauntlet for a...

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Rake of his own  by A. J. Lancaster

Rake of his own

A. J. Lancaster

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Marius Valstar doesn't know which is worse: the dead body in his greenhouse or the fae prince on his desk. The only rakes of interest to Marius are garden tools. Not fae princes. Certainly not the arrogant, selfish fae prince he has the misfortune to have a...

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The house down the hill  by Janice McMurdo

The house down the hill

Janice McMurdo

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"A drug boss from Auckland tries to set up a meth manufacturing business at a remote yet scenic location at South Head, metres from the Kaipara Harbour. He hires some inept locals to run the operation, with predictable results. In the meantime, ex SAS...

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A Cornish recipe for murder  by Fiona (Cozy mystery writer) Leitch

A Cornish recipe for murder

Fiona (Cozy mystery writer) Leitch

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''When popular TV baking contest and national institution 'The Best of British Baking Roadshow' rolls into town and sets up camp in the grounds of Boskern House, a historic stately home near Penstowan, former police officer Jodie 'Nosey' Parker finds herself...

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Small deaths  by Rijula Das

Small deaths

Rijula Das

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"In Calcutta's notorious red-light district, Lalee aspires to a better life. Her unfailingly loyal client Tilu Shau has dreams too. A heady romantic and marginal novelist, Tilu is in love with the indifferent Lalee and wants to liberate her from her street...

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Year's best Aotearoa New Zealand science fiction and fantasy. Volume 4

Year's best Aotearoa New Zealand science fiction and fantasy. Volume 4

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A fantastic and phasmagoric collection of the weirdest, wildest and most wonderful short fiction to come out of Aotearoa in 2022.

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Mila and the bone man  by Lauren Roche

Mila and the bone man

Lauren Roche

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"Family, friends, secrets ... It wasn't always like this. Mila is a child of the northern bush and she has a gift. Descended from generations of healers, Mila is surrounded by a happy extended family, and delights in the sights, sounds and scents of her...

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Call my name  by Jenni A. Ogden

Call my name

Jenni A. Ogden

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Her mother dead from a drug overdose, thirteen-year-old Olivia is rescued by Cathie Tulloch, her mother's friend throughout the years they were held captive in Japanese prison camps in Sumatra in WWII. Welcomed into the Tulloch's remote family home in the...

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Sorcerer's edge  by David Hair

Sorcerer's edge

David Hair

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"After all they've suffered, rebel sorcerer Raythe Vyre and his fortune-seekers are still empty-handed, but they've found real treasure: peace. Deep inside the Ice wastes, Raythe's people stumbled upon Rath Argentium, the legendary Aldar city, and the...

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Down under fantasy realms

Down under fantasy realms

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"Gathered here together are twenty fantastic stories by seven fabulous Antipodean authors - authors you may not be familiar with ... yet; authors you will want to read again and again. High fantasy and low, magical realism, retold fairy stories, and even a...

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Nightshades and paperwhites  by Sophie Rogers

Nightshades and paperwhites

Sophie Rogers

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"Alexandra, 1866 the gold rush has been and gone. Alexandra is fast becoming a town of dwindling opportunities, especially for Ginny Doyle, and intelligent, young Irish woman with dreams of painting her way through Europe. New life is breathed into the town as...

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Dreaming of you  by Alexa Rivers

Dreaming of you

Alexa Rivers

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When Clarissa's online life clashes with her real one, she comes face-to-face with the man of her fantasies. With the help of friends and family, and a romantic trip, can Clarissa and Mark overcome their painful pasts to take a shot at happily ever...

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Accidentally yours  by Alexa Rivers

Accidentally yours

Alexa Rivers

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"CEO Eli Lockwood is in over his head. Running his multi-million dollar empire? No problem. Relating to his rebellious little sister who has been entrusted to his care? That's a different story. And it's just his rotten luck that the only woman who doesn't...

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From now until forever  by Alexa author. Rivers

From now until forever

Alexa author. Rivers

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"Sophie Delaware is ready to climb out of the slump she's been in since she ditched her lying, cheating ex. There's no way she wants to commit to another relationship any time soon, but a hot, short-term hookup? That's a different story entirely. What she...

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It was always you  by Alexa Rivers

It was always you

Alexa Rivers

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Dr. Avery Brown is too busy dealing with revolutionizing forensic science to deal with emotional entanglements. But when her breakthrough puts her in the crosshairs of a killer, she has no choice but to accept help from Sergeant Gareth Wayland. Can they trust...

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Tranquil Bay  by J. P. Ganley

Tranquil Bay

J. P. Ganley

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"Sexual assault, incest, grief and loss, love, family relationships, friendships, small town dynamics "--Publisher information.

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Caramel  by Jenna Mackay

Caramel

Jenna Mackay

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"The year is 2017 and Leah Hart is your typical Kiwi girl who has just finished her final year of high school. During a camping trip with friends, Leah finds herself in a more primitive time in New Zealand history, 1832. Beyond all reasonable judgement, Leah...

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The weight of a woman  by Tansy Boggon

The weight of a woman

Tansy Boggon

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"Jenni knows there must be more to life. She believes her life will finally begin when she loses her excess weight. As Jenni explores a final desperate attempt to lose weight, she ... comes to understand that the weight of any woman does not determine whether...

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One weekend in Prague  by Alison Roberts

One weekend in Prague

Alison Roberts

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"One weekend in Prague / Alison Roberts - For one weekend...or forever? Before attending a medical conference, trauma specialist Mac meets stranger Hanna under the Astronomical clock in Prague. Their intense connection takes him by surprise. Straight-laced Mac...

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Seeders  by Christopher McMaster

Seeders

Christopher McMaster

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"A pandemic spread over their planet and swept them from history. In a desperate act to save their species they launched a remnant of survivors into the depths of space, frozen in cryo-sleep, to be awakened only when their ship detected a habitable planet. But...

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The witchfinder's mark  by Paul M. Clark

The witchfinder's mark

Paul M. Clark

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Samuel Hawke is a charlatan. His lucrative career as a witchfinder is built on fabricated evidence and forced confessions. His guilt grows with each innocent person he condemns and his only remaining motive is the financial rewards his profession offers him....

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A virtuous lie  by Christina O'Reilly

A virtuous lie

Christina O'Reilly

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"Hidden in the dense bush of the Manawatu, a tiny skeleton lies overgrown with weeds. DSS Archie Baldrick and DC Ben Travers discover that the victim is a young child who went missing from a rural skate park twenty years earlier. Who could possibly have...

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The reason  by Catherine Bennetto

The reason

Catherine Bennetto

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"Brooke's life has derailed. Her social life and career have evaporated, her daughter is desperately unhappy and being bullied at school, and for a 43-year-old, she probably spends too many weekends at her parents' house. But the reason for all of this is no...

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No retreat  by Rosy Fenwicke

No retreat

Rosy Fenwicke

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"Euphemia Sage follows a friend to the Acceptance Institute Retreat on Waiheke Island to stop her from giving away all her money. Once there she is trapped in her room, the only food is green and she is not allowed to exercise (properly). Her friend won't...

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Miracle  by Jennifer Lane

Miracle

Jennifer Lane

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"Born in the middle of Australia's biggest-ever earthquake, Miracle is fourteen when her world crumbles. Thanks to her dad's new job at Compassionate Cremations - which falls under suspicion for Boorunga's spate of sudden deaths - the entire town turns against...

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Savage Point  by Denise (Denise Margaret) Fitzpatrick

Savage Point

Denise (Denise Margaret) Fitzpatric...

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A bride's wedding ends in tragedy when her matron of honour is brutally murdered. Detective Inspector Ian Anderson leads the investigation. He will need all his skills to find the killer whose identity and trademarks are as mysterious as the motive behind the...

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Sacred land  by Stephen Lomax

Sacred land

Stephen Lomax

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"Marcus and James are still recovering from the death of their fellow investigator, Tim. They capture the interest of a film director, who invites them to an old Welsh site to conduct a televised investigation. Here, they reveal evidence of a dark history of...

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Barefoot  by R.V Bayley

Barefoot

R.V Bayley

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"Wellington, 1939. A hot summer’s day at a church picnic. Adelaide watches as a girl is rescued from the river and resolves to meet the unassuming hero of the moment. After a claustrophobic, strict childhood, John Brunner is Adelaide’s chance for a new...

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Wild pork and watercress  by Barry Crump

Wild pork and watercress

Barry Crump

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"When Ricky's beloved Aunt Bella dies and Social Welfare threatens to put him into care, the overweight Maori boy and cantankerous Uncle Hec flee into the remote and rugged Ureweras. The impassable bush serves up perilous adventures, forcing the pair of...

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The echo of a thousand voices  by Jillian Webster

The echo of a thousand voices

Jillian Webster

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"After a treacherous journey across the globe, Maia and Lucas have finally arrived at the mighty gates of Leucothea. But after waking up in the city’s guarded and locked Migrant Facility, Maia quickly discovers things are not as they seem. Why can’t she...

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September shadows  by Denise (Denise Margaret) Fitzpatrick

September shadows

Denise (Denise Margaret) Fitzpatric...

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"When Tracey marries Hank Carrington, her plan for a family quickly turns to one of survival after he returns to his homeland for a funeral. Tired of waiting and frustrated by his ongoing absence, she goes back to work for her long-time friend, Alec Birch. A...

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Nona the ninth  by Tamsyn Muir

Nona the ninth

Tamsyn Muir

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"Her city is under siege. The zombies are coming back. And all Nona wants is a birthday party. In many ways, Nona is like other people. She lives with her family, has a job at her local school, and loves walks on the beach and meeting new dogs. But Nona's not...

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Rushton Roulette  by Bronwyn Elsmore

Rushton Roulette

Bronwyn Elsmore

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"We're not committing suicide here. Trust me, we're coming back." Four women resist the thought of sliding into old age and decide to meet the challenge head on. "It's a bit like Russian Roulette," says Heather. "The chances are better in that," replies...

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Peace stick  by Stephen Johnson

Peace stick

Stephen Johnson

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"Erfurt, October 1962. Life for 13-year-old Ingrid Richter is pleasant. Autumn involves adventures with the Pioneers, walks in the Steigerwald, the Martini festival in the medieval Altstadt. In a few weeks, she will be gliding across the skating rink with...

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Primed for evil  by Denise (Denise Margaret) Fitzpatrick

Primed for evil

Denise (Denise Margaret) Fitzpatric...

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"The face of death ... When Detective Inspector Ian Anderson receives a chilling message on a lazy Sunday morning, he meets death in the form of a beautiful young factory worker, Jess Barton. Her mangled body leaves few clues for the dedicated detective. It is...

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Brightest star  by Andy Southall

Brightest star

Andy Southall

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"Stars don't twinkle. They burn like a billion bombs. The spaceship Domina Penelope crosses interstellar space in search of a new Earth. As it approaches the star system Norse the mission leader, Father Chadwick, struggles to control his crew. Worse, after...

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Whiskey lima golf  by Darin Dance

Whiskey lima golf

Darin Dance

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"Crippled in a war not of his making and returned home broken and scorned by some, Tom Yelich stumbles into an undercover world of shadows, where the worlds intelligence agencies vie for supremacy in the deadly Great Game being played on the streets of...

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Mad, bad and dead  by Sherryl Clark

Mad, bad and dead

Sherryl Clark

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"A dead employee. A missing child. Anonymous phone calls in the dead of night. Judi Westerholme's troubles aren't over... Already struggling to juggle co-running Candlebark's pub/bistro along with her new childcare responsibilities, what Judi doesn't need...

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The doctor's wife  by Fiona Sussman

The doctor's wife

Fiona Sussman

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Nothing in Stan Andino's unremarkable life could prepare him for the day he discovers his wife in the living room, naked except for a black apron, bleaching out a stain in the carpet that only she can see. A CT scan one week later explains the seemingly...

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A message for Nasty  by Roderick Fry

A message for Nasty

Roderick Fry

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"Marie and Vincent Broom enjoy a pleasant life on Hong Kong Island. Vincent is a New Zealander. Marie, born in Macau, is Portuguese-Chinese. Married for ten years, the couple have four adored children - daughters aged 9, 8 and 5 and a baby son of 14 months. It...

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Paper cage  by Tom Baragwanath

Paper cage

Tom Baragwanath

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Masterton isn't a big town. The community's tight, if not always harmonious. So when a child goes missing it's a big deal for everyone. And when a second kid disappears, the whole town's holding their own children that little bit tighter. Lorraine doesn't have...

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Sticks and stones  by Michelle Kelly

Sticks and stones

Michelle Kelly

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"In the heady gold rush days of the 1860s, men went missing and were never found. Some drowned, some starved, some simply disappeared never to be seen again. The third book in the Riverstones series, Sticks and Stones, continues the story of Mary Healey and...

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A stolen woman  by Catherine Lea

A stolen woman

Catherine Lea

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"'Find Me!' Those are the words on the note crumpled in Laney Donohue's disabled sister's hand. All Laney knows is that the young nurse aid who wrote them was taken by a man, and no one stopped him. Laney owes this young woman. She cared for Laney's sister...

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Anahera  by Vianne. author. Max

Anahera

Vianne. author. Max

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"We all imagine escaping into new worlds, but how challenging would it really be to survive? What if you were dragged through a gateway into a place filled with magic...and you had none? On Midsummer's Eve, Isabella Mackay finds herself pulled through the...

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The wandering nature of us girls  by Frankie McMillan

The wandering nature of us girls

Frankie McMillan

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"In these small stories, Frankie McMillan balances transgression and wit, showing a cast of unmoored characters with her signature warmth and compassion. Bursts of vivid, poetic writing blur the line between reality and surrealism as she explores all kinds of...

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Peninsula  by Sharron Came

Peninsula

Sharron Came

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There's Di, waking up in hospital, feeling scrubbed raw. Ritchie and Willy, toasting their dead friend with ginger beer. Kiri, frantically searching for a lost child. Ember Eyes, with his goat and his too-powerful gun. Rachel clambering up a cliff face. Ellen...

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Blue Hotel  by Chad Taylor

Blue Hotel

Chad Taylor

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"In 1987, leather-clad tourist Blanca Nul goes missing in New Zealand at the height of summer. Local reporter Ray Moody gets a scoop that the foreigner had modelled for a pornographic magazine called the Blue Hotel. There is, however, a problem: since Eva,...

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Kawai  by Monty Soutar

Kawai

Monty Soutar

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"This epic historical adventure tells the story of pre-colonial Aotearoa New Zealand like it's never been told before. A young Maori man, compelled to learn the stories of his ancestors, returns to his family marae on the east coast of the North Island to...

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Poor people with money  by Dominic Hoey

Poor people with money

Dominic Hoey

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Fifteen years ago, her kid brother Eddy disappeared and she'seen looking for him ever since. When she's not training, Monday Woolridge works in a bar. She is a fighter with a face covered in scars and life full of debt. Her Avondale flat has no furniture, her...

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More suspect speaking  by James (James Anthony) Stephens

More suspect speaking

James (James Anthony) Stephens

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"There are fifteen short short stories in this volume. All the stories are about people who have difficulty in verbal communication. People with aphasia. Aphasia is the loss of a previously held ability to articulate ideas or comprehend spoken or written...

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The suspect speaker  by James (James Anthony) author. Stephens

The suspect speaker

James (James Anthony) author. Steph...

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"There are fifteen short short stories in this volume. All the stories are about people who have difficulty in verbal communication. People with aphasia. Aphasia is the loss of a previously held ability to articulate ideas or comprehend spoken or written...

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Killerbyte  by Cat Connor

Killerbyte

Cat Connor

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"Ellie Conway is an FBI agent who works serial crime cases. As a hobby, she runs an internet poetry chat room. When someone tries to kill her, it soon becomes obvious it's linked to her after-hours pursuits on cyberspace. Matters become complicated when her...

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Return to Harikoa Bay  by Owen Marshall

Return to Harikoa Bay

Owen Marshall

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"So begins one of Owen Marshall's superbly subversive stories. He offers up a wide range of subjects, from untimely deaths to unusual discoveries made about friends or neighbours, from burnishing an overseas trip to a tale about saving a business venture...

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Arms & Legs  by Chloe Lane

Arms & Legs

Chloe Lane

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"In a Florida almost claustrophobic with life, New Zealand-born Georgie's marriage has stagnated. But there's no room to attend to it, as dangers small and large crowd in: teeth break, her son can't find his words, there's something in her husband's eye,...

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The collections  by Patricia Donovan

The collections

Patricia Donovan

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"The population bomb has exploded. Only extreme measures will save our species. Your Gift is our Future. Claris Millar accepts this ideology because she's a law-abiding citizen and because she understands completely the urgent, global need for sacrifice. And...

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Orion  by Chard Pawley

Orion

Chard Pawley

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"A.D. 2080. It has been sixty years since the Wars. Most of Earth is an uninhabitable wasteland. The remaining human population is crammed into Australia, New Zealand, and the ruins of the Indonesian archipelago. In the Commonwealth, most believe the Wars to...

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Better the blood  by Michael Bennett

Better the blood

Michael Bennett

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Hana Westerman is a tenacious Maori detective juggling single motherhood and the pressures of her career in Auckland's Central Investigation Branch. When she's led to a crime scene by a mysterious video, she discovers a man hanging in a secret room. Hana and...

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