Books of the Month – May 2012

2012 is turning out to be a very slow reading year for me as May was another month where I read far fewer books than I would normally do.  My evenings have been spent getting ready for moving house rather than my usual pass time of reading. There are many reasons I’m looking forward to being in my new abode in mid-June, not least among them the ability to get back to full reading strength.

My pick of the month for May’s reads is Chris Grabenstein’s FUN HOUSE, the seventh book in the Ceepak and Boyle series set in a fictional resort town on the New Jersey shore where this time out our heroes take on reality television. With many long-running series failing to live up to my expectations I was chuffed to find that the latest book in this series is well and truly up to the usual standard. As more and more crime fiction tends towards the much-celebrated gritty realism (more on that later) I am newly appreciative of crime writers who can entertain and provoke thought without making my stomach churn.

Other books I read this month were

All but 2 of these books were by new-to-me authors, only one of those a début which is also the only book by an Australian author (IN HER BLOOD).
This month’s reading has really got me thinking about violence in crime fiction. A subject I think I will return to in a future blog post when my thoughts have crystallised a little more.

If you want to see other people’s crime fiction picks of the month head over to Mysteries in Paradise for the Pick of the Month meme

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7 thoughts on “Books of the Month – May 2012

  1. I had a slow month too Bernadette so I know how you feel. Will be interested to hear your thoughts on CF in due course.

  2. Bernadette – I’m glad you picked the Chris Grabenstein. That’s a good series and you’re quite right that it doesn’t depend on stomach-churning violence for the story line. I really am interested in hearing what you think about the violence aspect of crime fiction. In the meantime, I wish you well with the packing and preparing for your move.

  3. Sorry you did not like Defending Jacob more, after recommending it (guilt!). But thanks to you I shall soon be reading the Annie Hauxwell book, looking forward to it. I haven’t read Chris Grabenstein so I’ll add him to my list of authors to look into (I’m picking up a lot of these from these books of the month posts!).
    Hope the move is going well, it will be lovely once you are “in”– & look forward to your violence post. Will try not to be too extreme in commenting on it ;-)

  4. i’m using The Unfinished Ones and Last Will, diversely different, but good reads. Unfinished Ones has lovely writing and great Roma characters.

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