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
- BIRTHDAYS FOR THE DEAD by Stuart MacBride (2 stars)
- DEFENDING JACOB by William Landay (2.5 stars)
- IN HER BLOOD by Annie Hauxwell (3.5 stars)
- THE BOY IN THE SUITCASE by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis (3 stars)
- THE FALLEN by Jassy Mackenzie (2.5 stars)
- THE QUEEN’S HEAD by Edward Marston (3 stars) (no review of this solidly entertaining historical mystery set in the Elizabethan era)
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