The upside of the fact that my February reading slump well and truly leached into March is that I don’t have quite so many finished books from which to make the difficult choice of book of the month. However Australian author Wendy James’ THE MISTAKE could take its rightful place as the best book of any month, being a cracker of a read. It tells the story of a young girl desperate to escape the life of neglect and poverty that she was born to and the secrets she keeps so she can keep her new life. I’d recommend it widely.
In the end I only finished a total of 7 books including that one, and haven’t even found the time to review most of those! I’ll be kicked out of the book bloggers society if I’m not careful. The other books I can recommend are
- A BALI CONSPIRACY MOST FOUL by Shamini Flint (3.5 stars, no full review but a brief discussion in this post)
- FEAR NOT by Anne Hold (3 stars, I hope to write a review still)
- INTO THE DARKEST CORNER by Elizabeth Haynes (3.5 stars – I hope to write a review still)
- THE BLACKHOUSE by Peter May (3.5 stars? or 4? haven’t decided yet – the review is half written)
- THE POTTER’S FIELD by Andrea Camilleri (3.5 stars)
- THE ROPE by Nevada Barr (3 stars)
My only novel completed for this challenge was Wendy James’ THE MISTAKE which takes my tally to 5 and puts me half way through the challenge, though I do plan to read more than my allotted 10 books (now that I appear to be out of my slump). There’s still time to join this challenge if you dare.
I’ve also been listening to and reading lots of news about the topic of women writers which seems to be on everyone’s minds at the moment. I was going to post some links here but there seems to be rather a lot of them now that I’m looking so I’ll do a separate post later.
At this point I’m just hoping my whole reading (and reviewing) slump and the disgruntlement it causes in my psyche is finished with. I’d like to go back to being gruntled – which means lots of reading and then rambling about it here on the blog (which I have, surprisingly, missed nearly as much as the reading itself).
I’ve got virtual trips to Iceland, Scotland, Washington DC and Sydney planned and then who knows? Got anything to recommend? Rhian over at It’s A Crime has made me very aware that we readers need to support new authors not just our old favourites with her new series of posts focusing on new authors (it’s called Starting Out and the first post was from an author who has chosen to self publish) so let me know if you think there’s a good debut out there I should read.
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