After a couple of months of fairly ordinary reading I seemed to hit my stride again in April, in quality at least if not quantity. As I gushed about on the weekend my book of the month is Australian author Virginia Duigan’s THE PRECIPICE. It’s a fantastic tale about an elderly woman who is almost as unlike the proverbial little old lady as it is possible for anyone to be. I fell in love with her in the same gushing way that my 14-year old self fell for Fitzwilliam Darcy (I was a 14 year old girl, it’s in the rule book). This is my second 5-star read for the year and I am recommending it to all.
II finished another 10 books for the month including all of these that I would recommend
- A DARKER DOMAIN by Val McDermid (4 stars)
- AFFAIRS OF STEAK by Julie Hyzy (3 stars) (review lost in the cracks of my memory)
- THE FIELD OF BLOOD by Denise Mina (4.5 stars)
- A DARK REDEMPTION by Stav Sherez (4 stars)
- OR THE BULL KILLS YOU by Jason Webster (3 stars)
- A DISSECTION OF MURDER by Felicity Young (4.5 stars)
- A CLUBBABLE WOMAN by Reginald Hill (4 stars) (review to come)
- THE THIEF by Fuminori Nakamura (4 stars)
- NIGHTS OF AWE by Harri Nykänen (3.5 stars)
I’m now up to 7 terrific books by Australian women and I listed them all in a recent post. I’m so impressed with the quality and variety of books I’ve read for this challenge, and am amazed at the variety all the participants have been reading (677 at the time of posting). Australian women writers rock!
I posted about this year’s International Dagger Award for crime fiction translated into English. The shortlist will be announced at the end of May but I have speculated already about its makeup.
I also discussed the iPad and web apps that enhance my reading life. On reflection I suspect this makes me look just a wee bit obsessed. Oh well.
I introduced a new feature here at the blog called book versus adaptation (hopefully the title is self explanatory). I’m aiming to write one of these a month (though I’m not going to kill myself over it) as a justification for having gone a little bit mad buying DVDs and downloaded movies lately. I started out with FIELD OF BLOOD, a book written by Scottish author Denise Mina who was also credited as helping with the TV movie made of the book last year.
I’m still trying to read a few more titles eligible for the above-mentioned International Dagger award and I have to read William Landay’s DEFENDING JACOB for book club. Plus I have new books by 3 great Aussie women writers that I want to get to. And tonight I have downloaded an audio book I’ve been looking forward to for months – FUN HOUSE is the new John Ceepak novel written by Chris Grabenstein and narrated by Jeff Woodman. That friends is my definition of happiness.
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