2012 continues to be a slow reading year for me as June saw me occupied with moving house and renovating. My books are still all packed away in boxes as the room they are to live in awaits painting and new shelving though happily last weekend I did unearth my TBR boxes and discovered my eReader. The misplacement of that pesky device has caused me to fail in my bid to read all the novels shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger Award for translated crime fiction which is to be announced on Friday (2 of the books are on that device which I couldn’t find for several weeks). Oh well.
I imagine though that my pick of the month, Antonio Hill’s THE SUMMER OF DEAD TOYS – set against the backdrop of a wilting Barcelona summer – would have been my choice even if I’d managed to read a lot more books. I haven’t posted a review yet (one is half-written) but it’s a jolly fine book about a troubled policeman asked to investigate the death of a young man who was originally thought to have committed suicide. It’s highly recommended reading.
Reviews of the rest of my month’s reading are also in short supply, though if you like the idea of a light but entertaining old-fashioned whodunnit you might like to check out the murderous shenanigans at a suburban bowls club as depicted by Australian author Ellen Mary Wilton in HYSTERIA AT THE WISTERIA. A proper review of Anna Jansson’s KILLER’S ISLAND, set on Sweden’s summer holiday destination island Gotland, has been submitted to Euro Crime but I haven’t gotten around to writing full reviews of anything else I managed to read for the month and, if we’re being realistic, I’m unlikely to. I did scribble some brief thoughts on all the audio books I listened to while packing though.
Books vs Adaptations
I recently started writing posts in which I compare a book to its adaptation. I’ve always loved watching adaptations of books I’ve read – good and bad and enjoy pondering what it is that makes a really good one. This month I posted twice for the series. Once over at Celebrating Reginald Hill (a marvellous, month-long celebration of a brilliant writer) where I discussed the first book in Hill’s Dalziel and Pascoe series A CLUBBABLE WOMAN and once here on my own blog where I took a look at Val McDermid’s A PLACE OF EXECUTION. If you can think of a book with an interesting adaptation that I should check out do leave me a comment as I am enjoying the process of tracking down and watching movies I’ve not seen.
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