Pick of the month
I read 11 books for the first month of the year and had a bit more variety than I normally do with one non-fiction work and a non-crime novel. Baby steps to diversity😁 I’ve found it quite difficult to pick my favourite as there was lots of good reading but I’ve settled on Leif G.W. Persson’s THE DYING DETECTIVE. The story centers on a retired policeman who attempts to solve the cold case murder of a young child from his sick bed. As well as enjoying the characterisations, particularly of the central character, I liked the restrained and thoughtful way the book explored the issue of justice.
The rest, in reading order
- Tom Keneally CRIMES OF THE FATHER (An Australian national treasure tackles the issue of the Catholic Church’s failure to adequately address the issue of abuse of children by its clergy)
- Cath Staincliffe THE SILENCE BETWEEN BREATHS (with her usual panache Staincliffe puts us on a Manchester train on which one of the passengers is planning a terrorist act)
- Sheila Connolly RED DELICIOUS DEATH (a cute cosy in which a young chef is killed while establishing a new restaurant in apple-growing country)
- Josephine Pullein-Thompson GIN AND MURDER (my crimes of the century read this month took me to England’s hunting set in 1959, the setting had a real ring of authenticity)
- Kate Dyer-Seeley SCENE OF THE CLIMB (I stopped in Oregon for my virtual tour of the US where things got deadly for a group of reality TV contestants)
- Bill Crider TOO LATE TO DIE (Another stop on that virtual tour of the US, this time in Texas for the investigation of the murder of a young married woman with lots of visitors, this book was a runner up for my pick of the month)
- Ariana Franklin & Samantha Norman WINTER SIEGE (a complicated historical mystery set in 1141 and involving a brutal attack on a young girl)
- Greg Pyers THE UNFORTUNATE VICTIM (based on a true story of a murder in a gold mining town in 1865 this one reeks of authenticity)
- Rebecca Bradley SHALLOW WATERS (a police procedural investigating a series of murders of young girls and the hunt for one who might still be alive)
- Megan Norris LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO (the non-fiction book I read about the truly horrendous phenomenon of men who kill their children as an act of revenge against their wives and partners – it’s well written and handles the topic as sensitively as possible but the subject matter is going to be tough going for some)
Progress on bookish goals
1 down, 24 to go. Need to pick up speed
1 down, 7 to go. On track
I read 7 books owned prior to the start of the year, but the TBR stands at 128 because some shopping got done as well. Need to work harder.
Buy no physical or eBooks from stores outside Australia (Audio books are my exception)
2 of 10 books read. Looking good.
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What about you? How did your reading year start? Are you off with a bang or a whimper?