Pick of the month
I admit I am a fangirl and possibly not as objective as I ought to be but I loved the 8th instalment of Sulari Gentill’s historical crime series featuring Rowland Sinclair and his chums. Not only does A DANGEROUS LANGUAGE have more of all the things I love about the series – great characters, lots of humour, fact and fiction woven together seamlessly – but it’s extra political and the historical figures are ones I have learned about myself. My only gripe is that it will be a whole year before the next instalment, though I am in the process of re-reading all the previous books which are being released in audio format. Delicious.
The rest, in reading order
I didn’t realise it at the time but I visited lots of countries virtually last month: New Zealand, Germany, Thailand, the USA twice (California and Louisiana), England, Iceland, Sweden, Australia and a fictional island in the Caribbean (near-ish to Guadalupe). Almost as good as travelling for real 🙂
- Simon Wyatt’s THE STUDENT BODY (a debut police procedural I featured as part of the blog tour for this year’s Ngaio Marsh Awards which celebrate excellence in New Zealand crime writing)
- Elisabeth Herrmann’s THE CLEANER (a German book that depicsts how the country’s divided past is still catching up with some people)
- David Casarett’s MURDER AT THE HOUSE OF ROOSTER HAPPINESS (a cosy mystery featuring a nurse ethicist working in a Thai hospital)
- Michael Connelly’s THE BLACK ICE (I’ve been trying to like Connelly’s Harry Bosch series for a while now but can’t seem to get into it (I know, I know…it’s my fault), this one had sat un-listened to for 5 years on my Audible queue – I did make it all the way through but the case was about drug dealers – my least favourite topic in crime fiction)
- Ruth Dugdall’s HUMBER BOY B (a suspense novel about a child who killed a child and how he – and others – try to come to terms with that when he is released from prison some years later)
- Ragnar Jonasson’s SNOWBLIND (an old-fashioned style whodunit, with a bit of what-was-IT-in-the-first-place thrown in for good measure, all set in a cold and isolated part of the world)
- Ellen Byron’s PLANTATION SHUDDERS (a cosy mystery in which guests at a Louisiana B&B are murdered at a rate that can’t be good for business)
- Karin Alvtegen‘s SHAME (a Swedish standalone novel in which two unrelated women fail spectacularly to cope with their respective secrets)
- Robert Thorogood‘s A MEDITATION ON MURDER (a tie-in to the TV series Death in Paradise which had almost but not quite all the elements of the fun show)
Other bits and pieces
Progress on bookish goals
12 down (not counting the two DNFs), 13 to go. Unlikey to achieve this one
4 down, 4 to go. Was looking good for this one but the host of this meme is taking a break and I haven’t been motivated to read the classics on my own.
I have only read 20 books that I owned before January 1. I’ve gotten rid of a few more via culling or deciding not to finish but my total TBR still stands at 126.
It doesn’t help that I went on a book shop binge this month – something I haven’t done for ages. Psychologically I know that retail therapy isn’t helping me in the long term but the short term high is pretty good. All but one of these authors is new to me and my haul includes a crime novel written by a female Italian author, something I’ve been keen to find for ages.
Buy no physical or eBooks from stores outside Australia (Audio books are my exception)
So far so good. I hope my efforts are appreciated by local retailers. The above haul cost me $155.96 at a nearby bricks & mortar store whereas a comparison shopping site tells me I could have saved nearly $50 if I’d used a combination of online sellers from overseas.
Have read three eligible books for the whole of 2017. Unlikely to read 7 more during the final quarter but I suppose stranger things have happened.
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What about you? How is your reading going for the year? Anything from September that you want to shout about?