Another decent month's reading but the blogging and reviewing proved to be a bit of a struggle.
I still have about 4 books to post a few semi-coherent thoughts on from last month.
The full list of reads is as follows:
Larry D. Sweazy - See Also Murder (2015) (4)
Max Allan Collins - Hush Money (1981) (4)
Nik Frobenius - Dark Branches (2015) (4)
John Lantigua - Heat Lightning (1987) (4)
Chelsea Cain - Heartsick (2007) (4)
Bill Pronzini - Labyrinth (1981) (5)
Ken Bruen - Merrick (2014) (3)
Sam Abbott - A Cold Goodbye (2015) (4)
Charles Bukowski - The Bell Tolls For No One (2015) (4)
Jonathan Craig - Junkie (1952) (4)
Pick of the month and the only title meriting an arbitrary 5 stars - Bill Pronzini's Labyrinth from 1981 - the 6th entry in his still running series.
Second most enjoyable book was Max Allan Collins - 4th Nolan entry Hush Money from the same year.
One disappointment - Ken Bruen's Merrick - more on that to follow soon.
A bit of useless data..........
10 reads from 10 different authors.
6 of the 10 were new-to-me authors.
1 of the 10 was a 5 star read and 8 of the other 10 were 4's – with only one 3 star.
8 of the 10 authors read were male. 2 were female.
Cover of the month! The Bell Tolls For No One
6 of the 10 authors hail from the US. 1 from England - now domiciled in the US, 1 from Ireland, 1 from Norway, 1 from Germany - though his prose have more of a grounding in the US - Charles Bukowski! (Birthplace is my arbitrary identifier.)
One book from the 50s, three from the 80s, one from the 2000s and 5 from this decade.
9 were definitely fiction - Bukowski's book was a selection of his pieces that were originally put out under his Notes of a Dirty Old Man underground newspaper column. There were a few short stories as well in there - so we'll call it 50/50. Fiction-non fiction.
3 books were sent to me by the authors (or publicists/publishers on their behalf) – cheers!.
2 were accessed via Edelweiss review site (similar to Net Galley), 1 was a Munsey's freebie
4 were pre-owned/bought!
4 were paperbacks, 1 was a hardback, 4 were Kindle reads and 1 was a PDF file.
Total page count - 2260