Nothing sucked only 1 - 3 STAR read, conversely a lot of them were very good but only 1 - 5 STAR read.
Pick of the month - Lawrence Block's Keller in Des Moines - another episode in my favourite hitman's life and a story with no resolution as such - just an urgent invite to read the longer novel where our tale concludes.
The month could in some ways be regarded as a Lawrence Block tribute month - I read one old lost and recently found book from him - Sinner Man - and seven of his Kindle singles with Keller, a few of which had been enjoyed before as they also form part of the longer work Hitman.
The full list with links...
Paul Heatley - The Boy (2015) (4.5)
Lawrence Block - Keller in Dallas (2009) (4.5)
Christopher Davis - Walking to Babylon (2017) (4)
Lawrence Block - Keller's Adjustment (2005) (4)
William E. Wallace - Hangman's Dozen (2016) (4.5)
G. B. Williams - Locked Up (2017) (3)
Lawrence Block - Keller on the Spot (1998) (4.5)
Lawrence Block - Keller's Horoscope (2001) (4)
David Putnam - The Innocents (2018) (4.5)
Lawrence Block - Sinner Man (1968/2016) (4.5)
Kevin Berg - Indifference (2016) (4.5)
Joe R. Lansdale - Briar Patch Boogie (2016) (4.5)
Lawrence Block - Keller's Therapy (2013) (4)
Nick Kolakowski - A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps (2017) (4.5)
Lesley Welsh - In the Blood (2018) (4.5)
Jeffrey Archer - The Man Who Robbed His Own Post Office (2007) (4)
Graham Smith - Past Echoes (2018) (4)
Lawrence Block - Keller in Des Moines (2016) (5)
Lawrence Block - Keller the Dogkiller (2016) (4.5)
Dissecting the month to the nth degree.....
11 x 4.5 STAR READS...... Lawrence Block x 4, Paul Heatley, Nick Kolakowski, Lesley Welsh, Kevin Berg, Joe R. Lansdale, William E. Wallace, David Putnam
6 x 4 STAR READS.....Lawrence Block x 3, Christopher Davis, Graham Smith and Jeffrey Archer.
1 x 3 STAR READ ..... enjoyable, but not without a few niggles - G.B. Williams and Locked Up
19 reads from 12 different authors, 8 from Lawrence Block
7 of the 12 were new-to-me authors....... Kevin Berg, William E. Wallace, Christopher Davis, Lesley Welsh, Nick Kolakowski, G.B. Williams and Jeffrey Archer - though I may have read Archer about 30 years ago.
I have more on the pile from William E. Wallace, Christopher Davis and Nick Kolakowski (well I did, but I've since read his second book - Slaughterhouse Blues.)
5 authors have been read and enjoyed before - Lawrence Block and Joe R. Lansdale - numerous times, David Putnam (4), Graham Smith (2), Paul Heatley (3) and
I have more on the TBR pile from all of them.
Gender analysis - mostly male authors, 2 females - Lesley Welsh and G.B. Williams....... despite assertions that I'm going to correct the imbalance in my reading, I never do.
I believe of the 12 authors I read, 5 are English, and 7 hail from the US.
All 19 of the reads were fiction - 8 novels and 1 collection of short stories, 10 reads were less than 100 pages long
One of the books - Sinner Man - the re-discovered Lawrence Block originated from the 60s, one of the reads was penned in the 90s - a Block - Keller episode.
4 reads were from the 2000s, the other 13 from this decade - including three 2018 books and three from 2017.
10 of the 19 books were accessed via a Kindle Unlimited trial, 2 were review copies made available from the publisher - Bloodhound Books, 2 came from the authors, 4 were pre-owned with the last accessed free through iBooks and finished off via Amazon Freebie purchase.
Favourite cover? Sinner Man - Lawrence Block
Second favourite – Nick Kolakowski's A Brutal Bunch of Heartbroken Saps
My reads were this long 85 - 43- 186 - 72 - 155 - 288 - 30 - 47 - 324 - 240 - 308 - 56 - 38 - 134 - 300 - 42 - 348 - 30 -35
Total page count = 2761 (2323 in December)....... a 400 page increase
16 and a half Kindle reads, 1/2 a read on my phone, 1 PDF and 1 trade paperback ARC.
7 < 50,
3 between 51 < 100,
3 between 101 < 200,
3 between 201 < 300,
3 between 301 < 400,
0 > 400 pages
Graham Smith's Past Echoes was the longest read at 348 pages.
A couple of Lawrence Block - Keller's the shortest at 30 pages each - Keller on the Spot and Keller in Des Moines