Wednesday, 1 May 2013
APRIL 2013 - READING LIST
A decent month's reading with 14 books in total read during the month. They were as follows; with my unscientific rating displayed in brackets after the title.
Michael Connelly - The Drop (2011) (5)
Dick Francis - Forfeit (1968) (4)
Harlan Coben - Play Dead (1990) (2)
Bill Pronzini - The Vanished (1973) (5)
Leif G. W. Persson - Between Summer's Longing And Winter's End (2010) (4)
Gerard Brennan - Other Stories And Nothing But Time (2012) (4)
Roger Smith - Ishmael Toffee (2012) (4)
Max Allan Collins - Blood Money (1973) (3)
James Crumley - The Last Good Kiss (1979) (4)
Robert Crais - Free Fall (1993) (4)
Lawrence Block - A Stab In The Dark (1981) (4)
John D. MacDonald - A Purple Place For Dying (3)
Randy Wayne White - The Heat Islands (1992) (3)
Camilla Lackberg - The Stranger (2011) (2)
I met all my reading challenges for the month, plus I managed to stay afloat with my continuing commitment to having 6 series of books on the go at once. One thing that did become apparent to me was the fact that I could have been a wee bit more considered in my choice of series to follow.
Block/Scudder - PI (in all but name)
Crais/Cole - PI
Pronzini/Nameless - PI
MacDonald/McGee - salvage expert with investigative traits - amateur PI
White/Doc Ford - marine biologist with an amateurish sleuthy bent - oh a sort of PI then?
Collins/Nolan - heistman/professional thief.
Why not select a police procedural series to follow? I've plenty of Rankin/Rebus or Robinson/Banks I could have selected, just to mention a couple of unread series on my shelves. Still in the words of Magnus Magnusson, "I've started so I'll finish!"
There were some decent books read in the month, no non-fiction again, 1 by a female author, 9 set in the US of A, 1 in the UK, 1 in Ireland (short stories), 1 in South Africa and 2 in Sweden.
Leif G. W. Persson was enjoyable if overlong, Block was quality as were Roger Smith, Robert Crais and Gerard Brennan. Most of the others were enjoyable if not memorable.
Only 2 that were below average, but I won't dwell on them.
Top books in the month Pronzini's The Vanished and Connelly's The Drop.
On the basis that Pronzini was my book of the month last month, I'm going to spread the love and vote for Michael Connelly's The Drop as my April Book of the month.
Kerrie's excellent blog collates together the crime blogging communitites monthly round-ups over at Mysteries in Paradise, check it out.