Four of the authors were new to me, a fifth - Agatha Christie may as well have been since it's been probably 35 years since I last picked up one of hers. Miss Marple short stories they were, though I have been advised to try one of her longer outings next time around.
In truth it wasn't really that great a month, quality-wise. Willeford, Disher and Pryor were averagely okay, but I have read better from all of them previously. Shannon was a bit too supernatural-ish for my liking and the Livers book I meandered through.
The month was rescued by three books. The 39 Steps was exciting and a quick read, which was enjoyed before seeing a great adaptation of it on the stage.
Greed by Dan O'Shea rocked me again after his superb Penance last month. O'Shea is someone whose shopping list I reckon I could read and be thrilled by.
|February's book of the month.|
On my challenge front I haven't racked up too many entries. Disher did for Australia/New Zealand. Buchan for Scottish, Espionage and Vintage. Christie for Vintage - somewhere or other. Plus a slot on the US State Challenge was filled by Livers.
Harry Shannon - Behold The Child (3)
Garry Disher - Two-Way Cut (3)
John Buchan - The Thirty-Nine Steps (4)
John Ball - In The Heat Of The Night (5)
Charles Willeford - The Ordainment Of Brother Springer (3)
Dan O'Shea - Greed (5)
Paulette Livers - Cementville (3)
Agatha Christie - Miss Marple's Final Cases (3)
Mark Pryor - The Crypt Thief (3)
|A close second!|