Sunday, 6 December 2015


10 books and stories of assorted length were read in the month which was better than October. And I have now hit my yearly target of 120, so December is pressure free month!

Michael Fowler - Black and Blue (2014) (4.5)

Jay Stringer - Faithless Street (2012) (4.5)

Jay Stringer  - Old Gold (2012) (4.5)

Mary E. Buser  - Lockdown on Rikers (2015) (4.5)

E. Phillips Oppenheim - The Evil Shepherd (1922) (3)

Frank Westworth - First Contract (2014) (4.5)

Walter Rhein - Reckless Traveler (2015) (4.5)

David Whish-Wilson - Line of Sight (2010) (5)

Bill Pronzini - Dragonfire (1982) (4.5)

Max Allan Collins - Spree (1987) (4.5)

A bit of useless data..........

10 reads from 9 different authors,

7 of the 9 were new-to-me authors.

1 – 5 star read and book of the month – David Whish-Wilson’s Line of Sight.

8 of the 10 were 4.5 star reads and 1 was a 3. So pretty much everything was enjoyed.

8 of the 9 authors read were male. 1 female. Same as last month – stability then!

Cover of the month! Jay Stringer – Old Gold!

4 of the 9 authors hail from the US. 4 from England, 1 from Australia, 

1 book from the 1920s, 2 from the 80s, 7 from this decade - 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

8 were fiction - 5 novels, 1 novella, 1 short story, 1 short story collection. 2 non-fiction reads – one visiting Rikers Island jail and the other, a slightly more pleasant destination – Peru.

3 books were sent to me by the author, 1 by the publisher, 1 was a Project Gutenberg freebie!

5 were bought.

1 was a paperback, 1 was a hardback, 6 were Kindle reads 2 were PDF files.

Total page count - 1981 

Kerrie over at Mysteries in Paradise, collates crime fiction bloggers monthly round ups and their best books over here.
Check out what others enjoyed in November here.


  1. So glad you enjoyed Line of Sight, Col. I hope you'll get the chance to readZero at the Bone, too. I think it's at least as good as the first one.

    1. I'm hoping I get to it sooner rather than later, Margot. It should be good!

  2. Col, I will check out David Whish-Wilson's novels and definitely the last two mentioned.

    1. I hope you do Prashant - plenty of good reading here!

  3. That is a very varied collection of books - full marks for eclectic tastes (within your genre of course...)

    1. Moira cheers - more of the same in December I hope!

  4. Based on your scores, you mostly had a great month of reading. And that is what it is all about. (Well, for me anyway.)

    1. Yes, and possibly the Oppenheim was better than a 3 maybe, looking back....

  5. The Evil Shepherd has a very good cover. What is the subject and is it vintage?

    1. Glen - definitely Vintage - 1922. A lawyer successfully defends a man accused of murder. The man taunts him afterwards that he committed the crime. Said murderer then gets his comeuppance and our man believes the wife - to whom he has become attracted - did it. Story then develops around the wife and the wife's father - who may or may not be a criminal mastermind. Fairly enjoyable if not a bit nonsensical - FREE at PROJECT GUTENBERG!

  6. 1 was a Project Gutenberg freebie

    Hm. Really hard to guess which one that might be . . .

    Hm. I keep meaning to read me some Oppenheim, and have a few on the tablet (derived from the same source as you got this one!).

    1. Worth a look I think and over 150 to choose from!