Back on track with a great month's reading after a couple of months in the doldrums. Assisted by a lazy week sitting around a pool in Spain, sipping cold San Miguel's, I read 13 books in the month - only a few of which I've managed to pen some thoughts on.
The full list of reads were.......
Steven Hayward - Jammed Up (A Debt Gone Bad Novella) (2016) (4)
Robin Yocum - A Brilliant Death (2016) (5)
Sarah M. Chen - Cleaning Up Finn (2016) (4.5)
Stephen Jay Schwartz - Boulevard (2009) (4)
Robert Campbell - Plugged Nickel (1988) (4)
Kenneth Cook - Fear is the Rider (2016) (4.5)
Iain Ryan - Four Days (2015) (4.5)
Augusto De Angelis - The Hotel of the Three Roses (1936/2016) (3.5)
J. Frank James - Lou Malloy: The Run Begins (2013) (4)
Lou Berney - Whiplash River (2012) (4)
Harry Dolan - Bad Things Happen (2009) (4)
Patrick Hoffman - Every Man a Menace (2016) (4)
Duane Swierczynski - Canary (2015) (4.5)
Book of the Month - Robin Yocum's A Brilliant Death - the only book scoring top marks.
4 reads a shade below at 4.5, 7 rating 4 stars and 1 slightly less - Augusto De Angelis at 3.5. Nothing sucked, nothing wasted my time.
A bit more trivia or data........
9 of the 13 were new-to-me authors, 4 have been read before - Robert Campbell, Iain Ryan, Lou Berney and Duane Swierczynski.
No surprises here - 12 dudes, only 1 dudess - but Sarah M. Chen more than held her own.
9 authors hail from the US, 2 from Australia, 1 from Italy, 1 from England
All 13 were fiction.
7 were paperback reads, 5 were Kindle editions, 1 was a PDF - printed and read (sod the trees!)
1 originally published in the 1930s, 1 from the 1980s, 2 from the noughties, 9 from this decade - 5 from this year.
5 of the 13 books I pre-owned, 1 was accessed via Net Galley, 1 was accessed via Edelweiss, 4 were sent to me by publishers and 2 from the authors/publicists on their behalf.
Favourite cover? A few contenders - Yocum's isn't too bad. Swierczynski's is fun and eye-catching. Campbell's is quite interesting, Sarah M. Chen's is cool.
A couple I really don't like - sorry Mr Hayward and Mr James, though I probably haven't done Steven Hayward any favours using a crappy out of focus image - sorry!
On balance, Patrick Hoffman's Every Man a Menace is a winner, with a lot more going on there than at first glance!