No FIVE STAR READ, but seven of the 10 were close run things at 4.5 STARS - Mark Brandi - Into the River, Paul D. Brazill - Last Year's Man, Ralph Dennis - Atlanta Deathwatch, Bill James - Hitmen I Have Known, E. A. Aymar's The Unrepentant and two from David Swinson - The Second Girl and Crime Song.
|Pick of the month!|
The other 3 were 4 STARS READS each - Peter Ritchie and Where No Shadows Fall, Nigel Bird with Mr Suit and Julie Morrigan and Cutter's Deal
I spent time in the company of .......
an investigation into a Scottish prison suicide and more
two Australian boys and a deed done in later life
an ex-cop, PI with a dirty habit hunting a missing girl and in another book, a more personal case - the murder of his cousin
an ageing hitman, past his sell by date
a couple double act, one under suspicion of a couple of killings
a girl fleeing traffickers and forced prostitution
another ex-cop and his sidekick investigating the death of a gangster's girlfriend
a fractured family, some missing money and a possible mercy killing
a criminal gang on the up an up and an ordinary family caught in their web
Settings..... Glasgow and Edinburgh; Wimmera - Australia; Washington DC; London and Seatown - a fictional NE town in England; the Virginia, Maryland, D.C. triangle; a fictional town outside London; Atlanta; Washington DC again; London and Sunderland
The full list of ten read as follows, with links to my thoughts if you're inclined....
Peter Ritchie - Where No Shadows Fall (2019) (4)
Mark Brandi - Into the River (2019) (4.5)
David Swinson - The Second Girl (2016) (4.5)
Paul D. Brazill - Last Year's Man (2018) (4.5)
Bill James - Hitmen I Have Known (2019) (4.5)
E.A. Aymar - The Unrepentant (2019) (4.5)
Ralph Dennis - Atlanta Deathwatch (1974) (4.5)
David Swinson - Crime Song (2017) (4.5)
Nigel Bird - Mr Suit (2012) (4)
Julie Morrigan - Cutter's Deal (2015) (4)
If you're not asleep yet - anal analysis for my own amusement - read on if you're an insomniac ......
New to me authors in the month - 6 - Peter Ritchie, David Swinson, Mark Brandi, E. A. Aymar, Ralph Dennis and Julie Morrigan
I have more on the pile to read from Swinson, Aymar, Dennis and Morrigan
Authors enjoyed before - 4 - Bill James, Paul D. Brazill, Nigel Bird and David Swinson. He counts in both columns as I read him twice!
There's more on the TBR pile from all of them - Bird, Brazill, James and Swinson
10 reads from 9 different authors. David Swinson was read twice.
6 were series books - David Swinson's The Second Girl and Crime Song are the first two in his Frank Marr trio of books. Trigger is the third. Where No Shadows Hide is the fourth in Peter Ritchie's Grace Macallan series, Hitmen I Have Known is the 35th or 36th entry in the Harpur and Iles series from Bill James, Atlanta Deathwatch is the first in Ralph Dennis's 12 book Hardman series. Julie Morrigan's Cutter's Deal is followed on by Cutter's Firm and Cutter's Fall
Gender analysis - 1 female authors, 8 male.
Another poor attempt at diversity in my reading, but it is 1 more than February!
Of the 9 different authors read, 4 hailed from the US, 2 possibly 3 from England - the 3rd UK born definitely, 1 from Scotland, 1 from Australia, 1 from Wales,
All 10 of the reads were fiction,
9 of the 10 books were published this century and all this decade.
4 from 2019, 1 each from 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2012
1 book was from 1974, re-published last year
Only 1 came from the man-cave blue tub stash in my garage.
Publishers - All Due Respect Books - Black and White Publishing - Mulholland Books x 2 - Legend Press - Severn House - Down and Out Books - Brash Books - Sea Minor - Morrigan Publishing. (I think a couple of the presses above disguise the fact they they are the author's own output, not that it makes a difference to me.)
5 of the 10 reads were pre-owned,
3 were accessed at Net Galley early reviewer site, cheers to publishers Down and Out Books, Legend Press and Severn House
2 were received directly from the publisher - thanks to All Due Respect and Black and White Publishing
Favourite cover? David Swinson - The Second Girl
Second favourite cover - David Swinson - Crime Song
My reads were this long 400 - 184 - 368 - 136 - 188 - 220 - 230 - 368 - 82 - 89
Total page count = 2265 (2795 in February) ....... a decrease of 530 pages
3 were Kindle reads, 3 were ePub files read on the laptop, 4 were paperbacks,
0 < 50,
2 between 51 < 100,
3 between 101 < 200,
2 between 201 < 300,
3 between 301 < 400,
0 > 400 pages
Peter Ritchie and Where No Shadows Fall was the longest read at 400 pages
Nigel Bird and Mr Suit was the shortest at 82 pages long.