A decent month's reading - 11 books in total, with one stand-out 5 STAR read - funny enough the first book I picked up in the month. Two 3 STAR reads which weren't amazing, but ok overall. The rest were in-between.
5 STAR - PICK OF THE MONTH - Peter Ritchie's Our Little Secrets
4.5 STAR READS - just scraping the crossbar x 4 - Owen Laukkanen's Deception Cove, Patrick E. McLean and The Soak, Matt Phillips and Countdown and M.P. Wright's A Sinner's Prayer
4 STAR READS x 3 - Jack Lynch and The Dead Never Forget, Linwood Barclay's The TwentThree and The Best Lousy Choice by Jim Nesbitt
3.5 STARS x 1 - Anthony Horowitz - The Magpie Murders
3 STAR x 2 - David Gordon and The Hard Stuff and The Scribe by A.A. Chaudhuri
I spent time in the company of .....
a criminal fraternity, the leader hiding a secret along with an ambitious cop
an author, his editor and his ailing series character in a dual murder mystery
an ex-reporter turned PI caught in the crossfire of a gang war
a detective investigating a mass poisoning in a small town, more murders occurring and lots on his plate
a damaged veteran, an ex-con, a rescue dog and some dodgy cops
a career criminal too stubborn to retire and on one last job
a bouncer with connections to organised crime and involved in a diamond and drugs heist
an ex-cop, PI looking into a suspicious death in the Texas borderlands
a cop, a legal eagle and a twisted serial killer
a West Indian caretaker, coerced by the police into some investigating into the disappearance of an Indian man
a Californian pot-shop collective and some reprobates interested in some easy plunder
Settings...... Edinburgh; near Bath and somewhere in Suffolk (from memory); San Francisco and other Californian parts; a small town (Promise Falls - fictitious?) in New York state; a small coastal community (Deception Cove - made up?) in Washington state; Charlotte - North Carolina and the Florida Keys; New York; East Texas badlands; London; Bristol, England in the late 60s and present day San Diego
The full list for the month.........
Peter Ritchie - Our Little Secrets (2019) (5)
Anthony Horowitz - Magpie Murders (2016) (3.5)
Jack Lynch - The Dead Never Forget (1982) (4)
Linwood Barclay - The Twenty-Three (2016) (4)
Owen Laukkanen - Deception Cove (2019) (4.5)
Patrick E. McLean - The Soak (2017) (4.5)
David Gordon - The Hard Stuff (2019) (3)
Jim Nesbitt - The Best Lousy Choice (2019) (4)
A.A. Chaudhuri - The Scribe (2019) (3)
M.P. Wright - A Sinner's Prayer (2019) (4.5)
Matt Phillips - Countdown (2019) (4.5)
Anal analysis time read on if you're an insomniac ......
New to me authors in the month - 5 - M.P. Wright, A.A. Chaudhuri, Jim Nesbitt, Anthony Horowitz and Jack Lynch
I have more on the pile to read from M.P Wright, Jim Nesbitt and Jack Lynch,
Authors enjoyed before - 6 - Matt Phillips, Peter Ritchie, David Gordon, Owen Laukkanen, Patrick E. McLean and Linwood Barclay
There's more on the TBR pile from 4 of them - Owen Laukkanen, Peter Ritchie, Matt Phillips and Linwood Barclay
11 reads from 11 different authors.
6 were series books .....
Peter Ritchie - Our Little Secrets was the 5th Detective Grace Macallan - my second series read
M.P. Wright - A Sinner's Prayer was the 4th J.T. Ellington book dis-counting a couple of short stories - my first series encounter
David Gordon's The Hard Stuff was the second Joe the Bouncer book. I read the first - The Bouncer
Linwood Barclay's The Twenty-Three was the author's third Promise Falls book and my first.
Jack Lynch and The Dead Never Forget was the first in a series of eight featuring Peter Bragg - my first series encounter
Jim Nesbitt's The Best Lousy Choice is the third entry in Nesbitt's Ed Earl Burch series and my first time.
Owen Laukkanen's Deception Cove could spawn a series.
Ditto A.A. Chaudhuri's The Scribe..... assuming both authors pick up again with the main characters which featured this time around
Gender analysis - 1 female authors, 10 male. No further comment really necessary
Another poor attempt at diversity in my reading! Deja-vous.
It looks like I'll have to sort out another all-female reading month later in the year to address the imbalance. Blah, blah, blah
Of the 11 different authors read, 5 hailed from the USA, 3 from England, 2 from Canada and 1 from Scotland - as best I can tell.
All 11 of the reads were fiction,
10 of the 11 books read were published this century - all 10 this decade
7 from 2019, 1 from 2017, 2 from 2016
1 book was from 1982,
1 came from the man-cave blue tub stash in my garage.
Linwood Barclay's The Twenty-Three but I don't think I've had it too long.
Publishers - Mulholland Books x 1, Mysterious Press x 1, Spotted Mule Press x 1, Endeavour Media x 1, All Due Respect (an imprint of Down and Out Books) x 1, Orion x 2, Black and White Publishing x 2, Brash Books x 2
(1 of the above probably passes as self-published but I'm fine reading that.)
4 of the 11 reads were pre-owned,
2 were accessed at Net Galley early reviewer site, cheers to publisher Mulholland Books and Mysterious Press.
I was impatient waiting on a response so also got one of these via Edelweiss - Above the Treeline, early reviewer site, thanks to Mysterious Press again!
3 were received directly from the publisher - cheers to Endeavour Media and Black and White Publishing
1 came direct from the author - cheers Jim Nesbitt
1 came from the author/author's publicist - cheers to Matt Phillips and Henry Roi.
Favourite cover? Owen Laukkanen - Deception Cove
Second favourite cover - Jack Lynch - The Dead Never Forget
My reads were this long 416 - 564 - 304 - 512 - 339 - 216 - 320 - 269 - 391 - 336 - 149
Total page count = 3816 (2377 in June) ....... an increase of 1439 pages
2 were Kindle reads, 1 was Kindle from the laptop, 2 were ePub files read on the laptop, 4 were paperbacks and 2 were PDF files read on the laptop
0 < 50,
0 between 51 < 100,
1 between 101 < 200,
2 between 201 < 300,
5 between 301 < 400,
1 between 401 < 500
2 over 500 pages
Anthony Horowitz and Magpie Murders was the longest read at 564 pages
Matt Phillips with Countdown was the shortest at 149 pages long.