Being a bookaholic a number of my presents were books and being a crime fiction fanatic there are no surprises that a proportion of these gifts were from the mystery genre. So I thought I would share with you what I got…
Ice Moon (2003) by Jan Costin Wagner
A psychological thriller set in Finland where a serial killer seems to be smothering young women to death and from the blurb it looks as though we also get to see into the tortured mind of the killer but also that of the grieving young policeman on the case.
The Matiushin Case (1997) by Oleg Pavlov
A Russian crime novel which is more along the lines of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment (1866), in that the killer is also one of the victims of the novel and is set in the ‘declining Soviet Union.’
Punch With Care (1946) by Phoebe Atwood Taylor
A more familiar type of novel in that it fits in with Golden Age tropes and styles and is by an author I have heard people talk about a lot this year, but one I have yet to read. The blurb gives the story a zany feel and has a corpse which goes missing. What more could you ask for?
Unexpected Night (1940) by Elizabeth Daly
Another Golden Age styled author which I have been meaning to try and this one features Daly’s central sleuth Henry Gamadge, a ‘rare book expert’. Seemingly natural death, an increasing body count, a ‘large inheritance’ and curious incidences in the night make this seem an interesting prospect.
The Eyes of Max Carrados (2013) by Ernest Bramah
This is an omnibus collection of Bramah’s short stories mostly featuring his series detective Max Carrados who is blind. The sets of stories included are Max Carrados, The Eyes of Max Carrados, Max Carrados Mysteries and a story from The Specimen. Bramah has also been on my author’s radar for a long time now and I plan to dip into and sample his work over a period of time rather than binge read in a few days. The fact there are over 600 pages may also have something to do with this decision…
An Arsene Lupin Omnibus (2012) by Maurice Leblanc
This is another large collection of short stories and includes Arsene Lupin Versus Holmlock Shears, The Confessions of Arsene Lupin, The Golden Triangle and The Eight Strokes of the Clock. Parodies and pastiches of Sherlock Holmes, which were written contemporary to the original stories have always been something which have intrigued and interested me, so I will be looking forward especially to first short stories.
One final thing…
It’s not a book but my lovely sister did also get me The Sherlock Holmes Card Game, so you can all guess what my family will playing (voluntarily of course…) over the Christmas holidays…
I’m keen to hear what you make of my stash, especially if you have read any of them yourselves (always good to know what I’m letting myself in for). Also what books did you get this Christmas? Will I be getting book envy? (Answer: Most likely)