I’ve had quite a variety of reads this month, though quite a few have been average reads for one reason or another. This of course did make it easier to pick my book of the month which goes to…
Henry Wade’s Mist on the Saltings (1933)
The main feature of this book, which pushed it ahead of the other reads this month was its characterisation and how Wade develops characters as the story progresses, with reader sympathies shifting and evolving a lot. Although Wade uses familiar plot lines his rendition of them is highly enjoyable, grabbing your attention with a love triangle that has a decidedly sinister end. Mystery novels which focus on character development, culminating in a murder half way through the novel can sometimes have problems with pace, but Wade’s novel is certainly not one of them. Out of the three Wade novels I have read (The Verdict of Us All (1926) and Lonely Magdalen (1940)) this is definitely my favourite with Wade’s wide range of writing skills being displayed effectively.
However there were a few close (ish) runner ups, which I have decided this month to put into a “What to Read Next” flowchart (also proving that I am not so computer illiterate as I thought I was):