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Book of the Month: November 2017

It is the penultimate monthly round up and whilst I didn’t clock in as many reads as fellow blogger, Mysteries Ahoy! (18 books!!), I did manage 15; a number of which I got for my birthday.

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Unlike some of my earlier monthly roundups, which had a lot of average or poor reads, November’s reads were mostly strong ones such as Celia Fremlin’s The Hours Before Dawn (1958) and Foreign Bodies (2017), ed. by Martin Edwards. In fact I had three 5/5 reads, which regular readers of the blog will know is not a common occurrence. Whilst I could make these three books fight it out for prime position, in the end I decided to share the Book of the Month title among them. But which three are they?

First up is Boris Akunin’s All the World’s a Stage (2017), a book I had been dying to read for ages and my anticipation was not disappointed in this theatrically set mystery, where a killer is loose among a troupe of actors.

My second 5/5 read was Henry Slesar’s Enter Murderers (1960), which also has a theatre connection. This story is not a conventional mystery novel and more of an inverted mystery with a series of stings in its tail. Not to be missed.

My final choice was also my final read of the month and is the wonderfully comical and madcap Four Day’s Wonder (1933) by A. A. Milne. Fans of P. G. Wodehouse will definitely want to take a look at this.

Since the beginning of this year I have been participating in Bev Hankins’ Follow the Clues reading challenge, more details of which can be found here. Continuing on from my chain last month my chain is now 156 books long, something I didn’t think I was going to be able to do. Hopefully I can keep it going until the end of the year. Below are this month’s links in the chain: