It has been quite a quiet month for me on the blog, with only 12 mystery reads. This is an unusual low for me, as usually Januarys are my busiest times for me reading wise, (no idea why). However I do have my excuses. Medical appointments and work deadlines aside I have had to say goodbye to two of my pets. At the beginning of the month our family dog of 16 years was put down and under a week ago the same fate awaited one of my 16 year old pygmy goats, which had been with us for 11 years. So yes it has not been the easiest of months.
Thankfully I did have a number of good reads in and amongst all of this, so much so that there are some strong runners up for the accolade of Book of the Month.
First up is my first read of the year Boris Akunin’s Black City (2018); a political thriller for those who are not natural fans of the subgenre.
Next there was The Blind Villain (1956) by Evelyn Berckman, which is a highly recommendable mystery of murder and imposters.
Finally the last runner up is my final re-read of the month, Carter Dickson’s She Died a Lady (1943), which is an excellent wartime set impossible crime mystery.
However the book which claims and fully deserves the title of Book of the Month is Christopher Huang’s debut novel A Gentleman’s Murder (2018), which is a brilliant 1920s set mystery, with an intriguing cold case element. I am very glad JFW recommended this one to me and I am looking forward to the release of the next book in the series.
I also managed to contribute towards one of JJ’s spoiler posts on Anthony Berkeley’s Mr Priestley’s Problem. Do check it out to see how we explore our different positions on this text.
So here’s to a better month in February. I’d like to hope my reviewing will pick up a little bit, as I’ve got some tantalising titles on my TBR pile to be read.
Astute readers will notice that though I state I read 12 crime novels, I only reviewed 11. I decided to not review a review copy title, (TEoJ by FD), as it really wasn’t my cup of tea for a number of reasons. However to find the silver lining in having made my way through it,, the text did fulfil the following categories for my reading challenges:
Just the Facts Ma’am (Silver Card): Book Made into TV/Film/Play
Calendar of Crime: June (7) Book Title with a Word starting with J