Book of the Month: October 2019

It has been a quieter month on the blog. Various reasons, not least setting up my Coffee and Crime Advent Calendar product. Anyways, I managed 10 reads this month. Many of them were from familiar authors. In fact, only one came from a new to me author. Unfortunately, the quality of the reads has been a bit of a mixed bag, but I have high hopes for November’s books. However, that did make it an easy job for me to decide which book would be my Book of the Month. I decided to have two categories: Best Re-Read and Best New Read.

For this first category no one will be surprised that Juanita Sheridan’s The Chinese Chop (1942) romped home as the winner. It is a great story with a wonderful central duo and Sheridan’s work should definitely be more widely read.

Then for my best new read I went with a title from the British Library Crime Classics, namely George Bellairs’ The Body in the Dumb River (1961). Bellairs’ critique of the middle class, as well as his character humour makes this police investigation a particularly enjoyable one to read.

On a different note I also read this month Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi. Not a mystery novel, but one which I really enjoyed, nevertheless. It contains an interesting variation on the time travel theme, so I would be interested to hear other people’s thoughts on this book.

Finally, today’s post is number 999, which means it’s only one post to go until my 1000th!!!!

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