It’s been quite a busy month on and off the blog. I clocked in 13 reads, three of which were, unusually for me, short story collections. Most of my reads were from authors familiar to me. Sometimes this worked out well with titles such as Brian Flynn’s The Murders Near Mapleton (1929), whilst others were more “dud” reads. Yes I’m looking at you Patricia McGerr! This month also saw my 1000th post and I finally got around to posting my current rankings of the Anthony Berkeley titles that I have read. Typical me I haven’t just gone with one category for this Book of the Month post, but instead have three.
First up is Best Short Story Collection and it was a no-brainer in picking The Measure of Malice (2019), a collection which has been released by the British Library, featuring stories with a scientific flavour.
My second category is: Best Modern Read, which goes to new-to-the-blog, author Abir Mukherjee and his novel, A Rising Man (2016). This tale is set in 1919 Calcutta and is a great historical mystery. I’m looking forward to trying the second in the series later this month.
Lastly my third and and final category is: Best Vintage Read, (surprise, surprise) and in the end I chose Patrick Quentin’s Puzzle for Fiends (1946). I’ve not tried much by this author yet, but this second encounter has strongly encouraged me to seek out more of his work.
So what has everyone else been enjoying reading-wise this month?