I thought it might be of some interest to readers to show you what books I got for Christmas, (crime fiction themed of course), either as a gift, or as a gift to self using Christmas money. Hopefully I’ll get a few comments saying things such as: “Oh yes, that’s a good book. I really enjoyed that one,’ or ‘I’ve heard lots of good things about that book.’ Finger crossed there weren’t be a barrage of comments appalled by my choices!
I’ve been on the hunt for a reasonably priced copy of this book for some time, and two days before Christmas I finally struck lucky. I’ve read quite a few novels by Australian writers such as June Wright, Conyth Little and more recently Margot Neville, so I am hoping this book will put me onto some new authors to try out.
Weirdly it was cheaper for me to buy the Australian Crime Fiction book, if I also bought this book as well from the same seller on Ebay. Not tried much by Ferrars but definitely intrigued to sample more of her work.
I have read all four of Sheridan’s Lily Wu mysteries and really enjoyed them, so I was pleased to track down a copy of this book, which she co-wrote with her family dentist.
I once put a copy of this book in one of my Coffee and Crime boxes, having found it for a very good price. I foolishly thought that such a price would be available again. Alas it has not been, but I decided to treat myself to a slightly more expensive copy this Christmas, given my interest in Berkeley’s work.
I have only read Death of an Airman by Sprigg and have since been looking to try more by him. So I was pleased to find this gift set of titles on the Moonstone Press website at a reasonable price. I have heard positive things about The Perfect Alibi from John at Pretty Sinister and Tomcat at Beneath the Stains of Time, so I might start with that one first. It’s also great to be able to support a small independent publisher and if you want to try titles by Sprigg or Dorothy Bowers I would recommend looking at their website.
I’ve tried a few by this author and this is another recommended title, though I forget who recommended it to me!
Regular readers will not be surprised by the last two titles, given my love of the Conyth Little novels.
This was the first of my secret Santa presents.
Not sure of the plot of this book, but hopefully it is a good one.
My final secret Santa present and I was so excited to get it, as it is the last Sergeant Beef novel I needed for my collection. Hoping to review this one soon.
Given that my TBR pile is quite healthy now I am going to do my best to not buy too many books in the next few months. That and read like crazy to whittle down the pile a bit…
Over to You
Of course it is also obligatory to tell me about all the mystery themed gifts and books you got for Christmas, which will no doubt result in me going green with envy.