It has been a busy month off the blog, so I only managed 10 reviews. However, I did a buddy read with Rekha, the Christie Cover quiz made a return to the blog, I celebrated my blog’s 5 year anniversary last Saturday, and I also took part in the Top Ten Tuesday meme for the first time.
Of the 10 books I read three books stood out and I decided all of the could share in the accolade of being Books of the Month.
The first of these is Maria Lang’s No More Murders (1951). I thoroughly enjoyed my first foray into classic Swedish crime fiction. So thank you Laurie for putting this author on my radar. There is some great humour with deadpan delivery, an engaging female lead, who is not outshone by her father or husband, and in keeping with Agatha Christie, Lang can confidently get you to follow a false trail. I very much hope to find the other two titles which have been translated into English.
The second book I really enjoyed reading in June was Christine Poulson’s An Air That Kills (2019), which was a brilliant follow up to Cold, Cold Heart (2017). The unusual research base setting is used to the full in this plot, providing an out of the ordinary mystery for the reader to solve. I am hugely looking forward to the next book in the series.
My final great read of the month was by another author new-to-me, Peter Shaffer and his story The Woman in the Wardrobe (1951) – a.k.a. the holy grail of golden age detective fiction. With such high expectations I was worried that I would come away disappointed. Thankfully that did not happen, and I think this book is a strong example of comic crime fiction. There is an intricate crime to solve and an array of interesting characters to follow, not least the private detective Mr Verity.
I hope my reads in July will include some as strong as these three, which I warmly recommend everyone try, if they haven’t already.
One of the reasons why I was busier in June was the arrival of our baby goats. Three were born, two boys and girl. The grey/black/white boy and girl are called Too-Ticky and Thimble. The tri coloured boy is called Boots. And yes you are now going to be inundated with cuteness. So look away now if you suffer from capraphobia!
I do have some videos as well, but I don’t seem to be able to upload them. I might need a paid wordpress plan for that, but anyone who follows me on twitter should be able to find them there.
Anyways I best get cracking with my first review of the month.