The problem with reading less than usual, means that the pool of books to choose from is smaller. Now some might say that was a bonus, but I think it is highly dependent on how good the small selection of books are. My theory is that the more you read, the more likely to you are to outbalance the poor reads with stronger ones. So, yes, this is a long-winded way of me saying that I read a few dud or meh mysteries last month.
Thankfully, after jogging my memory of what little I had read this month, two titles made an exception to this rule and I have decided to make them joint winners, sharing the title of Book of the Month. The first was a re-read for book group, Swan Song (1947) by Edmund Crispin.
This re-read reminded me of what Crispin is like when he is on top form. Humour, writing style, characters and plotting all gain top marks. My return to this book also brings me one title closer to being able to write a Crispin ranking post.
The second winner of the Book of the Month will come as no surprise to regular readers of the blog. You all know how much of a fan I am of June Wright’s work.
Faculty of Murder (1960), (always want to write for instead of), is the second Mother Paul mystery and I think it sees Wright’s confidence and skill grow in deploying her nun sleuth. Fingers crossed the final Mother Paul case will be reprinted next year by Verse Chorus Press.
So what books might I get to read in May? Well, in the last couple of weeks I have had the joy of receiving, in the post or electronically, various review copies, so I aim to look at some of those first. Here are the titles below:
- And a Bottle of Rum by Bruce Graeme (Moonstone Press)
- Headed for a Hearse by Jonathan Latimer (American Mystery Classics)
- Death of an Intruder/ Twice So Fair by Nedra Tyre (Stark House Press)
- The Diehard/ My Brother’s Killer by Jean Potts (Stark House Press)
- The Make-Believe Man/ A Friend of Mary Rose by Elizabeth Fenwick (Stark House Press)
- Death Freight and Other Murderous Excursions by Patrick Quentin (Stark House Press)
- Death on Gokumon Island by Seishi Yokomizo (Pushkin Vertigo)
- A Book of Murder by Victoria Dowd (Joffe Books)
So now I have the very tricky decision of which to read first! Worse problems to have I know, but if you have any thoughts on which to pick do share below.