Well, that was a disappointing month, bookwise. While I can cite a lack of free time, thanks to the start of term, I’m still fairly gobsmacked that, on tallying things up, I’ve read a grand total of six books this month. That’s rubbish really, but at least it makes less competition for that most desired of non-existent things, the In Search Of The Classic Mystery Novel Book of the Month award. Oh yes, it’s Puzzly time!
So, books this month were:
- The Anubis Killings by Paul Doherty
- The Spider’s Web by Peter Tremayne
- A Brood of Vipers by Paul Doherty
- Murder In Mesopotamia by Agatha Christie
- Death On A Longship by Marsali Taylor
- Suspicious Minds by Martin Edwards
Well, it’s a pretty easy decision this month. Neither Doherty book leapt out at me – perfectly fine reads, but not up there with the Athelstan and Corbett novels, Suspicious Minds was fine, but again, not my favourite from the author and Mesopotamia has such a stupid central problem… not going to start on that one again.
So Peter Tremayne is once again a gnat’s whisker away from taking the award, but it has to go to Marsali Taylor for Death On A Longship – such a pleasure to see a writer make such an effort to emulate the puzzle plot of the great writers while still maintaining a modern flavour.
So, a target for October – ten books. Let’s get this block kicked good and proper.