My Reviewing Resolutions for 2013

And so 2012 draws to a close and 2013 beckons. I’m really pleased that my blog is still going strong and that people are still enjoying it. I would like to give a big thank you to all of my readers who’ve taken time to comment on my posts, whether it was to share their opinions, make a request or correct any of my many mistakes!

I thought that I would share a few resolutions with you, although given that some of last year’s attempts weren’t exactly a resounding success, I’ll try a bit harder this time.

Last year I undertook a few personal challenges – most of which I achieved. I sailed through 20 new authors – got to about 45 and then stopped counting. Although I stopped recording them, I also challenged myself to read 20 different historical authors, to add a little extra to the Historical Tapestry reading challenge. I haven’t kept the page up to date but got to about 30 different authors on that one.

Other challenges I did less well on. The Global Reading Challenge ground to a halt after three books – to be honest, I wasn’t trying – and my bibliographies for Carter Dickson and Ellery Queen haven’t exactly leapt forward. Oops. It’s entirely down to the reading what I want to read philosophy. If I’m reading something because I “have” to read something, for whatever reason, then that always slows me down. Oh, and my Mystery Tour of the USA ground to a halt as well.

As such, the only official challenge that I’m signing up for this year is the Historical Tapestry Reading Challenge again, as that one is not a problem…

Instead, as with last year, I’ll be setting myself some unofficial targets instead.

  1. More Golden Age authors – including Christie, Carr and Queen but also authors that are new to me. Probably, after the excellent Green For Danger, some more Christianna Brand as well.
  2. More new fiction. Always a problem for someone like me who wants to read series in order, but I’d like to increase my quota of newly released fiction. NetGalley has been a big help towards the end of the year, so hopefully this will continue.
  3. Just as many historical mysteries! Sorry for those who don’t read these, but they’ve rapidly become my favourite sub-genre, and, unless I’m mistaken, there aren’t many corners of the blogosphere that specialise in them. I’m never going to go more than 50% historical, but they are going to keep on coming. To tie in to my Historical Mystery Timeline, I am going to do things a little differently, at least at first.
  4. Less neglecting authors that I enjoy. Sometimes this year I’ve forgotten, or not got round to, returning to authors whose books that I’ve loved. I’m going to do my best to correct this in the future.

So, what’s on the horizon?

I’ve a review of A Murder At Rosamund’s Gate by Susanna Calkins, a mystery set during the reign of Charles II [actually, this is going to be delayed until the book is released in April], Prague Fatale by Philip Kerr and The Book of Shadows by, yes, Paul Doherty.

Following that, I’m starting a sort of alternating season of reviews of mysteries set in the ancient world. I’d appreciate any suggestions – already lined up are Lindsay Davis, Steven Saylor, Paul Doherty (Amerotke, Rome, Alexander the Great), and Furies, a new book from D L Johnstone. Any other suggestions of mysteries set in Ancient Egypt, Greece or Rome (or anywhere else ancient) would be appreciated.

And so I bid you all a happy new year, and keep reading!


  1. Happy New Year to you Doctor!

    Historical mysteries aren’t really my forte, but the two ancient mysteries that spring to mind (and which I couldn’t find in your back catalogue) are Christie’s DEATH COMES AS THE END and THE ATHENIAN MURDERS by Jose Carlos Somoza. No spoilers, obviously, but try to find out as little about that second one as possible…


    • Thanks for the tips. Actually forgot to mention the Christie and I think I’ve got the other in a box sonewhere. If I can find it, then it’s on the list.

      And a happy New Year to you too!


  2. A happy new year to you as well, PD. I too have made some resolutions for the new year – not surprisingly, I see we overlap on a few. You’re more of a historical mystery reader than I have been; I will have to try some more as part of my exploration of newer authors. Among the authors I have neglected to date, Paul Doherty is certainly front and center, thanks to your positive reviews of so many of his books, and I am resolved to read and review at least one or two of them in the coming year. Your reviews are, I think, first-rate, and you’ve managed to get me to read some excellent writers, such as Paul Halter. So, all in all, thanks – and I look forward to seeing where you head in the new year!


    • Stop it. Les, you’ll make me blush. It’s always nice to receive a compliment from a fellow blogger, especially one as accomplished as you.

      Fingers crossed you enjoy Doherty. As ever, I recommend the Athelstan series or the Hugh Corbett from The Prince of Darkness onwards as a starting point.


  3. I enjoyed seeing your resolutions for the year. Historical mystery is a favorite for me too, and your suggestions have added more mysteries set in medieval times to my TBR pile. But I am going in the opposite direction this year, wanting to add more mysteries set in other countries and I am going to sample science fiction and fantasy again. I joined a lot of challenges but I have resolved to step away from the challenges and read for fun if I feel like I am getting stressed about it.

    Regardless, I will enjoy seeing more of what you read this year and getting suggestions. When I can afford it… I am going to try Paul Halter.


  4. I second the suggestion of Death Comes as the End. I would love to see what you think of Agatha Christie’s only historical mystery.


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