The Puzzly – The ISOTCMN Book Of The Month – February 2014

Seriously? It’s March already? Blimey, February flew past just like that. Almost forgot to sort out the most important monthly event on the entire internet (other opinions may differ on this). Yes, it’s time for the chance to provide the background wallpaper for my blog for the next month and all you have to do is write the book that I enjoyed the most this month. Easy.

February was a busy month – eight books (nine if you count the book that I haven’t got round to reviewing yet) and much rambling about Jonathan Creek. I’m not going to do an episode by episode review for this series, just an overall one. But the first episode was odd, to say the least – not sure yet if it really worked for me or not.

But more importantly, let’s have a look at this month’s reading:

The books were:

A good selection this month – nothing that came close to being a stinker but not much that leapt out either. Mostly comfortable reads but then a couple of books came along at the end of the month that stood out.  The Memory of Blood and A Medal For Murder are both completely different books but thoroughly absorbing reads full of perfectly formed characters. As classic mysteries… well, both of them have issues with their clueing, but the quality of the writing in both more than makes up for that.

Hmm… which one, which one… I think for the return to form of two of the most delightful detectives in crime fiction, the Puzzly goes to Christopher Fowler for Bryant & May and the Memory of Blood. Highly recommended and I’m looking forward to the next one in the series.

Coming next month – a trip to Ancient Egypt, Medieval Devon and modern day Devon in the company of blog-favourites Paul Doherty, Michael Jecks and Kate Ellis and then a review of Sorrow Bound, the third novel from David Mark. After that… who knows? I’ll probably check off some more authors from my hit-list for the year – six down out of thirty so far…

And don’t forget to check out my fellow bloggers choices over at Mysteries In Paradise


  1. Great list there. It will be a while before I get to Memory of Blood in the Bryant and May series; glad to hear you liked it. I enjoyed your reviews of the Martin Edwards book and Bertie and the Tinman.


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