Well, as you might have noticed, it’s been Golden Age month on the blog – some musings on what the Golden Age actually is (or, more technically, what people mean when they say that a book is written in the Golden Age style) and some authors that I’ve either not read enough of or not read any of. Anyway, the Golden Age investigations will continue next month but in the meantime, here’s this month’s round-up, along with the Book Of The Month.
A total of fourteen books this month, of which eight or nine are from the Golden Age – the confusion comes from whether you count Miss Silver Comes To Stay, written in 1949 by an author who started out between the wars and is very definitely in the accepted style. So with all of those, it’d have to be one of the classics that’s won the Puzzly, surely?
The books in question are:
- The Cornish Coast Murder by John Bude
- Nick & Tesla’s Special Effects Spectacular by Steve Hockensmith and “Science Bob” Pflugfelder
- The Devil’s Monk by Sara Fraser
- The Studio Crime by Ianthe Jerrold
- Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
- Rule Of Capture by Ona Russell
- Traitor’s Purse by Margery Allingham
- Overture To Death by Ngaio Marsh
- Crossword Mystery by E R Punshon
- Miss Silver Comes To Stay by Patricia Wentworth
- Dead Man’s Quarry by Ianthe Jerrold
- The Herring Seller’s Apprentice by L C Tyler
- The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Yes, I know, it ought to be Roger Ackroyd, but it’s got enough plaudits already.
The Golden Age books ranged from excellent (the Jerrold books) to disappointing (Traitor’s Purse) but two books really blew me away this month, and neither of them were from the Golden Age, and they’re both very different. The Herring Seller’s Apprentice is a charming fair-play mystery with an original (as far as I know) twist and Little Black Lies is a tense mystery-thriller that is possibly the finest book yet from one of my favourite authors… Well, based on the fact that I couldn’t put it down, and for the breathtaking chapter involving the whales, the Puzzly this month has to go to Sharon Bolton for Little Black Lies. Another month or so until it’s out in the UK, but it’s definitely worth the wait.
So next month, more Golden Age from Beeding, Berkeley, Iles (yes, I know), Allingham, Sayers and whoever else I can fit in. Apologies if you’re waiting on a review from me, but they’re on their way too. Oh, and read The Murder Of Roger Ackroyd if you haven’t already…