The Puzzly – The ISOTCMN Book Of The Month – October 2017

October has been and gone, as it tends to do this time every year. I successfully maintained my Hallowe’en tradition of ignoring it completely, and, more importantly, managed to deal with a miscreant who, for some reason, was posting weird versions of my blog posts on his own blog. And you thought that making my own covers for obscure Brian Flynn novels was a waste of time – it’s pretty hard to justify copying my version of Black Agent’s cover.

Reading-wise, it’s been an odd month, as I’ve been going through phases of reading a lot and reading very slowly. Nine books was a reasonable haul, but only a couple of books really grabbed me. So which was the pick of the month?

The books in question were:

OK, obviously, Murder In The Orient Express is obviously the finest classic mystery from this list, but everybody already knows that. So clearly I’m not going to pick that one. No, the Puzzly for this month is going to The King Of Thieves by Michael Jecks. Set in Paris towards the end of Edward II’s reign, this is rich in political intrigue with a mystery plot woven throughout the tale, full of characters who leap off the page out of history. Regular readers know how much of a fan I am of Michael’s work, but this is one of the best of the series, in my opinion. Utterly engrossing from start to finish – but only five more to go in the series… (six if you count the prequel).

Anyway, come back next month… er, this month, for a bunch of new reviews from Frances Brody, Elly Griffiths, Krysten Ritter

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