Well, I’m back from holiday with only eight reviews to write. Good thing school doesn’t start until… [checks diary]… oh, swearword. You can tell the start of term is imminent, I’ve got my personal swearing filter switched on.
I’m going to count those eight books – And So in no Particular order, a Spear, a Soldier, some Masons, a Canal, a Prayer and a Path – as September reads as I haven’t written the reviews yet, but three of them at least are outstanding, so I’ve only got nine books to choose from for August for the Puzzly – my book of the month with the prize of a little free advertising by providing my wallpaper for the month.
The books in question are:
Pursuit Of A Parcel by Patricia Wentworth – a fun wartime adventure but without any real mystery.
Tied To Deceit by Neena H Brar – an impressive debut novel concerning the murder in the Himachal Pradesh state of India
Bloodmoon by Peter Tremayne – the latest Sister Fidelma mystery, a fairly non-standard entry into the series.
Nine Times Nine by Anthony Boucher – a murderer vanishes from inside a locked room in this classic.
The Lair Of The White Fox by Peter Tremayne – a more traditional Fidelma mystery novella
Bodies From The Library edited by Tony Medawar – an essential collection of long-lost short stories from the Golden Age greats
A Missed Murder by Michael Jecks – the third outing for Jack Blackjack in the court of Queen Mary
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery by Leonard Gribble – I know, watching Arsenal would make anyone want to kill someone on the pitch…
Gallows Court by Martin Edwards – in which Martin tries to invent a new genre, a hybrid of classic mystery and Deaver-esque twisty thriller, and succeeds magnificently.
Any other month and this would be very difficult – Tied To Deceit, Nine Times Nine, The Lair Of The White Fox, Bodies From The Library and A Missed Murder would all be very hard to distinguish between. So a big thank you to Martin Edwards for the review copy of Gallows Court, a truly outstanding piece of work that will be vying for Book Of The Year. It’s out on Tuesday 4th September so pre-order your copy now. Or just buy it if you’re reading it after that date, obviously…
Still on the lookout for recommendations for Review 1000 – when I’ve written the outstanding reviews, there’s only 25 books to go. I’m looking for an author who:
- Writes classic-style mysteries
- Has a reasonable back catalogue
- I have never reviewed (and preferably read) before
I’m going to be doing ten such reviews (991 to 1000) so any recommendations are gratefully received. I could really do with a few more modern authors.
Right, off to start the reviews. And I’ll do the hardest one to write first…