The Puzzly – The ISOTCMN Book Of The Month – January 2021

Well, life has changed for me in January. Ever since my appearance on JJ’s In GAD We Trust podcast, I’ve been struggling not to let the fame go to my head. There is at least one good thing about social distancing, because otherwise I’m sure I’d be fighting off crime-fiction groupies with a cricket bat. Not sure why they’re keeping such a distance that I can’t even see them, when two metres would be good enough, but better safe than sorry, I guess.

Anyway, January, and I’ve been busy teaching through my computer screen, so my eyes are knackered a lot of the time. Oddly, this actually means more reading for me, as my reading glasses and a book actually seem to be my ideal distance for my eyes, meaning it’s relaxing after the computer screen. That probably means I should go to the opticians, but it did mean a lot of reading this month – fourteen books. Wow.

The books in question were:

Book of the Month? Well, I suppose it should be Styles – that’s the best book of the lot – but instead, I’m going to plump for Midsummer Murder. There was a lot of “perfectly fine, but” reading this month, but finding an unfortunately-expensive new author who I’d like to read more of is always a treat.

Next month, a few new releases, more of my Poirot Countup, more Cobb and at least one more “new” Golden Age author. See you there.

One comment

  1. A really nice variety of authors–even if quite a few were “perfectly fine but.” I seemed to have a lot of those in January as well–and, if I had been handing out the mystery prize on stars-rating alone Dame Agatha would have taken home the prize over at the Block as well (for Murder in the Calais Coach/Murder on the Orient Express), but I’ve handed her a Pick of the Month award in the past so I had to move on to the four-star finishers.

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