The Puzzly – The ISOTCMN Book Of The Month – February 2022

March is here. I’d love to say how wonderful things are, but let’s face it, they aren’t. I don’t know if I have any Ukrainian followers – visits from the country take up less than 0.1% of my views and I doubt anyone from Ukraine will be reading this – but if you are, please know that you, your families and everyone in your country are in my thoughts, and in those of everybody I know, and I hope that peace is restored as soon as possible.

It seems very trite to now bang on about my reading for this month, but that’s what I do, so here we go. Might be a bit briefer than usual though. Off we go.

The books that I’ve read this month were:

Easy to narrow it down to three. While the Glyn Carr book isn’t perfect, as the killer is a bit obvious, there’s a lot of good stuff in there, with clues and everything. After that, it probably should by Tour De Force by Christianna Brand, easily my favourite of her books to date – and, to repeat myself again, yes I have read Death Of Jezebel. But the imaginative The Red Death Murders is going to take the Book of the Month this time. For a start, it’s one of the most original classically-plotted mysteries that I’ve read in an absolute age and for a debut novel, it’s stunning. And the author is a friend of mine – sue me – but I’m only using that fact to help with a tie-breaker. Go and buy it now – it’s available as an ebook and as a… well, book.

Next month, let’s see if I can get the pace of reading back up. I’ve got the new Paul Doherty Brother Athelstan on my Kindle – review copy, sorry – so that’ll definitely help.


  1. But, Doc, are you absolutely quite sure you’ve read Death of Jezebel? I hear tell from the grapevine it’s quite stunning!

    Great write-up!. I’m glad to see Jim get the recognition he deserves for his debut. It’s no small feat in 2022 to… well, write. Writing something well on top of that? Well… he can take the Puzzlie proudly!


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