Right, this is going to be a quick one – September was a pretty crappy month chez Puzzle Doctor, so I’m not going to spend too long dissecting my reading.
The books that I’ve read were:
- The Summer Birdcage by L C Tyler – another entertaining historical adventure for Sir John Grey in one of my favourite historical series
- The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie – Miss Marple’s first set of short stories, read in preparation for…
- Marple by Various Authors – a much more successful reimagining of Christie’s second greatest sleuth than that of the reimagining of her first.
- Blue Suede Clues by Daniel Klein – Elvis Presley turns sleuth in this Dean Street Press reissue.
- Death Through The Looking Glass by Richard Forrest – an interesting premise let down by a less interesting solution.
- The Crime Of The Century by Anthony Abbot – a traditional Golden Age mystery from an author who I’m keen to read more of.
- Death On Milestone Buttress by Glyn Carr – the first mountaineering mystery featuring Abercrombie “Filthy” Lewker
Oh, I also read the Miss Marple stories in Miss Marple’s Final Cases, but didn’t write a review on that subset of a collection. I also watched See How They Run – twice! – a marvellous fun film, although on second watching, I’m having some serious concerns about a central theme… but there be spoilers, so moving on…
I’ll be honest, this one is tricky as no book blew me away this month. I really enjoyed The Summer Birdcage, but it’s not really a whodunit, more an historical thriller. The Crime Of The Century is a fascinating read, but I think I’ll nudge the Puzzly in the direction of Glyn Carr and Death On Milestone Buttress. It’s not the best in the series that I’ve read, but Filthy Lewker has been excellent company while it’s felt like someone has been driving a nail into the side of my mouth. A shame he’s gone away for a bit… although I do have two more on the shelf. Hmmm…
An old friend just graciously described SEE HOW THEY RUN as “my second favorite comic take predicated on the Mousetrap legal stipulations.” I don’t know how entirely sincere he was, but he does know how to maintain a friendship.
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Not tried Carr (this one!) before, so duly ordered. Even without nails being driven into my teeth, I could use some “easy reading.”
I just wish he was easier (and cheaper) to get hold of…
Book Depository (my constant source for getting books from UK to US) had this one and one other (can’t remember which) at a reasonable price, making it an even better one to start with. Off topic, thanks for the ‘follow’ on Twitter. You’ll find me very boring there right now as I have no patience for anything but cute cat photos, mostly.
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This sounds like a nice list to me. I hope October is better for you.