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

November 2022, the year of my 2000th post. Now that does sound a bit silly – I haven’t been doing this that long have I? Well obviously I have, it really doesn’t seem that long to me. One thing that I did find as I was skimming my old reviews in search of inspiration for the anniversary post was the shear number of books that I have no recollection of reading – some from quite recently. Naming no names, obviously…

Anyway, apart from the celebrations this month, what about my latest reading? Nine books in total so let’s take a look at them.

Book of the month? A bit tricky, because I’m not giving it to a re-read and I’m still not completely sold on Death Of Jezebel. Yes, it’s good, but it’s not the second coming… It’s almost going to Steve Cavanagh for The Accomplice, which is great fun, or Morality Play by Barry Unsworth, which is almost the exact opposite of The Accomplice but just as good. Just pipping them, though is A Murder At The Castle by Chris McGeorge. A really interesting tale that I do hope gets the attention it deserves. Probably released at the worst possibly time – OK, not on the day of the funeral, but even so – this is an alt-reality royal family and, more importantly, an interesting  and original setting, with a great lead character. Don’t fall for the cover style, this is a great read.

Next month, there are a few new January releases that I’ll be getting a head start on and hopefully another trip to the Bodleian for more Styles/Carr fun. I wonder if there will be drunk racist Australians in the next book?


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