December 2022. A month of me being hit with the most persistent cold I can remember, my Dad’s health taking another turn for the worse (and then hopefully the better) and, probably having the most effect on my reading, I started playing Skyrim again, which absorbed far too much of my time. And then I spent too much time playing Persona 5, a Christmas present, until I realised that Japanese RPG’s are just too weird for me.
Anyway, enough of my excuses, what books did I read this month? Not many, and quite a few disappointing ones. Not mentioning the ones I didn’t finish but there were a few…
So those I did finish (and review) were:
- Angel Killer by Andrew Mayne – an absolutely batshit crazy impossible crime thriller. Still can’t decide if I liked it enough to read any more from the author or whether it was just, well, rubbish.
- The Family Tree Mystery by Peter Bartam – another entertaining outing for Colin Crampton of the Chronicle.
- Death Comes To Marlow by Robert Thorogood – the long-awaited second outing for Judith Potts and friends, with a proper locked room mystery and lots of fun.
- The Better To Eat You by Charlotte Armstrong – the curse of Book Club strikes again, with this absolutely dreadful book with the most insipid potential victim you’ll ever meet
- Lost Without Trace by Belton Cobb – possibly even worse than the Armstrong book. Cobb at his weakest…
- The Case Of The Careless Kitten by Erle Stanley Gardner – probably the best Mason title that I’ve read so far. Still not a convert, but a gripping read nonetheless.
- Exit Sir John by Brian Flynn – a re-read of one of this year’s Dean Street Press reprints, and just what I needed.
The Puzzly – well, this is an easy one. Death Comes To Marlow, the sequel to The Marlow Murder Club, is another great read from the creator of Death In Paradise. Witty, a great set of sleuths and a mystery to sink your teeth into. Writers take note, this is how to handle a small set of suspects and still spring surprises.
Be back tomorrow for my Review of the Year…
Would you say Death Comes to Marlow is stronger than the first book in the series?
Glad Armstrong was not your worst read lol
Hmm… It does meander a tad in the midsection although as I like the characters, that wasn’t a problem. Probably on a par with the first one