The Puzzly – The ISOTCMN Book Of The Month – April 2023

April is almost over – it probably will be by the time you read this – but it’s been a month of highs and lows for me. More trips up and down the motorway to see my ailing Dad, but lots of support and understanding from my family and work colleagues. And lots of reading and lots of Big Finish listened to during the car journeys, especially the wonderful Avengers (Steed and Tara King) audio dramas. I’ll get round to a review of those soon.

But for the mystery reading, it was the month of stories where the reader is expecting to be invested as much, if not more, in the personal journey the lead character is on, rather than the mystery/thriller plot. Sometimes it worked for me…

Anyway, the books in question were:

Eleven books… quite pleased with that haul. Right now to sort out Book of the Month.

I think three books really fall under consideration – I’m ignoring the Christies but they’re not her best, even the train one. The best three reads this month were The Birthday Girl, Vera Wong… and Death Under A Little Sky. All three were engrossing reads, but I think the Book of the Month has to go to Sarah Ward for The Birthday Girl. It’s perhaps more traditional in structure than the others, but it did have much more plot in it that the other two. But all three are definitely worth your time.

Next month, just the one scheduled new release at the moment, but very much in the Golden Age tradition, namely Martin Edwards’ Sepulchre Street. Hopefully I can catch up on the recent British Library releases and on top of that? Well, let’s see…

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