March 2013 has been an interesting month for me, bookwise. I had an interesting exchange with the one and only Christopher Fowler, met Kate Ellis for the fourth (?) time to get the latest Wesley Peterson signed (review next month) and, blogwise, the “Original Sins” strand sort of fizzled out, due to primarily a lack of enthusiasm from me. When even some of Paul Doherty’s offerings from the period weren’t particularly exciting me, I knew it was time to move on. More on what comes next at the end of the post.
Anyway, this month, I read and reviewed eleven books in total – and resurrected my Sherlockian Shorts strand – so which of the following earns the coveted Puzzly (and the privilege of providing the background to my blog) for March 2013?
As ever, the Puzzly is part of the Mysteries in Paradise Pick Of The Month meme.
The books in question were:
- Bryant & May Off The Rails by Christopher Fowler
- The Song Of The Gladiator by Paul Doherty
- Playing With Bones by Kate Ellis
- A Coin For The Ferryman by Rosemary Rowe
- The Mystery Of The Magic Circle by M V Carey
- Cop To Corpse by Peter Lovesey
- The Case With Nine Solutions by J J Connington
- Vigilante by Kerry Wilkinson
- The Curse Of The Bronze Lamp by Carter Dickson
- Our Lady Of Darkness by Peter Tremayne
- Fatal Induction by Bernadette Pajer
Probably for the first time, it’s hard to pick the Puzzly because nothing leapt out and grabbed me to yell “Pick me, pick me!”. There are plenty of good reads there, especially Playing With Bones (but Kate won it last month), Bryant & May, Cop To Corpse, Vigilante and Fatal Induction, but I think it’s time to award the Puzzly to the long overdue Peter Tremayne for Our Lady In Darkness, another strong entry in a consistently enjoyable series.
What’s coming up on the blog? Probably a bit more Carr, after remembering how good a writer he was, after The Curse Of The Bronze Lamp. There’s a couple of “proper” reviews – you know, new releases, including one from an historical author who I’ve criminally overlooked for the past two-and-a-bit years. And I’ll be starting Medieval Miscreants, a strand to try and cover as many historical authors who set their mysteries from 1066 (The Battle of Hastings) to 1485 (The Battle Bosworth Field). I’m still on the hunt for author suggestions – this is the current list (plus more in the comments) – especially for the 11th and 12th century. Oh, and I’m not going to keep to strict chronological order, as otherwise you might get a concentration of a certain author (guess who) – I think it’s five books out of six in a row. As such, I’ll bounce around the era a bit, but you can keep an eye on my progress on the Historical Mystery Timeline.
Oh, one last bit of business – can anyone recommend crime bookshops in New York City, as I’m off there for a week very soon? Cheers