A little early, but it’s time for the Puzzly – my Book of the Month – for December 2013. Why is it a day early? Well, I’ve got to leave space for my Book of the Year post on New Year’s Eve – and what would a New Year’s party be without the traditional silence at 11:55 pm when the host reads out my end of year post to everyone in hushed tones? Really? Just in my house? And just to my cats? Wow, it takes all sorts, doesn’t it?
So, December. Nine books in total – some great books and one absolute stinker. But which will carry off the Puzzly, putting them in line for the Grand Puzzly for 2013?
The books this month were:
- The Crimson Fog by Paul Halter
- Mrs Pargeter’s Package by Simon Brett
- Cut Short by Leigh Russell
- Shatter The Bones by Stuart MacBride
- The Christmas Carol Murders by Christopher Lord
- The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay
- Dream of the Dead by M G Scarsbrook
- Death In The Clouds by Agatha Christie
- Five Ways To Kill A Man by Alex Gray
Wow – no Paul Doherty this month! That’s a first…
OK , it’s very easy to cut it down to two. The Crimson Fog is worth a mention, but it got a bit obvious in the second half of the book. Death In The Clouds is a great mystery, but, as has been pointed out to me, Poirot’s habit of keeping everything to himself causes a second murder and NOBODY MENTIONS THIS. This is starting to bug me a bit about the book now.
The two books in contention (by a mile) are almost complete opposites – Shatter The Bones and Dream Of The Dead. But their different styles make them very hard to compare… I’m going to go for Shatter The Bones, as it was such a page turner. The humour is clearly not to everyone’s taste, but it made me laugh – and the clue in plain sight is very impressive. So congratulations to Stuart MacBride for the second time – Birthdays For The Dead won the Puzzly too – so that’ll be the wallpaper for the next month.
Tomorrow (hopefully) – the best of the year!