The Best of April’s Reading.

As the phrase ‘April Showers’ became a huge understatement in Britain, there was plenty to enjoy book wise. My resolution at the end of March was to read some new (to me) authors and in fact 80% of my reading was by writers I hadn’t read before. I particularly enjoyed expanding my list of female crime writers including Y A Erskine, Eva Hudson, Margot Kinberg, Camilla Ceder and Rebecca Cantrell.

It was an author writing his twelfth (I think) book who provided the stand out read for me. The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty was a compelling read set during The Troubles in Northern Ireland. It made me think for days afterwards and I am very much looking forward to future books in the Sean Duffy series.

The ten books I read in April for crimepieces were:

1. The Loyal Servant by Eva Hudson

2. The Man Who Went Up in Smoke by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

3. The Cold Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty

4. A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell

5. The Hour of the Wolf by Hakan Nesser

6. Publish or Perish by Margot Kinberg

7. Last Seen Wearing by Hillary Waugh

8. Frozen Moment by Camilla Ceder

9. The Holy Thief by William Ryan

10. The Brotherhood by Y A Erskine

Kerrie over at Mysteries in Paradise is compiling a list of Book of the Month selections.

6 thoughts on “The Best of April’s Reading.

  1. Sarah – I think you made an excellent choice for your “best of April” book. I’ve not read enough McKinty actually and your reminder of his work is a good “kick in the pants” to rectify that. In the meantime, I also think it’s terrific that you’re so open to reading “new to you” authors. Always a bit risky, but I’m glad you’ve found it pays off.

  2. I liked Frozen Moment a lot. The opening is excellent but it stalled a bit after that and I wanted the action to speed up, but by the end of the book I was converted to Ceder’s style.

    I haven’t read any of the other books on your list – I really must read one of Margot’s books soon! I read her blog regularly.

  3. I’ve read eight of your ten, and a pretty good bunch it is! I loved Frozen Moment – as Margaret writes it took a bit of time to get into its stride, and as you said, the “Maya” bits were not always so good, but I ended up being very absorbed in it and it has “stayed” with me. I think your book of the month is a very good choice.

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