The best of January’s reading.

January, a miserable month for us living in the northern hemisphere, was redeemed by some excellent crime fiction reading. I read 10 books for crimepieces and perhaps because there was a stong Scandinavian presence, the common theme seemed to be murders set to the backdrop of freezing winters. However, the highlight of my month was set in a much warmer climate, the Australian Desert. Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland combined sparky writing with a great sense of place and one of the best female detectives around.

The books I read in January were:

1. Death and the Spanish Lady by Carolyn Morwood. (completed as part of the Australian Women Writer’s Challenge).

2. The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart

3. The Winter of the Lions by Jan Costin Wagner

4. Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George

5. Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland

6. V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton (also reviewed for

7. The Mask of Glass by Holly Roth

8. The Final Murder by Anne Holt

9. 1222 by Anne Holt

10. Midwinter Sacrifice by Mons Kallentoft

Kerrie over at Mysteries in Paradise is hosting a meme summarizing the crime fiction recommendations for January 2012.

8 thoughts on “The best of January’s reading.

  1. Margot Kinberg

    Sarah – I am so glad you thought Gunshot Road such an excellent read. I have to admit I think Adrian Hyland is an extremely talented writer, so I’m biased. Still it’s good to hear it won your “prize.”


  2. Out of the books in your list that I’ve also read, I certainly agree that Gunshot Road would win for me, too. I’ve read five of the others and liked them, too. Roll on February – a slightly shorter month if (so far, one day in) an even colder one.


  3. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    Gunshot Road was one of my favourite books that I read last year. I’m hoping to read V is for Vengeance soon – I love the alphabet series


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