The Best of March’s Reading.

March was a month for reading books by some of my favourite writers. William Boyd was back on form with Waiting for Sunrise and Jo Nesbo had dropped the extreme violence of his last couple of books for a still gritty, Phantom, set against the backdrop of the Oslo drug industry.

My book of the month though was Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. The Martin Beck series is considered to be a favourite amongst not only crime fiction readers but also writers. And I can well see why. It was a joy to read and I have the second book in the series, The Man who went up in Smoke, next on my reading list.

Following an interesting post (and subsequent discussion) at Rhian’s It’s a Crime blog, I’m hoping to read some new authors this month.

The eight books I read in March for crimepieces were:

1. Waiting for Sunrise by William Boyd

2. Victims by Jonathan Kellerman

3. Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

4. The Glass Room by Ann Cleeves

5. Phantom by Jo Nesbo

6. The Lewis Man by Peter May

7. The Flatey Enigma by Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson

8. A Room Full of Bones by Elly Griffiths

Kerrie over at Mysteries in Paradise is hosting a meme summarizing the crime fiction recommendations for March 2012. Reviews for April have also just been published at

7 thoughts on “The Best of March’s Reading.

  1. I loved Roseanna too having only read it a year or so ago. I am slowly reading the series in order (one a year). It’s nice to have such treats in store.

    I am so far behind in the Nesbo series I don’t know that I can be bothered trying to catch up – the books are so BIG too that they never call to me from my TBR.


  2. I think that’s an excellent choice of “book of the month”, Sarah. Your list of eight books is imperssively varied. I, too, am going to try to read more “new to me” authors as well as attempting to read more tranlslated (cf non translated) and keep up the gender balance. Quite a challenge!


  3. Margot Kinberg

    Sarah – You’ve read such an interesting variety of books! And your reviews have added more than one to my TBR, so thanks ( -er – I think 😉 ). But there’s nothing like a truly classic series, so I am glad you chose Roseanna as your pick of the month. A fine choice!


  4. Keishon

    Great list Sarah and I have a few of these. I am tackling Daniel Woodrell right now. He writes “country noir” and so far I am enjoying it. I plan to hold off on Phantom for a bit. Its not even out where I live.


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