It has been an excellent month for reading crime fiction with not a dud amongst my books. I always expect October to be a fruitful month as publishers usually come up with something exiting for the autumn but I was genuinely pleased by the quality of the books that I picked up.
Three of the books that I read were by new-to-me authors and all were excellent. I particularly want to give a shout-out to Tom Grieves and RN Morris, who although writing completely different types of novel, are united by the talent for drawing the reader completely into the world that they have created.
For the first time since I started summing up my monthly reading, I dithered for a long time over what book to choose as my book of the month. However, a book that will stay with me for a long time was Elizabeth Hay’s Alone in the Classroom. It’s going to be impossible for me to sum it up in one sentence so read instead my review and more importantly buy or borrow the book. I’d love to hear what you think.
The seven books that I read for crimepieces were:
1. The Fire Engine that Disappeared by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
2. Autumn Killing by Mons Kallentoft
3. 7 Days by Deon Meyer
4. Sleepwalkers by Tom Grieves
5. The Bat by Jo Nesbo
6. Alone in the Classroom by Elizabeth Hay
7. Summon up the Blood by R N Morris
Kerrie from Mysteries in Paradise is hosting a monthly round-up of all the recommendations by crime fiction bloggers. Do pay the site a visit and see if you agree with the books that have been chosen.