The Best of March’s Reading

March photoWe all know March isn’t really spring but in the north of England we were surprised and dismayed by the poor weather this month. We got early crocus flowers, then drifting snow and we’re heading into April with cold temperatures.

I’ve been luckier with my reading, however. Lots of books by old favourites were published this month including offerings from Fred Vargas, Jonathan Kellerman and Shona (now S G) MacLean. I don’t think there was a dud amongst them but my hands-down favourite was by Leif G W Persson. Linda, As in the Linda Murder was unusual and funny and must have been a guilty joy to translate from its original Swedish.

The eight books I read for crimepieces were:

1. Linda, As in the Linda Murder by Leif G W Persson

2. The Ghost Riders of Ordebec by Fred Vargas

3. The Locked Room by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

4. Guilt by Jonathan Kellerman

5. The Healer by Antti Tuomainen

6. The Devil’s Recruit by S G MacLean

7. The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Soderberg

8. Dandy Gilver and a Bothersome Number of Corpses by Catriona McPherson

I also reviewed Johan Theorin’s Asylum for Eurocrime.  Do head over there and have a look what I thought of it.

Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise is putting together a list of reviewers’ favourite books for March.

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16 thoughts on “The Best of March’s Reading

  1. Definitely a few here for me to consider, Persson and Sjowall/Wahloo for sure. I never stuck with Kellerman after maybe 4 of the series, don’t know why….time to revisit?

  2. Sarah – I”m so glad you had such a good reading month. I’ve already decided I must read that Persson, and you’ve reminded me of the wonderful Dandy Gilver series. Yes, some real winners here.

  3. Oh good grief that’s a lot of good reading. I definitely want to read the MacLean (wonder why she has switched to initials at this stage…four books in…odd) and I have got the Persson and Tuomainen books on order from the library. My wishlist is literally groaning under the combined weight of all the good books I’m hearing about

  4. I haven’t read any of these yet. Well, not totally true, I read the first Kellerman and intend to try more of his books, and I know I read Sjowall and Wahloo way back when, but don’t even know which ones. Anyway, based on your reviews, I want to try several of these. I enjoyed the Asylum review. I like the idea of the three narratives.

  5. Great list, Sarah. I hope April is just as good as a reading month! I hope to get to Vargas soon, and I have the first Persson book from the library too.

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