The Best of July’s Reading

CalverFor crime fiction readers and writers the month of July is dominated by the Old Peculiar Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. The weather was perfect and I had a wonderful time catching up with old and new friends. A summary of the days can be found here and here.

My reading slowed down a little because of work commitments but at least there wasn’t a bad book amongst the ones that I did read. I’m trying to alternate between Scandinavian crime fiction for the Petrona Award and everything else I want to read. My book of the month is one of the submissions for the Petrona. Cold Courage by Pekka Hiltunen was an unusual and creepy read and it was fascinating to read about London through the eyes of an expat.

The five books I read for crimepieces were:

1.  Scafell by Matthew Pink

2. Someone to Watch over Me by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

3. Redemption by Jussi Adler-Olsen

4. Cold Courage by Pekka Hiltunen

5. The Innocence Game by Michael Harvey

To view the pick of the month from other crime fiction readers, head over to Mysteries in Paradise which has a useful round up reviewers choices.

10 thoughts on “The Best of July’s Reading

  1. A nice set of books for July, Sarah. I want to read more Scandinavian books and hope that I really make good on that goal in 2014. I have books by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Jussi Adler-Olsen. The book by Matthew Pink sounds good too.


  2. Oh Sarah, I know it’s a cliché, but the phrase ‘so many books, so little time’ springs to mind…I read and enjoyed Redemption this month too. Yrsa Sigurdardottir is well up there on my ‘to buy, at some point, soon’ list. But now having read your reviews I am interested in Scafell too, and Cold Courage sounds like a very unique read that would probably be well worth my time. Which to go for first?!


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