The Best of November’s Reading

My monthly round-up is slightly late for November; I only managed to review four books although I read a lot more. Much of IMG_0828my blogging time was taken up with reporting back from Iceland Noir which, although wonderful, meant that my reviews suffered. I promise more for December.

The books that I did read were all good but the stand-out winner was from Hakan Nesser, who is simply one of my favourite writers. The Strangler’s Honeymoon was a classic Van Veeteren mystery where a deceptively simple plot allowed the writer to explore the complexities of human relationships.

The four books I read for crimepieces were:

1. Countdown City by Ben H Winters

2. The Strangler’s Honeymoon by Hakan Nesser

3. Prayer by Philip Kerr

4. Summertime All the Cats are Bored by Philippe Georget

To check out the recommendations of other crime fiction bloggers, head over to Mysteries in Paradise who has collated the picks of other reviewers.

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15 thoughts on “The Best of November’s Reading

  1. Sarah – Thanks as ever for this summary. And I don’t blame you for choosing the Nesser. He is so very talented isn’t he? And what I like so much is that in each novel, he innovates in some way; yet, he maintains a thread of consistency.

  2. I like your list for the month, I like Nesser a lot too, and I’m glad you had a great trip to Iceland. I like hearing about crime festivals I’ve never attended! Hope you have a good reading month in December.

  3. Yes, I liike Nesser, too. I gather this is a 600-page tome. The rate at which I’m reading now means it will take me weeks to read this one, and I want to read Nesbo’s last two books, and so many are sitting and staring at me on my TBR piles.

    I’m hoping for a holiday reading vacation.

    Your summaries of the Icelandic Noir festival were fine and satisfying, although I think all those who read them were wishing they had been there.

  4. You mention something about which I keep wondering. Why are books so long now? Can’t a decent story be told in 350 pages? Sjowall and Wahloo wrote in 250 pages or so quite good mysteries. So does Camilleri.
    So I don’t get it. Are publishers paying by the word now? Are they asking writers to add hundreds of pages? Do they think longer books will sell better than shorter ones? Is this true?
    I mean, unless the books are in ebook format, a 500-600 page book is one heavy book to carry around or
    even pick up and hold.
    I wish I knew the marketing ideas behind the long book scenario now. I long for shorter books.
    It just took me weeks to read Sara Paretsky’s latest book, Critical Mass, which was quite good. I had
    other tasks to do, and this book is definitely worth the time. An ambitious story, well-done, sad and yet
    witty, and with science, to boot.
    When you figure out why books are longer these days, please let us know.

  5. I want to read Nesser’s and also two by Nesbo. I feel like I’m committing myself to a semester at school, reading crime fiction. I just want to pick up a book, and read it over a weekend and relax. Now it’s a chore to read these long volumes, even when I love the author’s works.
    And with aging, as we’re all doing, speed and eyesight are not what they used to be.

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