The Best of July’s Reading

July was a mixed month for me. I did a lot of travelling which usually means I read less rather than more and my reading is often fractured. It therefore takes a good story to keep my attention when I’ve had to put the book down for a day or so. Part of my travelling did involve the Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate. It was the first time in three years that I’d attended the event so it was lovely to see so many familiar faces, and also to meet some new authors, reviewers and bloggers.

Six out of the nine books that I read in July were by authors who were new to me and I’m choosing one of these as my book of the month. Icelight by Aly Monroe was a marvellously detailed evocation of the post-war period seeped in espionage and paranoia. It was, in my opinion, a worthy winner of the 2012 CWA Ellis Peters Historical Dagger.

The nine book that I read for crimepieces were:

1. Green for Danger by Christianna Brand

2. The Suspect by L R Wright

3. Icelight by Aly Munroe

4. The Expats by Chris Pavone

5. The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

6. Drawn in Blood by N P Statham

7. Night Rounds by Helene Tursten

8. The Laughing Policeman by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö

9.  Pierced by Thomas Enger

As usual, Kerrie from  Mysteries in Paradise is collating the pick of the month’s reads.