The Best of September’s Reading

September was a busy month, with a move across Europe which left me with little time for reading. The books I did finish were mainly ones that I had been wanting to read for a while as I was looking for quality over quantity. As it turned out, it was a successful month with not a dud amongst them. As half the books were by new-to-me authors I now have the earlier novels of Deon Meyer, Max Kinnings, Nicola Upson and Christopher Brookmyre to catch-up with.

I also attended the History in the Court, an enjoyable event hosted by Goldsboro Books. As so often happens with these occasions I left with a mental list of new authors I want to try, including R N Morris and Robert Wilton.

My book of the month was in fact published last year to rave reviews and had been on my wish list for a while. Trackers by Deon Meyer is one of the best books that I’ve read this year and a thriller of the classic type. This engrossing read means that his next book Seven Days has been pushed right up my list and I’m hoping to read it in the next week or so.

The eight books that I read for crimepieces were:

1. Axe by Ed McBain

2. Trackers by Deon Meyer

3. Baptism by Max Kinnings

4. Two for Sorrow by Nicola Upson

5. Sail of Stone by Ake Edwardson

6. Falling Glass by Adrian McKinty

7. When the Devil Drives by Christopher Brookmyre

8. The Blind Goddess by Anne Holt

Kerrie from Mysteries in Paradise is hosting a monthly round-up of all the recommendations by crime fiction bloggers.

The Best of May’s Reading

May was the month of CrimeFest and thanks again to the organisers who worked so hard to provide such an interesting and informative event. It was great to see old faces, meet some of the people I only know through twitter and make new friends in the crime fiction community.

May was a mixed month for reading and my standout read was Anya Lipska’s Where the Devil Can’t Go. Set in London’s Polish migrant community it was a refreshing read from a debut author. Available, for now, only on kindle let’s hope that Anya gets published in print soon as I can think of at least two people I’d like to give a copy of this to.

The eight books I read in May for crimepieces were:

1. The Istanbul Puzzle by Laurence O’Bryan

2.  Track of the Cat by Nevada Barr

3. Do No Harm by Carol Topolski

4. The Murder Wall by Mari Hannah

5. Track of the Cat by Mary Stewart

6. Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart

7. Where the Devil Can’t Go by Anya Lipska

8. Burned by Thomas Enger

As usual, Kerrie over at Mysteries in Paradise is compiling a list of Book of the Month selections.