Archive for October 3, 2012

During September I took an extended break from blogging. 

I was busy sorting out hundreds of receipts from my son’s involvement in the London Olympics, and taking advantage of the good weather to visit some beautiful places in Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon. When I have finished the paperwork, and other matters have resolved themselves, I hope to be able to report on the crime fiction related visits I made around the time of the Agatha Christie Festival. 

I was able to read six books during the month including:

Dark Angel: Marji Jungstedt translator Tiina Nunnally

Nordic Noir on Gotland with a neat switch of emphasis to the dysfunctional Swedish family.

Silenced: Kristina Ohlsson translator Sarah Death

A bizarrely complex tale of even more dysfunctional families and miserable lives.  Alex Recht’s crime team must be the most unhappy group in crime fiction. Not one of the best examples of Swedish crime fiction I have read.

Peril at End House: Agatha Christie

This 1932 book is very evocative of the period, and has one of Christie’s most brilliant plot twists. 

Underworld: Reginald Hill

A superb novel that paints a picture of a small mining community in Yorkshire. Hill really does understand human nature and writes such wonderful characters.

Deadheads: Reginald Hill

An absolutely brilliant book full of humour, great characters and insight. You could say that although both these books are billed as Dalziel and Pascoe novels the real star is Ellie Pascoe.

Seven Days: Deon Meyer translator K.L.Seegers

An exciting South African thriller blending the investigation of a cold case with the hunt for a ruthless sniper. I missed the Christie like clues dropped at the start and enjoyed this one immensely. Perhaps not quite as good as Trackers, but still good enough because of the tension and excitement to deadheat with Deadheads as my pick of the month.