Archive for October 22, 2012

The year so far……..

Posted: October 22, 2012 in Book Awards

Up to this September I had been reviewing every crime fiction book that I read, and after six years that amounts to a lot of reviews. It has also meant that my non fiction reading has been very limited. The fact that the last three Swedish crime fiction books I have read: Dark Angel-Mari Jungstedt, Silenced -Kristina Ohlsson and Autumn Killing-Mons Kallentoft* [* this one I will review later] have been so dark and miserable making one wonder if there are any normal functioning people in Sweden has made me reconsider my reviewing policy. 

I will probably now not review every book I read from now on unless there is something particularly interesting to which I want to draw attention. Loud cheers from some authors. This will give me a chance to catch up with my non fiction reading. But I will be reading the 2013 International Dagger Shortlist, and the 2013  Ellis Peters Shortlist and giving my opinionated views. 

My crime fiction reading total has reached 39 books so it is time to weed out some and consider the most enjoyable so far in preparation of a final pick of the best at the year’s end.

My top ten in no particular order:

The Potter’s Field- Andrea Camilleri

Deadheads- Reginald Hill

Seven Days- Deon Meyer

Another Time, Another Life- Leif G.W. Persson

Last Will- Liza Marklund

The Blind Goddess- Anne Holt

Outrage- Arnaldur Indridason

Burned- Thomas Enger

Prague Fatale- Philip Kerr

Icelight- Aly Monroe

Seven translated three in English, seven men three women authors, and representatives from Italy, England , South Africa, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Scotland. Interestingly of the 39 crime fiction books I have read so far this year the breakdown is 25 male and 14 female authors, and 25 translated and 14 in English.