Archive for July 13, 2013

51Jx542D48L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX385_SY500_CR,0,0,385,500_SH20_OU02_I shouldn’t attempt to pick a winner of the CWA Ellis Peters because I have only read three of the shortlist, but I did find Pilgrim Soul by Gordon Ferris a 51c0Fu8cTKL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX385_SY500_CR,0,0,385,500_SH20_OU02_brilliant read.

On the other hand I have read four out of the six novels shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger and from information gleaned at Crimefest at Bristol I don’t think I would rate the two books I haven’t read. Neither The Missing File by D.A. Mishani nor Death in Sardinia by Marco Vichi should have been shortlisted as I think both were somewhat wordy and self indulgent including back stories and side stories that added nothing to the narrative. The International Dagger should be between three time winner Fred Vargas, with her eccentric novel The Ghost Riders of Ordebec, and Pierre Lemaitre with another quirky French offering Alex.

My selection would be Alex which has the usual attributes of good crime fiction, a plot that has surprises, great characters and a thought provoking theme. The winners will be announced on Monday 15 July.