Kerrie’s Crime Fiction Alphabet came to the end last week, which left me wondering what were its highlights for me. Before I began I decided that I would use it to read books from my to-be-read list and in the main that is what I did.
The rules of the meme are that you have to write a blog post about crime fiction related to the letter of the week and your post MUST be related to either the first letter of a book’s title, the first letter of an author’s first name, or the first letter of the author’s surname.
I thought that I would try to stick to the authors’ names (either first or last) rather than the title and in the main that is what I did, with 21 of the letters.The letters A, P, R and S relate both to the authors’ names and to the titles.
Some were books by old favourites, such as Agatha Christie and some by new-to-me authors, such as Anne Zouroudi.
The ones I enjoyed the most (in A – Z order) are:
- Agatha Christie’s Autobiography – reading it was like listening to Agatha Christie talk to me.
- Colin Dexter – The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn – I wanted to start it again as soon as I’d finished it.
- P D James – The Private Patient – a thoughtful book, with precise descriptions of people and places and yet it is tense and dramatic.
- Donna Leon – Drawing Conclusions – a book I didn’t want to end!
- Dan Waddell – The Blood Detective – even though there are parts (not many) that were just a bit too graphic for me.
Here is the complete list:
- A is for Agatha Christie – An Autobiography
- B is for W J Burley – Wycliffe and the Last Rites
- C is for Christopher Brookmyre
- D is for Colin Dexter – The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn
- E is for Edgar Wallace – The Clue of the Twisted Candle
- F is for Frances Fyfield – The Art of Drowning
- G is for Erle Stanley Gardner – The Case of the Substitute Face
- H is for Reginald Hill ‘“ Exit Lines
- I is for Ian Rankin ‘“ Rebus’s Scotland
- J is for Janie Bolitho ‘“ Betrayed in Cornwall
- K is for Karen Maitland
- L is for Donna Leon ‘“ Drawing Conclusions
- M is for The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
- N is for A number of N’s
- O is for One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson
- P is for P D James – The Private Patient
- Q is for Q Books
- R is for Ruth Rendell ‘“ Tigerlily’s Orchids
- S is for Simon Brett – The Stabbing in the Stables
- T is for Peter Turnbull ‘“ Once a Biker
- U is for Nicola Upson ‘“ An Expert in Murder
- V is for Val McDermid Cleanskin
- W is for Dan Waddell The Blood Detective
- X is for X, Y, Z: a Story told by a Detective by Anna Katherine Green
- Y is for Margaret Yorke – Intimate Kill
- Z is for Anne Zouroudi ‘“ The Doctor of Thessaly
My thanks go to Kerrie as I have thoroughly enjoyed reading through the Crime Fiction Alphabet and also reading what my fellow bloggers have read too – some of whom wrote about specific topics instead of sticking to the rules 🙂 – I think they are most ingenious! Kerrie has listed a summary of the A- G posts, with the rest of the alphabet coming soon.