May's Books 2013 & Crime Fiction Pick of the Month

I’ve read ten books this month and have only written about five of them – I don’t think I’ll get round to writing about all of them now. More reading means less writing!

I read five crime fiction novels:

May bks

  • The Chessmen by Peter May. This is the third in his Lewis Trilogy, a fascinating and compelling book in which the body of an old friend of Fin McLeod’s is discovered seventeen years after he had disappeared. Whilst the books in this trilogy can be read as stand-alones I think it’s best to read them in sequence, because the second and third books refer to events and characters covered in the first book.
  • The Frozen Shroud by Martin Edwards, the sixth in his Lake District Mysteries with another cold case and a possible copycat murder five years later for Daniel Kind and DI Hannah Scarlett to solve. An excellent book.
  • Requiem for a Mezzo by Carola Dunn, Daisy Dalrymple and DI Alex Fletcher are faced with the murder of an opera singer during a performance of Verdi’s Requiem. A quick, easy read.
  • Murder in the Mews by Agatha Christie (Poirot 4 short stories), longer than the average short stories (and so more satisfying) these feature some of Agatha Christie’s plot elements and endings, with Poirot performing his usual final denouements.
  • Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie – an excellent murder mystery – I want to write about this in more detail in a later post.

My Crime Fiction Pick of the Month is The Frozen Shroud by Martin Edwards. See Kerrie’s blog, Mysteries in Paradise for more Crime Fiction Picks of the Month.

The other five books I finished reading in May are:

  • The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris – I wasn’t too keen on this one.
  • Peaches for Monsieur Le Curé by Joanne Harris and again was rather disappointed. I may write more about the latter book and feel a bit differently about it. Sometimes writing about a book makes me appreciate it more. It’s as though it crystallises my thoughts and I can evaluate it better.

I may also write about these books:

May bks

  • Ignorance by Michèle Roberts on Kindle – historical fiction set in France before and during the Second World War. a book about guilt, desire and love.
  • Patrick Leigh Fermor’s A Time of Gifts, non-fiction, about his journey from the Hook of Holland to Constantinople, although this book only covers his journey to the Danube between what were in 1934 Slovakia and Hungary.
  • Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville – a beautiful book, also historical fiction set in Australia during the early/mid 19th century. A book about race, family, secrets and love.

8 thoughts on “May's Books 2013 & Crime Fiction Pick of the Month

  1. I have exactly the same problem. I’ve been reading out of my skin all month, 11 books, which is twice as many as I would normally read. But I’ve only reviewed about 6 or 7… this last week was half-term, grand-daughter here etc. and we’re having the outside of the house painted at the moment. No way am I going to find time to blog about the rest of them so it won’t get done. Oh well.

    I thought A Time of Gifts was fantastic. Difficult writing as I gather he was a bit of a genius but worth the effort. I also liked a book of letters that PLF exchanged with Deborah Devonshire.


    • I’m full of good intentions to write about books I’ve read but if I haven’t made any notes and marked any passages (with book darts, not underlining etc) I’ve had it later on. And sometimes it’s good just to read without bothering.

      A Time of Gifts is indeed difficult writing in parts – he can use such obscure words – and there were many I either didn’t know at all or had to look up to make sure I knew the meaning when it wasn’t clear from the context, which was quite often! I liked it well enough to get the second book – Between the Woods and the Water. Have you read that one?


      • I completely agree, sometimes it is good to just read a book without the added pressure of making notes for blogging later.

        I own Between the Woods and the Water but have not read it yet. I will get to it… one day.


  2. I’m sorry that Peaches for Monsieur was a disappointment for you, I’m almost finished, and have enjoyed the story line so far, I’m hopping the conclusion is good. You had a good reading month.


  3. Margaret – Oh, I’m so glad you liked The Frozen Shroud as much as you did. I have to say I’m quite a fan of Edwards’ work and I’m very much looking forward to reading this.


  4. I like writing about the books I read because I too find that it crystallizes my thoughts about them. I haven’t read a book without reviewing it for ages; since I write about them within a day or two of finishing reading them, I don’t take notes or mark passages. Meanwhile, I think a lot and write reviews in my head.


    • I always intend to write about books within a couple of days after I’ve read them – but I rarely do. I should – it’s much easier. Like you I think a lot and start writing in my head, but if I don’t write them down those thoughts can just fly away.


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