September's Books & Pick of the Month

September was a good month – we had a holiday in the Lake District, the sun shone and it’s been a dry September, according to the Met Office it was the driest September since records began in 1911!

And I read a fair number of books (the links are to my posts on the books), which brings my total for the year so far to 83. Four of the books are TBRs (to-be-reads) and six are crime fiction (marked with *):

  1. The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop €“ my review will be on the next issue of Shiny New Books (I think!) Set 40+ years ago in Cyprus, I liked this very much €“ a story of human tragedy in the face of war.
  2. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt €“ review to follow.
  3. Wycliffe and the House of Fear* by W J Burley €“ Wycliffe investigates the disappearance of Roger Kemp’s second wife.  A complex story with sinister undercurrents.
  4. Testament of a Witchby Douglas Watt –MacKenzie investigates the death of Grissell Hay, Lady Lammersheugh accused of witchcraft in a village overwhelmed by superstition, resentment and puritanical religion.
  5. The Moving Finger* by Agatha Christie €“ anonymous poison-pen letters, an apparent suicide and a murder in a peaceful country backwater in this Miss Marple mystery.
  6. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilmore €“ a suspense story of a young woman slowly but surely losing her mind €“ or is it a case of a woman suffering from post-natal depression. 
  7. Entry Island* by Peter May €“set in present day Magdalen Islands, part of the province of Quebec, in the Gulf of St Lawrence, and in the nineteenth century on the Isle of Lewis at the time of the Highland Clearances.  It mixes together two stories and two genres, crime fiction and historical fiction.
  8. The Brimstone Weddingby Barbara Vine €“ one of the best of Barbara Vine’s books that I’ve read. Stella gradually confides in Jenny, telling her things she has never said to her son and daughter €“ things about her life she doesn’t want them to know. Barbara Vine, writes beautifully and powerfully yet in a controlled manner, and the subtle horror of what I was reading gripped me. 
  9. The Shroud Maker* by Kate Ellis €“ a complex, historical mystery intertwined with a modern day murder mystery for D I Wesley Peterson to solve with plenty of characters, red-herrings, twists and turns, and sub-plots.

Pick of the monthI enjoyed all of them. It was a good month for reading crime fiction and my Book of the Month is also my Crime Fiction Pick of the Month. It’s …

Brimstone weddingThe Brimstone Wedding by Barbara Vine.

For more Crime Fiction Pick of the Month books see Kerrie’s Crime Fiction Pick of the Month over at Mysteries in Paradise.

2 thoughts on “September's Books & Pick of the Month”

  1. Margaret – I’m always so impressed with the breadth of your reading! You did have a productive month, too. I’m not surprised, I must say, at your choice of ‘top book’ for the month; Rendell/Vine is so very talented. I think her work takes a lot of beating….

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  2. You’ve had a terrific reading month, Margaret. I read less this month for one reason or another but am at around the same number of books read this year as you. Back from Scotland, I’m now hoping to get a few more books read this month.

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