10 Books of Summer

10 books of summerThe 20/10 Books of Summer Challenge hosted by Cathy  at 746 Books ended today. I did the 10 book version and didn’t do too badly, reading 6 books.

I read:

  1. The Remorseful Day by Colin Dexter ‘“ the last Morse book. I loved it. The plot is detailed, complex and as usual with Morse a puzzle type murder mystery with plenty of challenging clues.
  2. Sad Cypress by Agatha Christie ‘“ a most satisfying mystery, in which Hercule Poirot discovers that almost everyone he talks to is lying. It has a clever and most complicated plot and it kept me guessing right to the end.
  3. Zen there was Murder by H R F Keating ‘“ murder on a Zen Buddhism course. This book has a surreal feel about it and for most of the time I was completely bamboozled – not a great success.
  4. The Day of the Lie by William Brodrick ‘“ a Father Anselm book.  A meaty layered book that made me think. Nothing is straight forward as it delved into the past, uncovering secrets and revealing crimes.  I did enjoy it, but it was hard work in parts.
  5. A Medal for Murder by Frances Brody ‘“ the second Kate Shackleton mystery, set in the 1920s.  It was easy to read but I just couldn’t see who could be the murderer. I had several suspects, all of whom turned out to be innocent of the crime. I liked the historical setting and the characters rang true.
  6. The Man in the Wooden Hat by Jane Gardam ‘“ the second book in the Old Filth trilogy. I also read the third book, Last Friends.  Both books follow the lives of Old Filth, his wife and friends  over 50 years, told from the different characters’ points of view,  forming a memorable trilogy, of love and life, humour and heartbreak in colonial Hong Kong and the contrasting setting of the English countryside.

So actually I read 7!

And these are the ones I didn’t get round to reading:

  1. Poirot Investigates by Agatha Christie ‘“ an early collection of short stories.
  2. Silas Marner by George Eliot ‘“ a short classic.
  3. Great Escape Stories by Eric Williams ‘“ it comprises twelve true-life escape and evasion stories from the Second World War and one from the Korean War.
  4. How the Girl Guides Won the War by Janie Hampton.

If you did this challenge – or the 20 books challenge – how did you get on?

5 thoughts on “10 Books of Summer

  1. I love how we both read 6 books off our lists! I am also pleased to see a good mixture of crime novels, even if perhaps they didn’t all work out brilliant. You do seem to have enjoyed the majority. I look forward to seeing what we read for R.I.P X next!


  2. You read some good ‘uns, Margaret. I’ve always thought The Remorseful Day and Sad Cypress to be terrific examples of their authors’ abilities. And you’ve reminded me that I must read more of the Father Anselm stories.


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