What are we reading in 2020?
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Hercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha Christie 3.5★s
Many Rivers to Cross - Peter Robinson 4★s
A Stranger in the Family - Robert Barnard 3.5★s
Evil Games - Angela Marsons 4.5★s (group read)
Backlash - Sally Spencer 3.5★s
The Fair Maid of Bohemia - Edward Marston 4★s
Murder on the Brighton Express - Edward Marston 4★s
I stumbled upon the name of this author last year while researching books for my Century of Suspense challenge - a serendipitous find, as I enjoyed this book from start to finish. IMO, definitely up there with Christie; I'm surprised Hay is not more well-known... Probably to do with the fact that she was not exactly prolific, only 3 novels to her name. Unfortunately, I can only get hold of one other of her titles from my local library.
Perhaps, like me, you are finding it difficult to concentrate on reading - my mind keeps wandering and wants to check on the latest news. I think I'm spending more time on the 'net than reading.
Stay safe, everyone.
I do think this is a series which is best read in order.
Hope you are all keeping well.
I just finished The Silent world of Nicholas Quinn by Colin Dexter 4★
A nice twisty puzzling crime, not just for me but Lewis was baffled too, and even Morse's reasoning was a little off target most of the time. Enjoyed this one.
This time out, Brannigan's boyfriend is arrested and she must concentrate all her efforts on finding the real culprit. I enjoy the casual humour but got tired of the profuse folksy analogies like "cheekbones like chapel hat pegs" that show up on most pages.
Set in the English Lake District. This is book 3 in the series. I've read book 1, but don't feel I've missed anything by not reading book 2. The stories stand well alone.
This is the second book in the Harry Barnett series.
Brett's Charles Paris series never fails to satisfy. Paris is an actor but as he is not in high demand he manages to fill in his time solving crimes and drinking Bell's. The theatre makes a nice backdrop for his mysteries and this amateur theatre group provides a few unintended funny moments.
I ration myself of this series (Rebus) , I enjoy it so much!
Ann would always make it on to my list of favourite authors.
Third book in a series, but I didn't feel I'd missed out on anything by not reading the previous two books.
I shall watch out for more of her books, though she doesn't appear to ba a prolific writer - only 5 books over the period 1992-2009, as far as I can discover.
Lost Girls 5★s, book no. 3 in the series.
As if Jack Taylor didn't have enough demons of his own, he is hounded by the Devil in this mystery, although mysterious applies too as the story has a touch of the supernatural. I love Bruen's spare style of writing, frequent music and literary references, and that Ireland itself has a strong presence, where it is evident that times are changing and Taylor's old Galway is fading. Although he can be a bit of a train wreck, Jack is the best person to have on your side in a jam.
I can hardly wait for the next in the series and have already put book 9 on hold at the library.
It is over 900 pages so will keep me busy for a while.
If there is to be another in the Cormoran Strike series, I hope it carries a few hundred less pages.
Notwithstanding the length, I did enjoy the story of the cold case.
The caper itself, once it gets going, is handled well and kept me turning pages. I noted that once that action commences, Raymond (whose real name was Robin Cook, in case anyone's keeping score) dispenses to a significant degree, with reliance on slang.
I enjoyed this read experience, and I believe the book has standing as one of the first examples of London noir. The story is seedy and dark, but often funny, and I never found it to be cynical.
(Touchstones not working for me)
I recently picked up books by formerly favored authors to discover than I cannot read about terrorists, socio/psychopaths, all around mean people Bye-bye from my shelves John D. MacDonald Travis McGee series, Daniel Silva Gabriel Allon series.
I don't want saccharine sweet... those books put me in a diabetic coma.
Right now I'm reading Whitney Otto How to Make an American Quilt to be followed by Compton MacKenzie The Monarch of the Glen and 4 Kate Fansler books by Amanda Cross.
What say you, mystery/crime fans? Have your reading tastes changed?
Happy 2021 to all!
Mine definitely have.
I used to love Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch books, but now I find Connelly's prose so clunky and distracting that I can't even get through them anymore. The last one I tried was The Late Show, and I made it about two chapters before I had to just give up.
I haven't actually tried to reread any of Connelly's older stuff, so I don't actually know if it's my taste that's changed, or Connelly's writing, but my dad still loves him, so my guess is that I'm the one who changed.
I still love mystery novels, including police procedurals, but Connelly doesn't do it for me anymore. I'd have to do a lot more introspection and a lot more research to figure out exactly why, though.
Who are your current favorite mystery writers?
As for current favorites, I really like Tana French, though I haven't read her newest one yet. I just finished Paul Doiron's first novel, and I enjoyed that. I'm a few books behind, but I like Louise Penny. On the cozy end of things, I've also recently discovered Judith Flanders, who I enjoy a lot.
I've also developed quite a love for some of the Golden Age mystery writers - Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, and Margery Allingham.
I liked Louise Penny's early books... Still Life, A Fatal Grace
will look for some of the authors you mentioned... thanks!
No one can write spy mystery stories like John le Carré, and his writing is beautiful. Characters are so well-developed that the reader begins to see them as real people. His plots may not appeal to those who like the modern high-velocity action style, but for me, le Carré will always be the ultimate in espionage novels.
Personally, I've had a fairly difficult year of reading - I read 183 books across many genres in 2019 but only managed 115 this year. I know what I put it down to - we've all had a horrible year, due to the virus, but, hopefully, that's all going to be behind us soon. So, here's looking forward to better times in 2021, and lots more reading.
🎉Happy New Year, Everyone! 🎉
I'm looking forward to a better year in all kinds of ways in 2021.
Wishing everyone here a Happy and Healthy New Year!
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