It’s been one of those months where even though it was quite a varied month – genre-wise – everything I picked up turned to reading gold. Everything. To the extent that it was tough to choose a stand-out for the month. On any other month any of these could have taken the title.
So, without further palaver, here’s what I’ve been reading…
The Woman In The Library, by Sulari Gentill
My first book of the month and the first one this month that I declared to be my read of the month. But that was before the waters were muddied by what came next. It is, however, the cleverest book I’ve read all year.
What kind of authorial mind can write about a mystery writer in the middle of a mystery writing a mystery about a mystery writer in the middle of a mystery writing about a mystery? Sulari Gentill, that’s who. I’ve long been a fan of Sulari’s work – in particular her Rowland Sinclair series (of which she has written 10). Her previous mystery within a mystery – Crossing The Lines (published in the US as After She Wrote Him and was a complete mind f$%^) won her the Ned Kelly award for crime writing. Despite all of this, she’s really “arrived” with this one.
Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone, by Benjamin Stevenson
Another book which I’m sure will rank among my favourite books of the year, this one definitely wins the prize for my favourite title.
It’s cleverly told, and I loved the way the narrator tells us upfront much of what we can expect (and must have driven the copy editor mad with page references) yet the mystery is still very much up in the air. To be really picky, the whodunnit part was a bit of a reach…but that’s me being really picky.
The Story of Us, by Dani Atkins
This one really tugged at the heartstrings – as does everything by Dani Atkins – but she does it so well. I was awake way too late finishing this.
The Kitchen Front, by Jennifer Ryan
Historical fiction about a cooking contest (okay, not just about a cooking contest) with recipes – in what world wouldn’t I pick this one up?
I adored The Chilbury Ladies Choir, but think I enjoyed this more.
If pressed – and I mean really pressed – this one is my read of the month, but by the slimmest of margins.
The People on Platform 5, by Clare Pooley
I enjoyed Pooley’s The Authenticity Project, but this was next level – to the extent that halfway through I wanted to stop and message Pooley on Instagram…but that would have been a tad over the top. I couldn’t stop reading and found myself invested totally in the lives of these commuters brought together by nothing more than being in the same train carriage.
A fabulous read.
An A-List For Death, by Pamela Hart
I do love cosy crime, and this one by Aussie author Pamela Hart is a perfect example of the genre.
Set in Sydney I could see the jacarandas in Sydney Uni, the characters were all believable and added texture to our amateur sleuth, children’s television researcher/producer Poppy McGovern.
I’ve never read anything by Pamela Hart before – she’s more known for her historical romances – but I’m looking forward to Poppy’s next outing…just as soon as I catch up on book 1 in this series.
Stop the presses… there’s one more…
I had this post finished and then began reading this book…and kept reading – until I finished it last night. Of all the fabulous reads this month, this is the most fabulous – First Impressions, by Charlie Lovett.
The blurb is:
Book lover and Austen enthusiast Sophie Collingwood has recently taken a job at an antiquarian bookshop in London when two different customers request a copy of the same obscure book: the second edition of Little Book of Allegories by Richard Mansfield. Their queries draw Sophie into a mystery that will cast doubt on the true authorship of Pride and Prejudice—and ultimately threaten Sophie’s life.
Anyways, I don’t have time to tell you much more than that, other than this one was my newly crowned read of the month. Thanks, Sue for the recommendation… you were right – I loved it!
Deb, Donna, Sue and I would love you to share what you’ve been reading. The linky is below – and it’s open until Monday evening (AEST).