Bumper Crop of August Reading
- Lynn Shepherd: A Treacherous Likeness
- Dorothy L. Sayers: Murder Must Advertise
- Dorothy L. Sayers: Have His Carcase
- Dorothy L. Sayers: Gaudy Night
- Philippe Georget: Summertime All The Cats Are Bored
- P.D. James: Shroud for a Nightingale
- Jean-François Parot: The Chatelet Apprentice – first in the Nicolas Le Floch series, read it here in English for the first time
- Helen Smith: Invitation to Die – more than a cosy crime novel, this is a witty satire about book blogging, wannabe writers and the rivalries and egos of the publishing industry
- Seth Lynch: Salazar
- John Burdett: Bangkok Eight – very distinctive voice, scenes that fascinate and repel in equal measure, quite hard to bear in some ways
- Camilla Ceder: Babylon
- Alan Bradley: I am Half-Sick of Shadows
- Jakob Arjouni: Happy Birthday, Tűrke! – in German, the first in the renowned Kayankala series
- Elly Griffiths: The Crossing Places
- Julie Smith: Mean Woman Blues – America, New Orleans
- John Enright: Pago Pago Tango – Australasia/Oceania
- Gail Bowen: A Killing Spring – Canadian academic crime fiction
- Alison Bruce: The Calling – third in DC Goodhew series, set in Cambridge, this was the first one the author wrote
- Stav Sherez: Eleven Days – second in the Carrigan & Miller series. The first one, ‘A Dark Redemption’ was one of my favourite crime reads of 2012. Tthis time the links are to South America, liberation theology, human trafficking and Albanian crime lords. Perhaps not quite as compelling as the previous book, but an excellent read nonetheless, and an inventive, poetic use of language.
- David Wagner: Cold Tuscan Stone – art smuggling in Italy, rather obvious tourist fare
- Kerry Greenwood: Flying Too High (Phryne Fisher) – delectable and frothy
2 in French which deserve to be better known
- André Héléna: Les Voyageurs du vendredi
- Sébastien Japrisot : Un long dimanche de fiançailles
- C.L. Konigsburg: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – old childhood favourite that I had lost track of because of the impossible title
- Adharanand Finn: Running with the Kenyans
- Hatice Akyűn: Einmal Hans mit scharfer Soße – witty depiction of life as a 2nd generation Turk growing up in Germany
- Writers Abroad: Foreign Encounters – collection of poetry, creative non-fiction and short stories about the expat experience and cross-cultural encounters
Total read: 27; Abandoned 2 (not mentioned here).
Reread 5 books.
11 e-book format
2 in French, 2 in German, the rest in English (but 3 in translation)
2 non-fiction, 1 collection of poetry/prose, the rest novels.
Finished 108 of my proposed 120 books reading challenge for this year, which probably means I have set my bar too low. Then again, from September onwards, I’ll probably struggle to read more than one book a week.
So what have you read this month? Anything you particularly remember or recommend?