The bad news is: I have done no editing whatsoever on my novel and very little new writing during the summer. The good news is: I have read lots of books (despite my husband’s hogging of the Kindle, where I had many more stored). Which does mean a lot of reviews that I need to catch up on. For the time being, here is a simple list of what I read this August, plus my top pick for the month, to be aggregated thanks to Mysteries in Paradise‘s efforts. Apologies, not all of my reads were crime fiction.
1. Simenon: Les nouvelles enquêtes de Maigret – for the Classics in September feature on Crime Fiction Lover website
2. David Foster Wallace: Infinite Jest – made it about halfway, not the best beach reading, more on that later
3. Alison Bruce: The Siren – second in the Cambridge crime series, loved the first book even more though
4. Cristian Mihai: Jazz – author interview coming up on my blog shortly
5. J.A. Schneider – Embryo – medical thriller
6. Ben Hatch: Are We Nearly There Yet? – pains and joys of travelling with children, but also a touching family history
7. Kate Hoyland: Ghosts of Geneva: Mary Shelley and the Animatron
8. David Dickinson: Mycroft Holmes and the Murder at the Diogenes Club – one-sitting read, between a short story and a novella
9. Anne Brontë: Agnes Grey – the only book I hadn’t read from that family
10. Leighton Gage: Blood of the Wicked – murder and corruption in Brazil
11. Emily Shaffer: That Time of the Month – light and frothy, sweet as pie
12. Kathleen McCaul: Grave Secrets in Goa
13. Chris Culver: The Abbey
14. Donato Carvisi: The Lost Girls of Rome (these last three are all going to get reviewed sooner rather than later, hopefully within a week or so – see what I mean about falling behind?)
And my top pick is Leighton Gage: Blood of the Wicked. I am a Brazil fan anyway (should that be a Brazil nut?) and I found the background and local colour very well done, although profoundly unsettling. I will definitely read more by this author.