Friday, October 3, 2014
Reading in September and Pick of the Month
In September I read less books than usual, only six books, all mysteries. One reason for the low number (although there is nothing at all wrong with reading 6 books in a month) is that I started the month with a really long book (The Wine of Angels) and ended it with another really long book (Garden of Beasts by Jeffrey Deaver, which I finished Oct. 2).
Two of the books I read this month were vintage mysteries published in the year 1958. Rich at Past Offenses gathered links to reviews of books published in that year here. I also read two books from the Inspector Barnaby series by Caroline Graham; that series was adapted for television as Midsomer Murder episodes.
The books I read this month...
The Wine of Angels by Phil Rickman
The Count of Nine by Erle Stanley Gardner
(writing as A. A. Fair)
Death of a Hollow Man by Caroline Graham
Coffin Scarcely Used by Colin Watson
Lie in the Dark by Dan Fesperman
Death in Disguise by Caroline Graham
The Crime Fiction Pick of the Month meme is hosted at Mysteries in Paradise. You can go HERE to see other posts and choices for favorite crime fiction reads.
I initially thought it would be hard to pick a favorite. I enjoyed all the books I read but none of them blew me away. The two vintage mysteries I read were fine books but not the best examples of the authors (based on what I have read).
I was torn between The Wine of Angels by Phil Rickman and Death of a Hollow Man by Caroline Graham. The book by Caroline Graham was a reread, but I was so impressed on a second reading of that book that I read another book by that author very soon after. I heartily recommend Caroline Graham's books if you haven't read them.
The Wine of Angels is my Pick of the Month. I like novels that combine a mystery and the supernatural, if they don't overdo the supernatural. This one provided an interesting mystery with a great story about a woman priest who is a single mother of a teenage girl. It is a Very Long Book, nearly 600 pages.