Thursday, December 31, 2015
Crime Fiction Reading in December
This month I read a wonderful variety of crime fiction books. I read two books by my favorite author, Rex Stout. Both were re-reads, of course. I read a graphic novel that I enjoyed immensely. I read one contemporary book from 2008, and a police procedural published in 1941 for the Crimes of the Century meme at Past Offences. I read a collection of classic Christmas short stories compiled by Martin Edwards for the British Library Crime Classics series. And last, but hardly least, I read a very racy story by Richard S. Prather starring Shell Scott, private detective, my very first book by this author.
My list of December reads is:
Watchmen by Alan Moore, illustrated and lettered by Dave Gibbons
Mourned on Sunday by Helen Reilly
Year of the Dog by Henry Chang
Alphabet Hicks by Rex Stout
Too Many Cooks by Rex Stout
Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries edited by Martin Edwards
Darling, It's Death by Richard S. Prather
Again, this month, I could not choose a favorite. Too much variety and I liked them all for different reasons.
Most of my reading this month was vintage crime fiction. Silent Nights was published this year but all the short stories were from before 1960.
Watchmen was published in the 1980s and presented an alternate universe where superheroes were real and the US won the Vietnam War and Nixon is still president.
Year of the Dog was published in 2008 but set in 1994 and into 1995 in New York's Chinatown.