Monday, November 30, 2015

Reading in October and November

I skipped a summary post for the books I read in October. Too busy, too many other posts due at the same time. But this is a practice that I have found fulfilling as long as I have had the blog, so I will make up for it by covering both October and November in this post. In both of those months I stuck to crime fiction.

In October I read:

The Glass-Sided Ants' Nest by Peter Dickinson
The Old English Peep Show by Peter Dickinson
Sugar Skull by Denise Hamilton
And Four To Go by Rex Stout
Murder at the Old Vicarage by Jill McGown
Chef Maurice and A Spot of Truffle by J. A. Lang

In November I read:

Season of Snows and Sin by Patricia Moyes
The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne
Hour of the Cat by Peter Quinn
Trust Me on This by Donald E. Westlake
The Ice Harvest by Scott Phillips
The Small World of Murder by Elizabeth Ferrars
The Last Good Place by Robin Burcell

In the past I have picked a favorite book from each month, but in either of these months I would have difficulty doing that. From October, there are too many favorites. In November, I found almost all of the books equally appealing and none stand out as favorites. All in all, I had two very good months of reading.

One point of interest, to me at least. The last review I wrote was for a very cozy mystery, Chef Maurice and a Spot of Truffle by J. A. Lang. Right now, I am working on a review for a book that is the exact opposite, at the other end of the spectrum. That book is The Ice Harvest by Scott Phillips, and although it is set on Christmas Eve, it is the bleakest, darkest book I have ever read. Review coming soon.


col2910 said...

Glad to hear you had a couple of great months reading. The only one I've read is The Ice Harvest and that was some years ago. I'm fairly sure I've saved it for a re-read. The Westlake still tempts me, but it is quite hard to find a reasonably priced copy and I don't exactly need it.

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

Just read my first Moyes and was really impressed Tracy. Very curious to see what the Phillips is like!

Anonymous said...

Great summary, Tracy, for which thanks. I really do want to read the Milne and some Dickinson, so I'm glad you've reminded me of those.

TracyK said...

Col, the Westlake was fun and good, but I got my copy for $1. I just bought the first Parker novel under the pseudonym Richard Stark and I will get to read a more hard-boiled book by him. (I have read other hard-boiled novels under his real name but so long ago...). I have looked for the novel that is a continuation of Trust Me on This (titled Baby, Would I Lie?) but I haven't found a copy I want to pay for yet.

TracyK said...

I do enjoy Moyes' books, Sergio. I look forward to your review. I hope I can do a decent job of describing the Phillips book. I am sure there are bleaker books out there, but I haven't read them.

TracyK said...

I enjoyed the Milne a lot, Margot. And Dickinson is one of my favorite writers. I don't love everything he writes equally, but I always enjoy reading his books.

Katrina said...

I've just reserved The Red House Mystery at the library, looking forward to it. At the moment I'm reading another E Ferrars book - Murder Among Friends.

TracyK said...

I hope you enjoy The Red House Mystery, Katrina. The E. Ferrars book sounds good. One of her earlier novels, about war time London. I have not read anything from her earlier writings.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Tracy, I do want to read Donald E. Westlake. I think I have at least one of his novels.

TracyK said...

Prashant, I want to read more of his books. I only have one more now but I am going to be looking for more at the book sale.