This post is related to Kerrie’s meme at Mysteries in Paradise.
For me, March was a relatively busy reading month dominated by my quest to read the CWA’s top 100 crime novels. Helped by my birthday haul I covered 5 of the list:
- Michael Gilbert’s legal mystery Smallbone Deceased
- Graham Greene’s ‘book of the film’ The Third Man
- Mary Stewart’s romantic suspense novel Nine Coaches Waiting
- Julian Symons’ psychological The Colour of Murder
- Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct procedural Sadie When She Died
The fact that the quality control has already been done makes it very hard to choose a stand-out title, but I am going to plump for Smallbone Deceased, as a) it’s a charming and well-written book, b) it is by a new author to me, and c) it’s very much a mystery novel in the classic sense.