Pick of the month: March 2012

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:

Off-topic for this blog, I read The Holy Thief by William Ryan and am halfway through Camilla Lackberg’s The Stranger for Euro Crime. I won’t comment on those here.

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.

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5 Responses to Pick of the month: March 2012

  1. Sarah says:

    Sounds good – I hope you enjoy the Lackberg that you are reading. I am yet to read ‘The Holy Thief’. Would you recommend it?


    • westwoodrich says:

      I’m finding Lackberg likeable but not brilliant. The story is fine but there is a LOT about the characters’ home lives (however there was a discussion about that recently and it might be that I was primed to look out for this). The Holy Thief is a winner though. Interesting setting, believable characters, and not overloaded with research.


  2. Maxine says:

    I think I liked that Lackberg, assuming it is the one whose title mysteriously changed between pb and hb. Haven’t read The Holy Thief so look fwd to your review. Smallbone Deceased is a good choice.


  3. Thanks for the tip. Will check out Smallbone. I confess to a fondness for Mary Stewart in high school which led me to one of my faves, Daphne Du Maurier’s Rebecca.


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