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What are you reading in 2019?

British & Irish Crime Fiction

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Jan 10, 9:24pm Top

OK, I guess I get to start the new year off-1 book read so far in this category: Saving Sophie by Sam Carrington. A debut novel, a "thriller", not too bad but not fantastic.

Jan 12, 7:49am Top

I've already read 2 this year:

Death of a Witch, no. 24 in M. C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series 4★s
And an oldie, first published in 1929, Margery Allingham's The Crime at Black Dudley 4.5★s.

I've not read much by Allingham, so far, but what I've read, I like. I intend to target a few more of the oldies this year, I think there are quite a few out there I've not yet tried, (or in some cases, not even heard of - Cyril Hare, whom I first read last November, being a case in point).

Edited: Jan 13, 2:08am Top

Two from me too! I gave them both 4★

The Black Book by Ian Rankin

An early Rankin but he never fails to delight. There was so much I loved about this one including the emergence of both DS Siobhan Clarke and Big Ger Cafferty as major characters. I smiled every time he mentioned DI Flower by his nickname "Little Weed" obviously named for the little weed who grows between two flowerpots housing "Bill and Ben, Flowerpot Men", an old television program for toddlers. That should keep Flower from getting too uppity.

I discovered I have at least three things in common with Rebus, a disdain for Elvis, a love of The Stones, and we both come from places named Dundonald - his part of Cardenden in Fife, mine in Northern Ireland. Love that!


Shatter the bones by Stuart MacBride

A noir mystery from Aberdeen, gritty and filled with ribald humour, not recommended for those with tender sensitivities. A small child and her mother, both stars of a tv reality show, have been abducted and held for ransom to which the public are only too eager to contribute. The police are ineffective and waste a lot of time arguing, pulling rank, pandering to public opinion, and going after red herrings. There is plenty of action here demanding attention because MacBride doesn't waste time with contemplation or filler. Looking forward to reading more in the series.

Jan 13, 2:10am Top

>2 Sergeirocks: I love the Hamish Macbeth series. They never fail to entertain. I enjoy Margery Allingham too but they are so hard to find. My local library doesn't hold any.

Jan 13, 6:24pm Top

>4 VivienneR: I can access ebooks through my local library - I have found this a brilliant source for Allingham's books.

Jan 13, 9:02pm Top

>5 Sergeirocks: You are so fortunate. At my library there are only two Allingham e-books stocked, both have holds and neither are Albert Campion stories. I've made some suggestions but that can take months, if ever. I can't really complain because for a small town library it is a fantastic resource.

Jan 18, 10:51am Top

Reading my way through Dorothy L. Sayers. Just finished Five Red Herrings. A bit disappointed. She was have way too much fun with this one. Transliterations of Scottish accents, Cockney accents, miscommunications between Scottish and Cockney accents, a man with a lisp etc.

Jan 19, 6:30pm Top

I really enjoyed this one-kept me guessing-Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Jan 21, 3:42pm Top

>8 ted74ca: Glad to hear that, I have it on the shelf. I really enjoyed I See You by the same author.

Jan 22, 4:00pm Top

Having read and liked several of Scott Mariani's Ben Hope thrillers, I decided to read the series in order, beginning with The Alchemist's Secret (aka The Fulcanelli Manuscript) 4★s.

Jan 25, 6:54pm Top

Been quite a while since I read one by this author:
Shadows in Bronze - Lindsey Davis 4.5★s

Jan 25, 7:26pm Top

Just finished Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie.
A more complex plot than is usual for Christie, but the puzzle is just as entertaining. One by one I put a number of the characters in the guilty category but still got it wrong. I love how Hastings falls in love with every pretty face he meets.

Jan 30, 6:32pm Top

Another of my favourite series: Simon Beckett's Dr David Hunter series, about a forensic anthropologist. Book no. 5, The Restless Dead, 5★s.

Feb 3, 3:58pm Top

No. 25 in M. C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth series - Death of a Valentine 4.5★s - zooming my way through this series.

Edited: Feb 4, 10:49pm Top

I am sure I'd read something by Ken Bruen before, but if I did it was pre my LibraryThing days. Just finished The Killing of the Tinkers, and grim and gritty as it is, I really liked it. Now I have to try to find the first in this series...

Feb 6, 4:49pm Top

One of the current day Campion books - Mr. Campion's Farewell by Mike Ripley. I enjoyed it, Ripley has done a good job of keeping true to Margery Allingham's style and characterisation, 4★s. Action all takes place in 1969.

Feb 8, 3:37pm Top

I'm slowly working my way through this series, and quite enjoying it: The Bone Garden by Kate Ellis

Feb 8, 3:47pm Top

>17 ted74ca: We're just about to start a group read/discussion on the 1st book in this series, The Merchant's House, (http://www.librarything.com/groups/bookdiscussionthemer).

Feb 12, 12:55pm Top

I picked up an excellent mystery set in western Ireland. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan is, I suppose, a police procedural in that the main character is a police detective. This is a first book by McTiernan but another is supposed to be released soon and I will certainly be reading it.

Feb 13, 9:46pm Top

>19 gypsysmom:. I just requested that book from our library-amazed they had it- so I'll see if I like it too.

Feb 13, 9:46pm Top

Finished Perfect Sins by Jo Bannister. Still not sure how I feel about this series...

Feb 14, 11:51am Top

>19 gypsysmom: I'm always game for an Irish mystery, this one goes on the wishlist!

Just finished The secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie
International political intrigue and murder, laced with a hint of romance, set mostly in Lord Caterham's country home of Chimneys. Written in 1925 before Christie reached her prime, this is still a very enjoyable golden age mystery

Feb 20, 6:30pm Top

I'm falling a bit behind, :), finished 3 books recently:

1. Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death by James Runcie. Recently made into a TV series, 'Grantchester', and set in the '50s, the star of the piece is Canon Sidney Chambers, who takes to sleuthing like a duck to water. I found the book a slightly easier read than Chesterton's 'Father Brown' stories. 4★s.

2. The Isis Covenant by James Douglas. I was unaware that this was second in a series when I picked it up, but it read as well as if it were a standalone. The main protagonist is an art recovery specialist with a touch of James Bond about him! I enjoyed it. 4★s.

3. A Shock to the System by Simon Brett. Not one of Brett's many series, this standalone is a difficult one to describe... Graham Marshall accidentally kills a vagrant, and getting away with it decides to eliminate a few human obstacles to his own happiness. A strange read, but I kept wanting to turn those pages. 4.5★s

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