I've got a bit over ambitious with things and snowed under with emails and blog postings.
I hope your new year has started well with some good books. Mine certainly has.
This week's postings
- Review: BRIGHT AIR, Barry Maitland
Maitland is well known for his Brock and Kolla series. This stand alone does not disappoint.
- Agatha Christie Reading Challenge Monthly Carnival
If you read Agatha Christie and post reviews on your blog, then this will be of interest. A Monthly Carnival where you can contribute links to your reviews.
- ACRC: Short Stories, Update #2
An update of the short stories list in the Agatha Christie Reading Challenge.
- Great Buddy Award
Marg at Reading Adventures gave me a Great Buddy Award and I have handed it on to the 40 people who contributed to my Best Reads of 2008 project.
- Forgotten Book: A MORBID TASTE FOR BONES, Ellis Peters
The first in the Brother Cadfael series. Have you read them?
- Good Crime Fiction we read in 2008
40 crime fiction readers listed 396 books. Here is the full list.
- ACRC Update - 6 January 2009
I've finished reading Agatha Christie's first 6 novels, and her first collection of short stories. Would you like to join me on my Agatha Christie Reading Challenge?
- Review: POIROT INVESTIGATES, Agatha Christie
A collection of 11 short stories published in 2004
- Our best crime fiction authors in 2008
The top 10 authors were Stieg Larsson, Chris Grabenstein, Craig Johnson, Michael Robotham, Adrian McKinty, Kate Atkinson, Tana French, Agatha Christie, Arnaldur Indridason, and Jo Nesbo.
Check the post for the books another 28 authors to look for.
- What we said - tops in 2008
40 participants chose top crime fiction reads for 2008.
The top 10 were
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson
SHATTER by Michael Robotham
WHEN WILL THERE BE GOOD NEWS? by Kate Atkinson
THE COLD DISH by Craig Johnson
NO TIME FOR GOODBYE by Linwood Barclay
A SLIP OF THE KNIFE by Denise Mina
BLACK SECONDS by Karin Fossum
CHILD 44 by Tom Rob Smith
DIAMOND DOVE by Adrian Hyland
EVERYBODY KNOWS THIS IS NOWHERE by John McFetridge
Check the post for 10 more top books.
I'm participating in National Just Read More Novels Month:NaJuReMoNoMo site
- BRIGHT AIR, Barry Maitland
- POIROT INVESTIGATES, Agatha Christie
- THE SECRET OF CHIMNEYS, Agatha Christie
- THE SWEETNESS OF LIFE, Paulus Hochgatterer
- Competition on Rafe's Blog
Rafe McGregor is giving away a hamper of six mystery and supernatural books, all signed by their respective authors (and editors for the collections)
- Book Review Carnival at Bloody-Kisses.Org
If you want to advertise your book reviews more widely, here is your chance. The Book Review Carnival happens every fortnight, so you can make it an ongoing project.
- now - AGATHA RAISIN and the WELLSPRING of DEATH
- sometime soon - THE 19TH WIFE, David Ebershoff
- also listening to - CORDUROY MANSIONS, Alexander McCall Smith, up to ch. 74
- in the car - SEVEN ANCIENT WONDERS, Matthew Reilly