May Round-Up and Raven’s Book of the Month

imagesE9QXGEYDMay was an exciting month with the CrimeFest crime writing convention  in Bristol,  and the launch of the Dark and Stormy Crime Festival in Brighton, to titilate and delight crime fiction fans. Also May saw the launch of OxCrimes, a brilliant crime anthology with a stellar collection of writers contributing to this book to raise funds for Oxfam- well worth the investment for a good cause,  and something for everyone included! Following April’s decent reading tally, May has been a little quieter as the continuing problems with my eye continue to hamper my reading and computer time. It’s totally frustrating, but hope that the problem will be rectified soon. Very soon. Or else I will be severely miffed, the British equivalent of being very angry indeed. Ha!


Books read in May:

Patrick Redmond- The Replacement

Gilles Petel- Under The Channel

Thomas Mogford- Hollow Mountain

Tony Parsons- The Murder Bag

Paul Finch- The Killing Club

Marco Malvaldi- Game For Five (


Also read and reviews to follow…

Doug Johnstone-The Dead Beat

William Shaw- A House of Knives

Jean-Luc Bannalec- Death In Pont-Aven

John Harvey- Darkness, Darkness


Raven’s Book of the Month

9781408846568A runaway winner this month with the third instalment of Thomas Mogford’s excellent series featuring charismatic and slick lawyer Spike Sanguinetti, the first two being Shadow of the Rock and Sign of the Cross- reviewed here

I love the way this book (and indeed the series as a whole) traverse Europe in the course of Spike’s  investigations, and the strength of characterisation, both in Spike himself, and those he interacts with is always rich in its depiction, moving between moments of pathos, humour and peril that keep the reader utterly engaged. A definite must read.



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