Another busy month in the world of reading and reviewing for Raven, with the added excitement of taking part in September Classics at Crime Fiction Lover – a whole month of features, guest posts and reviews with classic crime writing at their core. Go and have a look why don’t you? It was great to participate in this as it gave me a chance to wax lyrical about two of my favourite American crime authors. Here are the links if you want to take a peek, and who knows what other criminal classics you might discover on the site…
Judging by my teetering to-be-read pile, October will be an equally full-on month of criminal delights as well as a busy time at work, so I will endeavour to bring you all as many reviews as physically possible. Indeed, the fun begins tomorrow with an exclusive Q&A with Dwayne Alexander Smith to mark the paperback release of the wonderful Forty Acres, so don’t miss that. Once again, I hope you find something amongst the last month’s reading to tickle your crime fancy, and thanks for reading!
Books reviewed this month:
Raven’s Book of the Month
Despite the plethora of good reads this month, this was a far easier decision than normal! After the standout Glasgow Trilogy, The Necessary Death of Lewis Winter , How A Gunman Says Goodbye and The Sudden Arrival of Violence Mackay returned with a new stand alone that lacked none of the punch that the first three books provided.
Centring again on the seedy underbelly of Glasgow, and life among the criminal classes, this was another gripping and terse read that kept me hooked, and as the story plays out, Mackay effortlessly ramps up the tension to a well played out and unsettling conclusion. A truly excellent read, and strongly illustrative of the wealth of talent on the Scottish crime writing scene.