Hello everyone, I hope you are all well. September has sadly passed me by outside, as I have been stuck in the house with my broken foot. However my foot and I have made slow but steady progress, and with my improved mood, I have been able to read and blog more, as the month has progressed. Here’s what I read in this month:
Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett (1991) **
Firstly, I finished reading the fun, fantasy The Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett, the 11th book in Pratchett’s fantastical Discworld series and the 2nd book about one of Discworld’s favourite characters: Death. A crazy adventure that sees Death fired from his job and subsequently strange goings on in the capital, Ankh-Morpork, which the wizards of Unseen University are stumped by. Not my favourite – it was a rather convoluted – however still very good fun and I do love the character of Death.
Front Page Murder by Peter Bartram (2017) **
Then I decided to kick off my R.I.P. reading with the comforting, nostalgic crime-fiction Front Page Murder by Peter Bartram, the third Crampton of The Chronicle Mystery. This time Colin Crampton, ace crime reporter for the Brighton Evening Chronicle, races against the clock to prove the innocence of postcard artist, Archie Flowerdew before he hangs on Christmas day! I absolutely raced through this gripping, twisting and turning murder mystery – all set in the wonderfully atmospheric 1960’s Brighton.
Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death by M. C. Beaton (1998) **
I continued my crime spree with Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death by M. C. Beaton, which is the sixth book in Beaton’s long-running, cosy-crime series. We re-join our smart dressing, retired-PR executive Agatha for another bumbling, amateur investigation, after she discovers the body of Robert Struthers, chairman of Ancombe Parish Council, who was embrangled in an argument with new mineral-water company over the village well where he was found. A fun, cosy-crime to get lost in.
Council by Snorri Kristjansson (2019) ***
Finally, I squeezed in a read of Viking, murder mystery, Council by Snorri Kristjansson, which is the highly anticipated, second Helga Finnsdottir book. Set five years after the first book, Kin, Council sees Helga caught up in a new string of murders surrounding an important meeting at the court of King Eirik. I absolutely flew through this heart-pounding, page-turner, which had me gripped from start to finish, and what a finish! I need to know what happens next, now! I hope I don’t have to wait too long for the next book!
Altogether that is four books read – A really good amount for me. While I have enjoyed all my reading this month, I think pick of month has to go the utterly gripping Council by Snorri Kristjansson. Although my reading and blogging has increased, I am still a bit behind on my reviews, so I’m afraid you will have to wait for my full thoughts on all my reading this month. However most of my reviews are written and scheduled, so you won’t be waiting too long. Keep your eyes peeled!
You may have also noticed that my reading has been very crime-fiction/murder mystery heavy. Well that is all for the fourteenth R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril reading challenge. For which Front Page Murder, Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death and Council all count, that means I have made a brilliant three book start! And my mysterious reading continues, as I am currently reading the modern, suspense classic The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart. As well as having started a re-read of Persuasion by Jane Austen, my result for the Classic Club’s 21st Spin event.
Have you read any of these books? What did you read in September? What are you planning to read in October?