I was in the mood for classic British mystery and turned to Christie’s Cards On The Table, which I enjoyed a good deal (oops). I enjoyed that, so I went straight on to another Christie, Cat Among Pigeons, a Poirot book -though he doesn’t show up until page 180 in my paperback edition. The plot in this one has international spies, jewel thievery and murder in a girls school. Though it was fine, it’s not one of my favorite of her books. I’m not sure if I’d read it before, parts seemed familiar but I didn’t remember the ending at all.
I followed that with two of Bill Pronzini’s “Nameless” books, Blowback, the fourth in the series, and Twospot, co-written with Collin Wilcox. I reread Blowback after reading a recent review, and read Twospot because I hadn’t read it yet and wanted another Pronzini and it was the next one. It’s told in alternating sections from the POV of Nameless and Lieutenant Hastings, who I assume is a character Wilcox uses in his own books. It was very good.
What’s ahead? Well, since the fifth book in the Expanse series, written by “James S.A. Corey” (pseudonym for collaborators Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck) is due in a couple of weeks, I’ve decided it’s time to get caught up. There are now 4 full length (fat) novels in the series, plus a novella, The Butcher of Anderson Station. All I’ve read is the first novel, Leviathan Wakes (2011), and the novella. I liked Leviathan a lot. It’s a SF/mystery with strong characterization, a military SF element, classic hard science fiction with a modern plot arc. I have the rest of the books on the shelf, and the new one on order, so it’s time to get reading. It will take me a while, especially since I need to reread – or read/skim – the first book to get back up to speed.
Barbara finished A Cold and Broken Hallelujah by Tyler Dilts, a book she bought at LCC. Now she’s reading Michael Connelly’s The Concrete Blond, her fourth Connelly book. Next up for her will be The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell.
Have you read these books or authors? What are you reading?