To all the writers, bloggers, publishers, authors, agents and fans out there a Happy New Year and thanks for making 2016 so wonderful with books to escape into…
I’ve read 40 books this year – a big achievement.
I attended launches for Mark Wright and Susi Holliday I’ve read all four of their books and thoroughly enjoyed them and I am looking forward to the next in each series – J T Ellington is being read by a friend on holiday in Mexico as I write.
I’ve caught up with Charles Cumming‘s excellent spy novels in both A Colder War and A Divided Spy. I like a Thomas Kell a lot but I’d love a third Alec Milius … heavy hint.
I picked up on one special favourite writer this year, Graham Hurley and read 16 of his crime novels set in either Portsmouth or the West Country. I was also fortunate to meet a very spritely Mr Hurley (in his 70s) when he visited recently to give a talk. Mr Hurley was nagged to bring Paul Winter out of retirement.
I’ve also read Ragnar Jonasson‘s Blackout but still haven’t read Nightblind – I am fan of chronology so dont want to spoil the series.
I was sent the third @ADGarrett and so read Everyone Lies; Believe No One and Truth Will Out and enjoyed them all a lot especially the chemistry between Simms and Fennimore and cant wait for more of those two.
Last but not least I’ve got to the current end of the Quentin Bates series about Gunhilldur at Thin Ice – all good stories and I look forward to more.
I am currently reading Nutshell by Ian McEwan….. I am in the embryonic stages at the moment but so far very good!
On my list for 2017 already are
– Sarah Ward‘s A Deadly Thaw;
– Kati Hiekkapelto‘s The Exiled;
– Steven Hayward‘s Mickey Take;
– Jim Douglas’s Tokyo Nights;
– Ragnar Jonasson‘s Rupture;
– Torquil MacLeod‘s continuing Malmo novels.. Midnight is next
– Graham Hurley‘s Finisterre
– Margaret Atwood‘s Hag-seed
I am sure I have missed someone but before I go I’d like to thank Karen Sullivan at Orenda Books and Linda MacFadyen at Fledgling Books, plus Laura Nichol and Helen Brown for their inspiration in sending books for review – the pile needs to grow if I am to beat last years list.
Once again dont stop writing and editing and creating as I wont stop reading and blogging…….. love for 2017 to you all.
ps I haven’t read a book of less than 4 stars this year – if I don’t like it I won’t continue with it…