In January I read two science fiction novels in addition to my standard mystery fare. I was participating in Carl V’s The 2014 Sci-Fi Experience at Stainless Steel Droppings, which ended on January 31st. My reading included two vintage mysteries, and three e-books supplied for review from NetGalley. And all of the books that were not ARCs came from my TBR stacks (purchased before the first of this year).
These are the nine books I read in January...
Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (science fiction, part of the Old Man's War series)
A Case for Mr. Crook by Anthony Gilbert
Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley
The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley
The Danger Within by Michael Gilbert
The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov (blend of science fiction and mystery)
Henrietta Who? by Catherine Aird
Hard Going by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Judgement Call by Nick Oldham
My Crime Fiction Pick of the Month is The Danger Within by Michael Gilbert. Published in 1952, it is an exceptional story of men incarcerated in a prison
camp in Italy toward the end of World War II. The book also includes a mystery, featuring an amateur detective, a prisoner in the camp who is
asked to look into the circumstances of the death of a fellow prisoner.
I was most impressed with the plot development and the detailed
description of daily life in the camp. There is a large cast of
characters. None of the characters are cardboard, by any means, but
there is less emphasis on characterization and more on the story.
Check out other bloggers Crime Fiction Picks of the Month over at Mysteries In Paradise.