Monday, June 24, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Last week I finished three books- two I'd been reading slowly for what seems like a very long time, and one that I just started last week.

The Teleportation Accident, by Ned Beauman, and Equal Danger, by Leonardo Sciascia, were the two longer reads; Equal Danger is a short book (about 120 pages) but it reads very, very slowly. The Teleportation Accident was a book my husband recommended and while I enjoyed it, it just wasn't a page-turner for me. My quicker read was the delightful The Coroner's Lunch, by Colin Cotterill, and I definitely have to read more in this series because I'm head over heels in love with Dr. Siri and his band of misfit sleuths.

This weekend I started Stav Sherez's very-good-indeed A Dark Redemption, set alternately in London and Africa, the present and the past. An aspiring musician goes on a post-graduation trip with his buddies that goes horribly awry, and then years later he's a detective investigating a murder that may be related. Sherez seems like he's channeling Derek Raymond both in the quality of his writing and in the social conscience he brings to the work. I love it when crime novels are more than procedurals and read like fully-realized works of literature.

What about you? Let me know in the comments. Read more at


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

I agree. I like mysteries (all books, really) that surprise me.

Here's my It's Monday!
And I hope you will stop by to enter my giveaway for the Literary Book Blog Hop, a $15 gift card to Book Depository!

Mystica said...

A new mystery author for me! will be keeping a look out for this one.

Harvee said...

I have read his noir mystery, The Black Monastery, and would certainly like this one too!

Sandy Nawrot said...

I always click on this post and hold my breath, knowing you likely will add another book to my list! I am waiting very impatiently for my new Kindle to show up in the mail, since I frigging lost my old one. Once it shows up, I'm going to have a bit of a virtual shopping binge, and Coroner's Lunch is going to be one of them.

wellwell2 said...

I'm about ready to switch to mysteries again, and the Shav Sherez sounds good. I have never heard of him, so will look him up. I, too, like mysteries that have character development and strong themes.

bermudaonion said...

I love that you introduce me to books that I probably wouldn't have heard about otherwise.