Just a few books you (or I) might like to read

I'm afraid I am still somewhat devoid of inspiration for blog posts, so just to note for those who don't read Friend Feed that Rob Kitchin has written an excellent review of John Lawton's Black Out, which renews my determination to read this well-regarded novel. (Prof Kitchin, by the way, has some distressing characteristics in common with yours truly.)

National Public Radio has an admirable "list" post. So often these reading recommendations are utterly tedious or obvious, but this collection of recommended reading, Mysteries you might have missed along the way, reads as if it were put together by someone who actually reads and enjoys mystery novels. It is well worth a look, a mix of old and new. One of the recommendations is The Caveman's Valentine, which I read some years ago when it was still called The Caveman, which I highly recommend. Quite a different novel. I haven't read Jane Haddam but I am tempted to, reading the NPR post.

My latest discovery is Gunnar Staalesen, thanks to this post by Glenn at International Noir Fiction. These novels are listed in the excellent Euro Crime database so those that are translated and cost less than £100 are on their way to me as I write.

The next book I intend to read, by the way, is Close up by Esther Veerhoef, partly because the publisher kindly sent me a copy a while back, and partly because of this review at It's a Crime. If the killer sudoku in the Times had not been so tough today, I would have started this book already on my journey home, but the puzzle is a real devil. Am I losing my touch? It is a long while since a killer sodoku has beaten me, but today's is perhaps it.