So far this year, I've read 26 books, which (excitingly) are listed below. I've reviewed all of these except one (The Winter House by Nicci Gerrard, a non-crime fiction book which I did not enjoy very much). Some of the reviews are posted here on Petrona, others at Euro Crime, and others are in the queue at Euro Crime. So far this year, 35 of my reviews have been posted in one of those two places (the discrepancy is due to a backlog of submitted reviews at Euro Crime).
Siren of the Waters – Michael Genelin ***
The Winter House – Nicci Gerrard **
The Last Surgeon – Michael Palmer ***
Whispers of the Dead – Simon Beckett ****
Like Clockwork – Maggie Orford **
The Snowman – Jo Nesbo *****
The Woman from Bratislava – Lief Davidsen ****
Thursday Night Widows – Claudia Pineiro ****
Where The Dead Lay – David Levien ***
The Stonecutter – Camilla Lackberg ***
Last Light – Alex Scarrow ***
The Serpent Pool – Martin Edwards *****
The Last Ten Seconds – Simon Kernick **
The Crossing Places – Elly Griffiths ****
Snow Angels – James Thompson ****
The Missing – Jane Casey ***
The Rising – Brian McGilloway *****
Thirteen Hours – Deon Meyer *****
At Close Quarters – Eugenio Fuentes ****
61 Hours – Lee Child ***
A Room Left White – Sophie Hannah ***
The Man From Beijing- Henning Mankell *****
Rupture – Simon Lelic ****
The Wings of the Sphinx by Andrea Camilleri *****
Death of a Red Heroine – Qiu Xiaolong ***
What to do When Someone Dies – Nicci French ***
Some thrilling statistics: of these 26, eight are translated (1 Italian, 2 Swedish, 1 Afrikaans, 1 Danish, 1 Spanish, 1 Norwegian, 1 Argentinian). Seven of the 26 are by women (plus one by a male-female duo). Seven of the 26 are debut novels, and 10 are by authors new to me. I have attempted to rank them with 1-5 stars but I find this type of exercise very difficult, partuclarly as the books are so different from each other.
I'm not going to provide a separate link to my review for each book above, but for those interested, a link to all the reviews I've published in 2010 is provided on a handy list at this Petrona page.
I archive all my book reviews at my Vox blog. I have organised the tags on this blog so you can see collections of reviews by country or by subgenre, such as police procedural, PI, psychology thriller, journalism, legal, political, etc. So far, for example, I have 36 reviews of books by Swedish authors, 10 reviews of Australian crime fiction, 25 reviews of psychological thrillers, and 7 reviews under 'journalism crime'.