Reading report, second quarter 2010

Books From the beginning of April to the end of June, I've read 42 books (excluding one I started before the end of June and finished in July). Seventeen were by women, one by a woman/man duo and the rest were by men (one duo). Fifteen were translated from other languages: 2 French, 1 German, 1 Greek, 4 Italian, 1 Spanish, 1 Argentinian Spanish, 1 Norwegian, 2 Swedish, 1 Japanese, 1 Icelandic. Here is the full list, with a link to my review in each case. I have attempted a star system, but it isn't at all easy to be consistent about such matters. Any book with 3, 4 or 5 stars is one I'd highly recommend. This quarter I have given 5 stars to three books, Winterland by Alan Glynn (review t/c), Water-Blue Eyes by Domingo Villar, and Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland.

Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay (Petrona, May) ***

 Badfellas by Tonino Benacquista
 (Petrona, April)** (French)

Cambridge Blue by Alison Bruce (review submitted to Euro Crime)**

Poisonville by Massimo Carlotto and Marco Videtta (Petrona, April)**** (Italian)

The Past is a Foreign Country by Gianrico Carofiglio (Petrona, June)**** (Italian)

The Shadow of Your Smile by Mary Higgins Clark (Petrona, May)***

Caught by Harlan Coben (Petrona, May)***

The First Rule by Robert Crais (Petrona, May)***

The Last Fix by K. O. Dahl (Petrona, April)**** (Norwegian)

In the Wind by Barbara Fister (Petrona, June)***

Complicit by Nicci French (Euro Crime, May)**

The Neighbour by Lisa Gardner (Petrona, June)*

This Body of Death by Elizabeth George (Petrona, June)*

Winterland by Alan Glynn (review submitted to Euro Crime)*****

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths (Petrona, May)****

Money to Burn by James Grippando (Petrona, May)

Inspector Cataldo's Criminal Summer by Luigi Guicciaradi (Petrona, April)*** (Italian)

The Last Child by John Hart (Petrona, June)***

Far Cry by John Harvey (Petrona, June)***

Gunshot Road by Adrian Hyland (Petrona, June)*****

Dead Like You by Peter James (Euro Crime, June)

The Pull of the Moon by Diane Janes (Euro Crime, May)**

The Killer's Art by Mari Jungstedt (Euro Crime, June)*** (Swedish)

The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly  (Euro Crime, June)**

B-Very Flat by Margot Kinberg (Petrona, April)***

Almost Blue by Carlo Lucarelli (Petrona, June)**** (Italian)

The Marx Sisters by Barry Maitland (Petrona, June)**

Affairs of State by Dominique Manotti (Petrona, April)**** (French)

Supreme Justice by Phillip Margolin (Petrona, June)***

Che Committed Suicide by Petros Markaris (Euro Crime, May)***

Still Midnight by Denise Mina (Petrona, April)*

All She Was Worth by Miyuki Miyabe (Petrona, June)*** (Japanese)

The Inspector and Silence by Hakan Nesser (review in draft)*** (Swedish)

Twisted Wing by Ruth Newman (Petrona, May)**

No-one Loves a Policeman by Guillermo Orsi (Petrona, June)**** (Argentinan Spanish)

The Complaints by Ian Rankin (Petrona, June)***

The Monster in the Box by Ruth Rendell (Petrona, June)***

Where the Shadows Lie by Michael Ridpath (review submitted to Euro Crime)***

My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurdardottir (Euro Crime, May)*** (Icelandic)

Amercian Devil by Oliver Stark (not reviewed)

Water-blue Eyes by Domingo Villar (Petrona, May)***** (Spanish)

A Certain Malice by Felicity Young (Petrona, April)**

Dark Matter by Juli Zeh (Euro Crime, April)* (German)

My first quarter reading report is here. I had read 26 books in the first quarter of the year, so that makes 68 for the first half-year, not bad!