Read, reading, to read: mid-May update

My reading rate during May has slowed down a bit compared with April. So far I’ve only read five books this month, though am well over half-way through The Winter of the Lions by Jan Costin Wagner, a strange book. I’m not quite sure why my reading rate fluctuates from one book a day to one a week (roughly): time, length of book and interest level of book don’t seem to be factors. (Availability of books to read certainly is not!).

Of my May reads so far, I’ve posted a review here of Back of Beyond by C J Box (USA), and had a review of another, Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen (Denmark), published at Euro Crime. Another couple are submitted (or almost submitted) to Euro Crime: Blue Monday by Nicci French (UK), and The Dead of Summer by Mari Jungstedt (Sweden). I’ve also read Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder (UK) but am not going to review that because it was both utterly daft and featured two very irritating female protagonists, and I did not want to write a review full of gripes. It is (pardoxically?) a readable book, though, despite the fact that you could drive the Flying Scotsman through the plot. (A Euro Crime review of the book is here.)

What’s next? Books keep appearing, even though I’m not getting out to the library or physical bookshops at the moment. Two online purchases of print books are Nowhere to Run by C J Box, the tenth novel in the Joe Pickett series and the one that brings me almost up to date, as the eleventh has just been published in the USA; and The Fourth Man by K O Dahl, the last of the already-translated novels in this Norwegian series so far, which I want to read before the next one comes out. From publishers, under the kind auspices of Karen from Euro Crime, I have proofs of An Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas (France); Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante (a debut novel, USA); and Dinosaur Feather by Sissel-Jo Gazan (Denmark). On the e-front, I have downloaded two novels that start off series (recommended by Keishon of Yet Another Crime Fiction blog), A Cold Day for Murder and Fire and Ice, both by Dana Stabenow (USA), and 69 pence each (admittedly the deciding factor in my purchase of these books).

I am not sure which of these to read next, so suggestions are welcome.