September reading and reviews

The number of books I read during September plummeted compared with August, though some of the reviews I posted in September are of books I read in August. As usual, it is impossible to pick out a ‘book of the month’ because so many of them are so good. There is also a huge variety – I can list some favourites from this month’s reviews (no special order) based on genre: domestic, psychological suspense (Elizabeth Haynes, Diane Janes); police procedural (Jorn Lier Horst); thriller (Deon Meyer); journalism-based (Thomas Enger); noir (Sergios Gakas); psychologist-based (Stephen White); police-political (Arne Dahl); political-historical (Sofi Oksanen); domestic (Camilla Lackberg); outdoorsy (C J Box); social comment (Shuichi Yoshida). All these books share in common the essential elements of crime fiction, of course – a solid plot, direction, pace, characterisation, drama and atmosphere.

Two of my reviews came out at Euro Crime during September:

The Hidden Child by Camilla Lackberg, translated from Swedish by Tiina Nunnally. “Camilla Lackberg knows how to tell a good story, and THE HIDDEN CHILD is to my mind the best book in this series since the first, THE ICE PRINCESS.” The full review is here.****

Proof of Life by Karen Campbell (Scotland). “Each book the author has written is very different from the previous one, so I am intrigued about where Karen Campbell will be going next.” The full review is here.***

At Petrona I posted reviews of a wide international range of books:

Cold Wind by C J Box (Wyoming, USA)****

Misterioso by Arne Dahl (Sweden)****

Burned by Thomas Enger (Norway)*****

Ashes by Sergios Gakas (Greece)****

Rain by Stephen Gallagher (England)*

Dregs by Jorn Lier Horst (Norway)*****

Why Don’t You Come For Me? by Diane Janes (England)****

Trackers by Deon Meyer (South Africa)*****

Purge by Sofi Oksanen (Estonia)*****

Against the Wall by Jarkko Sipila (Finland)**

Death in August by Marco Vichi (Italy)**

Up Jumped the Devil by Blair S. Walker (Maryland, USA)**

The Last Lie by Stephen White (Colorado, USA)****

Villain by Shuichi Yoshida (Japan)*****

Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes (England, inadvertently missed from August post)****

My reviews are now caught up with my reading here at Petrona. Over at Euro Crime, I’ve reviews pending of books by Asa Larsson, Maj Sjowall/Per Wahloo, Ruth Dugdall, Mons Kallentoft, Hakan Nesser and Val McDermid.