As usual I’ve been juggling several books lately but what makes my current reading a bit different is that I’ve got three mysteries on the nightstand and typically I only do one mystery novel at a time. I always feel like I may start getting the bad guys or plots confused. Ha.
There’s no chance of that happening with my current reads though because they are all quite different in tone and setting.
The first one I want to mention is Voices by Arnaldur Indridason. I discovered this author several years ago when I was in Germany and his first book had just been translated in English. What really appeals to me about the books by this author is how his protagonist, Inspector Erlendur, is not just solving a mystery but also seems to be reconciling his current life with the decisions he’s made and with his past. The books always seem filled with some sorrow but yet I don’t find them depressing. This is the third book in the series and one that I’ll be discussing with my book group next week.
Next up is Goodnight, Irene by Jan Burke which is my last book for the First in a Series challenge. So far it’s a solid mystery, and while the characters aren’t totally standing out for me it’s definitely got the action going for it. Just a few pages in and there’s been a drive-by shooting and an explosion. Let’s see what happens next.
My last mystery is Payment in Blood by Elizabeth George and this one happens to be my last book for the 2nds Challenge. I really enjoyed A Great Deliverance so it’s good to be back to read more about Detectives Lynley and Havers, who seem so ill-matched to be partners. I wonder how they’ll work together this time around.
And, actually I am reading another book but it’s a non-fiction, Wife in the North by Judith O’Reilly. This memoir based on a popular blog is about a family who moves to Northumberland after living in London. I actually didn’t realize this was a book that first started out as a blog. It’s got some funny moments but the one thing that I don’t really like is that there are no names – just nicknames the author has given to friends, family and other people she meets. I understand doing so to keep things a bit anonymous but for some reason this just really bugs me.
Anyway those are my current reads. Hope you are all reading some great books and I look forward to catching up on my blog reading this week. I’ve been so busy with some other little projects that I’ve barely had any computer time.