Anyway, without further ado these are the books I read last months and links, where appropriate, to my reviews:
11. Have His Carcase - Dorothy L. Sayers
12. Lock 14 - Georges Simenon
13. Letters From the Horn of Africa, 1923-1942 - Sandy and Christian Curle
14. The Mad Hatter Mystery - John Dickson Carr
15. Sundiver - David Brin
16. A Voyage Long and Strange - Tony Horwitz. Excellent mix of history and modern-day travel writing. Tony Horwitz recounts the story of the people who discovered North America before the Pilgrim Fathers and Plymouth Rock. Turns out there were rather a lot, Vikings, Spaniards, Frenchmen etc. It was all extremely interesting, if a little depressing, hearing how they systematically wiped out the native populations either by attacking and killing them or spreading European diseases. The Spaniards were especially talented at a kind of scorched earth policy. Horwitz himself follows in the footsteps of these explorers and debunks a lot of the myths associated with them. An excellent and informative read.
17. Good Evening Mrs. Craven: The Wartime Stories of Mollie Panter-Downes
18. Maigret in Holland - Georges Simenon
19. A Moment of Silence - Miss Anna Dean
20. A Greedy Man in a Hungry World Jay Rayner. Jay Rayner is a favourite TV personality of mine. I like his approach to food on programmes like The One Show, Masterchef and various documentaries, and find his sense of humour on Twitter irresistible. In this book he debunks a lot of myths we hold dear about food production, carbon footprints, organic food, farmer's markets and so on. I found this a bit of an eye-opener about certain subjects though other things I was quite aware of. I loved the author's writing style, slightly irreverant but very informative. It feels as though you're sitting having a long chat with him. A good book to read if you're interested in how the planet's population feeds itself now and whether it will be able to in future. One thing is certain, we have some real problems ahead of us. Excellent book.
So, a good and varied reading month for me. Although perhaps five crime yarns is not as varied as I might have myself believe... LOL! I am pleased with three non-fictions though and all three were very good. My favourite book of the month? Well that's easy:
Have His Carcase by Dorothy L. Sayers had me completely absorbed for four or five days, fantastic plot and great writing. Not that I didn't enjoy everything else I read as well, honourable mentions must go to A Moment of Silence by Anna Dean and A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz which will be a contender for best non-fiction of the year at the end of this year, I've no doubt. I'm also a wee bit hooked on the Maigret stories by Georges Simenon at present. Great little reads and always nothing less than very entertaining. Also a superb read was Good Evening, Mrs. Craven by Mollie Panter-Downes. You see? There was nothing this month that wasn't very readable indeed. I feel lucky... either that or I'm getting better at chooosing books for myself.
I've started March with yet another Dorothy L. Sayers - The Nine Tailors and it's proving every bit as addictive as the other two I've read. Later this month Carl's spring challenge, Once Upon A Time VIII, for fantasy books, will begin. Can't wait... I already have a pile of books waiting on the shelf.