Anyway, the books I read and finished this month are these:
1. The Franchise Affair - Josephine Tey. A really excellent vintage crime mystery.
2. Angel with Two Faces - Nicola Upson. Murder and skulduggery in 1930s Cornwall.
3. Greece on my Wheels - Edward Enfield. Non-fiction travelogue about cycling in Greece.
4. Mystery in White - J. Jefferson Farjeon. A vinatge mystery with a nice snowy setting.
5. The Sea Detective - Mark Douglas-Home. Scottish based modern crime story.
Very happy with the books I read in January. Two of them were terrific, and three good to very good, so I can't complain at that. I certainly have worse months than that! I managed one non-fiction which could be better, though I'm halfway through two more. I really do want to read more non-fiction this year so need to pull my finger out.
I made a good start on my three challenges, four for Mount TBR, one for The European Reading Challenge and two Vintage Mystery Scavenger Hunt. If I continue that way I shall have no trouble completing these by the ned of the year. *If*.
Hard to choose a favourite for January as two are pretty much level pegging: The Franchise Affair and The Sea Detective. I think, by the narrowest of narrow margins it's this:
The Sea Detective by Mark Douglas-Home (nephew of British PM, Sir Alec Douglas-Home for those who're interested in these things) was a thoroughly excellent first crime book by this author, well written, a good plot and an excellent setting. Look forward to reading the other two books in this 'new to me' series.
So that's the first month of the year done and dusted. Before we know it it'll be Christmas again. Just kidding...