I’ve fallen into a blogging hole again, and it’s not because I haven’t been reading. Oh no. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been reading too much, and it’s seemed like much more fun to go pick up another book than to write about the one I’ve just read. However, I do intend to review the books I’ve read in the intervening time, so apologies for the wait!
I read five of Ann Cleeves’ crime novels set in Shetland. I’d read about the recent television adaptation of the third of the series, Red Bones, starring Douglas Henshall as the very un-Spanish-looking Jimmy Perez, and failed to watch it (normally I only watch TV online, and ‘Shetland’ was unavailable on the BBC’s iPlayer). I spent a month in Shetland back in 1994 collecting specimens of chromite for my undergraduate dissertation project, and, although I’ve never been back since, I keep meaning to do so, and explore more than I managed then. The Shetland Quartet books are set mostly on the mainland (the fourth, Blue Lightning, on Perez’s home island of Fair Isle), and are wonderfully evocative of the isolation and scenery of the islands.
Then, still on crime, I’ve been reading John Dickson Carr, available on e-book, including once farcical adventure, The Blind Barber, set on board a trans-Atlantic liner, and a couple of Nicholas Blake’s crime novels which don’t feature Nigel Strangeways.
Lastly, Little Red Reviewer’s recent read-alongs of Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men and Hat Full of Sky have inspired me to pick up all four of the Tiffany Aching series, and they are excellent! I really enjoyed the mix of humour and genuine menace. So now I’ve read those, I’m now re-reading more Pratchett…