22 January, 2010
I went to the library to return a book and came back with two more:
The Likeness by Tana French – I was seriously impressed with French’s debut In the Woods which was sophisticated and creepy at the same time, and have heard even better things about her sort-of sequel. Can’t wait to read it when I get back.
Bryant and May on the Loose by Christopher Fowler – I’ve been a big fan of Fowler’s since I read his first Bryant and May caper Full Dark House. It’s comic, nostalgic and great fun. And just by reading his books you absorb his vast knowledge and love of London. His last book, The Victoria Vanishes was a great mystery as well as a scintillating history of London pubs. And the names Bryant and May just crack me up (need a light, anyone?)
Never mind that I’m off on holiday today for two and a half weeks in the sun, but I just couldn’t resist. Could you?
And on top of it, I also got my Georgette Heyer crime stash, of which I’m taking Footsteps in the Dark to read on the plane. I think I may have read some of her romantic novels when I was at school (I forget which) but have never read any of her mysteries, so it’s an exciting first for me.
I’m also taking Silent on the Moor by Deanna Raybourn and Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan both of which were kindly lent to me by a school friend (she knows what I like). That’s in addition to my big holiday read A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin and Shyam Selvadurai’s Cinnamon Gardens which will be a re-read. And I’m taking my Sony e-reader too. I’m just going to chill out with all my books and endless glasses of lime juice. Yummy.