Sunday, August 24, 2008

New Reviews: Becker, Chattam, Hudson, James, Montalban, Wilson

This is my 1000th post on the blog, hard to believe!

Here are this week's new reviews and details of the current competition:

Latest Reviews:

Amanda Gillies is very taken with James Becker's The First Apostle calling it an "utterly spellbinding book" and one you should seek out;

I was very disappointed with The Cairo Diary by Maxim Chattam which has both logistical and linguistical faults;

Guest reviewer Rik Shepherd takes a look at Death Comes by Amphora by Roger Hudson which is set in Ancient Athens; he finds the background information can swamp the plot at times;

In the first of a two part look at the latest from Baronesses James and Rendell, Fiona Walker reviews The Private Patient by P D James; check back next week for her review of The Birthday Present by Barbara Vine (aka Ruth Rendell);

Mike Ripley reviews Tattoo by Manuel Vazquez Montalban the second in the Pepe Carvalho series which has just been published in English for the first time

and Maxine Clarke reviews Laura Wilson's Stratton's War which she calls "an excellent book: a fully rounded novel of London in the Blitz in the summer of 1940".

Current Competition:

Win a copy of Our Lady of Pain by Elena Forbes*

* restrictions apply (ends 31 August)


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! What an epic run of blog posts. 1,000 of the best of Euro crime on Euro Crime ;-)

It is a good collection of reviews this week. Mind you, I am glad I liked my book, as some of the others weren't so positive as me and Amanda.

Anonymous said...

Though, as a PS, Mike Ripley seems keener on the second Montalban than I was on the first. Maybe I should read some more of this author as he is highly regarded.

gav ( said...

Wow, 1000th! That's milestone and a half. Here's to a thousand more.

Martin Edwards said...

1000 is a brilliant effort, Karen. Your blog is a must-read for me, and has taught me a good deal.

Euro Crime said...

Maxine - the reviews should be slightly more upbeat next week :-). At least we can't be accused of giving positive reviews all the time!

Maxine & Gav. Thank you for the congrats on 1000 posts. It's gone quick too...(or am I showing my age?)

Euro Crime said...

Thanks Martin, very kind of you to say so. My efforts are so light-weight compared to your informative (and essential reading) blog.