Some #fridayreads selections

Sarah Chapman (@bibliomouse) caused me to chuckle –for the right reasons – this morning on seeing her review of Noah Hawley’s The Good Father.  She compares the novel to reading another tome noting ‘… the writing is simpler and less challenging than in We Need to Talk About Kevin, which I personally found a bit of an unremittingly miserable slog of a novel.’  The Good Father looks like a very interesting read and Sarah concludes ‘A page-turner, told with great honesty and humanity.’

Sarah Ward (@sarahrward1) over at Crimepieces takes a look at Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö’s The Man Who Went Up in Smoke. ‘The writing was, as usual, excellent and in this book I felt the light touch of the translator, Joan Tate, who provides such perfectly pared down prose.’

Jackie Bailey (@farmlanebooks) considers Elanor Dymott’s debut Every Contact Leaves a Trace ‘… a compelling mystery and … an intelligent page turner.’  However, set in Oxford, Jackie wishes the setting had been more vividly portrayed.

Over at Petrona, Maxine Clarke (@Petrona_) awards a tie for her first outing in the Best New-To-Me Authors 2012.  Says Maxine ‘My “new to me” authors’ award for the first quarter of 2102 is a tie: Y A (Yvette) Erskine for The Brotherhood and Anya Lipska for Where the Devil Can’t Go. Both of these are in one sense police procedurals, but both add a distinctive twist to the genre and both provide a great sense of place and atmosphere.’  Lipska’s novel appeals to intelligent readers who like depth and colour in their crime reading; bought by Random House in Germany, the novel is self-published in the UK.  Publishers here still have time to take up what is the start of a very promising series.  So, if any of you are reading this: get cracking!  (No apologies for the Easter pun.)

At Crime Scraps Review, Norm (@crimescraps) has been reading Simon Lewis’s second novel Border Run.  ‘At just over 200 pages this book seems almost like an extended short story or novella, but the ending interestingly leaves you wanting more.’  Lewis’s debut novel Bad Traffic was another one that was a hit with intelligent readers who like depth and colour in their crime reading.