The Journey So Far

Since we’re right in the middle of the year I thought it might be interesting to share with you my best reads so far. This being too early to issue a definitive ranking I’ve decided to go instead with alphabetical order; I’m confident however that most of the items listed below will find their way to my 2020 Top Ten, with one of them – I won’t tell you which – looking like a very probable Number One.

Germaine Beaumont, LA HARPE IRLANDAISE

George Bellairs, THE DEAD SHALL BE RAISED

Agatha Christie, THE MURDER AT THE VICARAGE

Carter Dickson, THE PLAGUE COURT MURDERS

Matthew Head, THE ACCOMPLICE

Patrick Laing, THE LADY IS DEAD

Ngaio Marsh, SCALES OF JUSTICE

Patrick Quentin, PUZZLE FOR PILGRIMS

I wondered last year whether my reputation as a GAD purist was usurped as my 2019 picks were mostly of the non-traditional kind so it’s kind of a surprise to see how Golden Age mysteries and whodunits overall feature strongly on this list; only three items out of eight don’t belong in the « classical detection » genre. How long will it last? We shall see next December.

Another traditional aspect in the list, though in another sense of the word, is that most of the writers included are « old friends » – only Beaumont, Bellairs and Head are authors new to me – and none can be said to be obscure except maybe Beaumont as she remains unknown to English-language readers.

Am I becoming more conservative as I grow older (forty-five today) or is this only a passing fancy? This too we shall see next December. In the meantime, feel free to comment.

 

 

5 commentaires sur “The Journey So Far

  1. I would like to recommend to you The Earthbreakers by Ernest Haycox. This the best novel by him that I have read so far, and it may be the greatest American of the second half of the last century.

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    1. Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve bought a big batch of Haycox books earlier this year but haven’t gotten to read them yet (they didn’t « choose » me) He sure was a hell of a writer and it’s a pity most of his books are now out of print in his native country.

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