March Roundup

This month I managed better than February, and even better than January. I read 9 books this month and didn’t feel as much of a failure with reading. March was such a crazy month for a lot of different reasons, most obviously because of COVID-19. We’re all trying to cope in our own ways, but, this post isn’t about COVID-19, it’s about the books I read this month and what I thought.

The Good:

I read some really good books this month. I think my favourites were:

My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni

Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel

Fever of the Blood by Oscar de Muriel

The Robert Dugoni book was an impulse buy I found on Kindle. I’m so glad I took a chance on it because it turned out to be a really good read and I now have the 2nd and 3rd book of the series in my Kindle library.

I’ve wanted to read the Oscar de Muriel series FOREVER! I got the first two books in the series for Christmas, which I have now read and they were FANTASTIC, and I have the next two books – that I got for my birthday – waiting to be read next. I got my Mum to read Strings of Murder and her response was that it was ‘rather dark’ and she needed a break before reading the next book.

I’m confused by her statement because the book really isn’t that dark compared to other stuff I’ve read. It just further confirms that my Mum is a comfy/cosy crime reader, whereas I’m a thriller/psychological crime reader.

The Bad:

For me, there were two books this month that failed to capture my enjoyment as much as the others.

Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

In Three Hours, I just didn’t feel like what I was reading was exciting enough. I felt that the plot line was basic and that the easy ending was given.

In The Guest List, I just felt that I’d read better versions of the same scenario. I felt the ending wasn’t as climactic as I wanted and I found that there were too many personalities to keep track of.

Reviews Posted:

Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel – ★★★★★

Fever of the Blood by Oscar de Muriel – ★★★★★

Orion Lost by Alastair Chisholm – ★★★★★

Last Breath by Karin Slaughter – ★★★★★

My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni – ★★★★★

The Famous Five: Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton – ★★★★

Three Hours by Rosamund Lupton – ★★★

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter – ★★★★

The Guest List by Lucy Foley – ★★★

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