I'm slipping. I only got through 12 books in April, nowhere near the 18 I managed in March. But it brings to 41 the total number of books I've read this year.
I'm still on my Private Eye jag and Ken Bruen, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Robert Crais and Ross MacDonald contributed towards my fix for the month.
I went off the e-book grid and had to order Crais' Voodoo River from Amazon because it wasn't available in the e-book format. I've also ordered several more Crais books from Amazon just to ensure I continue his series in chronological order. Somewhat annoying they're not available in that format.
My favourite reads this week where Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Candlemoth by R.J. Ellory. Neither of these are in the private eye genre. Pilgrimage is an endearing tale of a man of a certain age who hears a former female colleague is dying of cancer and writes her a letter. He goes out to mail it and instead decides to walk the length of Britain to visit her in her hospice. It really is a heart warming story. I urge you to read it.
Candlemoth is by an author recommended by Ken Bruen's central character Jack Taylor. This is the second time I've read one of this character's recommendations. I wasn't disappointed. Ellory tells the tale of a death row inmate accused of murdering his best friend, an African-American who he's been pals with since they were 6 years old. Through flashbacks the reader learns of their enduring friendship against the backdrop of events during the 60s and 70s. It's a simple story but an enjoyable one. I loved this book and highly recommend it.
So here's the full list for April.
Sanctuary - Ken Bruen
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
Darkness Take My Hand - Dennis Lehane
The Devil - Ken Bruen
Sacred - Dennis Lehane
Killing Floor - Lee Child
Voodoo River - Robert Crais
Die Trying - Lee Child
Headstone - Ken Bruen
Find a Victim - Ross MacDonald
Candlemoth - R.J. Ellory
Gone Baby Gone - Dennis Lehane
I have to say, I hate it when I get going through a book and all of a sudden I have to stop and charge my iPad's battery. Don't have to do that with a hard cover book!
So what have you guys been reading? I'm always on the lookout for something new and different.