Well, we've turned the page on another month - an apt turn of phrase for a post about books, eh? It was a busy month, so let's get right to it.
Of the 10 books I got through in May, 6 were detective novels, including 3 about two Dutch police detectives, one about a Swedish detective and another about a Norwegian cop. Throw in the eighth Jack Reacher novel and the latest from R.J. Ellory and I can tell you I've seen a heck of a lot of crime this month.
Highlights? There were many. Andy Weir's tale about an astronaut who gets left behind on Mars was very well written and takes the reader through the predicament with wit and subtle humour.
Rick Wakeman's Grumpy Old Rock Star provided a glimpse of the varied musical career of the fella probably best known as the keyboardist for Yes. And Wakeman can be a very funny guy. This was a quick and enjoyable read.
The Grijpstra and de Gier series was a delightful new find in the style of Nesbo or Menkell, except the action takes place in Amsterdam. I quite enjoyed the first three volumes. It goes without saying Nesbo's sixth Harry Hole book and Menkell's An Event in Autumn with Kurt Wallander were as great as ever. Menkell's book was actually written some years ago as a short story and he entered it between the already completed 9th and 10th volumes, sort of as a flashback or prequel. I haven't read the 10th book but it, unfortunately, is the last of Wallander's adventures.
William Goldman's Adventures in the Screen Trade was a humorous look at Hollywood. It's a little dated, originally written in 1983, but if you're interested in the behind the scenes goings on in the movie industry, you'll like this. I did.
So here's the entire list for the month in the order in which I read them.
Adventures in the Screen Trade - William Goldman ****
Outsider in Amsterdam - Janwillem van de Wetering (Grijpstra and de Gier #1) *****
The Martian - Andy Weir *****
Tumbleweed - Janwillem van de Wetering (Grijpstra and de Gier #2) ****
Mockingbird Songs - R.J. Ellory ****
The Corpse on the Dike - Janwillem van de Wetering (Grijpstra and de Gier #3) ****
Rick Wakeman Grumpy Old Rock Star - Rick Wakeman ****
The Enemy - Lee Child (Jack Reacher #8)
An Event in Autumn - Henning Mankell (Kurt Wallender #9.5)
The Redeemer - Jo Nesbo (Harry Hole #6)
And these 10 books bring my year-to-date total to 34 books.
How about you? I'm looking for recommendations. What have you been reading?