My recent reflections on the last year of my blog have led to me looking forwards to the next year, and how I want to continue.

Part of this is due to needing to reorganise posts due to increasing the weekly number, but also because otherwise I shall become bored again and have a little (long) holiday. Or give up entirely.

But I’m starting with amending the monthly reading lists, which will be reduced to simply the Recently Read, with a mini review of each one.cross-stitched phrase reading so many books

Rooted in Evil, by Ann Granger

Granger’s police duo Superintendent Ian Carter and Inspector Jess Campbell must investigate the death of a man found with his brains blown out in a Cotswold wood. Suicide, or made to look like one?

I’ve had this on the shelf for a year or two, and it’s taken until now to read it. It filled an afternoon happily enough, but it’s the sort of book I can pick up and put down again quite easily.

The Good Husband of Zebra Drive, by Alexander McCall Smith

Mma Ramotswe’s detective agency is busy as ever, with thefts at a local business and suspicious deaths in a local hospital.

McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series has been on my radar for a long time, but this is the first I’ve read, and it won’t be the last. Mma Ramotswe and the agency unravel the mysteries brought to them in a very thoughtful way, without an excess of running around to investigate. And they drink a lot of tea, traditional redbush for Mma Ramotswe, black tea for the others.

Whose Body?, by Dorothy L. Sayers

The first of the Wimsey novels, in which Lord Peter is called upon to investigate the appearance of an unidentified corpse, naked save for a pair of pince-nez, in a bath-tub. Also introduced is Inspector Charles Parker, who is Wimsey’s friendly policeman friend, and Bunter, his valet.

It’s been a while since I last read a Wimsey novel, and it still didn’t disappoint. I can’t claim it for the Crime Classics Challenge, as I have read this one before. I enjoyed it then, and I enjoyed it again.