Favourite Books 2015

(Following my book reading order in each group)


5 Contemporary Crime Fiction books:

Long Way Home (Vintage Digital, 2014) by Eva Dolan (A+) 

Gun Street Girl (Serpent’s Tail, 2015) by Adrian McKinty (A+)

Arab Jazz (MacLehose Press, 2015) Translated from the French by Sam Gordon, 2015. Originally published in 2012 by Karim Miské (A+)

Snowblind (Orenda Books, 2015) Translated by Quentin Bates, 2015. First published in Icelandic as Snjóblinda, 2010  by Ragnar Jonasson (A+)

We Shall Inherit the Wind (Orenda Books, 2015) Translated by Don Bartlett. Originally published as Vi skal arve vinden in 2010 by Gunnar Staalesen (A+)


5 Classic Crime Fiction Books: 

Double Indemnity (Orion, 2005) First published serially in 1936 by James M. Cain (A+) 

The Nine Tailors (Hodder & Stoughton, 2003) First published in 1934 by Dorothy L. Sayers (A+)

The Black Dahlia (Cornerstone Digital, 2011) First published in 1987 by James Ellroy (A+)

The Hound of the Baskervilles 1922. Included within The Complete Sherlock Holmes and The Complete Tales of Terror and Mystery. Signature Edition, 2011 (A+)

The Case of the Constant Suicides (Harper & Row, Publishers, 1989) First published in 1941 by John Dickson Carr (A+)


5 Books Worth Mentioning:

The Consorts of Death (Arcadia Books, 2009) Translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett. Originally published as Dødens drabanter in 2006 by Gunnar Staalesen (A+)

A Cure for All Diseases (Harper, 2009) First published in 2008 by Reginald Hill (A+)

Paisaje de otoño (Tusquets, 2013) Primera edición en Tusquets 1998 por Leonardo Padura (A+) English title: Havana Black.

In Bitter Chill (Faber & Faber Crime, 2015) by Sarah Ward (A)

Someone Else’s Skin (Headline, 2014) by Sarah Hilary (A)

6 thoughts on “Favourite Books 2015”

  1. Delighted to see Double Indemnity on your list, Jose – the film is one of my favourites, and you can’t go wrong with James M. Cain’s writing. I hope to read Mildred Pierce at some point this year.

  2. Jose Ignacio: I am going to print off a copy for future buying reference. I regret I have not read any of your choices beyond the Sherlock Holmes.

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