Thursday, 8 November 2012

47 Sleeps

I have my children to thank for the indispensable app that tells me how many sleeps it is until Christmas.

Forgive me for using the 'C' word, but I feel sure you'll thank me in a month's time. What do you give the person who has everything? Books of course. I've been taking notes over the year. There'll be books by Elizabeth Taylor, Whipple and Graham Greene on my shopping list. I'm a bit stumped on the crime thriller front. Is there anything you can recommend for a fan of Larsson and Nesbo?

How about you? Which books will you be giving this Christmas? What are you hoping for in your Christmas stocking?

And, as I conclude this post, that's 47 sleeps, 1107 hours or 66426 minutes.

Just in case you're interested.


  1. There's a very interesting series developing set in Iceland by Quentin Bates, just two at the moment, but a third on the way. The first is called 'Frozen Out' and in it he is exploring the way in which the financial crisis in the Icelandic banks has effected the crime in the country. Although he's English he has lived in Iceland for ten years and I think he blends the Scandinavian and the UK traditions very well.

  2. Aargh! Christmas! But thinking about a book wish list does improve the prospect somewhat. I keep an amazon wish list updated throughout the year, hopefully, and direct all my relatives that way. As for crime, well there's Camilla Lackberg who is supposed to be good (I believe the later books are better than the earlier ones) or the Martin Beck series by the two authors with the unspellable names. Or, a bit different, my favourite find of late is Ross Macdonald- The Galton Case is particularly good.

  3. Thank you both for your excellent suggestions! I knew I could count on you.

    Now that I've started my Christmas shopping, I'm feeling rather smug. I must remember not to leave the rest until 20th December.

  4. A friend of mine recently gave me a copy of one of the Sue Grafton series (U is for Undertow) and I really enjoyed it, so much so I sourced A is for Alibi as I thought I'd start at the beginning. Easy read, interesting characterisation and good storyline. I'm putting these on my list and as I've got from B to T to go, there's lots of choice!

    1. Thanks for the tip Vee. The reviews look very promising.

  5. Further thoughts, Karen. Helene Tursten, whose first book is 'Detective Inspector Huss' and Anne Holt who has two series probably best checked out on Fantastic Fiction because they've not necessarily been translated in order. They are both brilliant.


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