Tag: My Life in Crime Books

I found this tag from a while back doing the rounds on the internet, called My Life in Books. For a bit of fun, I thought I’d do a crime fiction version!

All answers are books I’ve read or are on my to-be-read list.

1. Find a book for each of your initials.

My initials are L and E.

For L I’ve chosen Last Rituals by Yrsa Siggurdadottir which I read a couple of months back. I really enjoyed the underlying theme and would recommend it if you haven’t read any Icelandic noir yet.

For E I’ve chosen Everything but the Truth by Gillian McAllister. This is on my to-be-read list after finding it on my Summertime Crime recommended reads.


2. Count your age along your bookshelf. Which book is it?

I am 29 so I landed on Fever of the Bone by Val McDermid. This will be my very first book by Val and I can’t wait to get around to reading it!


3. Pick a book set in your city/country.

Not many crime authors write stories based in Somerset, England where I live. I did recently discover local author Damien Boyd whose protagonist DI Nick Dixon is based at the Bridgwater CID. I read Death Sentence this year and enjoyed it.


4. Pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.

For this, I choose Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, a book I really enjoyed! This is something I want to tick off my bucket list and the actual train still runs routes between London, Paris, Venice, Bucharest, Budapest, Vienna and Istanbul.


5. Pick a book that’s your favourite colour.

My favourite colour is green, which you don’t tend to see a lot of for crime fiction! I do love finding crime and mystery books with beautiful cover art though, below are a couple of my more recent favourites:  C.L. Taylor’s The Escape and The Mayfly by James Hazel.


6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Robert Bryndza’s The Girl in the Ice was the book I was reading when I first realised I wanted to create this blog, and so stirs very happy memories. I would recommend his entire Erika Foster series too!


7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

I have struggled to finish Sue Grafton’s A is for Alibi. I just can’t connect with the main character or the storyline so far. I will stick with it though as I know the alphabet series is very popular!


8. Which book in your to-be-read pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

One of my reading goals is to eventually finish Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Complete Sherlock Holmes. I spotted a beautiful ornate version in Homesense for around £30, it has been on my wishlist for a while!


Over to you

If you’re reading this, consider yourself tagged! Please link back to my blog if you do decide to carry on the chain, as I’d love to see your choices.

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