20 Books of Summer 2019

Cathy at 746 Books is again hosting her 20 Books of Summer challenge.  If 20 is too many you can make it a 15 book challenge or 10 or…  well, I suppose 1 is the minimum.   The 0 Books of Summer would be a strange challenge.  I’ve decided to go with 20, but to make them all, or almost all, mysteries.   Mysteries are usually fast, easy reads for me and while it might be better to read some classics or some non-fiction which I keep buying and not reading, but I’m slow so I need fast reads to have any hope of getting through 20 in 3 months.  I’m going to bend the rules a bit.   Not going to wait until June 3 to start.   That’s a Monday.   I want to read this weekend, don’t I?   So, I’m starting tomorrow (or maybe later tonight, heh heh) and I’ll stop Labor Day, September 2nd.


I have picked out 20, or thought I had, I somehow wound up with 23, so I’ll keep them all and there’ll be a few extras in case I can’t get through 1 or 3.   I have some pictures.  We’ll see if I can stick to the list.  I’m not going to be too strict about it, but I’ll try.   Here are the Pics:

The Indigo Necklace – a Francis Crane novel.  I enjoyed The Turquoise shop which was the first Pat and Jean Abbott book

The Billiard Room Mystery – I will finally read a Brian Flynn novel after reading many posts on him.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Can’t remember why I bought this

Bertie and the Tin Man – a Peter Lovesey I have seen about for years

Death at the President’s Lodging – ditto.   I should read some Michael Innes.  He’s been on my radar for ages.

Tenant for Death – Cyril Hare also on radar

The Norfolk Mystery – I think someone reviewed this and it sounded good.

The Clue of the Twisted Candle – Edgar Wallace another classic writer I’ve never read.

Death on the Last Train – George Bellairs.   Don’t remember why I got this.   Why am I even writing these?

Weekend at Thrackley – Alan Melville.   I like another of his.   It’ll come to me.   Maybe.

The Canary Murder Case – I liked the Kennel Murder Case.

A Question of Proof – I’ve read a couple Nigel Strangeways that I liked.

Red Harvest – Dashiell Hammett.

His Burial Too – I like Catherine Aird

Charity Ends at Home – same with Colin Watson

The Crooked Wreath – Probably will read all Christianna Brand

The Roman Hat Mystery – my second Ellery Queen

Murder on Wheels – my second Hildegarde Withers

The Circular Staircase – okay, the reason I’m reading all of these is that I haven’t before.

Seven Per Cent Solution – I may have read this when I was a wee child, but maybe I just saw the movie.

Swan Song – the next Gervase Fen

The Moon Spinners – Mary Stewart

Greenmantle – the second John Buchan.


So, which 20 will make the finals?   Will I read 20?   Will I read 8?   Stay tuned or better yet, join in!  Sign up!   There’s time!   Pick 20 books or 10 or however many you like!   It’ll be fun!   The more, the merrier.