søndag den 8. november 2009

What Shall I Buy?

I must have been busy. The first week of November has passed, and I have not spent my ´book allowance´ yet!

Here are some books I want to read:

Val McDermid, Fever of the Bone 1 vote
Denise Mina, Garnethill 2 votes
Colin Cotterill, The Coroner´s Lunch 5 votes
Adrian McKinty, Fifty Grand 2 votes
Louise Doughty, An English Murder
Aline Templeton, Dead in the Water
Peter Temple, Bad Depts 3 votes
Pierre Magnan, The Murdered House 3 votes
Daniel Woodrell, Winter´s Bone 5 votes
Adrian Hyland, Moonlight Downs 2 votes
Fred Vargas, Have Mercy on Us All 1 vote
Deborah Sharp, Mama does Time 2 votes
Paul Cleave, Cemetery Lake

What should I buy first? Which ones do you think will suit my taste?

See my Salomonic solution above.

31 kommentarer:

....Petty Witter sagde ...

I think it should be Winter's Bone - a fascinating title that, for some reason or other, has me curious.

Margot Kinberg sagde ...

Dorte - I wish I could say the same about my own "book budget." My vote would be for Bad Debts or The Coroner's Lunch. Sometimes choosing is just as much fun as reading : )... well, almost as fun.

Uriah Robinson sagde ...

Three of your list sit on my TBR pile and I haven't read any of the rest but I think The Coroner's Lunch will suit your taste.

Philip sagde ...

I am approaching this vital question as if you could have but one book, and thus it is, Dorte, that I adjure you -- yes, adjure you! -- to purchase Pierre Magnan's The Murdered House. There are other worthies on the list, but none quite in the same league as this book, and I write this even though I espy my beloved Vargas thereon. Magnan I think may be new to you, but whether so or not, the book will furnish a riveting, nay, a mesmerising read. It will also allow you to sojourn in the Provence of a century ago, and I think you deserve that. Now go and buy it, Dorte. Have I ever let you down? Hmmm? Have I?

Louise sagde ...

I also think that The Murdered House sounds very intriguing!

Dorte H sagde ...

Oh, this is interesting! Thank you for your good advice.

I have just consulted Abebooks, and the really good news is that my budget will allow me to buy Winter´s Bone, The Coroner´s Lunch plus The Murdered House (used, of course).

So absolutely no problem - yet :D

Dorte H sagde ...

Thank you, Louise.

And again, no problems yet.

R. T. sagde ...

Well, you know my bias: choose the Magnan.

Dorte H sagde ...

Thank you, R.T.

I have counted two votes for Magnan.

Jose Ignacio Escribano sagde ...

Dorte, I don't know how much have you read from Fred Vargas, but I do think it's worth a try.

Maxine sagde ...

I haven't read the Philip Magnan so can't comment on that. Several of the ones I've read are very, very good, though - as Norman says, The Coroner's Lunch. Garnethill by Denise Mina is rather special - but you'll then have to go out and buy the next two! And Bad Debts - well if you've read one Peter Temple then you'll know whether you are hooked on this addictive author or not! I loved it. I also loved the Adrian Hyland (aka Diamond Dove) and Winter's Bone (Woodrell - which is perhaps the darkest of these). I am not sure whether I've read this particular Vargas, I think possibly not. The Val McDermid is good but personally I'd go for the Temple, Mina, Woodrell, Hyland or Cotterill. Oh dear, that's 5!

Dorte H sagde ...

Jose: so many blog friends have recommended Fred Vargas that I know I will have to try her (if not in November, certainly some other month).

Maxine: trust you to spend my book budget twice in one comment! LOL

With three votes The Coroner´s Lunch seems to stand a fair chance. And contrary to what you say, I have a strong argument FOR bying Denise Mina´s debut: if you click on my photo, you will see that I own the second. (Brought home from Edinburgh).

Well, well - I knew I would be forced to make some hard choices before or later.

Donna sagde ...

Well Dorte, I think you would love THE CORONER'S LUNCH. But I think you should also buy WINTER'S BONE. Daniel Woodrell is an amazing writer.
Donna

Dorte H sagde ...

Thank you, Donna.

And it does make things easier that some of you vote for the same books ;D

Philip sagde ...

Not two votes for Magnan, Dorte -- three. Louise, R.T., et moi -- trois.

Dorte H sagde ...

Oh, Philip, you have divulged my poor mathematical skills ;)

I promise I will do my utmost to count the votes properly.

Rob Kitchin sagde ...

I'd go with Winter's Bone, Bad Debts and Fifty Grand.

Dorte H sagde ...

Rob: thank you for your suggestions. Yes, I thought you would vote for Fifty Grand.

Elizabeth Spann Craig sagde ...

Oh, "Mama Does Time." But she and I write for the same house. :)

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

Dorte H sagde ...

Elizabeth: thank you, and no problem in that. There are absolutely no rules here!

I did remove some names from my list, though, because I did NOT want to let blogger friends choose among other blogger friends :D

marco sagde ...

You should try Fifty Grand in order to ascertain whether it is a machokrimi or a femikrimi. (Male author, female non-wonderwomanlike detective)

Dorte H sagde ...

Marco, thank you for yet another attempt to sway me :D

pattinase (abbott) sagde ...

Heartily recommend WINTERS BONE and PLACE OF EXECUTION.

Darren sagde ...

Garnethill is a wonderful novel. (It's part of the brilliant Garnethill Trilogy.)

I guarantee that you will love this book and want to read the rest in the series.

best,
Darren
(Someone who found your blog via a Denise Mina google alert.)

Dorte H sagde ...

Hi Patti.
Thank you. Have added your votes.

Hi Darren.
I am so glad you left a comment! I will add another vote for Mina.

Beth F sagde ...

I haven't read any of them! So I just want to read your review(s) so that I can add to my wish list.

Dorte H sagde ...

Oh, Beth, you will have to wait for a long time.
You see, when I began blogging, I didn´t even know real book lovers had to have a TBR of several hundred books. I know that now so I buy, beg and win as many books as possible every month. At the same time I try to read as few as possible - otherwise I will never ever get a respectable TBR ;)

Deborah Sharp sagde ...

Hello, there ... I'd love to add a vote for MAMA DOES TIME, mainly because I'm so thrilled as the author to see the debut in my funny, Florida-set mystery series show up on your ''Books I'd Like to Read'' list. Truthfully, it's probably a bit light for your taste. But it does spotlight a part of Fla. the tourists rarely see.
I'm very curious: How did you hear about MAMA all the way over in Denmark?
Best, Deborah Sharp (Author)

Dorte H sagde ...

Hi Deborah!

How nice of you to drop in :D

And just for once, I know exactly why a book is on my list: Cathy reviewed it one month ago, and I could not resist the combination of the dog, the car and the cover.
http://www.kittlingbooks.com/2009/10/mama-does-time-by-deborah-sharp.html

As you may have gathered from my wish list, I read and review a lot of English crime. More British than American, I know, but I have come across some very nice American novels recently.

N.B: your book may not win this month´s vote, but don´t worry, it will stay on my list until one day ...

Sunnie Gill sagde ...

There are 3 books there that I feel you shouldn't pass up

FEVER OF THE BONE - Val McDermid. I've just read that recently and I think it's one of her better efforts. There's a review on my blog if you're interested

MOONLIGHT DOWNS - Adrian Hyland
THE CORONER'S LUNCH - Colin Cotterill.
Both Australian writers. Both very, very different. Both fabulous. Both have a great deal of humour, and both have a spiritual belief aspect to them. Highly recommend them both.

Dorte H sagde ...

Thank you, Sunnie!

I will add your suggestions immediately.